Jim Ross

Jim Ross Reveals Issues “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Faced Trying To Turn Heel During His Peak In WWE

The Grilling JR podcast continues to be a good source for stories from one of the best narrators of the pro wrestling business of all-time, WWE Hall Of Fame legend Jim Ross.

On a recent edition of the show, which “Good Ole’ J.R.” co-hosts alongside Conrad Thompson, the longtime friend of fellow WWE Hall Of Fame legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin spoke about the issues WWE faced in trying to turn “The Texas Rattlesnake” heel during his wildly popular run in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Featured below is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Grilling JR podcast where the current voice of AEW Dynamite on TNT talks about the subject.

“I think Austin’s turning heel in his home state, in his home market, at WrestleMania was ill-planned. Getting Steve over as a heel was never going to work. People smarter than me who are millennials now may say ‘Well I could have done that.’ It’s just miscasting. That’s why all the great directors in Hollywood kept John Wayne a babyface. That’s why when guys started directing Clint Eastwood, he was a character babyface. He was a cold-hearted killer, but he was a hero, and he was a babyface because he had a cause. I’m a big believer that the audience was never gonna accept Steve as a villain. And they didn’t.”

Check out the complete episode of the Grilling JR podcast below.


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