Jim Ross looks back on WWE’s lean period in 1997

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Jim Ross looks back on WWE’s lean period in 1997

Jim Ross worked for WWE, as a commentator, and for Fox Sports, where he writes commentary on professional wrestling for FoxSports.com. He was also the lead announcer for New Japan Pro-Wrestling on AXS TV and occasionally does play-by-play for boxing and mixed martial arts.

As of February 2014 Ross began hosting his own weekly podcast, The Jim Ross Report. During the latest edition of his podcast, JR looked back on WWE’s lean period in 1997: “The seepage of information on these layoffs was not a major secret internally.

Many of us, I took a big cut in pay. I took a, I think it was a $30,000 a year cut in pay right around [1997], maybe right before that. But somewhere in that mid-’90s, I didn’t try to commit that date to memory because it wasn’t something I wanted to recall all the time.

But Vince came in and said, ‘We’re having issues, cash-flow wise, and I’m asking the wrestling people to take massive cuts in pay.’ And I said, ‘Okay, what are you offering or what are you suggesting.’ And he told me, and so I think I got cut $30,000 I believe”.

Ross was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2007. He is known affectionately as "Good ol' JR", was widely regarded as the voice of the WWE particularly during The Attitude Era, and has been labelled as one of the greatest wrestling commentators of all time.