One year ago today, I chose to go watch a wrestling show rather than head to my hotel. I saw Jim Ross' wife Jan in the hallway, which instantly brought a giant smile to my face. As always, she called out "Jason Biggs!" And gave me a big hug. As the national anthem played and then ended, we began to catch up. It was the first time we had seen each other since I had been gone from WWE.
We were catching up on everything and seeing everyone who was on the show as they came through for their matches, then wrestling and coming through on their way back-from the opening match to the Main Event! The show ended and we had talked the entire time.
That night, Jan correctly predicted that JR would one day return to WWE. He's the best ever, why wouldn't he. She also thought I would go back, but that's a different story. When I told her that I was writing a book, it was Jan who really drove home an important suggestion. "Most people won't ever know what it's like to step into that ring at Wrestlemania. You were able to do that. Take your readers in the ring and let them feel what it was like to stand in the middle of the ring and look out at the crowd at Wrestlemania." Jan was always right about everything. And two days later, I flew to Minneapolis and started editing my book. I tried to explain as best as possible so readers could feel what that moment was like. For anyone who has thanked me for describing what it was like to be in the ring, to that point that they felt like they really knew-the credit goes to Jan Ross.
I am so glad that I could meet Jan early on in my WWE days and talk with her every time she came around. She was so sweet and loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with her. I was looking forward to being on a show with Jim last year, and was thrilled with the bonus of Jan's joining. I'm appreciative for all of the valuable lessons she taught me that day, the next day when we did it again..and for all of the other times we chatted over the years.
Jan passed away in March and is missed by everyone. Her kind words and lessons live on through many of us that were fortunate enough to learn from her positive ways.