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Jim Ross on why Scott Hall was never World Champion, who is the most influential wrestling family of all time

Jim Ross took questions from fans on the latest “Ask Me Anything” edition of “Grilling JR” on

The show opened up with JR talking about the late Brodie Lee and then he answered questions about his own wrestling career and others in the business. Here are some highlights:

Jim Ross was asked if Scott Hall would have been a World Champion if he didn’t have his issues: “Oh yea. Absolutely. Scott’s personal demons are the only negative on his checklist. He had a great mind. He still does. He is very astute in the machinations of producing a wrestling character angle or storyline. He can work very well. He’s big and can work with any talents. He can be a big heel or be a big babyface. The only thing that held Scott back was reliability. He was such a prisoner to the drugs and the booze that he had a hard time getting past that element. That became his identity at certain points of his career, which is totally unfortunate because he was a hell of a hand in the ring. Really good and he had a great mind. I’m surprised, and of course, this may be part of his decision, but I’m surprised somebody hasn’t picked him up in a creative capacity because I think he’s that good. It wouldn’t surprise me under better circumstances that Scott was the World Champion. He had the skills. He had the look. He had the aptitude. He just had those little demons nipping at his heels that seemingly didn’t ever go away. I haven’t heard from Scott in a while. Sometimes no news is good news.”

Ross was asked who he believes is the most influential wrestling family of all time: “Is it the McMahons? Look, what Vince did with WWF, WWWF and all the evolutions, national expansion, global expansion, it’s hard to not rank the McMahon’s as the top family…If you look at what family had the most impact on wrestling, my vote would be the McMahons because they changed the business. They elevated pay. Of course, people are going to say, you can’t always look at a McMahon glass as half empty. Sometimes Vince, I think, his run as Mr. McMahon in the Attitude Era has convinced people that he is a total heel and I think that’s erroneous. I would go, and It’s not because I’m trying to lobby for a job because I have a job, I have a good job and I have more time on my contract, but I think what Vince did and his grandfather and his father, he’s a third-generation guy. I think the contributions he made and opening the eyes of the public and the media and Wall Street and all these things increased the opportunities for a lot of guys to make more money than they thought they would ever make, me included. That would get my vote. There are certainly a lot of good families. There are so many that were influential in the ring, but none of those other families had the impact on the business in total, globally, that the McMahons have created.”

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