Contrary to an Internet report treated as fact and passed from one website to the next, JR set the record straight on calling that historic WrestleMania 28 match in Miami.
“That was a Vince McMahon call,” Ross said. “There’s been a lot of speculation on this guy demanded that and this guy demanded this. First of all, anybody who really knows Vince knows that demanding is not a real good route to take.
“I often told talent, when I was in charge of the talent roster and they wanted to talk to Vince, ‘Here’s the advice I’ll give you. Converse do not confront because he owns the ballclub. He’s the boss.’
“Vince McMahon was the reason I called the Hell in a Cell match [at WrestleMania 28], and for that I’ll always be indebted because, to me, I don’t think we’ll ever see. Now I may be wrong, but it’s my personal opinion; I don’t think we’ll ever see Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels in a ring in their gear ever again together. So for me to be able to do a little bit of commentary on that match for that reason was extremely gratifying.”
• Working his way up the ladder with Mid-South Wrestling, NWA, WCW and WWE, Ross learned from some of the best and some of the toughest.
“Bill Watts [Mid-South, WCW] may have been more abrasive than anyone I’d ever worked for in my life,” Ross said, “but the only man I can ever recall being as tough on me as Bill Watts was my own father.”
Watts served as booker, owner and wrestler for Mid-South Wrestling.
“I’m not saying my dad was the law of Dr. Phil, but I learned to tell the truth. I learned to work hard. I learned to keep my commitments, and I learned to be a man,” Ross said. “So Cowboy was rough on me because I didn’t get in the business through the backdoor as a relative or a former athlete. I started out at the very bottom with the ring crew and continued to work hard and stay dedicated and loyal and work my way up the ladder.”
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