AEW fans may have noticed that Jim Ross was only on commentary for the main event at last night’s Dynamite: Blood and Guts event. JR was introduced to a nice pop and big fanfare on the televised portion of the show. Many have been wondering why he wasn’t at the booth the entire night.

It turns out AEW is experimenting with a shakeup at the announcer’s table. Jim Ross called the entire hour of Rampage, while Dynamite was mostly a three-person affair. That looks like it will remain the case for the time being.

Dave Meltzer discussed the change on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. Ross will join Rampage on Friday nights, while Dynamite sticks with the formula from the first hour of yesterday’s show. For now, it’s just experimental, but the change may stick if Tony Khan is happy with the results.

“The deal with JR is, it looks like, at least this week because they’re doing an experiment, but it looks like JR will do the second hour of Dynamite and he’s going to be moved to Rampage on Fridays as well. He announces the entire Rampage show this Friday night.”


Last year, Ringside News exclusively reported that AEW was planning to limit JR’s exposure on television. It was believed that Ross would slow down after his next contract came into effect. This change may reflect that.

Jim Ross is the definitive voice of wrestling going back to the 1980s for many fans. A fresh perspective on Friday nights might help Rampage, which has struggled to find and maintain an audience. Time will tell if AEW sticks to this new experimental commentary format.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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