Source: The Ross Report
On episode 120 of The Ross Report, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross welcomed former WWE Superstar JTG to the podcast. Among other things, JTG discussed how Vince McMahon did not see him wrestle prior to signing him to WWE. Also, JTG talked about his relationship with Vince McMahon. Finally, JTG acknowledged that there are different rules for black professional wrestlers in WWE than their white counterparts.
According to JTG, he and his tag team partner Shad Gaspard, were hired by WWE after McMahon saw vignettes of the duo in OVW. Interestingly, JTG claimed that McMahon did not see JTG perform in the squared circle before he was signed.
"Shad and I were actually on local television in OVW. We were on local television. We were the Southern Tag Team Champions and Al Snow and Paul Heyman were writing the shows and they told us to do a couple of vignettes because we were wrestling every week. They said, 'do a couple of vignettes [and] get yourself over. You don't have to do a match every week to get yourself over [or] win a match.' So we did some vignettes and those vignettes were hysterical and those got back to Vince and that's what got us hired [by WWE], those vignettes." JTG added, "Vince never even saw me wrestle. He just saw those vignettes and I was told I was hired right after those videos."
As for his relationship with McMahon, the former 'Neighborhoodie' indicated that McMahon was always very approachable. Moreover, JTG said that McMahon respects what WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley would called "testicular fortitude".
"Definitely, one thing I do realize with Vince is that he respects balls and he respects confidence." JTG continued, "[in] my relationship with the McMahons, I felt very comfortable with them. If I had an issue, I would just knock on his door or if I saw him on his phone, I would [ask], 'hey, how are you doing, boss? Can I chat with you for a sec?' It was that type of relationship, but it was always business."
When asked whether there are different rules for black professional wrestlers and white professional wrestlers in WWE, JTG responded in the affirmative.
"From my experience working with the WWE and seeing the history, I'm going to go ahead and say 'yeah' because as of right now, I haven't seen a wrestler that identifies as black as the WWE Champion and there's no reason for that. They say that The Rock is black, and, yes, he is black, but he's not identified as black. He's more identified as Samoan. And we've had black wrestlers who definitely could have been WWE Champion, but we still haven't had one to this day and I'd love to know why."
In addition to these topics, JTG talked about Ryback's comments on equal pay for babyfaces and heels, possibly turning his books into musicals, and more. To check out this edition of The Ross Report, click here. If you use any of the quotes from this article, please credit The Ross Report with an H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
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