Jimmy Smith joined the commentary team on WWE Raw for the first time this week, and many have called him an instant success.
Coming from an MMA background there would be no doubt he could talk to an audience, but he has admitted there were points he had to learn quickly on his first night.
Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Smith discussed what it was like having Vince McMahon feeding him information during the show.
When Vince hopped on, it was about things that were specific to WWE that I need to learn that I found very helpful. Whenever we’d say, ‘WWE fans’ it’s ‘our fans.’ There’s verbiage specific to the WWE. They specifically want certain things. 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. So, their 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 just the nature of the way wrestling works.
He has also revealed that people at the top level were impressed with his performance.
A simple text from Triple H the next morning told the whole story for Smith.
Triple H texted me this morning and said, ‘Great job.’ That’s what matters. Keeping your gig depends on four or five key people. If they are all happy this morning, that’s what matters.
We can certainly dig what Smith brings to the table, and look forward to his relationship with the rest of his team continuing further.
With thanks to 411 Mania for the transcription.