On a recent episode of ‘Grilling JR’, Jim Ross recalled his favourite memories of the Superdome in New Orleans. Remembering days gone by, Ross pointed at working with Muhammad Ali as a particular highlight.
‘Good Ol JR’ was joined by host Paul Bromwell on this weeks episode of his highly popular podcast which centred around a January 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, held in the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
A temporary stand in for host Conrad Thompson, Bramwell asked JR to share some memories of his time working with Mid-South Wrestling/Universal Wrestling Federation. Ross would describe his time working with legendary boxing champion, Muhammad Ali as a highlight of that era:
“One show, we had Muhammad Ali on. And I shared a suite with him for four days, I think it was. At the Hyatt across the street from the Dome. And that was a great experience for me because Muhammad was one of my heroes. Such an iconic legend. And, him to be on one side of the suite, and me on the other was cool. Because we had a lot of late night talks. My only regret was the fact that I didn’t record some of those conversations, or I didn’t take notes. Because I could have written a whole book about the four days with the champ.”
The event in question took place in 1985 as a Mid-South Super Card event. Ali was in the corner of The Snowman, who fought Jake Roberts in a NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match which saw the boxing legend intervene by punching Jake Roberts.
Jim Ross recalls Jake’s reluctance to the attack, prior to the match:
“Jake was somewhat hesitant, as I imagine anyone would be. He had to take a punch from Muhammad. Everybody thought that Muhammad was not, you know, he didn’t know how to throw a working punch. Lo and behold, he threw a beautiful working punch. It was great”
Throughout his legendary boxing career, Muhammad Ali is said to have been greatly inspired by professional wrestling, particularly Gorgeous George. Ali would face WWE Hall of Famer Gorilla Monsoon in a Boxing vs. Wrestling Match, and was the special guest referee in the main event of the first ever WrestleMania.
Credit for the interview: Grilling JR Podcast