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 spoken once in Jim Ross’ career – but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t thinking it a lot.

The legendary commentator was the voice of WWE for two decades but strict bathroom rules saw him wet himself on live television.

Ross was wearing a dark suit at WrestleMania 17 as he contended with his own bladder


Ross was wearing a dark suit at WrestleMania 17 as he contended with his own bladderCredit: WWE

‘JR’ made his WWE debut at WrestleMania 9 in 1993 and was a near-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 during WrestleMania 17 at the turn of the millennium.

Knowing that WWE didn’t approve of commentators heading to the toilet during a live continuous show, Ross intentionally wore darker clothes during the broadcast to hide any 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 Grillin JR with Jim Ross podcast, the man himself was asked how many times he’s had to relieve his bladder during a broadcast and replied: “I keep a scorecard.

“It’s certainly been more than once. I’m not going to leave my post. Wearing darks [dark clothing] has been a running joke for years.

“It’s a double-edged sword – You drank coffee, or hot tea for your pipes [vocal chords] to keep them lubricated.

“Then, with all that consumption of liquids, it’s gotta 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 went on to reveal NXT commentator Booker T had once made the cardinal sin of heading to the bathroom early in his career.

Good ol’ JR admitted executives were left in incredulous disbelief by Booker’s act of leaving his post to fulfil his bodily functions.

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

“Somebody said, ‘You should get a catheter’, and you should go screw yourself! You wear a catheter for three hours and then tell me how you liked it. My fat a** ain’t wearing no goddamn catheter.

“When I was in intensive care for my colon I had to wear a catheter for a week – not fun. It’s just not fun.

“So I never went the catheter route, I just wore darks.”

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

However, he admitted he’s taken his bathroom procedures over to Tony Khan’s promotion as well.

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

“I’m just going to take care of it like nature intended. When I’m done, I’m not going to stick around. My a** is going to the bathroom.”



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