The Pitch That Got Gail Kim Hired By WWE Is Peak Vince McMahon

At this point, a lot of wrestling fans probably have an inflated, near-mythical view of Vince McMahon. The reputation of WWE’s chairman and CEO certainly precedes him, and a lot of the tall tales you hear probably have at least some basis in fact. I mean, just look at how much he hates sneezing. Seriously, go open a new browser tab and Google “Vince McMahon sneezing.” This is a strange, strange person in charge at WWE, and another strange story is starting to take off thanks to Jim Ross.

On the latest edition of JR’s podcast The Ross Report, he talks about how former WWE Women’s Champion Gail Kim initially got hired. McMahon wasn’t initially sold on the idea of a superstar of Asian descent, so Ross realized he had to break it all down in terms Vince would understand.

“…I remember Vince said, ‘You want to hire this Asian girl, right? I don’t know, I just don’t know.’ And I said, ‘Well Vince, you know, there’s a lot of guys that like Asian women. There’s Asian porn sites.’ “

Ross eventually does mention that he vouched for Kim’s in-ring ability as well, but let’s not overlook the fact that he first had to rock Vince McMahon’s world with the knowledge that Asian porn exists. The running joke is that Vince is always at least five years behind current pop culture (which would explain why the artist formerly known as Leo Kruger debuted an Aldous Snow gimmick in 2014), but even this seems hard to believe. What else doesn’t he know about? Snuggies? Taylor Swift? The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle? I’m saying I want a definitive list of Things Vince McMahon Is Aware Of, just to get a read on him. Also, why is Jim Ross the resident porn expert at WWE? I thought that was Dolph Ziggler’s gig.