Jim Ross is known for being one of the most legendary voices in pro wrestling and he once provided some great advice to a current announcer.
All Elite Wrestling has featured Jim Ross on commentary regularly since they launched in 2019. Earlier this year, AEW cut back on JR’s airtime by removing him from Dynamite with Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. Taz took JR’s spot after Taz had spent several years as the manager of Team Taz. Instead of being on Dynamite, Ross is on AEW Rampage on Fridays with Excalibur and Schiavone as the regular commentary team.
At ROH Final Battle, the commentary team was Ian Riccaboni on play-by-play with Caprice Coleman, who is a veteran wrestler.
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Busted Open Radio” show, Coleman talked about how he reached out to Jim Ross years ago and got some wonderful advice.
“I actually reached out to JR one time, and he had no clue who I was. It was on Messenger, and I told him I was a commentator and that I want to get better and this, and he sent me a message a couple of days later. He said, ‘Hey, I saw your message. I’m not ignoring you, I’m just very busy,’ and I didn’t expect him to reply at all.”
“Then, he sent me like paragraph after paragraph of things to do to get better. He was like, ‘Broaden your vocabulary, study, know what you’re talking about, know the athletes, know the moves, know this.’ I’m like, you know, if you ask somebody how to get better and they’re the best at it and they tell you and you don’t do it, who’s fault is it?”
Jim Ross is best known for being the main play-by-play voice for WWE for most of his run there from 1993 to 2013 along with a shorter run starting in 2017. JR was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.