WWE legend Jim Ross talks about perks of working for Vince McMahon
Last Updated: 22/08/13 5:28pm
McMahon: extremely demanding, says JR
For many people, Jim Ross is the voice of the WWE.
"Good Ol' JR" was a regular at the announce desk between the early 1990s and late 2000s and famed for quotes such as "It's a slobberknocker!" and "Business is about to pick up".
Ross formerly commentated with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and gave skysports.com an insight into what it was like to work with and for such an ambitious man...
"Vince McMahon is a brilliant visionary who has an unyielding work ethic.
"Mr McMahon has provided amazing opportunities for my family and given me the chance to live my dream and work in the business that I dearly love."
"I have worked with some very demanding, tough, hard-nosed alpha-males during my 40-year career, but I have never worked for anyone that has the drive of Mr McMahon. It is scary.
"I was in the business for 19 years before I came to WWE and I thought I was pretty well versed in the genre, but from working with McMahon I learned that I had just scratched the surface. I learnt so much from him.
"Have we always seen eye-to-eye?
"That would be like asking whether every member of the same political party always agree on the issues and whether assistant coaches of sports teams always agree with the head coach. The answer is 'of course not'.
"But, at the end of the day, Mr McMahon and I have a similar philosophy and while he can be very challenging at times, he has never asked me to do anything that he wouldn't do.
"He has provided amazing opportunities for my family and given me the chance to live my dream and work in the business that I dearly love and I will forever be indebted to him for that.
"Whether you love or hate Mr McMahon's TV persona, you cannot question the businessman behind that as he has taken our brand from a regional entity in the United States to a global phenomenon.
"He believed he could do in the UK what he had done in the USA and take wrestling to the masses and he succeeded, and because of the deal he struck with Sky television people know me as well in this country as they do in New York City.
"That exposure acted as a catalyst for my tour, so I have to thank Mr McMahon for that, too, and I also have to say that while three-man announce teams are very challenging, the one with Vince, Jerry Lawler and myself was my favourite three-man team I ever worked on.
"Working with and for McMahon has been an adventure. A really exciting adventure."