Jim Ross On Shane McMahon’s Commentary – “We Weren’t Expecting Greatness”

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Jim Ross has given his verdict on Shane McMahon as a WWE announcer.

Shane McMahon will go down in history as one of the most daredevil-ish competitors in WWE history with his wild moves and incredible leaps and falls captivating fans time and time again. As the son of Vince McMahon, it was probably never expected that Shane would end up suplexed through glass, falling off the Titantron, or taking one leap of faith too many when he attempted to crash through The Undertaker from the top of Hell In A Cell. But he did it all anyway.

Long-time WWE fans will remember Shane McMahon starting out as a regular character on TV in the late nineties as his father became one of the most hated villains in wrestling history. Shane McMahon even spent some time behind the announce desk on Sunday Night Heat.

What did Jim Ross think of Shane McMahon as an announcer?

Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, AEW announcer Jim Ross gave his thoughts on working with McMahon during this period and began by naming the one thing he thought McMahon needed as a wrestling announcer:

“Decaf. He needed a decaf.

“He’s a good kid. He’s tried hard. Always trying to make his dad proud, which is not a bad thing. So it’s all good, it was interesting. You know, that’s a hard job. They don’t have any experience and be thrown into the deep water. And I’d say he came through it okay.

“I mean, you know, we weren’t expecting greatness. Because he had not done it before. We didn’t know what to expect. So it was the biggest surprise for those of us that were working with Shane and involved in production as it was for the fans at home because we weren’t sure what was how this was going to play out. So but it was, you know, I always had time for Shane.

“He was good to me and polite. Was never disrespectful, not one time. You know, every now and then he wanted to know why I signed this guy or that guy. What do you see in this guy, whatever? But I had no problem with that. If I didn’t have a reason then he’s got me, but always had a reason. I always had a plan that here is what this guy can do.”

During the podcast, Jim Ross also recalled why one AEW talent never made it as far as getting a WWE contract, and as usual, in those cases, it all came down to Vince McMahon.

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