Legendary commentator, Jim Ross, has spoken out about the WWE 24/7 Championship and how far it has declined in his opinion from what was originally a good idea.
When WWE introduced their green strap to television on May 20, 2019, many compared it to the WWF Hardcore Championship which had the same rules as the current iteration in that it would be defended twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. However, unlike the popular hardcore prize, WWE’s latest belt would rarely be on the line in sanctioned bouts.
It soon became clear what the accolade and its division was going to be about when the inaugural champion was crowned not in a tournament, but by the first person to run to the ring and get their hands on the belt.
Since then, the title has been the focus of countless backstage skits, changing hands on golf courses, in television interviews and even in the honeymoon suite of Drake Maverick when the Brit and R-Truth contested the lineages most entertaining series.
Now, AEW commentator Jim Ross has sat down on his Grilling JR Podcast to give his thoughts on the strap and why it’s taken a dip in his estimation from what he originally believed was an entertaining concept:
“It’s a gimmick. It’s a TV gimmick that’s run its course in my view. It was kind of cool, kind of fun in the beginning but like so many wrestling storylines or angles or concepts it overstayed its welcome. It never appealed to me and look, I’m glad guys got the opportunity to get increased television time to get their images on TV because of it but it wasn’t my cup of tea. It was in the beginning, I kind of liked it, but like I said I think it overstayed its welcome.”
While the title has passed through the hands of wrestlers such as Angel Garza, Shelton Benjamin and Drake Maverick; celebrities Rob Gronkowski, Rob Stone, Enes Kanter and Marshmello and WWE legends Pat Patterson, The Gobbledy Gooker and Glen ‘Kane’ Jacobs – who won it in his Mayor’s office – there is no one more linked with the strap than R-Truth.
A 46 time WWE 24/7 Champion, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion last captured the championship from Angel Garza on the January 4, 2021, Monday Night Raw: Legends Night.
Credit for the interview: Grilling JR Podcast