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

By Robert Przybylo Published: June 27, 2008
Ross was told the logic behind the move Tuesday night and now said he is excited about the new challenge ahead of him.

"I was just in my comfort zone, and it's tough to leave that,” Ross said. "But now this is another opportunity to elevate ‘SmackDown' and to help the company.”

Tonight's broadcast is Ross' first time with his new broadcast partner, former wrestler Mick Foley. He had worked the last 11 years with Jerry Lawler.

"SmackDown” is moving to MyNetwork TV in the fall, and the company wants Ross to be one of the major faces to help bring in an audience.

Ross has been the focal point in helping promote the WWE this week since "Raw” is coming to the Ford Center on Monday and "SmackDown” is in Tulsa on Tuesday.

Ross is getting ready to launch his second JR's Family Bar-B-Q restaurant in Moore on July 14. He opened up his first one in Norman last July.

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

WWE on TV and in OKC

•WWE's "SmackDown” airs Friday nights at 7 on KOCB-34 (Cox 11).

"Raw” in Oklahoma City
•When: 7 p.m. Monday

•Where: Ford Center

•Tickets: Call (405) 235-8288 or log on to


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