• “Just because you’re on the roster doesn’t mean you automatically get a pass to be on a WrestleMania card” – Jim Ross
During a recent edition of Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross talked about WWE trying to make the majority of their main roster a part of WrestleMania by doing Battle Royals.
JR doesn’t think that all wrestlers deserve to be a part of WrestleMania and said the following:
“Every year at WrestleMania you had that conversation with a variety of folks. They’re wondering what they did wrong, who’d I piss off, this is got to be a political decision because I’m great and I should be on the card.
It’s a very hard, very sensitive subject to discuss, but I’ve had dozens and dozens of those conversations over the years, 26 years. You can’t get everybody on the card. They’ve done a better job by adding battle royals, another day.
I’ve always believed just because you’re on the roster doesn’t mean you automatically get a pass to be on a WrestleMania card.
I would never book anybody on a card just to make them happy if they didn’t deliver a really good product because those tickets and pay-per-views are not cheap.
I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings but we have to, it’s a business, we have to be realistic. That can’t be a reason you book somebody, because you didn’t want to hurt their feelings.”
JR also commented on WWE giving the rights of WWE Network to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service in the US:
“Surprised to be honest with you, didn’t see it coming. Getting further entrenched with NBCUniversal is probably not a bad thing. Continuing to build that relationship is probably not an unwise thing whatsoever.
Providing them more content makes you more valuable to them therefore you get more money. The NBCUniversal checks I’m assuming are never late and always good.
I’m sure it’s been well thought out, I’m curious if it’s going to affect any jobs. You hope not, especially in this climate. I was surprised Conrad, I don’t know what it all means yet.
We’ll have to wait and see what the ramifications are of WWE not managing their own network. I don’t think it’s a bad suggestion. I got to believe it’s a hit.”
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• Old School WWF Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Veteran Haku (Real name: Tonga Fifita) celebrates his 62nd birthday today.
He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1986 as King Tonga, but was soon renamed Haku and put into a Tag Team with Tama, called “The Islanders”.
Haku wrestled for the WWF until early 1992, before he signed a contract with Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1994 and worked for the promotion under the name “Meng”, till he returned to the WWF in January 2001 for one last run, that only lasted a few months.
He’s still considered one of the toughest pro-wrestlers of all time, some even argue that he’s the most badass tough guy ever in wrestling history.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAKU!