Jim Ross says when he first signed The Rock he knew he could be a very special pro wrestler, but had no idea he was going to be the “biggest movie star in the world.” In a recent interview with The Sun (UK), the former WWE announcer and Head of Talent Relations recalled The Rock’s legendary feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin. J.R. cited some of his career highlights as calling Steamboat vs. Flair and Undertaker vs. Michaels matches, but says the Rock vs. Austin feud stands out.
“There were a lot of great [feuds], but If I had to pick out a series or a rivalry I’d pick out The Rock and Austin because of what they meant to WWE at the time, and the business in general and where their lives have taken them since,” Ross said. “They established that great fanbase in WWE, and certainly in Rock’s case, he’s been able to parlay that into an amazing career.”
“I’ve been so blessed to call great matches in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but the matches that were the most significant were the three main events that Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock had at WrestleMania – 15, 17 and 19,” Ross concluded. “Although those three matches were excellent, what they meant to the business and what they meant to the talents were really special.”
J.R. took part in the interview to promote this weekend’s World Of Sport show on ITV in the UK. You can read the entire piece here.