Jim Ross comments on his WWE highlight in 2012, women fighting in UFC, offers some pro wrestling announcing insight

Posted in: WWE News
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:30 AM

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated the blog section of The following items are among the highlights. To order J.R.'s BBQ products, visit

-Ross on his WWE highlight of 2012: "Been asked the highlight of my WWE year and without question it was being afforded the opportunity by WWE upper management to broadcast the HIAC bout at WM28 featuring the Undertaker, HHH and @ShawnMichaels. Big time bucket list memory for me and a night that I'll always fondly remember. I'm hopeful that I can call one bout at WM29 just to be a part of the event. Many of us worked some amazing hours over the years to contribute to building this amazing event."

Powell's POV: Ross and JBL changed my perception of three-man broadcast teams. I'd never been a fan until they worked with Michael Cole this year. Ross had more to say on this topic. As always, we only run the highlights of the blog, which can be read in full via the link at the top of the page.

-Ross on women fighting in UFC: "Any one who thinks that women can't contribute to the profitability of @UFC, etc are misinformed. Athletic women are interesting to interview, promote, and to watch in a genre that has a strong male demo. Plus, women MMA fighters, when their personalities are allowed to be developed on TV, will attract more new, female fans plus the female partners of the already  established male demo. @RondaRousey is in the right place at the right time and has made many fans virtually forget about Gina Carrano who carried a large facet of Strikeforce on her shoulders before moving to making films."

Powell's POV: Adding female fighters to UFC is a great move. I found myself paying more attention to Strikeforce when the top female fighters were featured more so than when the company's top male fighters were on the show. Rousey is a phenomenal talent and has the right look and charisma to build the division around.

-Ross on pro wrestling announcing: "Thanks for those who thought my call at the Flair-Luger Starrcade '88 was up to par. Wrestling announcing is a unique entity. The best are able to suspend disbelieve regarding the theater of the genre while not insulting the audience and to provide adequate lyrics to the music that the performers create. I learned early on that, as Shakespeare said 'The play is the thing.' Announcers who attempt to 'get themselves over' and make the conversation about themselves or talk in long, mindless sentences are doing the talents a disservice. Antagonist broadcasters who are simply 'bad guys' for 'bad guy's sake' soon become jokes. Selective objectivity is always a good  goal to have for every broadcaster and in the entertainment world one can always bring things back around to fit the proper TV persona to which they have been cast. Same goes for protagonist broadcasters who always damn the villains, no mater the circumstance, and support the fan favorites no matter their deficiencies."

Powell's POV: A free announcing clinic in a single paragraph. Here's hoping aspiring (as well as several current) announcers and color commentators are paying attention.

Other topics include how Ross plans to spend his birthday, what he got for Christmas, the Rock-n-Roll Express, Starrcade, advice to young wrestlers, and more.

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