Jim Ross has discussed having to deal with an unhappy Eddie Guerrero when the beloved star found out he was opening a show.
The first match of a wrestling event has often derogatorily been referred to as ‘jerking the curtain’. With many stars wanting the prime position of being in the main event.
Former Head of Talent Relations in WWE, Jim Ross has recalled having to calm down Guerrero when the former WWE Champion found out he was opening the show on his Grilling JR podcast.
For Ross, the opening match is an important one and he wanted to see the Latino Heat come out in Guerrero to ensure he wouldn’t be on first again.
“The opening match is so important, it always has been. It’s just a matter of getting the talent to understand that and not being insulted. Eddie Guerrero was mad at me one time for being on first. I didn’t determine the order of events but I did explain to him how important it was. And I wanted to see the defiant side of Eddie and that’s what we talked about.
I said ‘Well go and do something about it. You want to go on last? Go steal the show. Walk back through the f*cking Gorilla position at look at Vince and everyone else standing around and go “follow this motherf*ckers.”’ That’s what I want to hear. And of course, he did. That was Eddie man. It’s just a matter of what’s it’s going to take to motivate the talent to get the best thing out of them.”
Eddie Guerrero saw many main events throughout his illustrious and cruelly cut short career. Most notable Guerrero headlined No Way Out in 2004 when he defeated Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship.
Jim Ross has also discussed the use of live bears in WCW as part of one competitor’s entrance at the inaugural SuperBrawl event.