After being publicly fired by Interim RAW General Manager & Executive Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis on this past Monday’s RAW SuperShow in his home state of Oklahoma, Hall of Famer Jim Ross commented on the firing in his latest blog. No stranger to being fired on television, “Good ‘Ol J.R.” reveals that he was given no prior notification that he was to be fired on the air like he was. J.R. continues that the “WWE upper management” made the call to remove him from the RAW announce team, adding that it’s the WWE’s “team” and he is just playing on it and he goes with the “plays” whether they “make sense” or not. J.R. also mentions that his wife was in the crowd to witness his public firing.
The Hall of Famer also comments that the three-man announce team (which they have on SmackDown with Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, & Booker T) is not “overly efficient” and the WWE felt that he did not fit into the mix. J.R. also comments that he is not ready to “leave the team” that he helped build.
When asked about the possibility of him joining the SmackDown announce team, J.R. answered that he does not see himself joining the SmackDown announce team at this time and he cannot see that changing. J.R. added that “announcers don’t need me to contribute to their bickering and lack of focus as it relates to in-ring situations and not embellishing the talents who will, hopefully, some day sell tickets.”
WWE.com currently has an exclusive video featuring a TMZ-like interview following Jim Ross’ firing where the person asks some very rude questions to the Hall of Famer, who does not respond to any of them.
“Good ‘Ol J.R.” remains hopeful that he will be a part of the WWE Network when it launches next year, but until then, he will still be participating in the Legends Roundtable show on WWE 24/7.
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