Almost every professional wrestling fan longs for the days of seeing Jim Ross return to the announce table especially considering the amount of heat that his replacement, Michael Cole, has generated as the voice of World Wrestling Entertainment‘s flagship telecast, Monday Night RAW.
While many attribute it to the company wanting to go in a different, younger direction; it appears as if “Good Old J.R.’s” well documented battle with Bell’s Palsy has contributed more to his time away from the broadcast table according to his partner in crime.
“The reason Vince has kept him off TV all this time is because he’s concerned with his health,” Jerry Lawler told Jeff Rowe of The Sun in a recent interview for Fighting Spirit Magazine. “He’s worried that if he puts him back out there regularly, he’ll have another Bell’s Palsy attack.”
It’s interesting to note considering it has been reported for years by several publications that there has always been a kind of behind the scenes rift between chairman Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.
The attacks are usually related to stress, which “The King” feels is an obvious connection considering how serious he takes his job.
Many individuals backstage will tell you how much of a stressful environment it can be; which had to be amplified by Ross’s double duty as the company’s Executive Vice President of Talent Relations — one of the company’s most stressful positions — until 2005 before stepping down due to health concerns among other circumstances.
While Lawler thinks Jim Ross will be back again commentating in some capacity down the road, speculation has already begun that he will call at least a portion of WrestleMania XXVII or be involved in some capacity.
Contributing author Christopher Dunfee covers professional wrestling and is a featured writer for Force Of Wrestling. To contact Christopher for radio appearances or any other media inquiries, be sure to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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