Vince McMahon recalled Jim Ross overhearing a plot in a men’s room where rival wrestling promoters were threatening to kill the WWE Chairman!
Before WWE became the international brand that it is today, it had to go through growing pains during the dying days of the territory system of wrestling. Promoters historically abided by an agreement that they would stick to their own section of the country as far as running shows, but when Vince McMahon took over the company from his father, he began running shows in rival promoters’ territories across the country.
Naturally, his moves to nationalize his company angered plenty of big names in the wrestling business, and some of them threatened to take drastic measures to make sure the WWE never came to pass.
Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, Vince McMahon recalled a time that Jim Ross overheard a conversation in the men’s room where rival promoters were threatening to have McMahon taken care of permanently.
“There’s a story that Jim Ross was telling me one day. And he was with Bill Watts and the old NWA guys and they were having this conference because they were a whole bunch of them (wondering), ‘What are we going to do about this kid (McMahon)? Invading everything. We’ve got to do something about him.'”
Vince McMahon continued, pointing out that Jim Ross was using the men’s room at the time he overheard this conversation, and he was nervous that he’d be seen, so he put his feet on the toilet seat so as to not be discovered if someone looked under the door.
“They’re meeting in terms of what they can possibly do. So, now, Jim is not part of the meeting but he’s in the men’s room. He’s in the men’s room, in the stall, taking care of business. In walks four of these most prominent promoters and they’re talking about how they’re going to ‘off’ me.”
Jim Ross told the story to Vince McMahon years later, after he began working for the promoter. McMahon told Pat McAfee that he’s received numerous death threats throughout his career, but despite that fact, he’s never hired a bodyguard.
Elsewhere in the interview, McMahon offered Pat McAfee the opportunity to have a match at WrestleMania 38. His opponent for the event is yet to be determined, though some reports speculate that McMahon himself may step back into the ring and be involved in some capacity.