Jim Ross takes the high road by tipping his cap to John Laurinaitis, who beams with pride, after J.R.'s firing on Raw last night (Oct. 10, 2011). Photo via WWE.com.
Based on the storyline of the WWE roster orchestrating a mass walkout on Triple H as COO, and that including Jim Ross, many fans put it together that there was probably going to be a reaction that included some sort of hazing on the popular announcer at last night's Raw, which was held in his home state of Oklahoma.
You see, Vince McMahon has a long history of humiliating good ol' J.R. ... especially when the company travels to Oklahoma. Sure enough, he was verbally run down by John Laurinaitis last night on Raw before being fired.
The Wrestling Observer brings word that it's even worse than it first appeared:
As noted on last night's Observer Radio, both JR and his wife Jan, who was sitting front row, were blindsided by Ross being fired on Raw. It wasn't in the script and almost nobody knew it was going to happen. One person in WWE noted last night that at this point you could probably put together a three-disc set of JR humiliations in Oklahoma. But hey, WWE is anti-bullying. And actually, that's true of most of the people who work there. Just not the guy at the very top.
It's just sickening that WWE continues to treat Ross like he's nothing more than a toy they can play with and humiliate as they please. It's just sadistic and I'll never understand why he puts up with it.
What's worse, he was kayfabing on Twitter all week begging Triple H to let him back on Raw to announce because "that's all I want to do." Then he shows up with his wife and, without warning, they embarrass him in front of her and fire him.
Video of Laurinaitis firing Ross, who did a phenomenal job of no selling the entire thing, is after the jump. If you would like to read more on the extensive list of ways WWE has tortured Ross throughout the years, Keith Harris has a post chronicling his career right here.