Review of the first Jim Ross show
Saturday, 01 March 2014 19:31
By Jonathan D'Antoni
I Attended the first JR show here in NYC at the Gramercy Theater. Doors opened at 4 and the show did not start till 5pm.
It was a quick show since he had two shows so he was only going to be out a short amount of time. It went about 90 minutes total. He had a pretty good delivery as he had some funny stuff that had the crowd laughing. Crowd was almost all male. Tommy Dreamer and Joey Styles were in attendance.
First hour of the show was JR just giving a history of him in the business (Watts, Midsouth, NWA, WWE). All of it he added a story or two which were pretty funny (Being Leroy McGuirk's errand boy, calling a match with him where the wrestler shit his pants in the ring and McGuirk not knowing his mike was on saying he smelled it on the air, sharing a limo with Ric Flair and two women and Flair took out his private parts, etc).
He did a q&a where the crowd asked questions. Crowd asked about the best/worst person he promoted from talent relations that made it. Forget the best but the person who exceeded expectations was Foley who he said he knew would make it but never to the degree he did.
Said Vince let him sign Foley because Vince wanted him to know what it was like to fail by putting his neck on the line for someone and then having that person not make it.
Fans asked about the Montreal Screwjob and if he knew the finish (he didn't), what he thought of the current writers for WWE (he thinks they overproduce and don't let guys just wing it on things they believe in), and what he looked for in talent (wanted real athletes from other sports who would always compete for the top spot and wanted an environment where nobody was comfortable in the #1 spot).
Two questions in particular were most interesting and saddening. One fan asked him about his bouts with Bells Palsy and JR was very honest saying how hard it was to come back from that. Said it was the toughest thing he has ever been through and he was very thankful that Austin and Rock (whom he said he recruited both) that they asked for him to call there match at Wrestlemania after he had been out.
Said he had an intestine problem and sleep apnea which his wife noticed and told the doctor he didn't breathe when they slept (66 bouts per minute where he stopped breathing at night) and that the doctor said he had 30 days to live if they had not found he had these problems and treated them.
The other question was asked by an 8 year old girl who asked how he felt when Owen Hart died. JR said he was watching the monitor when he saw Owen fell out of his peripheral vision. Said they were playing video packages as Jerry Lawler got in the ring, and then they started playing video packages while they were working on him. Said Kevin Dunn told him he would be giving an update on Owen and then asked what Owen's status was (JR at this point didn't know he was gone).
Kevin Dunn said into his headset, "Owen Hart is dead" and then he started counting, "10,9,8..." cause they were coming out of break and going live to the announcement you saw on the ppv. JR said he hasn't watched that call he made that night ever again.
Overall the show was a good show albeit way short. He could have stood up there for the whole show and just fielded questions and the crowd would have loved it. I would have loved to just hear from him more but it was a fun 90 minutes. Definitely suggest if you get a chance to check him out.