Jim Ross has discussed the biggest “chewing out” he ever received from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and says it was all down to a Tweet.
Ross and McMahon’s relationship stretches back almost 30 years to 1993 when JR came to first work for the then-World Wrestling Federation. Working as McMahon’s number one announcer as well as the Head Of Talent Relations for years, it’s no surprise that the two men exchanged a crossed word or two during that time.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] Jim Ross reveals what he did that caused the biggest upset on the part of McMahon and says it was something he put on social media:
“I tweeted out the death of Jay Strongbow, and Vince got extremely irate about that because Strongbow and Vince were long-time buddies, very close, and he wanted to be the one to do it.”
“Of course the phone says the name VKM [Vincent Kennedy McMahon]… oh sh*t. And, man, he gave me no chance to say I’m sorry. He was very hurt and I felt very badly that I did that. I didn’t know it was gonna have that kind of an impact, so that was the strongest [negative reaction] I ever got.”
Chief Jay Strongbow had worked with Vince McMahon’s father Vincent J. McMahon throughout the seventies in what was then the World Wide Wrestling Federation. He returned to the company in the eighties and retired from the ring full time in 1986 but remained as an employee for the company and road agent for many years to come.
Such was Strongbow’s accomplishments in pro wrestling, he was part of the first full class inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 1994. Strongbow sadly passed away in April 2012 at the age of 83.