The voice of wrestling. New York Times Best Selling Author.

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Jim Ross the Voice of Wrestling will be commentating UR Fight on Sunday March 20th where many celebrity Wrestling Legends make a comeback: http://bit.ly/URshowtv-URfight-GetTix

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razamataz84147 karma

JR,

Care to comment on the nausea inducing camera zooms used durring sustained attack sequences?

RealJimRoss510 karma

IT'S APPARENTLY SOMEONE'S ARTSY IDEA TO UPGRADE THE SHOW. EPIC FAIL.

explicittv136 karma

First off Jim Ross you are the absolute best color commentator in the history of commentary! When you returned in 1999 you cut an amazing promo that I felt was very moving and emotional explaining your absence. Why did they turn you heel after gaining so much sympathy?

RealJimRoss177 karma

Creative thought it was the right move to make turning me heel but they were wrong. fans did not buy it and I did not execute it well.

BanksFan4Ever118 karma

Hi Jim. First of all I'd like to say I absolutely love your work, I think you're the greatest commentator that ever lived. Thank you for everything you've done.

I hope this isn't too personal of a comment/question. My grandmother recently began suffering with Bell's Palsy and it has greatly impacted her confidence. She's slowly on the mend but is still worried about how people look at her. She's an absolutely lovely lady and I hate that she feels like this. I was wondering if you have any tips for her on how to cope with it? Thanks!

RealJimRoss191 karma

get her laughing, enjoying her favorite TV shows, etc. and keep her generally positive as Bell's will usually go away in a few months at worst.

ethanrules3103 karma

What do you think the Montreal Screwjob would be like if social media and the internet was as big as it is now?

RealJimRoss189 karma

INSANE

Coldcoffees91 karma

Asking for a friend..

In kayfabe, was Giant Gonzalez wearing a suit or was he just really like that?

RealJimRoss177 karma

he wore a body suit to enhance his physique. Jorge was huge but not a body builder.

BahhhhGawwwwd83 karma

What are your thoughts on the Neville situation and WWE's current injury situation?

RealJimRoss181 karma

happy NEVILLE GOT CALLED UP, SORRY FOR HIS INJURY BUT HIS BOOKING HAS BEEN SO-SO AT BEST,

JBurton9083 karma

What is your favorite "Jim Ross Calls..." video on the internet?
Examples:
"Jim Ross Calls Kam Chancellor's hit on Vernon Davis"
"WWE's Jim Ross calls the Germany vs Brazil match"

RealJimRoss82 karma

hard to say but several of them are entertaining.

TheZombiezSlaya68 karma

Hey JR. What are your thoughts on the current commentary on WWE? Most people see it as really bad, with the exception of Corey Graves and Mauro Ranallo.

Bonus question: Who do you see as the biggest misuse of talent in the WWE currently?

RealJimRoss122 karma

WWE announcers are produced to execute a particular way so fans who knock wwe announcing obviously don't know what the real deal is .

vengeancerider64 karma

JR, you were my favorite commentator growing up. The way you called matches was unbelievable and how you got into the matches. Its just not the same without you and King at ringside anymore. Come back please?!

RealJimRoss153 karma

WWE has spoken and the do not want me on their broadcasts. End of story. No worries here. I'm on PPV Sunday in Phoenix for URshow.tv and I hope that you will give us a shot. It will be a helluva, unpredictable show.

that_yellow_guy62 karma

Hey JR, I'm sure you get asked all the time how you felt watching Mick Foley get tossed off the cell. So instead, what were you thinking when he got off of the stretcher and climbed back up top for more?

RealJimRoss134 karma

I though that he had broken his back or worse including being maimed

pandaxmonium58 karma

JR! I've been a huge fan since I was a young kid. My question for you is: what is your opinion on the way Roman Reigns is currently being booked? What do you think about WWE's seemingly refusal to listen to their live crowds response to him? I appreciate your opinion and thank you so much for all of the memories growing up. You truly made watching wrestling more enjoyable.

RealJimRoss234 karma

IMO Reigns is being booed because he's been shoved down fan's throats and they have spit him back. He's a natural heel at this point in time. Bottom line is that reigns is miscast.

MVPlaya58 karma

How is your current relationship with Vince/WWE? Have you communicated with him since he fired you?

RealJimRoss151 karma

my relationship with Vince is positive and healthy. We communicate somewhat regularly. I had 21 great years with VKM and am grateful for my run.

TheZombiezSlaya54 karma

Hey JR, whatever happened to your BBQ chain? I went to the one in Moore, and it was really great.

Also your spicy BBQ sauce is amazing.

RealJimRoss112 karma

WE FLIPPED THE BBQ JOINT IN MOORE TO A Louie's AND THE LOCATION IN NORMAN WENT OUT OF BUSINESS DUE LARGELY TO THE EXIT BEING CLOSED FOR OVER A YEAR.

lawanhawizy54 karma

Hey JR,

How are you?

This isn't really a question but more of an apology. At Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans, I had just landed from a long flight and decided to hit Bourbon Street to combat the jetlag and at around 1 am on a Thursday night I went into a late night restaurant and was gobsmacked to find you in there eating some fried chicken. I shook your hand and took a photo with you wihtout realising that you may have not wanted to be interrupted.

I didn't mean to annoy you. I just couldn't believe I was stood a few yards away from one of my all time heroes.

So apologies once again.

RealJimRoss65 karma

NO WORRIES BUT THANKS FOR SPEAKING UP

BathtubBobby45 karma

Hope you're having a good day Jim, you were the best at your craft because you knew how to put the wrestlers and the action in the ring over. Anyways my question is, WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOUR CAPS LOCK?

RealJimRoss168 karma

TOO LAZY TO TAKE IT OFF PLUS IT'S EASIER TO READ

WoogieBoogie1439 karma

In today's WWE, could anyone become as big of a draw as SCSA?

RealJimRoss76 karma

WE can only hope so but it's highly unlikely.

joemurphyxx38 karma

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RealJimRoss767 karma

ASK YOUR MAMA

uglyboyrufus36 karma

Hey JR, thanks for your time. Been listening to your work for almost 30 years.

My question is: do you think the Internet has helped the wrestling industry more than it has hurt it, or vice versa? Where do you think the industry would be today without it?

RealJimRoss133 karma

the internet keeps the wrestling business honest and accountable so I see the IWC as a positive.

Coldcoffees33 karma

In a previous AMA you said that Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt seemed like WWE's next big stars. What do you believe is hindering Bray Wyatt's success and how far do you see him going?

RealJimRoss107 karma

bray WYATT IS MISS CAST . HE'S A CHARACTER BABYFACE AND NOT A HATED HEEL.

l1vewire31 karma

Hey JR!

What are your thoughts on side dishes at BBQ's, specifically Potato Salad?

RealJimRoss79 karma

side dishes are essential in presenting great bbq entrees. potato salad and cole slaw are must's.

aleks9327 karma

Did you enjoy announcing MMA two years ago? Would you do it again?

RealJimRoss82 karma

Damn right! I feel I can broadcast MMA as well as any one currently doing it.

BloodyBlastBeat27 karma

Coming from across the pond to Dallas for Mania weekend. Wondering what your most recent thoughts are on WrestleMania in the UK, and the best story you have about a Brit?

Looking forward to your Ringside show post-Raw (Any more meet-and-greet tickets to be released?)

RealJimRoss57 karma

WrestleMania IN THE uk IS A LONG SHOT AT BEST BUT IT ISN;'T AN IMPOSSIBILITY. London, FOR EXAMPLE, NEEDS TO BE PRO ACTIVE ON THEIR RECRUITING OF THIS EVENT THAT WILL PRODUCE MILLIONS OF NEW DOLLARS TO WHOEVER HOSTS IT.

Willyoboi25 karma

Jim Ross, what do you think about Shane vs the undertaker at mania?

RealJimRoss79 karma

BASED ON TALENT AVAILABILITY IT SEEMS LIKE A GOOD BOOKNG AND IT WIL LIKELY OVERACHIEVE ITS EXPECTATION.

kirstenblunts22 karma

Hey JR!

Of all NXT superstars, who do you see moving up to the main roster sooner than others?

