AEW announcer Jim Ross has commented on being taken off commentary for the last few matches of Full Gear and says he’d have liked to call the main event.
In recent months, the AEW Dynamite commentary team has mainly featured Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, and Taz with Jim Ross focussing his efforts on Friday’s Rampage show.
The WWE Hall of Famer was back in the hot seat at Full Gear, calling a lot of the action on the pay-per-view before Schiavone replaced him at the desk for the final four matches – including MJF’s AEW World Title win over Jon Moxley.
Now speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross has discussed his role and admitted he’d have liked to have called the main event, as he has so many times before, and says he headed back to the hotel when his shift was done:
“I enjoyed it. You know, Tony Khan wanted me to work the first six matches, and I did. And then I was done. And I’d like to have worked the last match. You know, obviously as a fan, as a broadcaster. Certainly, I’m a big fan of Jon Moxley, and I was kind of thinking it was going to be MJF’s night, just seemed like it was time. We’ll see how that works out, I hope it works out great, we’ll see.”
“You know, MJF’s got to take ownership of the championship and the great leader that we need him to be, 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 [the end], I kind of double dipped. I watched the last quarter of 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 move on, so I liked the show. I thought it was a good show. I liked the early 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.”
“[…] But anyway the look, it was what it was. It was a fun show to do. I was happy to work with Excalibur and Taz. Then Schiavone came in and just expelled me at the end. That was the plan and so I thought it went okay… I was really proud of the effort everybody made, crew, office everybody had a good night when they needed it.”
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