In the early 2000s, WWE was trying to bolster its roster by signing new talents such as Randy Orton, John Cena, Batista, and Brock Lesnar. However, while all the above-mentioned superstars went on to become World Champions, Nathan Jones was left behind in a big way.
Nathan Jones, whose gimmick was based on his past as a criminal, was expected to receive a big push. He was even supposed to team with The Undertaker against Big Show and A-Train at WrestleMania 19. However, the plan was scrapped, and the match became a handicap match, with The Undertaker taking on both Big Show and A-Train.
Speaking on a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross who previously worked as Head of Talent Relations explained that Nathan Jones didn’t work out for the company because he was unstable.
“I was very impressed. The eyeball test was pretty impressive, and he was a pretty bright guy, i.e., he could put sentences together. Physically, he turned heads, but Nathan was not ready to travel. We’ve had other guys there; their social skills didn’t correspond to their look. It was a fait accompli with Nathan. He was unsteady, he was unstable, I thought, a little bit.”
While WWE was touring Australia in 2003, Nathan Jones quit the company. Since then he has only wrestled three times. However, he has transitioned into an actor and has acted in numerous films to date.
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