After what happened at the NJPW G1 Special last weekend, Jim Ross was diagnosed with bruised ribs, a bruised sternum and some lung issues that could potentially lead to pneumonia. The rib injury was said to cause every movement he made extremely painful and Ross had to cancel three commitments this past week as a result.
On RAW, Jonathan Coachman tried to make a joke about how “broken ribs” are going around in the wrestling world (an obvious reference to JR) and it is unknown if this was a directive given to him or whether he did it on his own. While not confirmed, it is much more likely that he was told to say that by WWE officials.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

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