Jim Ross, currently a commentator for the televised shows of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), has stated that the ethnicity of R-Truth helped his progress during the Attitude Era.
R-TRUTH WRESTLED AS K-KWIK DURING THE ATTITUDE ERA
It is easy to forget that Truth actually wrestled in WWE during the Attitude Era. However, he worked for WWE under the name of K-Kwik from 1998 to 2002, forming a team with “Road Dogg” Jesse James, and winning the WWF Hardcore Championship twice. Truth has since, after returning to WWE, become a cult favourite of sorts amongst the WWE fandom.
ROSS BELIEVES TRUTH’S ETHNICITY HELPED HIM DURING ATTITUDE ERA
Jim Ross believes that when R-Truth joined the company about two decades ago, it was at such a time when the promotion was trying to be more diverse in terms of their personnel. This, he believes, is a reason behind his success during the Attitude Era.
“I think his ethnicity in that era helped him, because the company wanted to become, as they should’ve probably 20 years before, wanted to become more diverse. But that was the trend in the wrestling business,” he commented.
ROSS DISCUSSED THE REACTION OF PROMOTERS TOWARDS AFRICAN-AMERICAN TALENTS
Jim Ross went on to discuss the times when the Caucasian promoters refused to employ more than a fixed amount of African-Americans as a part of their roster. After mentioning that he had heard such conversations with his own ears, he went on to state It was Bill Watts, according to him, who broke this rule by saying that his favourite colour was the green of the profit, and the colour of his roster did not matter to him.
“When I got in the wrestling business, the territory ran by white promoters had an unwritten rule that there could only be so many African-Americans on their roster, or people of color and I heard that. I’m not just bullsh*tting (or) I made that up. I mean I’ve heard those conversations,” he said.
“Bill Watts’ famous remark to one of the NWA people was, ‘My favorite color is green. I don’t care who they are, what they are. My favorite color is green so this Black thing don’t work in my territory’ and we had a lot of African-Americans. Top babyface, top heels, booker. Whatever, who can do the best job, as it should be. The best people, no matter their skin color should get the jobs and so, no quotas,” Ross added.
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