JR Comments On Paul Heyman’s Match At MSG, His Future As A Broadcaster

Jim Ross has a new blog entry available on his official website. Below is an excerpt:

Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle stepped into the ring in Madison Square Garden Thursday night to face @Ryback22 of all people. Ryback won. Shocked? The point here is that even though Heyman likely knew that this encounter wouldn’t work out favorably for the New York native, he likely fulfilled a bucket list moment by being in a match in ‘The Garden.’ Happy Heyman started his career as a teen photographer in MSG back in the day some 25+ years ago.

I had my moment in the ring in MSG many years ago against HHH in the final segment of Monday Night Raw. I can always pull an old timer quote out of my black hat and say, “Yeah, I closed the show, sold out by the way, in the main event in ‘The Garden,’ got bloodied up and still got my hand raised. (Thanks to Batista. ) I will freely admit that night was the most apprehensive evening of my career as a talent on any level. I was in foreign territory, the ring, in the World’s Most Famous Arena against a future Hall of Fame talent who had the challenge of not killing his in ring persona or me. Thanks to the abundant talent of HHH neither issue occurred. My wife was a little concerned as my appearance after the bout wasn’t too PG. The athletic commission doctor wanted to put 6 or 8 stitches in my head but I declined, he seemed disinterested and reminded me of a veterinarian, and instead I had him glue the cut closed. It wasn’t like it was going to affect my modeling career or any thing.

It’s amazing on Twitter how so many followers try to stir the manure with @MichaelCole and me. I assume they must be defiant, looking for trouble young men. For the record, there is “nothing to see here.” I’ve enjoyed working with Michael since he first arrived in WWE and am happy that he is now the lead announcer in WWE. He’s earned that opportunity and some day, likely not soon, it will go to someone else. That’s just the way it works. Same for essentially any TV entity especially one that is more entertainment that sports. Our styles are different as they should be and we, as lead announcers, have entirely different products with which to work. Most fans don’t realize how challenging it is to broadcast WWE in today’s world with the addition of all the non ring oriented info that must be disseminated such as social media, etc. Michael handles that amazingly well. Better, most likely, than I ever could.

Does all this mean that I’m done as a broadcaster? I think not. I enjoy my guest shots on the NXT broadcasts and one never knows when WWE will utilize me for selected events in the future. As I said in my last blog, if I only make one appearance on WWE TV or PPV, other than NXT, in 2013 I hope it’s at WM29 because it means so much to me personally. But if that doesn’t happen I’ve had my ‘run’ that I’m very proud of and blessed to have had.

Click here to read JR’s latest in its entirety.

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    I think it's safe to say that JR will call at least one bout at WrestleMania, specifically any match involving Taker. It says a lot about the talent of a broadcaster when people wish JR could have called milestone moments in their careers.

    Hats off to JR!