Hello sports fans & welcome to the latest edition of CYBER SPORTS CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!!!! (CSC) The most important element in pro wrestling is telling the story. it takes several great people to do that. The crowd,the refs,the wrestlers,the announcers,etc. When it comes to wrestling announcers,many fans argue about who's the best. The two men tied at the top of my list are the late "Dean of Wrestling" Gordon Solie & "Good ol JR" Jim Ross. Many years ago shortly after the transition of the NWA to WCW,I had the honor of meeting Solie & Ross during A break at the commentary table. The two were talking & passing A Cigarette. Jim Ross has meant so much to my pro wrestling experiences as A fan. My dream of the ultimate job is to be like Jim Ross. The man added so much more to some of wrestling's greatest matches & feuds through his emotions & voice inflections. Ross was A master at taking an already compelling match & pulling the fan into it that much more! On September 11,2013,Jim announced that his 30-plus year wrestling commentary career(the last 20 of those with WWE) would be over.
At the age of 61.Jim Ross has truly done it all in & out of pro wrestling! That's why I felt it only fitting to do this story on such A great career.
WHERE J R HAS WORKED AND THE JOBS HE HAD THERE :
MID-SOUTH WRESTLING - REF AND COMMENTARY
UWF - COMMENTARY
NWA - COMMENTARY
WCW - COMMENTARY
SMOKEY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING - COMMENTARY
WWE - COMMENTARY,VP OF TALENT RELATIONS,SEMI-WRESTLER
ATLANTA FALCONS FOOTBALL - ANNOUNCING
MAKES AND SELLS HIS OWN BBQ SAUCE
FORMER RESTAURANT OWNER
Jim Ross never called A bad wrestling match in my opinion. Some of my favorite work he did was with Ric Flair & Ricky Steamboat in the NWA. "These two men are battling for the richest prize in the NWA!" "You can hear the flesh smacking,this is indeed the NWA! Anything in WWE with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. "STONE COLD.......STONE COLD......STONE COLD!!!!!!" How bout when the Undertaker threw Mankind off the top of the cage at the 1998 King of the Ring. "GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY HE KILLED EM!!!!!!!!!" "AS GOD IS MY WITNESS,HE IS BROKEN IN HALF!!!!!!!!!"
Ross is now A well-deserved WWE Hall of Famer. I will miss hearing the Oklahoma Sooners fight song when the Norman Native comes to the ring. Also his catch phrases of calling A good fight A "SLOBBERKNOCKER" or saying "Business is about to pick up" when something big was about to happen. You can learn more about JR at this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Ross
(like how his was A good athlete in high school & his battle with A crippling facial disorder known as Bell's Palsy) Thank you for everything JR,We wish you well!
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