Jim Ross recently said that Randy Orton is the best wrestler in the world, even better than Kenny Omega. That controversial statement drew ire from AEW fans directing venomous tweets at Jim Ross. He certainly saw the controversy.

Kenny Omega responded to this controversy by tweeting out: “Meh. I’d rather believe the bigot cuck, dimwit e-drones, and the guy that thinks I’m the WWE champion.”

During Grilling JR, the WWE Hall of Famer had a chance to address the controversy. He made it clear that he wasn’t besmirching Kenny Omega’s name at all. That “couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

“We have a little controversy going about who I apparently said that I thought Randy Orton was the best wrestler in the world. People forget that I recruited these guys. I’ve had a business association with a guy like Randy Orton since day one. Coach Barry Switzer said, ‘You recruit these kids for life’ and I kind of take that to heart. I’ve helped a lot of guys who got down on their luck and needed a check, what have you, way past WWE days.”


“Apparently, people thought I was besmirching Kenny Omega…Nothing could be farther from the truth. How many times have I said to you (Conrad Thompson), ‘I can have many opinions to this question and have many answers.’…I don’t know how that could be such a big issue. I just don’t get it. I really don’t understand what the inflammation is regarding this topic that is so subjective. There’s no right or wrong answer. He’s the best in the world based on what? Arm drags? Drop toeholds? Money drawn? Major events headlined? Tenure? What is the criteria? TV ratings?”

“I don’t know what the criteria is for these things. Anybody that can debate me and tell me that Randy Orton is not one of the best in the world will have a hard time winning that argument. Anybody can debate me and say, ‘Well, I think Kenny Omega is.’ Well, you make a good point. I don’t have any problem with that. Kenny Omega is the AEW Champion. He’s a hell of a hand. There’s no doubt about it, but golly. People are so sensitive right now, but that’s the whole tone and tenor of social media.”

“I’m not so sure how great in some sense that social media is for pro wrestling today, because it’s one little blotch, one little missed word, one little missed move, and it becomes a major issue. It’s getting a little bit predictable first of all, but it’s getting a little bit tired, if you know what I’m saying.”

“Best” is a matter of opinion in any case. Obviously, some AEW fans didn’t appreciate Jim Ross putting over someone who works for Vince McMahon’s company. He might pick his words more carefully from this point on, but Good ole JR always calls things how he sees them.

What’s your take on Jim Ross’ response to the controversy? Sound off in the comments!

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