WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross has talked about how he didn’t have much of a relationship with a number of the company’s top stars, including the likes of Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart.
Good Ol’ JR rose up the ranks in WWE to become Head Of Talent Relations after he joined the company from WCW in 1993. This was alongside his duties at the commentary table.
Part of his role behind the scenes involved negotiating contracts, although in a recent interview Jim Ross commented how this didn’t include the likes of Hulk Hogan.
Talking on a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast, he revealed that certain talents such as The Hulkster were dealt with directly by Vince McMahon.
That was the common denominator through the years with Vince; he took ownership of certain talents. When we returned Hogan, I had no relationship with Hogan and, unfortunately, I still don’t have one to this very day. I respect him, I don’t dislike him. I just never got close to him.
Whilst this was the case with Hogan and a number of other talents, Jim Ross went on to say that this wasn’t what happened when it came to ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.
[Vince McMahon dealt with] some of those talents, like Warrior and Bret, of course. The one that he let go of, because I got more results than Vince did, was Austin. Austin became my guy. I did everything I could for Steve to win and for the company to win. For the company to win with Austin, make sure his contract is solid and he’s happy.
Other highlights from the podcast include Good Ol’ JR discussing how he felt Bret Hart should have been the highest paid star in WWE in 1996, at a time when his contract was up for negotiation. It’s also the year where there was a period The Hitman disappeared from TV while their were rumours he had received an offer from WCW.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.