Legendary announcer Jim Ross is no stranger to the Monday Night RAW announce desk and the cut throat nature of the man in charge of it, Vince McMahon.
While good ol’ JR remains synonymous with some of the most famous moments in WWE history, he was also fired and re-hired on multiple occasions during his long run with the company.
Jim Ross finally left WWE in March 2019, signing with AEW the following month. However, that doesn’t mean that JR hasn’t had half an eye on those in his old seat. It’s a position that has become something of a poisoned chalice in recent months with Adnan Virk lasting only six weeks in the role.
Appearing on The Dan Le Batard Show, Ross gave his thoughts on Virk’s departure, suggesting that the former ESPN announcer didn’t have the required product knowledge.
“Adnan got put on TV, in a very unique product, before he was ready from a product knowledge standpoint. The wrestling fans today, with social media and all the information flow, they have a great sense of what they like and what might be wrong. He’s a solid broadcaster and they rushed to judgment too quick. You have to know the terms, the language, and the culture. That’s where he was short,”
Ross continued, describing Vince McMahon as a “strange cat” adding that he’s not afraid to make a quick change if he doesn’t think things are working out.
“He makes sure that he imposes his will. The simple fact is, they misassigned Adnan. He should’ve had more work in other areas and other TV shows, Lord knows they have plenty of them, to get his chops under him. Vince is a strange cat and he’s the boss. If he doesn’t hear something he likes, he makes a quick decision.”
Prior to Virk’s arrival on the RAW after WrestleMania, play-by-play duties had been handled by Tom Phillips. Following his own departure from the company, Phillips said he was surprised to be replaced.
After Virk left WWE, he was replaced on RAW by former UFC commentator Jimmy Smith.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.