WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has revealed the reason why former boss Vince McMahon found himself being ribbed by the WWE locker room.
Vince McMahon was the man in charge of WWE for forty years until his retirement in 2022. Despite his position as the boss, McMahon wasn’t above being treated as ‘one of the boys’, and as Jim Ross has recently explained he took a ribbing for one incident in September 1997.
Commenting on his Grilling JR podcast, the current AEW announcer explained that the WWE Superstars had lots of fun at Vince McMahon’s expense after he took his first Stone Cold Stunner on Raw – to many the ugliest looking Stunner of all time:
“He got ribbed unmercifully. I can always say I didn’t take the ugliest Stunner. Hey look, I admire the fact that he did it, and he kind of humbled himself by becoming a wrestler to some degree. He became Austin’s nemesis, and the nemesis went beyond normal when you have the president and owner of the company put to get physical and you catch him with your finish. Vince sold the hell out of it.”
“The audience popped big time for it, and you knew we were off to something big because there’s no way that the owner of the company, with this ego and so forth as a heel, is going to – it wasn’t going to be the last time we heard from Vince based on what Austin did to him. I thought the Stunner was a way to launch the Austin/McMahon scenario because nothing in the Attitude Era, in my view, came close to comparing to that angle, that marriage, that booking. Vince was perfect in that role.”
Vince McMahon suffered what is likely to be his last Stone Cold Stunner from Steve Austin at WrestleMania 38 – that one might have somehow been even uglier than the first.