WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross recently joined Chris Jericho on his Talk is Jericho podcast to talk about several topics including his new book “Under The Black Hat.” Ross also talks about pitching Chris Jericho to Vince McMahon, trying to surprise McMahon, incident between Jericho and Goldberg, plus much more.
Check out the highlights or listen to the full podcast below.
Jim Ross on pitching Chris Jericho to Vince McMahon:
“He [Vince] asked ‘how tall is he?’ And you said ‘somewhere between 5’7 and 5’10” Jericho would begin. “I’m 5’10 and a half! And you knew that I was 5’10 or 5’11! Why did you give him the low end of saying 5’7 to 5’10? What was the strategy on that?”
Jim Ross wanting to surprise Vince McMahon:
“I wanted to give him a pleasant surprise when he found out you’re taller” Ross would reveal. “I knew how tall you where of course. And I had studied your matches. Japanese matches, Mexican matches. I studied you and I knew that you would fit [in WWF]. Your age was perfect, you know? And another thing about you Chris? Your durability was astounding. You always wrestled physically. And that’s what I told Vince, ‘he’s a tough little bastard.’”
Jim Ross on incident between Chris Jericho and Goldberg:
“And then of course, when you face front facelocked Goldberg back in the locker room? That I witnessed. He [Vince] looked at as a source of pride. ‘My 5’10 star, he stood up for himself!’ Then I would say to Vince ‘there you don’t have to worry about Chris, he won’t be pushed around.”
Transcription provided by WrestlingNews.co
Huge fan of pro-wrestling for over 25 years. Lived through the Monday night wars (WWE/WCW) and the ECW revolution. Currently a big fan of Lucha Underground, NXT, MLW, PWG, and even Impact Wrestling…