Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson lined WrestleMania 17 on the most recent episode of Grilling JR. Mania 17 is taken into account by man followers to be the best WrestleMania in historical past and was arguably the height of WWE and it was only a week prior when Vince McMahon introduced that he had bought WCW.
Mania 17 included The Rock vs. Stone Chilly Steve Austin for the WWE Championship, Austin’s heel flip, Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon in a Road Struggle, The Undertaker vs. HHH, Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit, the 2nd TLC match between The Hardys, The Dudleys, and Edge & Christian, and far more.
Listed here are some highlights from the podcast.
Jim Ross speaking concerning the HHH-Undertaker match at WrestleMania 17:
I bear in mind Vince and I speaking concerning the present. We had these sheets. On one facet of it you had all of the babyfaces and proper throughout the identical sheet you had all of the heels. Once you ebook anyone like for a home present run or no matter, you simply mark their identify off. The irony was that after we began enjoying this card, two very outstanding names had not been marked off, Undertaker and HHH. Effectively, we didn’t have any time to construct an incredible lengthy story, however due to Undertaker’s tenure and being over, and HHH getting over, we weren’t second-guessing that. I’m not going to let you know their reserving was an accident. It wasn’t an accident, however it was an afterthought as a result of they weren’t concerned in a main story. This factor was so closely Austin-Rock oriented. We didn’t know the ladder match was going to be an exceptional success till we noticed it and people guys over delivered. The Undertaker-HHH match got here collectively late, however you knew it was going to be a hell of a match as a result of you’ve got two superb skills in there. They instructed story. They’d loads of time, 18 minutes and alter. To come back collectively late, I believed it was a extremely good outing from each these guys.”
Steve Austin’s then-wife Debra was ordered by Vince to be The Rock’s supervisor and was shortly dropped. Ross addresses why this was dropped:
“I believe Rock and Austin have been each uncomfortable with it. It simply appeared like, ‘Why are we doing this?’ Debra at all times made an image higher due to her magnificence. She’s a stunning Alabamian. However, her companies in that position weren’t wanted. I believe Rock and Austin simply wished to maintain it severe and transact their enterprise as a result of neither of them have been overly certain how this was going to be obtained. I had my concepts. You bought the homegrown Texas product wrestling in his house market. Simply down the street he grew up in Edna, marketed from Victoria. He watched Houston Paul Boesch tv his whole life. We had instructed that story. It was like a homecoming for the challenger, so who do you suppose they’re going to cheer? It wasn’t they have been offended at Rock. You could have a Texas legend right here that’s coming again and simply drew the most important occasion in Astrodome historical past over any occasion and we’re going to show him heel.”
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