Jim Ross, the former WWE commentator on the latest edition of Grilling JR Podcast opened up on his stint in WWE and discussed the issues with his contract during his time in the company.
Jim Ross recalls his struggle and worries about losing his job in WWE
Jim Ross’ was constantly let go and hired several times between the late 90s and 2000s. This had caused worry for him. During the podcast, Jim Ross said that his contract had expired and both the parties failed to agree on the terms.
He talked about doing short-term extensions. In 2006, he had signed only a year-long deal, which he had expected to be for a longer-term.
Jim Ross then revealed that Vince McMahon had wanted to let go him and preferred people like Todd Grisham while ignoring him and Jerry Lawler.
“The writing was on the wall for me. Vince wanted me out, he wanted to go with young, pretty guys – SportsCenter guys. Todd Grisham type guys. That’s what he wanted, the look Vince was enamored with. Not me and [Jerry] Lawler. If they could have found someone to replace me that Vince was pleased with, then I wouldn’t have got those little extensions, ’cause he did want me out.”
Ross was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame and he claimed it was done as a symbol of “going away present” as Todd Grisham was already signed to be the new commentator on Monday Night Raw.
He said, “The irony of that is not even a year later, Lawler and I both went into the Hall of Fame. The plan was, we’ll do something nice for JR, we’ll put him in the Hall of Fame – whether he deserves it or not doesn’t matter – and that will be his going away present, because in the fall of 2007, Todd Grisham had already been informed that he was going to be the new voice of RAW.”
The WWE Hall of Famer had realized that he was not wanted anymore by the company, neither was on the top of the priority list. He then recalled that he stopped worrying as he could not control the situation anyway.
He mentioned that every week he panicked and was uncertain of his future. But, carried on with a positive attitude as he was doing a job which he loved and was paid to do that.
Jim Ross is currently signed with AEW, which he joined in 2019 on a three-year deal.
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