Getting Vince McMahon to sign Randy Orton to a WWE contract took some convincing.
Jim Ross spoke about having to convince the WWE Chairman to bring in the young third generation talent several years ago during a recent installment of his “Grilling JR” podcast.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the show where he touches on this topic.
On it taking some convincing for Vince McMahon to recruit Randy Orton to WWE: “Every recruiting story is different. I had a hard sell to get Randy Orton hired because of his negative exit from the Marines, and Vince, being a strong patriot, didn’t like how that worked out with Randy in the military. I said, ‘Didn’t you get a second chance, [Vince]? Well, what’s the difference with this kid? He’s third generation. If he hits, look what we have. If he doesn’t hit, I can get rid of him in 90 days notice. What do we have to lose?’”
On how it worked out well as Orton is now a legend in WWE: “He’s going to end his career as one of the greatest talents. Hall of Famer, no doubt, but also going to be regarded by his peers as one of the greatest in-ring workers. It worked out well.”
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