Jim Ross via his new blog post on jrsbarbq.com.
“Loved seeing the King back on RAW this past Monday night. Jerry’s feeling great and has dropped approximately 20 pounds via a more disciplined diet. We hooked up at the Westin Hotel in Columbus and rode to the arena together just like old times. Nothing had changed…the music we listened to…the topics of our conversation…King not stopping at stop signs…me giving him the wrong directions…nothing changed and it seemed like old times when we worked together every week.
I talked to King Tuesday and he’s feeling great after his return Monday night and is looking forward to Sunday’s Survivor Series PPV. His voice sounded great today on the phone.
Seeing Jerry and getting to introduce him back to RAW was a big, personal thrill for me. It was approximately two months ago that I never thought I would see him alive again.
Our hug was real. That was a ‘moment’ in case you might be wondering what a real ‘moment’ in our business truly is.
I want to say that I have throughly enjoyed working with @michaelcole on RAW and that he’s evolved into an outstanding broadcaster. It felt like that Michael and I had our best hour of TV Monday night before I left to make room for Jerry.
Most would never realize or understand how demanding a role it is to broadcast the live, three hour Monday Night Raw programs. Michael is so organized and prepared plus he directs an amazing amount of traffic from ringside.
Perhaps some day we will be able to collaborate again.
The plan all along was for me to simply sit in for the King, do color commentary and not play by play, and keep Jerry’s seat warm until he was well enough to return to the announce table. I never heard anyone in WWE ever discuss King, Cole and me ever doing a three man announce team but that rumor or sentiment sort of took on a life of its own in some fan’s eyes.”