Jim Ross provided the following update on his official website after he suffered a third Bell’s Palsy attack on Monday.
“It has been decided that I should not risk further issues by working tonight and I am in the process of arranging a flight back to OKC so I can see a neurologist on Wednesday.
Life is about facing the challenges we encounter so I am going to do all I can to get better and back at the announce desk asap. I wish I had more answers but I simply don’t at this time.
I want to be a part of Bragging Rights but only time will tell if that will be physically possible. My passion and love for the game is in tact but I have to do what’s best for my long term health.
WWE has been tremendously supportive of my situatiion of which I am very grateful.
Never count me out of the game as this isn’t the first mountain that I have had to climb. Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole will handle SD from Columbia. My thanks to every one for understanding this matter. Better days are on the horizon.”
Jerry Lawler was already scheduled to join JR to call tonight’s Smackdown taping with Todd Grisham away. However, as noted earlier by JR, Lawler and Michael Cole will call tonight’s taping to air this Friday.