Former WWE and current AEW Announcer Jim Ross recently spoke with Sports Illustrated, where he discussed a number of topics regarding the new promotion. Among them were Jon Moxley’s debut, the announcing team, the future of the brand and more.
Below are some highlights from the Interview:
On Jon Moxley’s Debut at Double or Nothing:
“I didn’t know it was going to happen,” said Ross. “I knew we were negotiating with Moxley. I asked what was happening with him about 10 days ago, and I was told it was going well, but when it came time for the show, his name wasn’t anywhere on my format sheet. It left my mind because I had more I knew I had to prepare for.”
On a similar feeling for Ross:
“The lucky part for me is it reminded me of Mick Foley getting thrown off the cell,” said Ross. “I didn’t know that was going to happen, and the same thing happened on Saturday night in Vegas. I didn’t know Moxley was coming out there. He was so full of passion and raw, animal magnetism. I felt it in my bone marrow, it was a ‘Stone Cold’ moment.”
On the AEW commentary team:
“Firstly, I enjoyed it,” said Ross. “I hope all the people that watched it did, as well. Certainly, we gave effort. It’s no secret that I’ve never been a big proponent of three-man announcement booths, but all of us—Alex Marvez, myself, and Excalibur—decided that each of us would have our own unique role.
“Alex is going to be our Jay Glazer/Adam Schefter, Excalibur is the wrestling analyst, and I’ll do my best to add some play-by-play. Excalibur reminds me, in delivery and range, of a younger Paul Heyman. He can spitfire coherent sentences and make some very valid points. All three of us, if we all stay in our lane, we can really develop a great cohesion and a verbal symmetry.”
On the future of AEW:
“I’m broadcasting for a young, exciting expansion team, but that doesn’t intimidate me,” said Ross. “I relish it. The first voice you hear is mine, and I take a lot of pride in that.
“It’s been an amazing journey. My 26 years at WWE, another 19 before that, and now we can honestly say we have started another phase. I’m healthy, I’m happy, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else except what I’m doing right now. I can’t wait ’til we do it again.”
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