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WWE NEWS: Ross returns to TV on ESPN, Benoit/WWE Network update, top indie tag team turned down?

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-- Former WWE announcer Jim Ross returned to cable TV during ESPN's broadcast of the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night. Ross, who was on the sidelines supporting the Oklahoma Sooners against the Alabama Crimson Tide, was identified with a graphic on the screen coming out of a time-out during the third quarter. Ross's broadcasting friend, Brad Nessler, described Ross as a "Hall of Fame announcer."

Ross typically appears in the background during sideline camera shots, but ESPN identified Ross by name to capture notable people on the sidelines. Prior to Ross, country singer Toby Keith was spotlighted.

-- Chris Benoit will be included in tape library footage on the soon-to-be-launched WWE Network, reports the Wrestling Observer. A disclaimer will reportedly play prior to any footage that includes Benoit.

The policy reflects WWE trying to find the balance on including Benoit in historical features, but not draw attention to him in a promotional way. WWE CEO Vince McMahon foreshadowed this policy in a WWE Magazine interview published over four years ago in September 2009.

"It's not right to pretend he didn't exist. It's one thing to include him as part of a historical perspective, which I believe is okay, and it's another thing to promote him, which is not okay," McMahon said. "The situation is very similar to that of O.J. Simpson - despite his controversy, O.J. was still a part of the NFL scene. You can't deny that he existed."

-- Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards will not be signed by WWE, also reports the Wrestling Observer. According to the report, WWE talent executive Triple H believes WWE already has enough guys the size of the American Wolves (American Pitbulls in WWE Developmental).


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