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Jim Ross Explains How WWE Tries To Break People Down & Show Control

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On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.

It was broadcasted from the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 19: D-Generation X’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Ahmed Johnson vs. Marc Mero

2. TAKA Michinoku vs. Devon Storm

3. The Truth Commission vs. The Headbangers

4. Billy Gunn & Jesse James vs. Bradshaw

5. The Undertaker vs. Kama Mustafa

6. Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Ken Shamrock

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• Jim Ross Explains How WWE Tries To Break People Down & Show Control

During Starrcast IV, AEW wrestler Jon Moxley talked about the time WWE higher-ups stopped liking him (tap here to read more) and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross then gave an example of how WWE tried to break him down.

Below is what Good Ol’ JR said:

“I got called in one time, we had a hot thing going on on RAW with Coach — I know that sounds oxymoronic, a hot thing going on with Coach — He was learning to be a heel and all this stuff so we got on this argument on air about something and I said, ‘Boy, you’re gonna get in trouble if you keep talking like that’.

So, all of a sudden that became a racial issue. I’m thinking, what? I had to go to Vince’s office with he and Stephanie and I had to watch the tape again and I had to apologize for my racial epitaph. I called him boy, not ‘boy’ I was like, ‘boy, you better watch it’.

It’s a way [in WWE] of breaking you down sometimes where you begin questioning your sanity and skill level and I detested that. It’s a poor way of motivating talent whether you’re an athletic talent or an artistic talent you have to be motivated.

I think Jon [Moxley] experienced this if they believe that they couldn’t control you they went out of the way to make sure that you knew that they were watching your a$$. Every move you made.”

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