polo car india Good ol’ JR still making history
Just months shy of his 64th birthday, the man who called some of World Wrestling Entertainment most famous spots and gave birth to many of its greatest catchphrases is showing few signs of slowing down.
“(I enjoying every minute of it, Ross answered about his life during a telephone interview to promote his coming one man show as part of Survivor Series weekend in Toronto.
And why wouldn he? Since officially retiring from WWE in 2013, where he spent more than two decades establishing himself as the voice of the WWE, Ross has been expanding his brand and showing few signs of slowing down.
Besides his popular line of BBQ sauces and products, and his longtime blog, JR has added a podcast, began working for FOX Sports, calling wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling, began calling boxing, founded and established his popular one man travelling show and he be releasing his sure fire bestselling memoirs in 2017.
“My writing partner is Paul O’Brien, who lives in Ireland, Ross said when asked about his coming book. wrote the acclaimed novels Blood Red Turns Dollar Green. We work on this book every day. Thank God for technology because either it’s text messages or FaceTime or emails, whatever. We’re always in contact, no matter where I am or where he is. We’ll hit our deadline and the publisher’s goal is for the book to be released next fall so, part of the 2017 holiday buying season.”
While his plate is certainly full, Ross does keep a close eye on pro wrestling, something he loved since he was a boy. Since his departure from WWE, the company has established its own network, established its white hot NXT brand, split it rosters, returned SmackDown to a live TV taping format and further widened its global expansion.
Despite its growth, WWE continues to have its share of detractors, something Ross isn entirely surprised by, but which he dismisses as asinine.
good news is that the majority of the wrestlers who are in it full time who really are pursuing it the right way are earning more money now than they arguably ever have. I think that that’s a good sign, said the man affectionately known as good ol JR. healthy financially, Ring of Honor is healthy financially, we know that TNA is having some issues but hopefully they’ll get back on their feet and continue to attempt to be viable in the marketplace. There’s plenty of room for them, in the big picture. New Japan seems to be healthy. The long answer is that the business seemingly on virtually every level, for virtually all of the talent, is more financially lucrative now than maybe ever, across the board. I think that’s positive. full scale changes in the business model have contributed to some of the perceived woes, Ross said.
think that the malaise that some people perceive the pro wrestling business to have is nothing more than a direct result of the territory system fading away many years ago, which stopped allowing talents to be developed off Broadway, if you will, he said, adding that in the territory days, talent wouldn reach the top until it possessed vast experience and skill.
I hired Stone Cold Steve Austin, I think Steve had been in the business seven years. When I brought in Mick Foley, Mick was a veteran, eight, nine, 10 years in the business when we signed him. (They had) skill. They had worked in territories, they’d worked in front of various live audiences, they had done ample television work. Now you’re getting people that you’re training not all of them, but if you exclude the guys from the independent background from scratch. And it’s not something that’s easily learned. It’s a challenging vocation. So I’m not surprised at some of the malaise because there is an obvious lack of main event talent depth in the business across the board. end of the territory era prompted Ross, then a driving force behind the scenes as WWE chairman Vince McMahon right hand man, and others to form the WWE developmental system, which is now its NXT brand.
lot of us in the business saw it coming years ago and when I created the development system at WWE, way back in the That was all done because we knew, Vince and I knew, that at some point in time, when the territories stopped producing talents, that we’re going to be forced to produce our own. And we had to have a system in place to do so. Ross added, the Internet has increased not only the WWE reach and popularity, but its detractors as well.
so much information flow, he said. has the opportunity to become, in their mind’s eye, an expert. Everybody has the chance to be making decisions based on information that a decade ago, and certainly another generation ago, they’d never have had the access to. added that some fans have forgotten how to simply enjoy the product.
seemingly live in a society of contrarians. It’s easier to always look at a glass half empty. I choose to look at a glass half full. I think when you get to my age, when you’ve had the tenure I’ve had, and the experiences I’ve had, you know that wrestling can change in a heartbeat, for the better and the worse, and that sometimes things that you don’t foresee were going to be hits, at the end of the day become hits. believes the future is bright in the pro wrestling business.
think it’s going through a significant transitional period that can be really exciting, notwithstanding some fans who have no patience and who think they have more knowledge than they actually do. Let’s see how this thing evolves. departure from WWE, following his hall of fame career in the broadcast booth and developing talent behind the scenes, didn sit well with many of his fans. That, in turn, created a perception that Ross didn have a good relationship with WWE, which could not be further from the truth, he said.
do not have an adversarial relationship with WWE, Ross stated emphatically. communicate with them at the highest level on a regular basis and enjoy it. But it’s not something that I throw out there for public consumption. My relationship with WWE, I believe, is very positive. fact, a few years away from the company have helped Ross appreciate that period of his life.
had 21 wonderful years there, he said, adding his WWE experience opened the doors for many of the opportunities he had since, and some still to come.
