Jim Ross Talks Return To Announcing, Miz As Champ, Memorable Moments Of 2010 & More
The significance of bringing back the King of the Ring tournament back to the WWE: "First of all, it's an exciting, unpredictable tournament. Certainly, if it does well, and it does have great name identity, one would think maybe once a year on one of these three-hour Monday Night RAW specials that it would be a good theme. I vividly remember the first King of the Ring I was part of, and that was in '93 working with Bobby Heenan and Randy Savage. I think Bret Hart won that night, and I think Jerry Lawler and he had confrontation with 'Mean' Gene (Okerlund) at the conclusion of the event. That was a good tournament, with some really good talent in it. I don't know if it was a launching pad, but it was a nice way to make Bret 'The Hitman' Hart more relevant in the WWE conscious."
His choices for the most memorable moments & memories in the WWE this past year: "The things that stuck out to me in 2010 were Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXVI. Shawn's last match was huge. The resurgence and reemergence of Bret Hart was big for me personally, because I'm a Bret Hart fan and a friend. I was in the Mid-South territory when Shawn Michaels broke in, so I've known Shawn since day one and think the world of him. Michaels and Bret coming back were major things for me. Undertaker staying undefeated at WrestleMania was extremely significant and ties into the Shawn thing."
After all has been said & done, whether or not he would accept a full-time WWE return/being "the voice of the WWE," if approached/asked by Vince McMahon: "Of course. I'm open to doing anything for the company that has employed me since 1993 wants me to do. I get e-mails almost everyday from people wondering if I even have a job or why did we take myself off the air, or why are refusing to go back on TV. Things are so misguided, and they're so inaccurate. I am very happily employed by WWE. I'm very pleased to be with the company since '93, and obviously if I'm 'out in the bullpen,' and they need me to come in and play, I'll be more than happy to come out of the bullpen and go work. And if there's another area that the company needs for me to help in, I'll be more than willing to do that."
More is contained in JR's exclusive interview, including his candid thoughts & comments on why Michael Cole's on-air remarks that have been directed his way since he left the broadcast booth have not bothered him (and based on that, why he has no problems helping to expand Cole's new persona), the long-term feud between John Cena & The Nexus (and how John's Mexican cousin "Juan" might play a vital part into what we may see), CM Punk's future as a color-commentator in the WWE, which RAW & SmackDown superstars he feels are "ones to watch for" in 2011, which developmental talents currently in FCW he believes could be future cornerstones for World Wrestling Entertainment, why the WWE may have actually decided to eliminate the King of the Ring as a Pay-Per-View, advice for aspiring announcers, plus so much more!
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