Jim Ross

Jim Ross Recalls One Of The Rock’s First WWE Returns After Succeeding As An Actor In Hollywood

Jim Ross reflected on the WWE return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson back at WrestleMania XX during a recent installment of his “Grilling JR” podcast with Conrad Thompson.

During a recent edition of the popular pro wrestling program, “Good Ole’ J.R.” spent some time talking about The Rock’s return at WrestleMania XX to team up with Mick Foley to take on Evolution trio Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista.

Featured below is an excerpt from the episode where the AEW commentator talks about this particular topic.

“The audience wanted to see Rock. He had left the nest and become an even bigger star. He was in great shape and always had ‘it’ and still does to this very day. If he came back and wrestled again, he’d still have ‘it’. I enjoyed it. We didn’t have a lot of access to Rock leading into that WrestleMania. The good news is, everybody knew and he didn’t need to be on a lot of TV. It wasn’t typical of a build-up to a WrestleMania match because of his unavailability……it was just strange to have a handicap match. You could see what’s happening a mile away. But I didn’t hate the match at all. It was loaded with star power. You’ve got Ric Flair and The Rock in the same match in Madison Square Garden at WrestleMania. How bad can the damn thing be? This match had Ric Flair, The Rock, and Mick Foley in it. I enjoyed seeing Rock back out there. I enjoyed seeing the real gleam in the eyes of talents that loved what they did for a living. You could tell the gleam in the eyes, and Mick was very emotional.”

Check out the complete episode at Megaphone.link. H/T to 411 Mania for transcribing the above quote.

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