"In a recent episode of his podcast 'Grilling JR', wrestling commentator Jim Ross offered a rare glimpse into the usually private world of WWE management, revealing Vince McMahon's unexpected response to the resignation of former WWE Superstar Nathan Jones.
This insight contrasts sharply with McMahon's well-known fiery demeanor, shedding light on a different side of the WWE Chairman's management style. Once seen as a rising star in WWE, Nathan Jones decided to leave the company, citing the rigorous demands of its travel schedule as his primary reason.
Jones' departure came as a disappointment to many within WWE, who had high hopes for his future in the industry. Contrary to expectations, McMahon, known for his often explosive reactions, handled the news in a surprisingly subdued manner.
Jim Ross, on his podcast, reflected on this reaction: 'I don’t think he blew a gasket. I think he was disappointed that it didn’t work out. Because we had high expectations and high hopes for Nathan. It just was not meant to be,' Ross stated, expressing a sense of regret over the unfulfilled potential of Jones in WWE.
Wrestling's Inherent Challenges
With decades of experience in the wrestling industry, Ross further elaborated on the challenges that wrestlers face, emphasizing the critical role of personal adaptability in this demanding profession.
He pointed out that despite management's best efforts, some aspects, like an individual's inherent traits, are beyond their control. 'And sometimes, no matter how good a manager you want to be or you try to be, sometimes there’s just nothing that you can do about it.
You can’t change a guy’s basic personality. If you don’t like to travel, and you don’t want to be on the road, this is not the business for you,' Ross explained, underlining the harsh realities of a career in professional wrestling.
Reflecting on what could have been, Ross mused over the possible heights Jones could have reached if circumstances had been different, a sentiment that resonates with many in the wrestling community. 'So, I think that’s kind of where we left it, you know.
Just, it was not meant to be. But again, I often wondered how great Nathan could have been if things had been different. But we’ll never know,' Ross concluded, leaving an air of what-if regarding Jones' career. In related news, Kevin Dunn, a long-time ally of Vince McMahon, is reportedly set to leave WWE.
Dunn, a key figure in the company for over three decades and known for his loyalty to McMahon, is believed to be stepping down due to differences in opinion regarding TV production following the Endeavor merger. His departure marks another significant shift in the WWE's backstage landscape, signaling potential changes in the company's future direction."