Jim Ross Recalls Vince McMahon’s High Expectations For Ultimate Warrior In 1996

AEW announcer and Senior Advisor “Good Ole’ J.R.” Jim Ross took to an episode of his “Grilling Jr” podcast to talk about a number of topics including the Goldust vs. Ultimate Warrior feud.

Ross said, “Well, it was a marquee-type booking. You know, it was two guys that we wanted people to pay attention to. And of course, it was booked to get the Warrior over, and Goldust suffered through that presentation and did a good job. So, I didn’t have a problem with that booking. You know why it’s there. It’s there to hopefully, through the course of the contest and the presentation, that you get your star — now both of them were both stars, I get that. But Warrior was just coming back in, and we wanted to make an impression.”

On Vince McMahon’s high expectations for Warrior in 1996:

“We had great expectations that magic can be reproduced, reverting back to the old days, or the heyday of the Warrior. But you know, there could have been things done in the ring, an interview segment, or just admit that he’s hurt and that he can’t be cleared, whatever. There’s a million ways to get around that. That’s a non-issue to me. But they still tried to have the match. You know, the old ‘show must go on.’ And sometimes that’s not the right decision. In this case, it wasn’t the right decision. Because I don’t know if we did either guy any good by how that match was presented.”

You can check out the complete podcast in the video below.

(H/T to 411Mania.com for transcribing the above quotes)