Edge reveals how WWE legend paid off student debt
What is the story?
We all know Jim Ross was the voice of the attitude age and perhaps the best announcer in wrestling history. What few people know is how great a Samaritan he was.
Good Ol ‘JR was recently a guest on the E&C Pod of Awesomeness, where Edge recounted how Jim Ross paid him a bonus of $ 40,000 to waive his student loans. We thank Wrestling Inc. for the transcription of the same.
In case you didn’t know …
In addition to being one of the greatest play-by-play advertisers in history, Jim Ross was also the head of talent relations at WWE, for a spell. It was mainly to keep him away from television, after his altercation with Bell’s Palsy.
In this role, JR did something for Edge that would kick off his career in the right way.
The heart of the matter
Edge recalled feeling absolutely overwhelmed by his tuition fees:
Well, I’m going to tell you for my end as a kid out of college, owed $ 40,000.00, which was more than money I’ve ever made in a year, and none average in the future other than my only goal of paying it, $ 40,000 back then, that’s a big change and still a big change for a lot of people.
Jim Ross would come to Edge’s aid when Edge needed him most:
I remember thinking to myself, ‘Okay, now I’m signed. Okay, the first thing I have to do is pay off this debt. And [Ross] payroll. It was a signing bonus and I never, ever forgot it because it pulled me out of a hole. Now I was starting from zero, and man, that put me in such a different position.
Jim Ross calls the occasional WWE Special and is more actively involved in calling NJPW matches at this time. Edge and Christian have a very popular podcast, as does Jim Ross. One wonders if behind-the-scenes mentors like Jim Ross still exist in WWE, to this day!
What a great story it was! We wonder how many other Ross’s have helped in this way, without us all knowing it.
Thanks to Edge and his story, on this day we see clearly about Jim Ross and his good deeds.
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