Jim Ross is a veteran in the pro wrestling world, as he became a household name as a commentator in WWE. He has delivered some of the most memorable moments in the history of pro wrestling.

The Casino Ladder match at AEW All Out did not go the way fans expected, as Stokely Hathaway and his goons ended up hijacking the match. It ended with MJF, in disguise, winning the match.

While speaking on an episode of the “On Demand” series on AdFreeShows, Jim Ross talked about the match. He stated that he feels the muted reaction to the then-anonymous winner of the Casino Ladder Match at All Out was a necessary decision.

“It did have a unique reaction,” JR said of the palpable hush that fell over the crowd when Stokely Hathaway and a group of wrestlers interfered and stole the Casino Ladder Match poker chip from high above the ring. Only then did a masked individual emerge from the back — to the tune of The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” no less — to claim the guaranteed title shot token and be declared the match’s winner.  “I don’t know if it was good, bad, or indifferent, but it was a unique reaction, to say the least.” That individual was later revealed to be MJF at the conclusion of the show.


“I didn’t hear any complaints, at least on my timeline,” JR continued, sarcastically suggesting that the timeline is the final word. “I didn’t have an issue with it. It was a piece of the show that needed to be told to take us to the next location. Simple as that.”

MJF has the right to challenge for the AEW World Championship whenever he feels like it. We’ll have to see if he will end up becoming the champion one day or not.

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