Jim Ross Talks AEW’s ‘Double or Nothing’, Problems with WWE’s Commentary, More

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Jim Ross recently spoke to the New York Post on a variety of pro wrestling topics. The biggest topic was AEW’s upcoming Double or Nothing event, set to take place on Saturday, May 25.

It’s the company’s first ever pay-per-view and Ross will be on commentary for the big night. He will be joined by Alex Marvez and former PWG commentator, Excalibur. JR reveled that the trio has been gaining some chemistry by calling practice shows in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ross is convinced that AEW’s first commentary team will be successful at Double or Nothing and beyond.

“We’re going to be fine, I think,” Ross said. “It may be rocky to get rolling, but shoot, by the time that show’s over and we call, which I assume will be [Chris] Jericho and [Kenny] Omega, if we ain’t rocking and rolling, that’s our fault.”

Ross also talked about WWE’s commentary style, which has been known to make fans tune out rather than draw them in.

“They’re not looking for play-by-play people, they’re looking for people who can narrate and give backstory,” Ross said. “And it’s very annoying for a wrestling fan. And maybe, someday, everybody will get there. If you’re talking about something totally different than what I’m seeing there is invariably a disconnect.”

JR is regarded by many pro wrestling fans as perhaps the best commentator of all time, so his signing with AEW definitely made the headlines. Ross was looking for a challenge and he very much wanted to “get back in the game.”

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