Jim Ross just lately recalled how former WWE referee Billy Silverman stop the corporate after he was allegedly bullied throughout a flight.
In 2001, Silverman upgraded himself to first-class whereas touring on a aircraft with WWE Superstars. Seat upgrades on aircraft rides have been solely reserved for prime names within the firm on the time, however Silverman was unaware of that unwritten rule.
On the newest episode of Grilling JR, host Conrad Thompson recapped a 2001 report from the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer concerning the incident. Meltzer stated Silverman was “ribbed unmercifully” and ordered to purchase beers for everybody on the flight.
Responding to the report, Ross confirmed that Silverman stop WWE as a result of manner he was handled on the aircraft.
“We had some guys on our roster that have been form of bullies they usually have been very aggressive. I don’t know what motivated them. I believe what motivated them is that they knew that Silverman was not going to struggle again and he was being bullied, and that was improper. Billy did a pleasant job as a referee, he all the time did, however that was pointless. I used to be sorry, he was referee, as a matter of truth, Conrad, and also you lose a bit out of your toolbox, so to talk,” Ross stated.
Silverman labored for WWE between 1986 and 1997 earlier than returning for an additional quick run with the corporate in 2001. He additionally refereed for WCW between 1997 and 2001.
Jim Ross felt dangerous about Billy Silverman’s WWE exit
Jim Ross labored as WWE’s Head of Expertise Relations when Billy Silverman stop his job as a referee.
The 69-year-old admired Silverman’s work however felt there was nothing he might do to persuade the previous official to remain in WWE.
“I all the time felt badly about that situation, however what are you going to do? If he would have come to us when he landed and would have expressed himself, that was no choice. He was gone, he stop. So, I don’t know, and a few folks will take exception to that. ‘It’s best to have introduced him again.’ However, fairly frankly, at the moment it in all probability was higher for him to take a bit little bit of a sabbatical contemplating this complete situation,” Ross stated.
PW Torch’s Wade Keller reported in 2001 that Billy Silverman “made himself a goal” resulting from his reluctance to surrender his first-class seat. He added that “verbal ribbing” from JBL is what in the end led to Silverman quitting.
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