Eric Bischoff reveals contrasting outlooks of Jim Ross and Vince McMahon while hiring him

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The former WWE RAW GM Eric Bischoff recently recalled the days when he was recruited by WWE. He went on to reveal the details about the approaches of former WWE commentator Jim Ross and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon while hiring him back in the early 2000s. Jim Ross, who is no longer with WWE now, was once WWE’s Head of Talent Relations. JR had called Eric Bischoff in July 2001 and asked if he would be keen on appearing on RAW. The former WCW executive had declined Ross’ initial offer, he eventually debuted on WWE television in July 2002 in an on-screen General Manager role.

Eric Bischoff talks about Jim Ross and Vince McMahon

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WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff spoke on Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw and said that he got the impression that Ross was not willing to hire him. Bischoff said that he got the idea that Ross was not dishing out the ideas about his debut yet and he believed it was because JR was not certain about recruiting him.

Bischoff said:

“I tried to get some information out of Jim. Jim wasn’t very forthcoming, and I understand that. You don’t want to lay out an entire storyline to somebody if you’re not sure they’re even on your team.”

Without any information about a contract or possible storyline, Bischoff was reluctant to join WWE after the offer made by Ross. However, a “gracious” phone call from Vince McMahon changed the situation as a year later, he agreed to work for WWE.

Here is what Bischoff said:

“Vince called himself and I knew within 45 seconds of saying ‘hello’ that I was going to work for him. He was super gracious, I won’t repeat what he said to me, but he was very, very gracious, more gracious than he needed to be. He laid it all out to me and I said, ‘Absolutely, man, let’s do it.’ Our conversation was probably no more than four minutes, tops five, and I made up my mind I was gonna come to WWE.”

Highlights:

  • Bischoff denied Ross’ offer
  • He agreed to the offer made by Vince McMahon

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