Legendary announcer Jim Ross has admitted that he would “rather not” have been involved in one particularly infamous WWE angle.
By the summer of 1996 the professional landscape had began to shift dramatically. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash had jumped from WWE to WCW and started the group which would go on to become the nWo with Hulk Hogan. Not only that, Monday Nitro was about to start beating Monday Night Raw in the ratings on a consistent basis. Something it went on to do for 83 straight weeks.
Back in WWE traditionally straight-laced announcer Jim Ross had begun an unlikely heel turn which culminated in the arrival of two new Superstars. Kind of. The two Superstars in question were Fake Diesel and Fake Razor Ramon.
Reflecting on the angle, Jim Ross said that he’d “rather not” have been involved. Speaking on his podcast, Grilling JR, available via AdFreeShows, the legendary announcer said he didn’t think the story would accomplish very much.
“I’d rather not done it because I thought my skills were being wasted by doing that and not doing play-by-play. That was just me, maybe just my ego talking as well. It was different and it was new. Like I said many times, wrestling fans love new. I had fun at the beginning but tying me to that wagon with the Fake Razor and Diesel, I didn’t think it was gonna accomplish very much,”
Despite not being a fan of the story, Jim Ross explained that he was simply doing what he was told.
“I love the business so much that it was something to try, something different, and it’s what Vince wanted, so that’s what you did. You did what the boss wants. Don’t try to outsmart the system,”
After their somewhat underwhelming introductions in September 1996, Fake Diesel and Fake Razor Ramon quietly disappeared from television early the following year after competing in the Royal Rumble.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.