During a recent episode of his weekly ‘Grilling JR’ podcast, famous WWF Attitude Era commentator Jim Ross revealed that he almost signed with Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) several years ago.
Here’s what Good Ol’ J.R. had to say:
“I was staying in Norman (Oklahoma) and Dixie Carter’s family has a beautiful ranch in North Texas.
They flew to Norman and picked me up. It was a 20-minute flight in a little jet, and I met the whole family down there.
I was interested, and I would have taken the job but I had to have my terms, and my terms were I need to run it (the promotion).
I used the old Bill Parcells line ‘If you want me to cook dinner, you’ve got to let me buy some groceries’.
So, I wanted to have control over the talent, totally. Because some guys had to go, they were killing the budget.
So, she didn’t pull the trigger. And I’ve seen Dixie many times since then, we get along fine, I like her.
But, if she wanted to change the course of TNA, there was a chance.
She didn’t have the conviction to step away from a lot of her incumbents because they had built a little power struggle.
It was pro wrestling. The con men had taken over, and sometimes she didn’t see it.”
Jim Ross was a color commentator for the World Wrestling Federation (later WWE) from 1993 until 2013 and is now working for Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling since 2019.
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