A Real Scandal in Professional Wrestling: The Firing of Jim Ross
Yesterday, the professional wrestling correspondent for the Atlantic Wire, Elspeth Reeve revealed that Jim Ross did not retire from the WWE, as was previously reported. In fact, he was fired for not being able to do the impossible: preventing Ric Flair from embarrassing himself in public. The Nature Boy went off-script at an event to promote WWE 2K14 and apparently it was JR’s responsibility to make sure that didn’t happen. (Watch the video here on YouTube.)
Needless to say, the unceremonious way everyone’s favorite commentator was let go by the WWE has displeased wrestling fans. Reeve, a longtime John Cena mark, cogently points out the absurdity in the WWE’s decision to fire JR for this:
Flair used the story of his son’s death, and the ring the WWE made for him, to show how much he loved professional wrestling and the organization. “There’s nothing like the WWE,” Flair told the crowd to applause. “I wanna tell you, the events are phenomenal — and they are. But working for these guys is like working for the best people in the world. They take care — they might be hard, but they don’t ask anything of you they won’t do themselves. I’m talking about us the performers. I mean that’s just the way it is, they’re awesome people.” Those words must have sounded different to Ross three weeks later.
Simply put: firing JR — to borrow a line from Hunter Hearst Helmsley — is not what’s good for business. Instead, it casts the WWE as a heartless organization more interested in protecting its brand than the people who helped built it in the first place.h