During the Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross covered the career of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Throughout the show, Ross mentioned how Heenan and a couple other WWE Hall of Famers pushed to get him hired in 1993. He also said when he first got hired, having the role of replacing Gorilla Monsoon was one of the toughest things to experience because he was replacing one of the greatest announcers of all time.
“Bobby Heenan, Gorilla Monsoon, and Mean Gene [Okerlund] were the three talents that really embraced me coming to WWE in 93′,” Ross said. “They were the vast minority because I was still looked at as the voice of WCW, the enemy. When I had got to WWE in 93′, I had been in the business for 19 years. I wasn’t some new kid on the block.
“I was replacing one of the most beloved characters behind the scenes