Jim Ross Discusses the WWE 2K14 Panel Incident with Ric Flair

Posted by Steve Carrier on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Jim Ross spoke to Grantland.com about being forced into retirement by WWE for allowing Ric Flair to hijack the WWE 2K14 Panel before the SummerSlam pay-per-view event last year.

“I don’t think you have to be a Mensa member to figure out that it had an influence on decisions that were made,” Ross told Grantland. “I was working with the developmental kids [in NXT] and enjoying that, and got called in for that job.

“It was a very unique night, to say the least. Ric was coming off maybe the most traumatic time of his life. [Flair's son Reid had recently died of a drug overdose.] In hindsight, it might not have been the most timely booking, to get him in that environment. And then you can look at the other side and say maybe it’s a good thing to get him out around friends. As it worked out, you’d probably lean more to the former than the latter. But here’s the deal. I was conductor of a runaway train. I was supposed to keep it on the tracks and that didn’t happen. So I don’t have any issues taking responsibility. Did I envision that it would help facilitate my exit? No. But I could see the thinking behind it.

“But honestly, people might not believe this, and I don’t want to give one of those eye-rollers, but it really came at a good time. My health is good, I just celebrated my 62nd birthday, I got a lot of projects going. I’m going to start a podcast soon with the same company that does Austin and Jericho. I’m excited about that. I got Live Nation working with me on one-man shows and, of course, we start out the way we want to start out, in New York City, Saturday, March 1, at the Gramercy Theater.”

Also during the interview, Ross discussed WWE commentary getting less technical, memorable matches he’s called, the most famous match he’s called, being fired and re-hired by WWE several times and much more.

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  • The huntress in the night

    I agree bad time to book him.. but firing JR for losing control of a drunken disraught man.. ridiculous.

    • allan

      ross was wasted too,and really they were just looking for a reason to fir jr they always are i dont know why he can call a match better then cole and jbl just fights with everyone lol



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