Ross accepting position change
Professional wrestling: Oklahoma resident moving from ‘Monday Night Raw' to ‘SmackDown'

By Robert Przybylo Published: June 27, 2008
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NORMAN — Professional wrestling is all about acting and telling stories.

But World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross has said many times he is no actor. The emotions he displays on television are his real feelings.

That was never more apparent than on Monday night. The WWE held its annual draft and for the first time included announcers. Ross, who has been the signature voice of WWE's "Monday Night Raw” television show since 1997, was moved to its Friday night sister show, "SmackDown.”

The move was a huge surprise to Ross. Though there are many rumors claiming Ross knew about the transition, Ross said that was not the case.

"I had no idea,” Ross, a Norman resident, said. "That was my real emotional response.”

While Raw is live every Monday, SmackDown is taped Tuesday and airs on the CW network (KOCB-34 in Oklahoma City) on Friday nights.

Ross only brought one suit with him to Monday's Raw in San Antonio, so he had to purchase a new suit at Men's Wearhouse a few hours before the Tuesday night show in Houston. "I didn't know I was going to be there and didn't bring any other clothes,” he said.

A few hours after the Monday event, Ross wrote an emotion-filled blog stating his displeasure about the move.

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Jim Ross of Norman switched broadcasts — and broadcast partners — when the WWE included announcers in its annual draft. by Jaconna Aguirre, THE OKLAHOMAN

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