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. Now it appears Ross recalled the time wrestling promoter Leroy McGuirk almost murdered Ted DiBiase for dating his daughter.

While speaking on Grilling JR, Jim Ross recounted a shocking incident from the mid-1970s involving former NWA member and wrestling promoter, Leroy McGuirk. According to Ross, McGuirk made it clear he wanted to murder Ted DiBiase for dating his daughter.

As they drove from Oklahoma to Shreveport for a Mid-South Wrestling TV taping, Ross noticed that McGuirk was carrying a large handgun in his leather satchel. He asked McGuirk about the gun and was shocked by the response he got. McGuirk told Ross that he was going to kill DiBiase in Shreveport.

Jim Ross couldn’t believe McGuirk’s plan and immediately called “Cowboy” Bill Watts, who served as the matchmaker for McGuirk’s NWA Tri-State territory. Ross noted that McGuirk intended to take DiBiase to the Alamo Plaza Hotel, check him in, and leave his door slightly open. McGuirk would then wait outside the room and shoot DiBiase when he entered.


“It was the biggest handgun I had ever seen. I asked him, ‘Mr. McGuirk, why do we need that gun?’ And he says, ‘Well, I’m gonna kill Ted Dibiase over at Shreveport.

I make the phone call and Cowboy starts laughing. I told him, ‘I don’t think it’s f—ing funny.

I was going to take him to Alamo Plaza Hotel, check him in, and leave his door cracked,” recounted Ross. “He was going to be sitting at the door, so when the door opened, he was going to blow Dibiase away with his handgun. You know why? Because Dibiase was secretly dating Mike McGuirk and Leroy had a hard and fast rule: ‘My daughter is not going to date any wrestlers.’

Luckily, Cowboy met me at Leroy’s room and took over the reins. By that time, Leroy had already gone through half a pint of whisky.” 

It is good to know Ted DiBiase didn’t end up losing his life just because he was dating the promoter’s daughter. The incident serves as a reminder of the dark side of the wrestling world and how dangerous it could be for some people.

What’s your view on this shocking story? Are you glad Ted DiBiase survived? Let us know in the comments!

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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