Jim Ross Details Current Relationship With WWE's Michael Cole
A friendship with little contact
While they previously worked on-screen together in WWE for several years, Jim Ross and Michael Cole seldom speak anymore, JR has revealed.
"I don't know that we've talked in the last several years. We do engage in text messages here or there during the holidays. He's got a great family, sometime this month, I'm sure we'll exchange text messages but that's the extent of it. He's on the road a lot, he's got a lot of responsibilities. There's that competitive nature that some people have with WWE and AEW, I don't think Cole is in that league. I don't think he cares. I say we text each other once or twice a year and I wish it were more, but it's just hard," Ross said on his podcast.
JR is currently off AEW TV as he undergoes radiation therapy to treat skin cancer and the AEW announcer also noted how much he appreciates people in wrestling checking on him.
"That's wrestling, that's the wrestling business. That's why it's so wonderful that I'm getting so many text messages and all this wonderful stuff on social [media] from some of the biggest stars in wrestling. I think some people were surprised that The Rock sent me a tweet, well, I wasn't. Did I appreciate it? You're damn right I appreciate it. He doesn't owe me that, he's busy as hell and one of the biggest stars in the world taking a moment out of his day to tweet me. That's the wrestling business that I love, I've got a lot of talent that are supportive of my situation right now," he continued.
"Steve [Austin] checks on me and tries to see if I'm doing what I need to do to get healthy. He's great. CM Punk is another guy who's there to check on me and I appreciate that because Phil's got a lot on his mind as well and he's a very complex guy. Very talented, as we all know. It's just wonderful, quite frankly.
"I'm always amazed at how many people reach out because it's very helpful. If you only knew when you're sitting in an empty place and you start to wonder about different things. Letting your mind wander to a bad place, then you read your timeline, it takes you right out of it. Sounds simplistic but it's a fact."
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