Jim Ross has revealed that he doesn’t believe active wrestlers should also double up as bookers for shows they are part of.
On the latest episode of his podcast, ‘Grilling JR’, the AEW commentator was speaking about the chemistry between Steve Austin and Brian Pillman when they tagged together in WCW as The Hollywood Blondes in the 1990s.
According to JR, the team was “magic” and could have “revolutionised” tag team wrestling.
“I thought ‘Boy, those guys were magic. I think they would’ve revolutionised the tag team scene, and would’ve become one of the greatest tag teams of all time.”
At Clash of Champions in 1993, the pair got a huge opportunity when they took on Arn Anderson and Ric Flair of the Four Horsemen. Unfortunately, the broadcast received a low TV rating of 2.6, and the Blondes were no longer seen as a hot commodity as a result.
JR refused to blame any individuals for the decision to stop Pillman and Austin’s push as a team. He went on to say he still believes they could have been a “main event level” tag team, but not everyone had the same high opinion as him behind the scenes.
“I thought they could be a great main event level tag team, but that was not the consensus within all the decision-makers.”
Jim Ross doesn’t think it’s “objective” to have wrestlers in charge
Ross went on to explain why he thinks that having active wrestlers as decision-makers – as was the case back then – just isn’t “healthy.”
“That happens a lot, Connie, when you’ve got wrestlers in charge or involved in the booking. It’s not objective … It’s just not healthy. It wasn’t healthy then, and it sure as hell not healthy now.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription