WWE Hall of Fammer and AEW senior advisor, analyst, and commentator Jim Ross was a recent guest on the Busted Open Radio show on Sirius XM. The show is hosted by Dave LaGreca and a rotating co-host chair that features WWE Hall of Famers Bully Ray and Mark Henry, and ECW alumni and current AEW producer Tommy Dreamer.
Good ole JR is known for a few things; including his BBQ sauce and beef jerky brands, his love of the Oklahoma Sooners, some of the most famous wrestling commentary lines of all time, and his absolute hatred of closed fists in professional wrestling. Along with his hatred of blows that he deems illegal, Jim Ross has big problems with rule breaking in general, and prefers to see heel characters break the rules to gain heat, instead of what often happens in wrestling these days, which is having the rules broken and disregarded by the referee.
Ross spoke to Busted Open about a number of topics, including rule changes in AEW matches and his interactions with some of the younger talent on the roster.
“A lot of them come to me to ask questions,” said JR. “You gotta get beyond the fact that, ‘man, I’ve dreamed all my life that you were gonna call one of my matches.’ Okay, cool. Thank you, I’ll do my best.”
“The issue is, not everybody listens. They think that somethings [in the industry] ‘suck’. We don’t have tag ropes anymore because some of our crew think it’s lame. I think it’s bullsh*t. Heels need rules to break.”
JR continued, saying “you need shortcuts to gain an unfair advantage. It’s just common sense, it is basic human instincts. The heels when they get out and wrestle? They cheat. It’s never changed, it’s not going to change.”
“Most of them listen in and are appreciative. I can tell when their eyes go off the topic. If I’m talking to you and you ain’t looking at me in the eye? You ain’t listening. So why should I waste my breath?”
You can watch good ole Jim Ross on commentary every Wednesday night on AEW’s flagship show Dynamite on TNT at 8pm EST.
Do you love wrestling? Do you have strong opinions on AEW, WWE, NJPW, Impact, ROH, and the independent scene? Do you like to write about wrestling? Then we want you on our team. AIPT is currently recruiting wrestling writers. Apply to write for AIPT today!