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Jim Ross Says WWE Hall Of Fame Is Now “Too Corporate”

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Jim Ross has given his thoughts on the WWE Hall Of Fame saying that the inductees are not given enough time on stage and that he “detests” that it’s just another of WWE’s TV shows.

After a legendary career behind the announce desk ‘Good Ol’ JR’ Jim Ross was the recipient of an induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2007. The same year that long-time commentary partner and Memphis wrestling legend Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler was inducted.

Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast about the career of the legendary Terry Funk, JR did not hold back on his thoughts about how Funk was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. Responding to co-host Conrad Thompson who mentioned that Funk had been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame alongside brother Dory in 2009, Ross shared some scathing words about the lack of time the two men were given for their speech.

Ross explained:

“That was a bullsh*t deal too because they got no time. Everything’s timed, it’s all a TV show and I detest that. The organic nature of the Hall Of Fame, it should be objective with the selection, it should not be over-selected by having too many people that can’t speak. I know a couple of Hall Of Famers called me this year and asked me to help them with their Hall Of Fame speech in WWE. And I said ‘Well, how much time you got?’ [They answered] Two minutes. So maybe they stretched it to three. It’s become too corporate in that respect for my tastes. I’m sure they don’t care what my tastes are anymore, which I get. I don’t care what they’re doing either, it’s their deal.”

“But I thought [Terry Funk] and Dory had no time and Dory was not the great orator that Terry was, there are very few men in the history of pro wrestling that can talk as effectively and memorable as Terry Funk. I thought they got jobbed there a little bit on that presentation. I think that was in Houston, in any event, I didn’t like the way that went down. They deserved better and I’m sentimental but I believe they deserved better. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

The 2020 and 2021 induction ceremonies both took place on one night this year in the lead-up to WrestleMania 37. The delayed 2020 class was comprised of the New World Order, The Bellas, JBL, British Bulldog, Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, and William Shatner. The 2021 class included Kane, Molly Holly, The Great Khali, Rob Van Dam, Eric Bischoff, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Credit: Grilling JR

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