There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that’s just not JR.
Slobberknocker is the story of how an Oklahoman farm kid, with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams, became “The Voice of Wrestling” to record TV audiences and millions of fans around the world.
Jim opens up about his life as an only child on a working farm, who became obsessed with professional wrestling having first saw it on his grandparent’s TV. Even though the wrestling business was notoriously secretive and wary of “outsiders,” he somehow got a foot in the door to start a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the business?from putting up the ring to calling matches, from driving his blind, drunk boss towards revenge, to consoling two naked 600 pound brothers in the shower room after a rough match.
With all those adventures and responsibilities, he’s also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock to name a few. Readers will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars.
But this isn’t just a wrestling story. It’s a story about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams, as success did not come without significant costs and unforeseen challenges to JR, including multiple bouts of severe facial paralysis called Bell’s Palsy.
Currently the host of the podcast The Ross Report, any fan of wrestling?from the territory days to today?will be enthralled with stories from the road and behind the scenes. Slobberknocker is the first time Ross tells his story, and you don’t want to miss it!
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About the Author
Paul O’Brien is an award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author from Wexford, Ireland. His Blood Red Turns Dollar Green novels—a crime trilogy set in wrestling’s territory days—have been bestsellers in Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States. Paul is currently developing those novels for TV.
Vincent K. McMahon is the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. A third-generation sports entertainment promoter, he has built the WWE into the top wrestling organization in the world, including taking the company public in 1999.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is a Hall of Fame wrestler, most known for his time in the WWE, and is one of the most popular stars in the genre’s long history. He held 19 championships during his career, while being the leader of the illustrious “Attitude Era.” Austin hosts Broken Skull Challenge, his successful podcast The Steve Austin Show, and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Stone Cold Truth, which he wrote with Jim Ross and Dennis Brent.
Jim Ross has been involved in professional wrestling for more than forty years. Elected into the WWE, NWA, and National Wrestling Halls of Fame, he is known and respected throughout the wrestling world. Ross is also a New York Times bestselling author, a BBQ guru, the host of his own podcast (The Ross Report), and can be read through his columns on Fox Sports as well as his work with both CBS Sports, AXS TV, and Britain’s ITV.
Table of Contents
Foreword Vincent K. McMahon xiii
WrestleMania XV: 1999 xv
Part 1 Before Wrestling (1952-74) 1
Chapter 1 Growing Up 3
Chapter 2 Watching Wrestling 13
Chapter 3 Going to the Matches 17
Chapter 4 Leaving Home 19
Chapter 5 College 21
Chapter 6 The Call 26
Chapter 7 The Fundraiser 32
Part 2 Mid-South (1974-85) 35
Chapter 8 Start in the Business 37
Chapter 9 Refereeing 45
Chapter 10 Still Learning 53
Chapter 11 Behind the Mic 62
Chapter 12 Not Behind the Mic 69
Chapter 13 Trying to Stay in Wrestling 73
Chapter 14 Out of the Business 81
Chapter 15 Getting Back in 85
Chapter 16 Back in Mid-South 89
Chapter 17 At the Top Table 99
Chapter 18 Changes from New York 106
Chapter 19 The Greatest 110
Chapter 20 Going National 116
Part 3 UWF (1986-87) 123
Chapter 21 The Expansion 125
Chapter 22 The Decline and Sale 129
Part 4 Crockett (1987-88) 133
Chapter 23 Crockett 135
Chapter 24 Let the Games Begin 141
Chapter 25 Returning Home 147
Chapter 26 Last Days of Crockett 149
Part 5 WCW (1988-93) 153
Chapter 27 Herd, Flair, and the Ladies in the Limo 155
Chapter 28 Booking Committee 161
Chapter 29 Rotating Announcers 165
Chapter 30 Steamboat and Flair 170
Chapter 31 Starrcade 173
Chapter 32 Some Old Faces Return 177
Chapter 33 Building Sting 179
Chapter 34 Lady on a Plane 183
Chapter 35 Heyman 186
Chapter 36 Changes, Old and New 190
Chapter 37 Japan 195
Chapter 38 Flair Leaves 198
Chapter 39 Changing of the Guard 200
Chapter 40 My Last Days in WCW 208
Part 6 WWF (1993-99) 213
Chapter 41 Vince 215
Chapter 42 WCW Radio 221
Chapter 43 WrestleMania IX 223
Chapter 44 Growing Pains 227
Chapter 45 Making Friends 233
Chapter 46 In Sickness and in Health 236
Chapter 47 In and Out 239
Chapter 48 Vince and Good OI' JR 246
Chapter 49 The New and the Old 250
Chapter 50 Market Research 254
Chapter 51 Back to Announcing 257
Chapter 52 Changing Roles 261
Chapter 53 The "JJ Role" 266
Chapter 54 Talent 277
Chapter 55 The Black Hat 284
Chapter 56 So Long, Dad 286
Chapter 57 Sitting Down with Foley 288
Chapter 58 Pillman 291
Chapter 59 Montreal 293
Chapter 60 A Little More Attitude 301
Chapter 61 Hell in a Cell 307
Chapter 62 2nd Attack 311
Chapter 63 Coming Home 316
Afterword "Stone Cold" Steve Austin 321
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nice read brought back the memories. Do recommend Felt there should have been more insight regarding the overall talent since JR had the overall position.
This book would be ok if it was the year 2000 I was expecting so much better then what I read
JR does a glance over his past. No real detail. Ends in 1999. I expected steak and got a tofu burger.