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Jim Ross on Ric Flair-Eric Bischoff Scuffle in 2003: Like A Scene from Deadwood

Jim Ross has been around the wrestling business for a long time. Not only was he a famed WWE announcer, but he was also a well-known figure backstage, even serving as the company's Head of Talent Relations at one point.

With that kind of history, Ross has seen it all - the good, the bad, and the ugly. On his Grilling JR podcast, he recounted how some of the talents in WWE was were unhappy with Eric Bischoff's arrival. He talked to people who came to him and brought them to the understanding that professionalism was the need of the hour. He also said that any violent action from the talent would have only cost them money. He recollected,

"“Everybody who came to me to discuss it, I didn’t open up old wounds under the auspices of being proactive. I didn’t re-drill to the nerve, but guys knew how open I was at communicating with them, and so I didn’t have any hard time getting it out of them, so they could express themselves, so I could reassure them we not going to have any negativity in this regard, we’re not going to have any violence, we’re not going to do things that are stupid that costs you money or suspension or whatever, because you get no leg to stand on, just can’t do it. So, I said you gotta get over this s**t. I talked to guys, I talked through it, most of them admitted I was right, but they were reluctant to still accept the terms and conditions of being a professional. It blew over quick though, I thought it blew out quick. After a few weeks, it was as if Eric had been around for a long time.”


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