This week’s episode of Grilling JR with Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson covers WrestleMania 2000, a forgotten WrestleMania in the eyes of many fans. Ross told some behind-the-scenes stories about the show and covered some of the big news items happening around the time.
“Pete Rose should be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame by the way, just throwing that in there. It’s my opinion.” Ross continued, “Pete always was a good sport and for a son of a b*tch that had never been turned upside down. To put your head in between somebody’s legs and get tombstoned, it takes balls. Big baseballs…This guy had no fear and he enjoyed having a good time.”
Ross revealed that Rose may have been paid in cash so he could go to the casino after the show. Ross said, “I don’t know and I may be wrong on this but it sure makes a good story [but] I believe we paid him in cash…I think one [WrestleMania] we did because I think he wanted to go somewhere, meaning a casino…he did good, he probably made 25 grand.”
Rose is one of the beloved celebrities that have appeared on WWE programming over the years because of his willingness to do anything that was suggested to him. In addition to his appearance at WrestleMania 2000, he also appeared at WrestleMania 14 where he also took a tombstone from Kane. At WrestleMania XV in 1999, he “attacked” Kane while being dressed up as the San Diego chicken before taking a tombstone.
Rose made an appearance in 2002 in a commercial for the No Mercy pay-per-view where he was choke slammed by Kane and then he was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2004. He also guest hosted an episode of Raw in 2010.
There was a lot more covered on this podcast including the story about Sean Waltman turning down an Intercontinental Title match so he could finish his feud with Kane. There was also talk about the launch of WWF New York in Times Square, Chyna wrestling men, Ross’ feelings on Eddie Guerrero selling for Chyna, a McMahon in every corner, the high staked ladder match and tons more.