As Head of Talent Relations in WWE for many years, Jim Ross was in charge of hiring and firing talents, now he has revealed that one star was let go because of a tattoo.
Ross was speaking about the career of two-time WCW World Champion Lex Luger in the World Wrestling Federation on his Grilling JR podcast. Luger was part of the company from his debut at the Royal Rumble in 1993 until his shock debut on WCW Nitro in 1995.
JR was asked by co-host Conrad Thompson about the change in direction for Luger, going from working with WWF Champion Yokozuna to working with Finnish star Ludvig Borga. As Jim Ross explained, there was more to Borga than met the eye.
“Borga and Luger had a lot in common. They looked great on an 8×10. And Borga was a foreigner, he was cold as ice. […] [I didn’t spend much time with him] Especially when I found out about the Nazi sh*t tattooed on his body.”
“I saw it and I talked to Vince [McMahon] and said ‘What the f*ck are we doing? We got some Jewish business partners and Jewish talents and Jewish office people that if they find out about this, we’re defenceless.’ It’s not like it was drawn on with a Bic pen, it’s a tattoo, it’s permanent. And that led to him leaving our employ. He gave us another reason with the fact that he couldn’t work, he wasn’t a very good worker. But he looked great Conrad, he looked great.”
Borga’s last match in the WWF was a January 1994 bout against Rick Steiner. Following his release from the company, Borga only competed in eleven more matches mainly in Europe and Japan.
Jim Ross also discussed the possibility of Lex Luger one day being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame with Ross believing Luger will get the honour sooner or later.