WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, known for his long and illustrious career as a wrestling commentator, recently shared his thoughts on fellow broadcasters in the industry. In particular, he praised his current broadcast partner, Excalibur, and expressed his belief that Excalibur is not given enough credit for his work. Ross also took the opportunity to commend Michael Cole, another prominent announcer, as well as former New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) broadcast partner Kevin Kelly.
Jim Ross has had the privilege of working with numerous broadcasting partners throughout his career. From his time alongside Jerry “The King” Lawler in WWE to his collaborations with Josh Barnett in NJPW, and even sharing the booth with legendary figures like Gordon Solie, Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Ross has experienced a diverse range of colleagues in the world of professional wrestling.
When asked about underrated announcers during a K & S WrestleFest signing event, Ross specifically mentioned Excalibur as someone who deserves more recognition. He acknowledged that Excalibur hasn’t been in the industry for a long time but believes that his talent and contributions should be appreciated. Ross also gave credit to Michael Cole, a well-known commentator in WWE, and praised Kevin Kelly for his work as a former NJPW broadcast partner.
While Ross holds a vast amount of experience and knowledge in the field of wrestling commentary, he remains humble and recognizes the talent of others. His praise for Excalibur, Cole, and Kelly highlights his appreciation for their contributions to the industry.
In addition to discussing his fellow commentators, Ross also touched upon the upcoming AEW show titled “Collision.” Although the main event and location of the show have been confirmed, one crucial detail that has yet to be announced is the commentary team. When asked about it, Ross candidly admitted that he has no clue who will be on the commentary team for the show. “Collision” is scheduled to premiere on June 17 at the United Center in Chicago, featuring an exciting main event between CM Punk and FTR facing Bullet Club Gold and Samoa Joe.
AEW, being a prominent wrestling promotion, has a wide pool of talented announcers to choose from. Alongside Jim Ross and Excalibur, the promotion has announcers like Tony Schiavone, as well as commentators from Ring of Honor (ROH) such as Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman. AEW has also experimented with wrestlers on commentary, including former world champion Chris Jericho during the early days of “AEW Rampage.”
Regarding Jim Ross’s involvement in the new show, it remains uncertain. While Ross has been used sparingly in recent AEW programming, it is yet to be determined if he will be brought back for “Collision.” The decision ultimately lies with AEW and its management team.
In conclusion, Jim Ross’s recognition of Excalibur, Michael Cole, and Kevin Kelly showcases his appreciation for the talent and dedication of his fellow broadcasters. As the wrestling industry continues to evolve, the role of commentators remains essential in enhancing the viewer’s experience. As fans eagerly anticipate the premiere of AEW’s “Collision,” the announcement of the commentary team will undoubtedly add to the anticipation and excitement surrounding the event.