I was the voice of WWE but I had to wear black clothes so I could pee myself due to strict WrestleMania bathroom rules

“Will Somebody Stop The Damn Match” was only uttered once in Jim Ross’ career – but that doesn’t mean he didn’t think about it a lot.

The legendary commentator was the voice of WWE for two decades, but strict bathroom rules led to him getting wet live on television.


Ross wore a dark suit at WrestleMania 17 as he battled his own bladderCredit: WWE

“JR” made his WWE debut at WrestleMania 9 in 1993 and was a nearly ever-present figure on the headset until he left the company in 2019.

Such was his commitment that the Hall of Famer took one for the team at WrestleMania 17 at the turn of the millennium.

Knowing that WWE did not approve of commentators going to the bathroom during a continuous live show, Ross intentionally wore darker clothing during the broadcast to hide stains once nature called.

The 72-year-old admitted the problem became more regular when WWE extended RAW and other premium live events to three hours.

During an episode of his podcast Grillin JR with Jim Ross, the man himself was asked how many times he’s had to relieve his bladder during a show and he replied, “I keep a scorecard .

“It’s definitely been more than once. I’m not going to quit my job. Wearing darks has been a running joke for years.

“It’s a double-edged sword: you drank hot coffee or tea for your pipes (vocal cords) to keep them lubricated.

“So with all this fluid intake it has to go somewhere baby and so what do you do?”

Jim Ross and Jerry 'The King' Lawler were the voices of the Attitude Era


Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler were the voices of the Attitude EraCredit: WWE

Ross then revealed that NXT commentator Booker T committed the cardinal sin of going to the bathroom early in his career.

Good ol’ JR admitted that executives remained in disbelief that Booker left his post to fulfill his bodily duties.

About having to stay at the commentary table, Ross added: “It’s just what you have to do, I don’t know any other way to do it.

“Someone said, ‘You should get a catheter,’ and You you should go fuck yourself! You wear a catheter for three hours and then you tell me how you liked it. My fat ass doesn’t wear a fucking catheter.

“When I was in the ICU for my colon, I had to wear a catheter for a week – that’s not fun. It’s just not fun.

“So I never opted for the catheter, I just wore dark clothes.”

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After leaving WWE, Ross joined company rivals AEW to form a new commentary team with Tony Schiavone and Excaliber.

However, he admitted that he also transferred his grooming procedures to Tony Khan’s promotion.

“I don’t think Tony and Excaliber have the same philosophy. If we’re on a roll, I’m not going to go to the bathroom,” Ross continued.

“I’m just going to take care of it the way nature intended. When I’m done, I’m not going to stick around. My ass is going to the toilet.”


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