Jim Ross, who has been with WWE for a long tenure as a commentator recently talked on Grilling JR podcast about the release of several long-time employees of the company.
Jim Ross comments on the release of Tony Chimel and Mike Chioda
During the podcast, Jim Ross recalled the time when he had heard the news of the release of several WWE employees and specifically mentioned about WWE veterans, in-ring announcer Tony Chimel and referee Mike Chioda.
Ross said that he was disappointed the way the veterans were furloughed without any proper send-off, despite being with the company for thirty years.
Jim Ross said, “They were loyal, they did their jobs very well. I felt badly for the way they departed the company. It should have been more ceremonial and feel good because you’re letting people go that have been with the company for 30 years.”
Referring to WWE’s claim of being the publicly traded company, Ross compared its treatment towards the long-term employees. Good Ol’ JR said that the company should start treating people fairly instead of treating them “like s–t.”
He said, “It’s all under the name of, ‘We’re a publicly traded company. Just because you’re a publicly traded company doesn’t mean you can treat people like sh**.”
He added, “Nowhere in the publicly traded company manual does it say now that you’re publicly traded you can treat people like dogsh**. It’s not that. You still have to be a people company.”
Chimel had been at the company since 1991 and worked as a ring announcer for the SmackDown.
He had moved into a behind-the-scenes role in recent years and worked as a production manager.
He often made special TV appearances and cameos on the WWE Network shows.
Jim Ross had previously talked about how Vince McMahon wanted to let go him as well in the past and he had ended up leaving the company and joined AEW, which is often considered as the rival of WWE.
It was recently reported that as many as 10-15 WWE employees were released. They worked mainly as backstage and logistical staffs in the headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
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