Jim Ross recounts when the WWF first signed The Rock

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While many look at Jim Ross as the greatest commentator to ever sit behind the WWE’s announcer’s desk, he had an even bigger influence backstage.

Eventually rising to the executive vice president role, JR has been responsible for bringing in some of the finest stars that have ever stepped foot inside the squared circle.


JR joined Outkick the Coverage this week to talk about his days as a talent evaluator in the 90’s, and how he managed to sign the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin.


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Ross also commented on how much it cost the company to sign The Rock to a deal – something Vince McMahon wasn’t too pleased about.

When asked whose matches he loved calling the most, his answers came as no surprise, saying: “Well the first guys that jump out at me first are two guys that I signed when I was EVP at WWE, and one was Steve Austin.

“Stone Cold lit it up, probably the hottest singles superstar in the history of the business for, unfortunately, a shorter length of time than we wanted because he got injured, his neck got hurt.

“And I signed Dwayne Johnson, he was out of work, cut from the Calgary Stampeder’s practice squad, had $7 in his pocket and I signed him to a WWE deal.


“And yes, I did have some leverage in that because we had the money and he didn’t.”

As expected, the figure was always going to be brought up, considering how The Rock had a tough start in the business as Rocky Maivia, before going on to achieve stardom.

He said: “100 grand. Vince McMahon said, ‘you what?!’ and I said ‘$100,000, we’ll here’s the deal, we have 90 days’ outs in the contract.’

“That means that we can release him for any reason or no reason of his 90 days’ notice and I said ‘so he basically has a three-month contract with us, and we have a three-year contract with him.”

Vince will be relieved that JR took a chance with The Great One, especially since he’s the highest-earning actor on the planet right now, raking in an estimated $65 million last year.

Not bad.

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