Former WWE Star and current AEW commentator “Good Ole’ J.R.” Jim Ross recently spoke with Sportskeeda and explained how he discovered John Cena while he was still employed by the WWE. According to JR, he was actually scouting someone else when he first laid eyes on the WWE legend.
Jim Ross said, “John was up in Southern California, working part-time in several jobs; moving company, truck driver, just a litany of things, while he was training with Rick Bassman in UPW in Southern California.” “I was up there and actually scouting somebody else, I can’t remember who it was now. John looked like Sting, long-flat top haircut, so we had our little sit down.”
“We have our sit down and get to know each other and I found out he’s a former All-American center. I found out his strength coach has now become the coach at Oklahoma University, I find out he knew as much wrestling trivia as anybody that I had been around, so a true student of the game.”
Jim Ross then talked about being so excited of John Cena that he flew back to New York immediately to tell WWE Chairman Vince McMahon about the 16-time World Champion and how high he was of Cena.
Jim Ross said, “I remember I took the red-eye that night, LAX to New York City.” “And I was so excited to meet this guy that I went to the office first and I caught Vince and I’m still in my wrinkled sleepy clothes. He says, ‘where you been?’ I told him. ‘You see anybody you like?’ I said, ‘as a matter of fact I did. I think I saw a kid that will headline WrestleMania in five years or less.’ Vince said, ‘I think you need to go home and take a shower. You’re delusional.’ But I was high on John Cena.”