Jim Ross is regarded as one of the most-respected pro wrestling commentators in the industry. Ross has worked with many wrestling giants such as NWA, WCW and later on WWE. Today, JR serves as a full time commentator and senior advisor for All Elite Wrestling. Ross went on to reveal the reason for calling only six matches at this Saturday’s Full Gear.
On the latest episode of his “Grilling JR” podcast, Good Ole JR was asked about calling six matches on AEW’s last pay-per-view, Full Gear this past weekend. Jim Ross revealed that he left the commentary booth after calling the matches and watched the rest of the show from his hotel room on his iPad. JR further stated that he desired to call the main event, and it was ultimately Tony Khan’s decision for Jim Ross to call the first six matches only.
Tony Kahn wanted me to work the first six matches and I did, and then I was done. I’d like to have worked the last match, you know, obviously as a fan, as a broadcaster. I’m a big fan of Jon Moxley. I was kind of thinking it was going to be MJF’s night. It seemed like it was time. We’ll see how that works out. I hope it works out great. We’ll see. MJF has got to take ownership of the championship and be that great leader that we need him to be. As you can see, he looked great. He was in great shape, or the best shape he’s ever been in. So it was interesting in that respect. I thought they had a solid match.”
“I watched the match back on my iPad because I went back to the hotel when I was finished with my assignment and I got there in time to watch, I kind of double-dipped. I watched the last quarter of the Bedlam game, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on my TV, and I watched the pay-per-view on my iPad, the rest of it. So it was an interesting deal. I don’t normally leave early, but I was done, finished, and did what I needed to have done and we moved on. I liked the show. I thought it was a good show. The first half that I did, the matches I thought were pretty damn strong, some stronger than others. That’s just the nature of the beast. But I thought it was a good show. I really did. I enjoyed it. I thought the talents worked their ass off. I thought it was well booked. The matches all seem to have meaning. The dots were all being connected well, so I thought that was a good scenario. It was fun. I would have liked to have worked more, but that’s always going to be the case. I’m an old ballplayer. I want to play. But, I was happy to do what I did and hopefully, the folks enjoyed it.”
Jim Ross started his play-by-by commentary career in the wrestling business in 1977 in the NWA Tri-State territory. He then worked for the WWE for a long tenure. After leaving WWE in 2019, he joined Tony Khan’s AEW and since then has served as the play-by-play commentator for AEW Dynamite and nowadays on Rampage.
Jim Ross is best known for his long and distinguished tenure in WWE and has been labelled as one of the greatest wrestling commentators of all time. Ross also owns barbecue sauce and beef jerky brand, J.R.’s Family BBQ outside of wrestling.
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