Welcome to The Armpit wrestling quiz for the week of March 27, 2017.
Truly a sad week with the passing of Jan Ross, the loving wife of everybody’s favorite announcer, Jim Ross. Most of us never met Jan, however from all accounts everyone who knew her considered her part of their family. For example, X-Pac broke down in tears on his podcast when talking about her, and others too were reacting as if there had been a death in their family. As for Jim, very few people in pro wrestling have ever been so likable and well respected, and she must’ve been quite a wife to put up with all the long hours and hard work he put into every job he’s ever had (including today with his podcast, AXS TV, and other ventures).
I’ve only met Jim once, after one of his one-man shows when he took pictures with fans. Unlike most celebrities, when Jim shook your hand and asked your name, you immediately knew he was genuine.
While we’d love to do a quiz on the life of Jan Ross, unfortunately we never knew her and don’t know much about her other than she was a terrific wife and a terrific person. Instead we’ll do the next best thing and do a quiz on the life of the man who is constantly in our thoughts this week: “Jim Ross.”
Congratulations to last week’s quiz winner: Art Harvey
Last week’s answers:
1) Both of Paige’s parents were pro wrestlers. Her brother too.
2) Apologies for goofing up this question. We asked if it was true or false that Paige is the first ever “women’s Women’s Champion.” That was a typo and I meant to say “NXT Women’s Champion.” All answers were accepted, but yes, it’s true. It’s damn true.
3) Of all the women we listed, the one Paige never wrestled in FCW/NXT was Lana.
4) Paige’s WWE debut, in which she won the Diva’s title from AJ Lee, took played at the Raw after WrestleMania 30 in 2014. If you’ve seen the documentary on Paige’s family, you can just imagine how excited they all were back at home watching that.
6) For Paige’s second Wellness Policy violation, she claimed it was an administrative error (as she did for her first violation). This prompted WWE to come back and say No, it was for a banned substance.
7) The Rock is filming a movie on Paige’s family because he saw the original one (which aired in the UK) and thought it would make a great full length feature film.
8) Of all the names we listed, the one who has never had nude pictures or videos released (with or without their permission) to the public is Elizabeth.
This week’s questions:
Jim Ross played football in high school, and after college got his start in pro wrestling as a what?
a) Ring boy
d) Ticket taker
As with everyone who got started in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Jim Ross learned his trade in the territorial days. Which territory did Jim pay his dues in, and who was his mentor?
a) WCCW in Dallas, under Fritz Von Erich
b) Big Tim Wrestling in San Francisco, under Ray Shire
c) Houston Wrestling under Paul Boesch
d) Mid South Wrestling under Bill Watts
e) WWWF in New York, under Vince McMahon Sr
If you thought WWF botched the invasion angle (and they did) in ’01 after they bought WCW, you should’ve seen the NWA after they bought the UWF in ’87. Jim managed to survive that debacle, and joined the NWA as an announcer who quickly rose through the ranks. Which of the following people was NOT announcing for the NWA at the time?
a) David Crockett
b) Tony Schiavone
c) Eric Bischoff
d) Bob Caudle
From ’89 through ’92, Ross was the #1 announcer for the NWA as they changed their name to WCW. He was part of the booking committee at times, and often would announce shows solo, without a color commentator. Jesse Ventura was signed in ’92, making him the highest paid announcer and he didn’t have strong chemistry with Ross. Jim was demoted to selling radio ads when which executive took over for WCW?
a) Eric Bischoff
b) Bill Watts
c) Jim Herd
d) Kip Frye
Jim Ross finally left WCW in 1993, quickly signing with the WWF. It was a rough start, as Jim was used to calling the matches straight as a sport, which isn’t how things were done in the WWF. What was memorable about his WWF debut at WrestleMania IX?
a) He used a curse word on the air that didn’t get bleeped, prompting Vince to almost fire him on his first night.
b) He kept messing up the names of all the wrestlers on the show.
c) He and Bobby Heenan didn’t get along, which caused uneasy tension for those listening at home.
d) He was dressed in a toga to go along with the Caesar’s Palace theme of the show.
For whatever reason, the WWF didn’t renew Jim’s contract and he left in 1994 for a short stint in Jim Cornette’s Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Unfortunately this is when he suffered his first attack of Bells Palsy. Fortunately he was re-hired by the WWF later that year. Why?
a) Ross had threatened to sue for wrongful termination, so Vince had no choice but to re-hire him or else go to court.
b) Vince was busy with the steroid trial and couldn’t announce Raw anymore, so he hired Ross back.
c) WCW was thinking of bringing him back, which Vince got wind of and decided he needed to hire Jim before WCW did.
d) USA Network, which aired Raw, demanded that Jim return or else they’d cancel the show.
Fired, and then re-hired again, Jim announced for WWF B-level shows until 1996, when he joined the main announcing team.He temporarily turned heel in September, cutting a Hell of a promo and promising a big surprise. The tease was strong, but the surprise (which wasn’t his idea) was among the most famous disasters in WWE history. What was it?
a) He was going to reveal who Shawn Michaels’ real-life girlfriend was, but she worked with the company and decided she didn’t want to go public with it, so they ended up hiring a bad actress who bombed in the role.
b) He brought in the imposter Undertaker, who did a feud with the real Undertaker.
c) He brought back Razor Ramon and Diesel, who had just jumped to WCW, but they were obvious fakes and the fans crapped on the angle.
d) He was the architect of the Loose Cannon gimmick that resulted in Brian Pillman signing with the WWF with Jim as his manager.
Ross suffered another attack of Bells Palsy the day his mother passed away, causing him to leave Raw for awhile before coming back again in 1998. WCW got a ton of negative heat the following year when they did a tasteless angle mocking Jim’s medical condition. Seriously, what in the Hell were they thinking. What morally corrupt person impersonated Ross on Nitro during that angle?
a) Ed Ferrara
b) Vince Russo
c) Steve Williams
d) Tony Schiavone
e) Eric Bischoff
True or false: Jim Ross announced for the short-lived XFL.
Jim also had a major career backstage as head of talent relations, and hired some of the best, most successful stars WWE ever had. But it was a tough job, as he also had to negotiate wrestlers’ pay and fire people Vince didn’t want anymore. He’s successful now, announcing New Japan for AXS TV, doing one-man shows several times per year, hosting a successful podcast, writing a book, and is expected to announce for the new wrestling show on ITV in the UK. But why was Jim most recently fired by WWE in 2013?
a) He was caught in a lie to Vince, who had no choice but to let him go.
b) He was negotiating with TNA, which violated contract tampering laws.
c) Vince wanted him full-time on the road, which Jim didn’t want to do at his age.
d) He made inappropriate remarks at a WWE 2K14 event with Mick Foley and Ric Flair, and it came off very unprofessional and cost him his job.
There are three ways to send us your answers to the quiz:
We will randomly generate a number to determine the winner. For example, if the number is 25 and you’re the 25th person to contact us with correct answers, you win. Winners receive a free copy of our brand new e-book, “The Armpit Wrestling Quiz Archives: Volume 1.” It features 128 quizzes we’ve written over the years and clocks in at 420 pages and a whopping 1,079 questions on pro wrestling history dating back to the 1980s. We’ll also announce your name here next week as the winner.
Answers will be posted next week. Have fun and good luck.