RealJimRoss84 karma

several fit the bill but none will mean any thing if they are not introduced to the main roster in a meaningful and impactful manner.

Rikvidr19 karma

Hey J.R.

My question is, do you have any particularly funny stories of Owen Hart's antics that you could share with us?

RealJimRoss84 karma

THERE WERE SO MANY BUT HIM PUTTING POWDERED SUGAR UNDR HIS NOSE TO FEIGN COCAINE USE IS A CLASSIC. YOU WATCHING OUR PPV THIS SUNDAY ON URSHOW.TV?

nameerk19 karma

Hey JR! hope you're doing find. Do you think financially pushing Reigns to the top is a good/wise move? I know Cena was rejected due to his push as well but he's been a money making machine. Do you think there is the same potential in Roman Reigns, or would, say, Dean Ambrose be more profitable in that position?

I'm talking from strictly a monetary point of view, ignoring factors such as story telling or work rate or quality of the product.

RealJimRoss69 karma

The Reigns issue has to play out for any one to intelligently judge how it will play out. If Reigns turns heel then there is big money there IMO.

lordofthebinks17 karma

Hi JR! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

My question is...How do you think Shinsuke Nakamura will do in the WWE?? Will he have the same opportunities as the other members on the roster? It has seemingly been a rarity for an Asian wrestler to get a large push in the WWE. I would just like to hear your thoughts on this.

RealJimRoss52 karma

Nakamura should do big business if he's booked strategically and not stereotyped

superkat2115 karma

Who was the biggest drama behind the scenes and why? Vice versa, who was that one person that used their role to do great things?

RealJimRoss35 karma

I DON;T STORE THE NEGATIVE TALENTS IN MY NIND TO RELIVE IN MATTERS SUCH AS THIS. DRAMA WASN'T A RARIETY AS MAN TALENTS BROUGHT DRAMA WITH THEM TO THE DANCE.

stormeaglex115 karma

Do you think Vince McMahon is overly adamant about pushing homegrown talent before people that made a name elsewhere?

RealJimRoss76 karma

now IDEA AS I NEVER ATTEMPT TO THINK LIKE VKM...THAT'S DANGEOUS

Scentapeed13 karma

I think with all of the equity The New Day has built that Big E is a no-brainer main event talent after the group runs it's course. Do you see it another way?

RealJimRoss37 karma

NEW DAYS HOULD BE BABY FACES

Redbullsnation12 karma

Was there an announcer you didn't get along with??

RealJimRoss37 karma

None that I can recall. Sorry to disappoint you but I got along with most everyone that I can think of .

kmac873111 karma

Hello JR, to me you will always be the voice of professional wrestling! Your voice is prominent throughout my childhood and is associated with all my favorite moments. My question is, do you think Jerry Lawler is underrated by the fans of this generation? He's been a mainstay since 1994 and has missed until recently very few Raw's and ppvs. To me he doesn't get the credit or respect he deserves from the newer fans. Do you think he should be considered the voice of wwe for the body of work he has put in the last 22+ years?

RealJimRoss42 karma

jerry Lawler is one of the best talents in the history of the business. Who's better in all the areas that he's exceled in over the years? Nobody.

thegame9910 karma

Mr. Ross.. great man! basically grew up with your voice!

How do you feel that Roman is not getting over and your opinion with Ziggler and maybe other talents not being used appropriately?

Thanks for doing this!!

RealJimRoss32 karma

obviously reigns isn't getting over as a baby face.

UphillGinger10 karma

What was the true full story of your firing? Lots of rumours and from what iv heard you were used as a scapegoat from Flairs errors, after so many years of great service i thought it was a particularly petty way for you to leave

RealJimRoss47 karma

I TOOK THE BULLET FOR THE 2K SYMPOSIUM GOING AWRY. SUCH IS LIFE.

Armoredcow7810 karma

JR...you've been all around the world and seen a lot of crazy things....but have you ever seen a real egg sucking dog?

RealJimRoss21 karma

NO YET BUT I'M STILL LOOKING

GeometricThoughts10 karma

Hey JR! Thanks for taking time out to do this. I heard you wanted to call games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, so what are your thoughts on the NL this year? Any World Series predictions?

RealJimRoss42 karma

TOO EARLY FOR WORLD SERIES PREDICTIONS FOR ME BUT NOT TOO EARLY TO PROMOTE SUNDAYS PPV FIGHT CARD ON URshow.TV

666lonewolf10 karma

What are your thoughts on the current wrestlemania card? What would you change?

RealJimRoss35 karma

I say let It play out and see how it delivers as injuries have wrecked the card by and large. I give it the benefit of the doubt until I see it live.

mcgolfin9 karma

Hey JR. I believe in the past you have said on your podcast something along the lines of Hell in a Cell and Street Fight type matches being less meaningful nowadays due to PG/no blood rules making them less believable. Considering Mick Foley's gift to Dean Ambrose on RAW last night, are you expecting to see color in the Street Fight between Dean and Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania?

RealJimRoss20 karma

NOT UNLESS IT'S THE HARD WAY

Fourth_Legacy9 karma

Hey Jim, love your work

Is there a particular performer you would like to be involved in the last match you call before retiring?

RealJimRoss95 karma

Impossible to answer as I'm never going to retire.

Zykium9 karma

Were there ever any wrestlers who were just more fun to commentate on their fights?

RealJimRoss45 karma

YOU COULD ALWAYS PICK THAT UP IN MY VOICE.

unostriker8 karma

Who would you like to have on your podcast? Big fan by the way, loving your work on AXS TV.

RealJimRoss47 karma

Vince McMahon

NightwingXCX8 karma

Hey Mr. Ross, big fan. Thanks for doing this. What do you think about how AJ Styles is presented in WWE now? And do you think that he'll ever win the big one?

RealJimRoss37 karma

I have no issues with the way AJ has been booked and I'd suspect that he would have no issues either.

stormeaglex17 karma

Do you agree with the comparison of Roman Reigns as today's Rocky Maivia? A guy placed in the wrong role that would be much getter served doing something else?

RealJimRoss25 karma

I THINK THAT WE'VE MADE THAT POINT SOMEWHAT CLEAR TONIGHT

RealJimRoss16 karma

THAT POINT CAN BE MADE QUITE EASILY

stormeaglex17 karma

Who is the most under appreciated wrestler on the current WWE roster?

RealJimRoss14 karma

TOO SUBJECTIVE TO ANSWER. IT COULD BE SEVERAL PEOPLE

musclelicious6 karma

Did Vince ever ask you to go back?

RealJimRoss19 karma

No..but never say never and we are NOT acrimonious.

maalbi6 karma

favorite bbq spots of all time??

RealJimRoss48 karma

I've had great Q all of the world and it's all been pretty damn good. Like sex, the worst I ever had wasn't bad

cnnb176 karma

Is there a match or moment that you didn't commentate but wish that you did?

RealJimRoss43 karma

Foley's FIRST wwe title WIN

MrMorlonelycat6 karma

Hey Jim, loved you on commentary and enjoy watching and listening to you. For my question, what is your opinion on the "Four Horsewomen of NXT" (Sasha, Bayley, Becky, and Charlotte)?

RealJimRoss18 karma

They are a work in progress but they have miles to go before they are a finished product. I enjoy watching them nonetheless

Riddy866 karma

If you could call any possible fantasy match from current or past Wrestlers, who would be involved and what type of match ?

RealJimRoss22 karma

Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk, Jr. in a 60 minute iron man match..for one

Prefer_Not_To_Say5 karma

Hi JR, thanks for doing this. Are there any young up-and-comers who stand out to you as future greats?

RealJimRoss7 karma

impossible to say who will be a 'future great' based on their attitudes, the promotion/creative and how healthy they can stay.

Hardcorehanna5 karma

Any memories of watching Dirty Dalton Gang when you were growing up?

RealJimRoss9 karma

solid, fundamentally sound heels who were consistent performers in the mid card.

mynameisbob845 karma

Hey Jim. Big fan.

Is there any truth to the story about Vince and the boys going to the hotel Flair was staying at in the late 80s/early 90s, convincing the hotel staff to let them in to Flair's room, and then urinating on his bed?

