WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross recently appeared on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast. The former WWE commentator was asked about The Undertaker and the significance of him taking bookings outside of WWE.
“He’s done many Comic Cons in the past and WWE has booked him at like World Of Wheels or some of those type things,” JR said of The Undertaker. “He’s done those and I’m sure he’ll do more of them but when you are in his position and you’ve got young children, he’s not on the road and I’m sure he doesn’t want to be on the road all the time and I wouldn’t at his age and his obligations and the miles on the car.”
JR continued, “I’m not surprised about it and to me it’s just a third-party booking. He’s still under contract to WWE and I’m sure WWE gave him the blessing to go make a payday. When I had and was working on (NJPW) I had a contract with WWE and at the same time I was working for AXS TV. Now figure that out? I had a contract with them too and WWE had never allowed that but they changed.”
WWE and Outside Bookings
Ross also discussed how WWE had changed their view of outside WWE commitments. JR said “they were easing up on some things, so basically it was just a matter of me going and doing the thing that I love and keeping my rhythm and making damn good money on the side and they like that and I like it so that is what we did for the first two or three years of that AXS TV deal and it was all with the blessing of WWE and Vince.”
JR also discussed the significance of Taker leaving. Ross said, “The thing with Taker is not and I don’t see it as a sign of anything changing or he’s branching out or he’s going to start wrestling. Because he’s not going to wrestle anywhere else I can guaranf*ckingtee you that.”
You can listen to JR’s comments about The Undertaker here:
(H/T to WrestlingINC for the transcribed quotes)