Jimmy Smith Found Vince McMahon's Comments 'Helpful' During WWE Raw Debut
A fine debut on Monday by Smith
Jimmy Smith says he found the comments and tips provided by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon 'helpful' during his debut as Raw's play-by-play announcer.
Smith made his first showing as the new lead commentator on Rae this past Monday, replacing Adnan Virk, in what many believe was a solid debut by the former MMA announcer.
The commentary teams in WWE often have McMahon talking to them throughout the broadcast and Smith has revealed he also had Michael Cole and Kevin Dunn providing insight at different times during Raw, saying the were all very helpful.
Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Smith said: "I had Bjorn Rebney yelling at me in Bellator. It happens. Dana [White] didn't really do it in UFC, but I've dealt with multiple people yelling at me or multiple people talking to me. It wasn't new at all.
"When Vince hoped on, it was about things that were specific to WWE that I need to learn that I found helpful. Whenever we'd say, 'WWE fans' it's 'our fans.' There's verbiage specific to the WWE. Every time Vince jumped on, it was, 'In WWE, we say this.' Got it. It was all helpful.
"Three people were never talking at the same time. Even though it was three different voices, they all jumped on at different times. I had [Michael] Cole in my ear because he was producing and I had Kevin [Dunn] and occasionally Vince. Vince, not that much, and Kevin and Cole were good at not stepping on each other.
"The on-air traffic was great and Kevin gave me plenty of time. The countdowns were shorter, I have to get used to that. It's the nature of the way wrestling works."