RealJimRoss8 karma

GOOD STORY BUT I HAVE NO IDEA IF IT'S TRUE

DSaga5 karma

Hi Jim, you've been very critical of Ring of Honor's production in the past. With them beefing things up in that department in Nashville and again in Vegas, do you think its really added to their product? Also have they ever discussed the possibility of you appearing on one of their PPV's or TV tapings? With the ROH/NJPW deal is there more of a possibility of this happening?

Thanks Jim

RealJimRoss13 karma

I WAS CRITICIAL OF ROH'S LIGHTING OF THEIR TV SHOWS ONLY BUT THEY HAVE SEEMINGLY SOLVED THAT ISSUE

ethanrules35 karma

Who's you're favorite band JR?

RealJimRoss9 karma

THE EAGLES FOLLOWED BY MY PALS ZZ TOP

FUCKBOY_JIHAD4 karma

Hi JR, long-time fan.

It's great to hear your voice alongside what I consider the best pro wrestling product in the world, New Japan Pro Wrestling. of all the guys on that roster, who's matches do you enjoy calling the most? Can we look forward to any more live commentary from you soon?

RealJimRoss17 karma

I love the NJPW product and look forward to becoming more involved with them in the future if they are willing to work more with AXSTV

20buckspin4 karma

JR, so happy to have you here!

How did you approach to commentary change over the years, dating back to your early career, to your time with Crockett Promotions, and into the Attitude era?

RealJimRoss10 karma

I was open minded enough and observant enough to know that I had to change with the times.

ethanrules34 karma

Do you watch WWE?

RealJimRoss15 karma

OF COURSE. WHY WOULDN'T I?

stormeaglex14 karma

What do you think the business would be like if Eric Bischoff would've been able to acquire WCW before Vince had purchased it?

RealJimRoss6 karma

WOULD HAVE LIKELY PRESENTED SOME INTERESTING DAYS AT THE OFFICE BUT WWE WOULD STILL WIN IN THE END.

naimnotname4 karma

Is the hearsay true about you being pissed that Doc didn't win Brawl for All?

RealJimRoss26 karma

That's total bullshit and the legend grows yearly on one of the worst ideas we ever hatched.

zachdawizard3 karma

How would you book a match between stone cold and cm punk?

RealJimRoss9 karma

Personal issue and keep it real.

Ubiquitous_Anonymity3 karma

Hi Jim.

Is there a specific moment where you had to unexpectedly ad-lib which you are particularly fond of?

RealJimRoss10 karma

NONE THAT I RECALL BUT THERE WERE MANY AD LIBS OVER THE YEARS. WE DID NOT WORK OFF A SCRIPT

copaceticviii3 karma

Hey JR! If you could come back to call one final WWE match, what kind of match would it be and who would be fighting in it? You're the greatest of all time!

RealJimRoss19 karma

No preferences but WWE inviting me back to call one more match isn't too likely. And I'm cool with that. That's it for the night as I logged over two hours and appreciate all your questions. My fans are the best and I hope that you will join me this Sunday on PPV at Urshow.tv for the damndest ppv ever and its only $11.99. Good night everyone! Download the ross report podcast for free at podcastone.com and iTunes.

ethanrules33 karma

Any advice to someone wanting to get into the wrestling business in an outside the ring role?

RealJimRoss11 karma

good luck as it isn't easy and there are few jobs to go around.

wwwes323 karma

Hi JR, you were my favorite voice to hear every week for a very long time. Glad I still can now too!

My question is that a lot of times you hear about all the voices that come through the headsets from backstage during RAW commentary. Can you describe what that is like, the kind of things you hear, maybe an interesting instance of it that you remember?

RealJimRoss7 karma

Unsettling, unnecessary and confrontational all of which are not good but it did not happen that way all the time.

CorporalSwaggins3 karma

Hi Jim, huge fan from Australia here.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on the Japanese style of pro wrestling compared to the style of wrestling you usually worked with in the United States. Do you think the recent success of NJPW in the mainstream will affect the WWE?

Thanks.

