Jim Ross Gives His Opinion on Stephanie & HHH Taking Over WWE
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.27.2014
Plus his thoughts on the ideal wrestler...
- Jim Ross spoke with USA Today about the WWE, his one-man shows and more. Check out some highlights below:
On announcers being told not to "yell" at the audience: "[Vince] told me many times not to yell at the audience. My interpretation of yelling: I got excited, I was emotionally invested in the fans, and my style was that of an old school sportscaster. If the moment merited raising one's voice or tone or inflection, I did that organically and naturally. It just happened. Sometimes, Vince didn't share my timing, obviously, so he would tell me not to yell at the audience. He may have been right on some of those occasions, and I think that sometimes I was right. That was my style. That was how I worked. I presented the product with a little bit of gusto, and a little bit more fuel in my tank...I don't think that my yelling was the reason [for his WWE departure], per se – I was there 20 years. I had done everything from broadcasting to administration to becoming an executive vice president. I had a lot of health issues that had to be addressed, or I wouldn't be here talking to you right now. It was time that I needed to get away from the weekly grind of travel, and the pressure with my job description, and I was not the type of guy who was going to take myself out of the game."
On how his idea of the ideal wrestler: "For the face, I'd do Austin on the mic, body of Ricky Steamboat — you want someone that's big enough to be believable, but small enough to be vulnerable — and the ring skills of Shawn Michaels. For the heel, I'd do the Rock on the mic, body of Triple H, and the ring talent of Ric Flair."
On Stephanie & Triple H eventually taking over WWE: "I think they're going to be great leaders because they have an inherent love and understanding of the genre. I don't think anyone can lead WWE without understanding the two key components of talent and television. This is a different field than being the president of the New England Patriots, for example. Bob Kraft is smart enough to leave the football operations to Bill Belichick and company, and he's also smart enough as a businessman to hire really good people to manage the other aspects of the business. I think that Triple H and Stephanie will have good instincts on which people to surround themselves with. More importantly, I think they'll have thorough understanding of the core business as far as to assemble a team of wrestlers, prepare them, manage them, and produce compelling television. This is not like a job for them — it's not like going to a headhunter and hiring an executive. This is their life, and I'll take my chances any day with somebody who has that kind of passion in managing a company."