Jim Ross takes responsibilty for icy relationship with WWE Hall of Famer. The veteran announcer blamed his ego for a rift in their relationship.
Jim Ross currently works for AEW. However, he has worked in several other promotions in the past. His illustrous career has seen him work for the National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling before jumping ship to WWE all the way back in 1993.
He took up various roles in the promotion, one of which included being WWE’s Head of Talent Relations. This put him in the awkward position of having to deal with Eric Bischoff following the collapse of WCW. During the latest episode of Grilling JR, the veteran announcer revealed that he was not on the best of terms with Bischoff at the time and was still offended about being taken off air by WCW several years ago.
Jim Ross takes responsibilty for icy relationship with WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff
“So yeah, we chatted but, you know, we had a, I guess you would say, kind of an icy relationship, which I will take responsibility for, you know. If Bruce (Prichard) was here, he would laugh about, ‘Well, you’re still pissed about your refrigerator and your washer and dryer being held, hostage. But, there were some old open wounds, to be man-to-man and answer your question and to be honest about it.
“I do remember the phone call, and I think that kind of lead to him and I getting back on the same page. My ego got in my way of being taken off the air in WCW when I didn’t think it was necessary. I took it personally. I have grown to kind of outgrow that, Conrad, in later years. Eric and I are friends now.”
Bischoff refused to be a part of the Invasion Angle but joined the WWE later anyway. JR concluded that it worked out well for Easy E. He got a more prominent role and the two have since grown to become friends.
“So, at the end of the day, that’s how I kind of look at it. How did it play out? Well, it played out that Eric finally got a gig there, in a higher-level role. He stayed longer. He made more money, and he was a talent, and I was the head of talent. So, I needed to get along with him, and he needed to get along with me to some degree, if nothing else, just professionally. But since that time, we’ve become good buddies, and we have a few cocktails here and there, and I’m kind of glad we had that experience.”
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