RealJimRoss13 karma

The NJPW product is strong and fundamentally sound as they sell and work intelligently with some rhyme and reason.

cartrman3 karma

Hi JR, thanks for doing this AMA.

I wanted to ask you about your time as head of talent relations.

Did wrestlers approach you with complaints about injuries, concussions, etc, or did they hold back because they feared they would lose their spot?

And was the WWE backstage environment one where wrestlers could approach management easily with health issues, or was losing a spot something that actually happened ?

Thank you.

RealJimRoss12 karma

I got approached by wrestles and talents in general about a multitude of issue that they had no matter how big or how small. It never ended. lots of high maintenance people on the roster.

UphillGinger3 karma

How close are Vince and Undertaker, are they really close friends or just colleagues with a huge respect for one another?

RealJimRoss4 karma

I'D SURMISE THAT THEY HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL.

saleemkarim2 karma

What other sports would you like to color commentate for besides pro wrestling and boxing?

RealJimRoss3 karma

SEVERAL..FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, MMA, HOOPS, MMA

Squidward-Tentpoles2 karma

Hey JR, thanks for doing this AMA! Yourself and Steve Austin have been well-known friends for years now, what would you say your fondest memory with him would be?

RealJimRoss4 karma

ONE ON ONE CONVEATIONS ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND HOW IT SHOLD BE MANAGED

stormeaglex12 karma

Would you be in favor of a brand split after WrestleMania?

RealJimRoss8 karma

YES BUT ONLY IF IT WERE A LEGIT BRAND SPLIT AN NO CHEATING IE INTERMINGLING

stormeaglex12 karma

What was your favorite fast food chain to eat at while on the road?

RealJimRoss7 karma

SONIC WHEN WE COULD FIND ONE..CRACKER BARREL WAS CONSISENT TOO

RabidLampshade2 karma

Hey JR, I was wondering what was your favourite or most memorable promo/segment that you were involved in?

The Mankind interview, the Kane interview where you ended up as crispy BBQ, or even the dousing of BBQ sauce over Michael Cole come to mind just to name a few.

RealJimRoss4 karma

THE MANKIND INTERVIEW WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT IMO

exwasstalking2 karma

Where is the best place to get BBQ that you have ever been?

RealJimRoss19 karma

at my house in the backyard on a Sunday afternoon.

FuckRomanGuy2 karma

Why do you respond in all caps ?

RealJimRoss76 karma

TO CREATE MORE LAME QUESTIONS

brtdud72 karma

Mr. Ross

On January 3, 2005, you and Jerry Lawler had an on-screen debate with Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari on WWE RAW about Islam in post-9/11 America. This debate ended with Hassan and Daivari beating the hell out of you both and choking you out with your belt

Muhammad Hassan is my favorite wrestler of all time, and I'd like to know what your thoughts are (or were) about him as a character and you actually being involved in a storyline with him? Where would you rank Muhammad Hassan on the list of biggest heels in WWE history? I have never in my life heard a wrestler get as much heat as he got every single time he stepped out, the boos were deafening and absolutely overwhelming and I can't even imagine what it was like in the stadium to hear it.

Thank you Mr. Ross

RealJimRoss7 karma

it was merely a fictitious show biz TV storyline that went well and helped underscore the villains as it should have DONE.

rainmaker10952 karma

Hi JR, first of all thanks for your years of commentating in WWF/WWE and I'm looking forward t your work on NJPW on AXS.

My question is based on a hypothetical WWE/NJPW card. If it were to happen, what main event would you book for the super card?

Thanks again, JR!

RealJimRoss7 karma

THE BEST MATCH WOUD BE NAKAMURA VS TANAHASI

Slyguy461 karma

Mr. Ross, I can honestly say that I wouldn't be a wrestling fan if it weren't for your commentary. Your love of the business was apparent, and it drew me in even more to my screen. As a fan, thank you.

Three questions:

  1. What have you been reading lately?

  2. Who, in all of your time in the business, would you say are your best friends?

  3. Controversial topic: What is your opinion on the Roman Reigns' situation?

RealJimRoss4 karma

I'm reading Al; Bernstein's book....working on my book...Austin is a great friend. Jerry Brisco, Jim Cornette and many others are pals.