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Jim Cornette Names Jim Ross As The Greatest Wrestling Announcer Ever

Jim Cornette & Jim Ross

Jim Cornette has revealed why he believes Jim Ross is the greatest wrestling announcer of all-time.

Current AEW announcer Jim Ross is affectionately known “The voice of wrestling” by fans and wrestlers alike. For more than four decades Ross has provided the soundtrack to some of the most famous matches and memorable moments in wrestling history. Even in 2021, JR was on hand to call the wrestling return of a certain CM Punk.

Over the course of his career, Jim Cornette has also been known to dip his toes into the announce booth alongside his usual managerial duties. This places the veteran in a perfect position to cast his eye over wrestling’s commentary greats.

Speaking on a recent episode of his Jim Cornette’s Drive Thru podcast, the manager turned podcaster, broke down why he believes that Ross is the greatest announcer of all-time.

“Oh gosh. This is not to say that I think that Gordon Solie sucks because I have given JR the edge, then there is Lance Russel in that equation. In terms of longevity, effectiveness and feedback from the fans Bob Caudle is involved. You can go to your childhood wrestling announcer. Gordon Solie was very good, he was sports like, credible and called it like it was a legitimate sport.

The reason why I gave JR the edge is because of the passion and the emotion that he had. Gordon Solie was a professor with a very professorial tone, it was natural for him that he didn’t get excited, just the occasional ‘Uh oh.’ type thing. Whereas JR, ‘As God as my witness he is broken in half!’ There was more drama, especially with the things going on in places like Mid-South or later on in The Attitude Era.

Gordon Solie was a sports-caster calling a sport and being professional throughout. JR would bring the emotion. Lance Russell was completely different to both, but at the same time, in his promotion he was perfect.”

Jim Ross began his Hall of Famer career in Mid South Wrestling in 1974, where he worked as a referee until 1977. After transitioning into being a play-by-play announcer for the promotion, he also became the Vice-President of Marketing.

After the UWF was brought by Jim Crockett Promotions Ross remained at the announce desk, again remaining in position when the promotion became WCW. JR worked his way up to be the company’s Head of Broadcasting before leaving in 1993 after Eric Bischoff was promoted to become Executive Producer.

Jim Ross then moved to WWE, where he would remain until 2013. During this period he became the ‘voice of the Attitude Era’ calling many of the biggest moments in WWE history. Backstage he also assumed the role of Head of Talent Relations, often being credited with helping sign the likes of The Rock, John Cena and Mick Foley.

After a short stint with New Japan, Ross returned to WWE in 2017, although he was used sparingly. This eventually led to his departure in 2019.

In April 2019, Jim Ross signed with AEW to become both an announcer and Senior Advisor with the company. Since putting pen to paper, Ross has been a permanent fixture in the AEW announce booth calling the action on Dynamite and on pay-per-view alongside Tony Schiavone and Excalibur.

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