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Jim Ross explains why Rey Mysterio was pushed by WWE while cruiserweights like Tajiri were not

The latest Patreon edition of  Grilling Jr with Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson is a watch-along on the May 23, 2005 episode of Monday Night Raw. That was the show that saw Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff together in the ring as they hyped the upcoming One Night Stand pay-per-view.

Ross and Thompson praised McMahon’s work for that segment and Ross went as far to say that McMahon is the greatest heel he has ever worked with.

“Vince McMahon was the greatest heel that I ever worked with,” Ross said. “The greatest pure heel that I ever worked with. He was the top heel in the Attitude Era, Mr. McMahon.”

Ross also had high praise for Tajiri, who was under contract to WWE around that time. Ross said, “I loved to call his matches and sometimes his facial expressions were so priceless it was all I could do to keep from laughing because I enjoyed it so much.”

Thompson asked Ross why Tajiri didn’t get a bigger push when he was full-time with the company. Ross said that, with the exception of Rey Mysterio, McMahon didn’t take cruiserweights like Taijri seriously.

“He just wasn’t big enough, he was a cruiserweight,” Ross said. “Vince never saw big money in cruiserweights.”

Ross added, “Rey is a different breed of cat, Conrad. He’s a different cruiserweight. He had that moveset that was absolutely amazing. He was new, he was fresh, he had a great look. The mask is a big deal for him but Rey Mysterio was a legitimate star long before [WWE]. He just got better and better. I think he signed a new contract again with WWE, which is good at this stage of the game. He was a little different breed of cat. You can’t compare Rey Mysterio to all of the other cruiserweights because he was that much better and on a different level in my estimation.”

There’s a lot more covered in this episode including the first match between Batista and Edge for the WWE Championship in the main event

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