– Jim Ross posted a health update on jrsbarbq.com yesterday, noting that he will miss this weekend’s Bragging Rights pay-per-view. The new blog is a great read and should be read by any fan. Here’s part of what he wrote:
I saw my neurologist today in Norman and had a long consultation and some testing. He diagnosed me, as expected with full blown Bells palsy. It is on the right side of my face and has adversely affected my vision in my right eye more than previous bouts. We are concerned about the cornea in my right eye being damaged which is why I am using a ton of artificial tears and having to tape my eye shut at night to sleep along with using a gel in my eye under the eye patch.
Talk about tough and committed….wife Jan has to not only sleep with me wearing my sleep apnea mask but now I’m wearing an eye patch, to boot.
I can talk pretty well out of the left side of my mouth, perhaps I should consider a radio career…that was a joke…but my face has drooped some on the right side making me not TV friendly…if I ever was…..that was another joke.
We have a MRI scheduled for Friday morning to…insert your own joke here….to check out my brain to make sure that there isn’t any thing going on that shouldn’t be.
My time line on returning to work is unknown as I write this. I wish it was going to be this Sunday in Pittsburgh as I wanted to be a part of Bragging Rights on PPV. I think it will be a fun and a unique show that will be showcasing some new talents in key bouts. How well they perform is up to them but I hope that they take advantage of their opportunities no matter their roles. It’s easy to “get lost” in a 7 man tag, for instance, but it is up to every man in the match to make their presence felt. Quality minutes is just as important as quantity of minutes.
So, Sunday night I will be at home in Norman watching Bragging Rights on PPV. I don’t know the announcer lineup but it “might” be a three man team of Cole, King, and Todd Grisham but that’s only an educated guess. It could be something else altogether but obviously Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler will be figured in the mix prominently.
One huge regret this week was not being able to reunite, albeit for one night only, with the King. I hope we get that opportunity again some day.