WWE Hall Of Famer Road Dogg made a name for himself during the Attitude Era as part of D-Generation X and eventually the New Age Outlaws. That said, he had issues with drugs and more and it took its toll in numerous ways. That said, he ended up making amends with Jim Ross after getting sober.
While speaking on the Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, Road Dogg opened up about his release from WWE back in 2000, which coincided with his personal struggles with substance abuse.
Road Dogg revealed that he had conversations with Jim Ross and Bruce Prichard regarding his situation, even admitting that he was intoxicated during those discussions. He recalled a specific incident during a television taping where he had a match alongside Ron Killings against D’Lo Brown and Headbanger Chaz.
Reflecting on that period of his life, Road Dogg admitted that his mindset was clouded by drug abuse, ego, and chaos. Dogg acknowledged that he believed WWE couldn’t function without him, which he now realizes was a delusion influenced by his drug-fueled state.
Road Dogg admitted that he did hold a grudge against Jim Ross. However, Dogg emphasized that he would be dishonest if he claimed otherwise. He revealed that after getting sober, Jim Ross was the first person he reached out to in order to make amends.
“I talked With Jim Ross and I talked with Bruce Prichard. I was even hammered when I did that. It was definitely the downward spiral. This went down at television. I’ll skip ahead a little bit. I had a match with Ron Killings against D’Lo And Headbanger Chaz. I think that was Headbanger Chaz and I was messed up. I’ve made it out to the ring and made it in the match. I was messed up clearly. I went out there. I had the match. I don’t want to watch the match ever again. I’m ashamed of myself. The integrity of my profession was destroyed by me. That part hurts me the worst that I would go out there and risk other people. All those people are my friends. They didn’t do anything negative to me, but at the time, I probably was hot at them because they stooged me off or something, like nobody could tell I was screwed up. I’m bouncing off the walls trying to get to the Gorilla position. But look, that’s on me and there’s no other two ways to put it. That’s on me and it was a bad part of my life.”
I honestly was like, ‘How are they going to do SmackDown or RAW without me?’ That’s where my head was at man. It was in a drug fueled, egotistical, just a haze of chaos. It’s so disturbing to think about my day-to-day existence at that time. Like. I just thank God I don’t have to live like that anymore.
Yeah, I did. If I told you I didn’t, I’d be lying. JR is the first dude I called when I got sober. He was the first person I made amends with and he’ll tell you that today. I’ve talked to him 10 times since then and we have a great relationship. You heard how he talked about me. Even in firing me, it was like, ‘We think he’s got a ton of talent.’ He put me over and they did make me a star. They did everything right. I did everything wrong. I was mad about it at the time because I was still doing everything wrong. Fast forward to 2011, I think it was, I stood outside of my meeting place and I called Jim Ross. I said I did a lot of bad. I made amends to him. It was the first phone call I made.”
Road Dogg is back in the fold in WWE while Jim Ross is currently one of the commentators on AEW television. Regardless, Dogg will always have a great deal of respect for good Ol’ JR no matter what.
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