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Jim Ross On Why Vince McMahon Shortens Names Of WWE Wrestlers

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• ON THIS DAY IN NWA HISTORY (July 26, 1986) – NWA World Wide Wrestling

On this day in 1986, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA World Wide Wrestling’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to “NWA Starrcade 1986”.

The card can be found below:

The Midnight Express vs. Vernon Deaton & George South

Ole & Arn Anderson vs. Gene Ligon & Mark Flemming

Tully Blanchard vs. Ron Garvin (JIP)

Jimmy Garvin vs. Rocky Kernodle

Magnum T.A. vs. The Golden Terror

Krusher Khrushchev & Nikita Koloff vs. Mike Simani & Ron Rossi

Black Bart vs. The Italian Stallion

• Jim Ross On Why Vince McMahon Shortens Names Of WWE Wrestlers

While speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer and AEW commentator Jim Ross revealed the reason behind Vince McMahon using one-word names for most WWE wrestlers.

Below is what he said:

“It’s a showbiz thing, simple as that. Vince wants to be Walt Disney. He wants to be an entertainment mogul, making movies, making TV shows, producing pay-per-views, all the things WWE has done as a publicly traded company.”

This was also the reason why he wanted Bobby Lashley to be known as Lashley only at first.

“It’s like Cher, always one name stars. Bono – there’s a zillion of them, one name. The theory is that it’s easier to remember one name for a person than two names for a person. I don’t agree with it. Now you’ve seen it’s come full circle and he’s being called Bobby Lashley, but at that time and to this day, look at all the people on the roster that have one name.”

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