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Jim Ross Reveals Why He Turned Down Vince McMahon’s Offer To Appear At RAW Reunion

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (July 26, 2001) – WWF SmackDown!

On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.

It was broadcasted from the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 2001’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. The Hardy Boyz vs. Billy Kidman & Hurricane Helms

2. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Kane

3. Chris Kanyon & Rob Van Dam vs. Tajiri & Chris Jericho

4. Lance Storm vs. Perry Saturn

5. Edge & Christian vs. Tazz & Rhyno

6. Kurt Angle vs. Booker T

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• Jim Ross Reveals Why He Turned Down Vince McMahon’s Offer To Appear At RAW Reunion

During a recent Q&A, WWE Hall of Famer and current All Elite Wrestling commentator Jim Ross revealed that Vince McMahon asked him to appear at RAW Reunion, but JR turned down the offer.

Good Ol’ JR noted that AEW President Tony Khan wanted JR to return to RAW for this one-off appearance, but JR still turned it down.

During a recent edition of Jim Ross’ “Grilling JR” podcast, JR explained why he returned down the offer:

“Well, it wasn’t in anger that I refused or turned it down. I appreciated the opportunity to come back to Tampa to see all my buddies and so forth. There’s a couple of things that led to this decision, and the main thing for me was if I had gone there, there would be a certain segment of the social media society that would’ve said, ‘Uh oh, there’s trouble in paradise, JR’s looking to bail already, he’s already back with WWE, something’s wrong with AEW.’

Well, first of all there’s nothing wrong with my relationship with AEW. I have a great relationship with Tony Khan, who owns the damn thing. Tony said if you want to go to the RAW Reunion, I think you should go to the RAW Reunion, if you want to. But I got to thinking about it and I didn’t want to approach the issue of ‘Well, there’s trouble in paradise, JR’s looking to bail.’

I’ve taken on this role with these kids in AEW, that I really embrace and I love it. I’m an old coach at heart. There’s a lot of kids there who are trying to learn how do we get from being somewhat of a hidden or not mass-appeal indy star to going to the next level and becoming a star on a live weekly international TV show in October on TNT.

I’m wondering what message I would’ve sent to these younger guys. ‘JR’s our guy, he’s been preaching unity, he’s been preaching teamwork, and he goes back to the big evil empire and for a one night stand, for a payday.’

The reason was, I didn’t want to send a mixed message to the young kids I’m trying to mentor and get them in a locker room mentality, and even though Tony was trying to accommodate me, Tony Khan, I didn’t want to take advantage of his generosity. It just didn’t seem to be the right fit.

I wasn’t angry about it, I really, really appreciated Vince taking the time out of his schedule to contact me because he didn’t have to, could’ve had a million minions that could’ve done it, and a lot of them would’ve liked to because if I had said no, then they could run back to Vince and say, ‘He’s not coming, JR turned us down, let’s pile on the son of a b*tch, let’s get the dirt going.’ So that’s the reason. I thought it was sending a mixed message to the locker room that I am currently in, and I didn’t want that to happen.

I’m glad they did it, it was cool. I appreciate Vince thinking of me but it just didn’t seem like the right thing to do in my current role, even though my current boss said go. I just didn’t think that it was the right thing to do for that locker room and those young kids that are looking up to me to give them advice and guidance.

I want to be loyal to my brand and my team, and these kids that are looking up to me for guidance and advice, and support and positive motivation. I didn’t think going to RAW was a positive motivator for the 20-somethings in our locker room, who are still wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, trying to figure out what the hell I’m getting myself into.”

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