Jim Ross

Jim Ross Recalls The Build For The Undertaker vs. Kane At WWE WrestleMania 14, More


On a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer and AEW commentator Jim Ross talked about WrestleMania 14 including the build for The Undertaker vs. Kane, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:


On The Undertaker vs. Kane: “The thing about builds is, when are they started? How long do they go? Do they move along in an understandable and an investment worthy pace? The only thing I would say about that build was it might have been better off a little bit longer. You people say ‘Oh God it seemed like it’s on TV every week’, well it wasn’t. Go back and look. But, I love those two guys together so intriguing the image that they projected two big human athletic human beings the story was strong. The brother surviving the fire and all that stuff. It was out there for some people no doubt about it, but here’s the thing about it. You forgot about the out there show business wise after the bell rang. Those guys had really good chemistry and they did things the guys that are they’re close they’re inching into the seven foot range, 300 pound range just never did before. They were pretty much amazing in my eyes.”

On the rumors of a barbed wire match between the New Age Outlaws & Chainsaw Charlie and Cactus Jack that ended up being a dumpster match: “Hey, look things like that when you get into a pat of your genre that’s specialized like that wild west stuff that, ya know, Onita built a reputation on the dynamite matches and exploding this and that. So, you heard about that all the time. I always deferred to Vince on every one of issues. I’m not going to pitch for something I don’t believe in. ‘You don’t believe in barbed wire?’ No, it’s a sideshow deal. It’s a gimmick. It’s a match full of shortcuts. It’s very one-dimensional. So, no, I’m not for it. But, if we did it I’d call the hell out of it. I’d make sure it got over as far as my part was concerned. So, I’d have no problem investing in it emotionally, but it would not be my cup of tea. But, if you can convince the old man that’s now the idea to go with then more power to you and I always left it that way. The decision got to go to him and the questions got to go Vince anyway. So why not encourage your talents to develop a relationship with the decision maker as opposed to your talent relations guy, which was me at the time, in being involved in every decision. I don’t need to be. That’s egocentric in my view. So, anyhow, the barbed wire thing was discussed, but I don’t know how seriously committed Vince was to ever doing something like that.”

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