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Jim Ross Reveals Who Came Up With The Idea Of Using Jake Roberts’ Drug Abuse In Storyline

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 29, 1994) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling

On this day in 1994, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1994’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

Adam Bomb vs. Mike Bell

Jeff Jarrett vs. Rich Myers

Razor Ramon vs. Gary Scott

The Headshrinkers vs. Bob Starr & Barry Howoritz

Jim Neidhart vs. Mike Khoury

Mabel vs. Scrub

• Jim Ross Reveals Who Came Up With The Idea Of Using Jake Roberts’ Drug Abuse In Storyline

During a recent edition of Grillin’ JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross discussed Jake Roberts’ drug abuse being used in a storyline.

Below are the highlights:

On the “reborn” angle playing off Roberts’ drug abuse issues:

“Poor taste. It was in poor taste, you know. Color it any way you want, rationalize any way you want … I’m not a big fan of utilizing religion or politics, or personal demons, things like that, in a storyline. In a storyline surrounding fake fighting.”

On who came up with this idea:

“It’s easy. Who else would have come up with that stupid sh*t? Russo came up with a lot of great ideas. And he came up with some that weren’t so great. That was one of them in my opinion.

And if it was edgy or different, whether we thought it would work or wouldn’t work, Vince would usually go along with it because it was different and edgy. And it took him farther away from being recognized as a pro wrestling promoter than an entertainment impresario.

And that’s what he wanted to be. That’s what he is today, he’s a multimedia mogul. He is not a pro wrestling promoter.”

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