Jim Ross remembers calling the action with Mr. McMahon

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August 21, 2012

Jim Ross recalls calling the action with Mr. McMahon.

Vince was known to be more of a storyteller than a play-by-play man even though in his early broadcasting career, he filled the traditional role of calling hold by hold. I am a firm believer that calling so many matches in the formative part of his professional career helped McMahon form his long-term philosophies and vision that would create the global WWE we know today.

I was there for the changing of the guard when the powder blue, three-piece suit or tuxedo went by the wayside and in came the denim during the early days of the Attitude Era. Seeing Vince McMahon in jeans in those days was as unique as seeing Cowboy Bill Watts in a three-piece suit.

Lawler always complemented McMahon extremely well, especially when "King" would talk of Vince’s toupee, which, of course, McMahon never had. When I came long to make it a three-man team, Vince gave me room to work, and I provided "King" with some new material.

While I am not a major fan of three-man announce booths in general in any genre, there are exceptions to the rule and I remain steadfast in remembering Vince, "King" and J.R. as the best three-man team that I ever worked with on Monday Night Raw and, arguably, the best trio, for my money, ever at the announce table. 

McMahon was an excellent play-by-play talent who I learned a great deal from and who understood in-ring psychology as well as anyone who ever put on a headset. Plus, no one ever cared more about WWE and its fan base than The Chairman. I was lucky to have been able to work so closely with Vince McMahon as he was able to see up-close what I could contribute to WWE, which lead to some amazing years not only at ringside, but also in the boardroom.

While “Mr. McMahon” has made Good Ol’ J.R.’s life challenging at times, Vince McMahon provided Jim Ross a career opportunity and an education that will likely never be duplicated again in the business.  

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