Jim Ross is currently working as an AEW Advisor and he spoke about Vince McMahon not initially being interested in signing Randy Orton. Randy is still part of WWE, and is still one of their stop-starts, even though he started around 20 years ago.
Jim Ross is a former WWE commentator and considered one of the greatest professional wrestling commentators of all time. He was also the head of talent relations at WWE for a very long time. Jim Ross was the man that originally signed Orton to a WWE contract.
Ross stated that he had to convince Vince McMahon to take Randy in. Jim Ross explained on his podcast why Vince wasn’t interested in signing Randy.
Jim Ross Speaks About The Reason Why Vince McMahon Did Not Want to Sign Randy Orton
“Every recruiting story is different,” Ross mentioned.
“I had a hard sell to get Randy Orton hired because of his negative exit from the Marines, and Vince, being a strong patriot, didn’t like how that worked out with Randy in the military. I said, ‘Didn’t you get a second chance, [Vince]? Well, what’s the difference with this kid? He’s the third generation.
If he hits, look what we have. If he doesn’t hit, I can get rid of him in 90 days notice. What do we have to lose?'” “He’s going to end his career as one of the greatest talents. Hall of Famer, no doubt, but also going to be regarded by his peers as one of the greatest in-ring workers.
It worked out well”. Jim Ross also spoke about the time when Hulk Hogan was going to turn heel. Jim Ross had to convince Vince McMahon to allow it to happen. At that time, Hogan was the most popular babyface in the world.
“Vince would’ve had to have been really convinced,” Jim Ross said. “Vince was a Hoganite. He helped create the character so he believed Hogan was the supreme, ultimate babyface, and he would’ve had to have a strong argument to change horses.
It worked out in WCW the best. I think the fact that we didn’t turn Hogan heel in ’93, and he probably would’ve been a damn good heel in ’93. He could’ve had matches with a lot of guys, but that’s just not what Vince felt. It had to have been a special set of circumstances for [Hogan’s heel turn] to happen”.