Jim Ross is a true veteran in the pro wrestling world, as he made a name for himself as a commentator in WWE. He has delivered some of the most iconic moments in the history of pro wrestling. While he remains beloved by many, Ross was also a punching bag for Vince McMahon. In fact, Steve Austin even stopped Vince McMahon from firing him.

Jim Ross worked in WWE for several years, which is why he knows the inner workings of the company. He has extensively worked with Vince McMahon, and it has not always worked out in his favor, as Ross has been the subject of ridicule many times.

Dave Meltzer once noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Steve Austin stepped in when the company tried to portray Jim Ross as a ‘buffoon.’ In fact, it was Austin going to bat for Ross that led to Ross calling his match against The Rock at WrestleMania.

Vince McMahon was not a fan of Jim Ross and wanted to fire him, but Steve Austin stepped in and prevented that from happening on numerous occasions over the years.


”Austin, a loner who really didn’t get involved in others’ business at a time he had the power where he could have, made an exception and went to bat for and saved his announcing job in 1999.

Vince Russo and others felt his character had to be destroyed because of his popularity, but that his face, after suffering a second bout of Bells Palsy, and the lingering question regarding his Southern accident, were detriments to the Raw broadcast. The destruction of Ross’ character, as an insane buffoon who went postal about no longer being on Raw, was starting to take hold.”

Jim Ross is certainly more than happy to be working under Tony Khan in AEW, as it is likely he will be ending his career with the company. Regardless, he will forever be grateful to Steve Austin for all the help he gave.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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