The first live “Grilling JR” show with Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson started with a bang in Jacksonville with unheard and behind the curtain stories, no one has heard previously.
One story that JR recalled was that Vince McMahon originally wanted to pass on signing Randy Orton due to his dishonorable discharge from the Marines before eventually getting talked around.
Questioned by Thompson on McMahon not wanting to sign Orton due to the discharge even though he’s a second generation. Ross would respond saying:
No, it didn’t matter. McMahon is that patriotic. I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do, we did it cause I talked him into it. ‘We gotta give him a chance. Everybody deserves a chance, Vince.’
He said it all the time. ‘Let’s give this kid a chance.’ Cause he’s getting one chance now, right? One chance. If it don’t work, he’s done with us. For f’n ever. There’ll be no more recalls and there will be no more call backs; we’re done. But he deserves a chance.’
Orton would go to become a 13-time world champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time United States Champion, two-time Tag Team Champion, two-time Royal Rumble winner, and Mr. Money In The Bank.