Jim Ross is a legendary figure in the professional wrestling industry. He rose to prominence as a commentator for WWE and has been the voice of some of the most iconic moments in pro wrestling history. Despite his immense popularity and admiration among fans, Ross was also subject to criticism and ridicule by WWE owner Vince McMahon. In fact, he even wanted to draw bad ratings just so that WWE would stop using him.

Jim Ross, a veteran of the professional wrestling industry, has a wealth of experience working with WWE, particularly with its owner Vince McMahon. Due to his tenure with the company and his close relationship with McMahon, Ross has a unique insight into the inner workings of WWE. However, this proximity has also led to good ol’ JR being the target of criticism and ridicule from McMahon on multiple occasions.

On the December 23, 2002, episode of RAW, Ross partnered up with Jerry Lawler to defeat Lance Storm and William Regal in the main event. Ross never trained to be an in-ring competitor, but he agreed to wrestle occasionally at McMahon’s request.

While speaking on the Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross talked about his time in WWE back in 2003. Ross revealed that he wanted to draw bad ratings so that WWE would stop using him.


“The TV character of JR was abused a little bit from time to time, and I tell you, without sounding like an egomaniac, it’s because it worked. The quarter hours always had a little bump, and I was always hoping that when the ratings came out after one of those episodes that it would suck pond water, so they would stop using me!”

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. We’ll have to see what’s next in store for good ol’ JR.

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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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