Jim Ross is recognized as the greatest professional wrestling commentator of all time, and it wouldn't be so out of the question to label him as one of the greatest broadcasters in the history of sports.
Throughout his years with WWE Ross has obviously worked very closely with WWE frontman Vince McMahon, who Ross has developed quite the friendship with throughout his legendary career. Ross notably suffered from Bell's Palsy multiple times throughout his life, with the second time putting a brief halt to his broadcasting career in WWE. Ross was battling depression for quite some time during the health issue, and was going through one of the darkest periods of his life at the time.
Ross recently did an interview with Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso to promote his new book, ‘Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling’. "Good Ole JR" discussed that time of his life and how difficult it was to deal with. He also shared a great story of how Vince McMahon helped him get through it, in a way most would find rather harsh.
He revealed that McMahon wrote him a note that said “Get the f— back up!", which showed Ross how much Vince needed him back in the commentary booth (quotes via IWNerd):
"There is a letter in the book from Vince that he wrote to me when I was sick with Bell’s Palsy for a second time. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was battling depression. I didn’t want to come out of the house.
"Vince told me how badly he wanted me to come back to work, and he wrote, “Get the f— back up!” That might seem abrasive to some, but I knew he was being real and coming straight from the heart. Vince’s letter was a handwritten one that he had somebody from the office deliver to my door, and he let me know exactly how much I meant to him.
Vince was so great at the “Mr. McMahon” character that some people think he wouldn’t want to help people in real life, and that’s just not true”
What are your thoughts on McMahon's comments to Ross when he was battling depression? Was he too harsh? Or, as Ross said, was it exactly the message he needed during that hard time? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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