Jim Ross worked closely with Vince McMahon for decades in WWE, so now the legendary announcer is commenting on how Vince might run AEW if he were in charge.
When All Elite Wrestling was announced in 2019, one of their biggest hires early on was signing WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross as one of their main commentators. Over the past three years, JR has been one of the main voices on AEW’s shows with the veteran announcer mostly working on the Rampage commentary team now after being on Dynamite.
On July 22nd, 2002 just over a week before SummerSlam, Vince McMahon retired from his role in WWE as the Chairman & CEO while also running the creative team for the last 40 years. It wasn’t a retirement just because Vince turned 77 this year, it was because of alleged sexual misconduct along with hush money payments that came to light in a Wall Street Journal article.
During a recent of his Grilling JR podcast, which is part of AdFreeShows.com, Ross was asked what AEW might be like if Vince McMahon was running the show.
“He probably would like less wrestling. Vince has never watched the first minute of AEW. I would venture to say he hasn’t watched the first minute of any wrestling show since he’s been gone.”
“You think he knows all about Darby Allin? Like he knows all about Orange Cassidy, right? ‘What’s an Orange Cassidy, JR?’ Somewhere along the way, you’ve got to watch these shows, you’ve got to take the time to invest in the characters. So, I don’t know that he would be able to give you a real good feel or good feedback. How would you tweak it without watching the product as sincerely, as thoroughly, as he should?”
Ross and the AEW roster will make company history this week because the October 12th episode of Dynamite will be the first time Dynamite will take place out of the United States since it will be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They will also tape Rampage on October 13th and air it on Friday.