On the latest episode of his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross sparked controversy when giving his thoughts on modern day wrestling and the supposed “evolution of the business.”
In particular, the man under the black hat took issue with traditional finishing moves losing their importance, and the now common place dive to the outside where a wrestler is then caught by a waiting huddle of competitors below.
While this has been described by some as evolution, Jim Ross simply described it as “bull***t.”
“That evolution of the business is bull***t. Yes, they should be protected. The DDT is a finish. The superkick is just a part of the flow of the match (now). Nobody wins with it. What does that say to you? Does that say guys back in the day were more proficient delivering a DDT or a superkick than in this generation where ‘things are evolving’? I want some proof of that sh*t. I want somebody to prove to me that the changing of the wrestling business is what it is today and it’s making a difference. I say no.
I told a kid the other day at AEW that everybody does the same fu**ing spot. All you guys go outside. You cluster up like coils. You stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together, side by side so you can catch some leaping idiot going over the top who never wins with this move. They are looking for the “holy s**t chant. They love to hear ‘this is awesome’. It’s a spot folks. It’s a trapeze act. I don’t buy into that. The DDT is a great finish and should be used as such.”
AEW’s Brandon Cutler seemingly took issue with the comments taking to Twitter, commenting that “friends and foes together” would stand in a huddle to catch “some leaping idiot going over the top.”
THIS WEDNESDAY on #AEWDynamite
7 vs 7
We’re gonna go outside, cluster up like coils, stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together, side-by-side to catch some leaping idiot going over the top.
Can’t wait 8pm TnT
Hopefully for 1M viewers let’s fn go pic.twitter.com/DTbBQN8WM5
— Brandon Cutler (@BranCutler) December 11, 2020
However, shortly after the tweet appeared, Dax from FTR appeared to come to JR’s defence, shooting back at Brandon Cutler’s comments.
Imagine not listening to criticism from the men & women who’ve shaped our profession, and paved a road that allows you to make a living today; all because they hurt your feelings.
— Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) December 13, 2020
Meanwhile, JR will return to the AEW announce booth this Wednesday for the latest episode of Dynamite which you’ll be able to follow here live on itrwrestling.com