it hadn’t been for WWE, the work that I’m doing on a variety of levels, whether it be boxing, I did at two hour ITV special a couple of weeks ago, it’s one of the biggest television companies in the world. And they have a massive footprint throughout the United Kingdom and through many parts of Europe. And they’re looking at reinstating their World of Sport wrestling show, (which) aired from 1965 to 1985 and if they do, I’m going to be the voice of World of Sport, he revealed. I hadn’t had the success at WWE that I was fortunate to have, I wouldn’t get a smell of these wonderful opportunities. bubbles to the surface when Ross reflects on his time with WWE.
was the best job I ever had, he said. smartest move I ever made in my career was going to work for Vince. And I’ll say that until, as Bobby Heenan would say, I take the last dirt nap. I’ll always be indebted to Vince McMahon. his lavish praise and reflective ways prompt anyone to think Ross is lobbying for a return to WWE, he is quick to shoot down those possibilities, too.
not looking for a full time job. I don’t know how I would. I’m 64 years old, I’m in good health, but I’ve got commitments with CBS and boxing for 2017, I hope to have a major wrestling opportunity with ITV in 2017, my contract with Mark Cuban’s network at AXS has been renewed for 2017, I trying to finish our book and then market and promote our book. I don’t know where I would have the time. said that he now simply enjoying the fruits of his labour.
knows) that if they got into a bind somewhere down the road and they need my services for something that I’d be there in a heartbeat, and I would. But to go back and work full time for anybody, at my stage of life, isn’t something I worked all of my life to do at this age. I always wanted to have some level of independence, from a financial standpoint and from a professional standpoint as far as my skills are concerned so that I could kind of pick and choose these projects so I wouldn’t have to be on the road every week and I could enjoy my life, I could enjoy my wife, I could enjoy my football, my sports passions, we could travel some, we could enjoy things that we’ve earned. They know that I’m always there if they needed and I know they’re always there if I need them, but we all had to grow and they’ve got to prepare for the future. Jim Ross is not the future. Jim Ross is a viable part of the past. Ross first brought his show, during which he holds a meet and greet prior, recounts road stories and hosts an extensive Q to Toronto in 2014. The show, he said, has evolved over time.
like to think that much like you when you started writing, if you go back and read something you submitted when you were a pup or rookie, it’s probably better now than then, Ross said. just saw (some of my earlier work) this morning because I was doing some research for a chapter in our book and I went back and YouTubed some Mid South stuff and God I was cringe worthy. I find it incredulous that some people actually thought I was pretty good then. I listened to me and I think, ‘Oh my God.’ one man show is a work in progress, Ross said. like to think that I’m getting better at it. I’m really working at it. I have fun doing it, which is really the key, JR said. love, love to interact with the wrestling fans. said he constantly changing the show to keep it fresh, for himself and for repeat customers.
started customizing my opening salvo a little more to the market that I’m playing, he said. example, I will probably talk some about some of my observations, hopefully in a humorous way, and maybe even in an informative and enlightening way, to events like WrestleMania 18, for example. That was really big for the market, it was really big for the business and it was really big for me. I tell some stories in pretty quick fashion so we can spend more time with the audience interactions and the Q Just know that for anybody who has come to my show before, they will hear a different opening than they will have heard before because it’s Toronto. Even when I did play Toronto a couple of years ago, I was still just getting my feet wet, so now they’ll hear a different show. show, the first of its kind by a former WWE personality and which has been imitated by the likes of Mick Foley, Jake Snake Roberts and others, relies heavily on the audience involvement.
Q are always different, he said. always create their own personality. It’s like doing really compelling talk radio, with a video component. I have no idea what they’re going to ask. I don’t have them turning cards, I don’t precondition them. It’s really a freedom of expression and I respect how the fans express themselves probably better than anybody they know, because I’m still one of them. doesn mean Ross doesn still stress a little about the big shows.
wonder how many people are going to show up. You worry about the attendance, how’s your ego going to take that? Are you going to get good questions? There are a lot of unknowns when you work without a net. But I’m driven by that. I’m excited by that. It keeps me young, it keeps my mind sharp. It’s just a lot of fun. If it wasn’t fun, I promise you, I wouldn’t do it. I have a damn good time doing it. When I can go out and be challenged creatively and feed off that adrenaline from that live audience, I’m going to do it as long as I can still be good at or successful at it.”
With his five decades of wrestling knowledge, Ross has more than enough tales and memories stored up to take his show around the globe and back. Some stories, however, beg a second telling, the like one in which the late Leroy McGuirk plotted to shoot Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. (To hear it, you have to attend a show.)
“I had a fan at a Q in Nashville, he said, heard this story before, but a lot of people here probably haven’t but I wish you’d tell the murder of The Million Dollar Man story,’ Ross said with a chuckle, referring to the tale, which he told in Toronto in 2014. “I wasn’t even going to use it, quite frankly. I had new material, but I told it and it got a laugh. I’m glad that those stories are making the rounds. was also reflective when asked about the WWE big time return to Toronto, where it will host its first NXT Takeover and for the first time, Survivor Series. Toronto is the place where Ross called one of his most memorable matches, The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18.