Jim Ross is a WWE Hall of Famer and he recently spoke about being fired in 2005. Jim Ross is one of the most famous professional wrestling commentators of all time. He has called some of the most important wrestling matches of all time.
Jim Ross is currently working for All Elite Wrestling as a senior advisor and as a commentator as well. Jim Ross watched the Monday Night RAW from October 10th, 2005. He got fired during the main event of that show. However, he stated that he was punished and that segement was also personal.
Jim Ross on Being Fired in 2005 by Vince McMahon
"My dad taught me a long time ago that when you work for a man, you earn your keep," Ross said. "You do what he's paying you to do whether you like your gig or not.
I didn't have a problem doing what Vince wanted in large because I always did it. If I had a problem with it, I would've figured a way not to do it. That never happened ever one time in all those in ring skits. "My minute by minute, ratings were always excellent.
Sometimes they were better than some of the boys working. People had an interest and emotional investment in JR - the trials and tribulations of poor JR getting run through the wringer again. I always felt like, at times, it was personal.
It was more than just creative." Ross also spoke about why Vince fired him on TV and why he was humiliated in front of the public. "Wrestlers have this thing where it's almost ribbing on the square," Ross said.
"They can treat you like s--t creatively and just say 'Well, it's just for the show. It's part of the process and presentation,' and I always felt like that was the wrong motivation. This was one of those nights where I thought it was very personal and he wanted to send a message to me for whatever reason, and he did.
I executed it. The coach called the plans and I ran them." Since leaving WWE, Jim Ross has become a full-time member of All Elite Wrestling. Reportedly, he was given the best deal of his life by AEW. Jim Ross has also stated that the work environment of AEW is very different from that of WWE. He said that the creative team actually listens to its wrestlers instead of handing them a script.