WWE Icon Overexposed Admits Jim Ross

Jim Ross says WWE never properly utilised a former World Champion.

The Big Show made his WWF debut at the 1999 St Valentine’s Massacre interfering in a Cage Match between Vince McMahon and Steve Austin.

There had been high hopes for the star when he debuted, but the tone was set for his career when Austin defeated him within weeks of signing. While Big Show went on to become a multi-time World Champion, there was always a belief the company could have done more for him, and the man himself could have shown more application.

Show won the WWF Championship for the first time at Survivor Series 1999, overcoming The Rock and Triple H in a Triple Threat Match.

Speaking on Grilling JR, legendary announcer Jim Ross looked back at The Big Show’s title win, and admitted WWE mismanaged him.

“I thought all along that we had kind of mismanaged Big Show. I thought we overexposed him. He was an Andre The Giant-like commodity that should have been seen less to mean more, but we just went whole hog on that deal. I thought we overexposed the attraction. You didn’t see Andre getting overexposed. That’s how Big Show should have been booked, but he wasn’t,”

Jim Ross Into Final Year As An Announcer

Back in March Jim Ross signed a new one-year contract with AEW, admitting it will likely be his last as an announcer. As part of the deal, Ross will commentate on pay-per-views, without being a regular on television.

Jim Ross began his wrestling career back in 1974 before logging spells with Jim Crockett Promotions, WCW, WWE, and NJPW as well as AEW.

H/t to Fightful