Jim Ross has discussed the perks he gave to Sean Waltman when he competed in WWE as X-Pac without letting the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in on the secret.
Ross was Head of Talent Relations in WWE for several years and was in charge of hiring some of the company’s biggest stars including Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, John Cena, and Brock Lesnar.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, ‘Good Ol’ JR’ let slip some of the secrets of his trade and the ways he would try and help out the wrestling stars – in this case, Waltman.
“Sean once approached me, he didn’t like a payoff I paid him and he said ‘What the f*ck? Are you paying me by the pound?’ ‘No Sean, I’m not.’ He was another guy, his body was wrecked [with]bad back issues. I don’t know how much I was prompted and I never told Vince but I started flying Waltman first class. Well, he couldn’t get comfortable and he’d get back spasms. He’d get cramps in his lower back and at least the first class seat let him spread out a little bit and gave him more room to adjust. In those coach seats, there’s not a lot of room for adjusting.”
Waltman competed in what was the World Wrestling Federation from 1993 until his departure to WCW in 1996. He joined up with old friends Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in the nWo before returning to the WWF on the night after WrestleMania 14 to join Triple H in the revamped D-Generation X.
During this run, Waltman held the European Title as well as being the final WWF Light Heavyweight Champion. Waltman has been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame twice, first as part of DX in 2019 and then as part of the nWo in the delayed Class of 2020.
Jim Ross also commented on the slide in WWE’s ratings after WrestleMania X-Seven in 2001. Ross attributed that to the company losing their two biggest babyfaces at the time.