Old School WWF Legend Hillbilly Jim (Real name: James Morris) celebrates his 67th birthday today.
Hillbilly Jim first joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1984 as a (kayfabe) Fan, who (in storyline) got trained by WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan.
He retired from active professional wrestling in 1990, but later returned in 1992 to co-host WWF Prime Time Wrestling and again in early 1996 to become the manager of The Godwinns.
Hillbilly Jim came out of retirement to enter the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-Seven, but was eliminated by the eventual winner The Iron Sheik.
In 2018, Jim was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HILLBILLY JIM!
• WWE Concerned About Losing Their Teenage Viewers To AEW, Why Ricochet Is Being Pushed
According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE officials are concerned about losing their teenage viewers to All Elite Wrestling when their TV show begins later this year on TNT.
This is the reason why WWE booked edgier things on this week’s WWE programming (like Corey Graves saying ‘Holy Sh*t’ and Kofi Kingston giving the middle finger to Samoa Joe).
WWE also plans on pushing some of their young talent (who the teenagers might look up to) and this is the reason why United States Champion Ricochet is in line for a big push as WWE officials feel he’s someone who the teenagers can resonate to.
This was also the reason why NXT Tag Team Champions The Street Profits made an appearance on RAW (but they’re not going to be a part of the WWE main roster just yet), as RAW Executive Director Paul Heyman thinks Street Profits would get over with the teenage audience.