Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry at JRSBARBQ.com. Here are the highlights…
On The 1000th RAW: WWE is approaching the 1000th episode of Monday night Raw in St. Louis on July 23. I've got to believe that this will be a hot ticket in St. L. I've cleared my calendar in case I'm called upon to be a part of the festivities. The best years of my WWE career were spent doing the live, Monday Night Raw broadcasts when, often times, the chips were down during the Monday night wars. Being a part of WWE's franchise broadcast was a honor. I hope that those that are engaged in today's Monday night process fully realize how special it is to be along for the ride on Monday nights and never approach the gig as merely a job.
On The New NXT: I got tons of tweets this week from fans who enjoyed the new, NXT. I worked on all of the first four broadcasts and appear in the main event segments in the next round of four shows. Partnering with William Regal was an enjoyable experience as we tried to make the show about the talents by using objectivity and honesty and not being the "Battling Bickerson's." The job of every broadcaster in this genre is to enhance and better represent the talents in ways in which the viewer will emotionally invest and not roll their eyes in absurd disbelief.
On Michael Cole: For those that keep asking, I am not a hater of @michaelcole but I, better than most, know how challenging his job is in today's multi platform, serve many master's, Monday Night Raw. 'Hate' is such a strong emotion especially for anything involving a TV show. Why not save our 'Hate' for things like cancer, children's issues, starvation, etc? To dislike...fine. To HATE..not so good.
On JBL: Proud of one of my signees of years gone by @JCLayfield aka JBL for his tireless efforts in working with disadvantaged youth. JBL is in Russian as we speak thousands of feet above sea level attempting to climb the tallest mountain there. Follow John's adventure on Twitter @JCLayfield. Mentioned Heyman earlier as it relates to cutting money promos but JBL has to be included in that grouping as well. John reinvented himself multiple times in WWE and each incarnation was for the better. He became a top star and @JCLayfield will be a WWE HOF'er in the future in my opinion.