Jim Ross has discussed the only episode of wrestling TV he ever missed through illness and discussed the painful reason why that left him hospitalised.
Ross was a renowned announcer by 1991 in World Championship Wrestling. Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast with co-host Conrad Thompson, the WWE Hall Of Famer was discussing 1991’s edition of The Great American Bash.
The show saw a new WCW World Champion crowned as Lex Luger defeated Barry Windham for the vacant title. The main event saw two tag team stalwarts go one on one inside a steel cage as Rick Steiner defeated Arn Anderson. A plethora of Hall Of Fame talent populated the show with Sting, Steve Austin, The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express, DDP, Kevin Nash, and The Fabulous Freebirds all appearing in matches.
For Jim Ross, however, the show could not end soon enough for an excruciating reason, as he explained:
“I was suffering that whole show so my memory of this show is foggy, to say the least. I was reluctant to take any pain medicine but boy, I loaded up on it when I got to the hospital. They saw I was in bad shape and the only TV I ever missed through illness or something was the next day. I couldn’t work. A lot of guys listening that have had kidney stones will know what I’m getting at. It’s just miserable, so I didn’t give a sh*t about this show.”
“It’s the first time I can recall during a pay-per-view that I truly wanted the sumb*tch to get over with. I was in so much pain, I was hurting, the show sucked, we could hear it. But you just gotta do your best and it’s hard, you just gotta go find that passion and recreate it to the best of your ability so it doesn’t sound like shilling too bad and do your work.”
Jim Ross also discussed a larger-than-life wrestler that appeared on the show. The Argentinian giant El Gigante, and who helped the 7ft 7-inch star later in his life with bills when the money had dried up.