Jim Ross Comments on Being Moved to Smackdown; Calls it a “Turning Point” for His Career

Mike Killam

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross recently updated his blog at JRsBarBQ.com, after being asked about being moved to Smackdown in 2008, breaking up the long running commentary team of Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler. 

"I was asked about being 'drafted' to Smackdown in 2008 and my reaction to such. Obviously, if you were watching I wasn't enthralled about that creative move which I think was an inside joke that someone in creative sold upper management on just to see my reaction. Of course, I could be wrong but I did not, and still do not, see any reason for breaking Jerry Lawler and me up.

"That's simply how i feel and it may well be my ego talking so take those comments with a grain of salt.

"That was a turning point for me as it relates to truly having fun on the road doing TV. At that point, it came more like a job which is how many broadcasters today perceive their work. Until then, I had never approached that role in that manner.

"I had been told the night before the Draft in San Antonio that I wasn't going any where and that why would WWE break up "Madden and Summerall?"

"I'll save the rest of that story for a book some day."

Ross also commented on the importance of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL, stating that "the future of the WWE rests in Orlando." 

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