Jim Ross has named the one person in the wrestling business that he says he has more respect for than anybody else.
Ross was talking on a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast alongside co-host Conrad Thompson about WWE’s Judgment Day pay-per-view in May 2001. On that show, current AEW coach Jerry Lynn did a promo rather than having a match despite being WWF Ligh Heavyweight Champion at the time. This led to a conversation about Lynn never ascending to great success in WWE.
Jim Ross then gave his thoughts on Lynn:
“No pure cruiserweight that wrestled on the cruiserweight platform ever got to that superstar status except Rey Mysterio. In the annals of time, what other cruiserweight or light heavyweight or whatever metaphor you want to use made it? It wasn’t because Jerry didn’t have talent. I can’t name anybody off the top of my head Conrad that I respect more in our business today, as you and I speak than Jerry Lynn.”
“He’s a great coach in AEW. I wish the kids would listen to him more, he’s a wealth of information. He doesn’t want their spot. He can help them get better but that’s what you get when you’re coaching young people. They automatically believe they have it figured out and this is how it should be done for me. They’re not as open to coaching at times as they should be quite frankly. So anyway, Jerry’s a great talent and now he’s a great talent behind the scenes and I’m glad we have him on our team. I loved his work. He got more done with his size and all that, the things he did make sense so Tony Khan made a good hire with Jerry Lynn. He’s a keeper.”
As well as his time in the World Wrestling Federation, Lynn also competed in WCW, ECW, Ring Of Honor, and TNA. Probably the biggest win of Lynn’s career came in 2000 when he won the ECW World Championship.
Jim Ross has also recently discussed the embarrassing circumstances that led to WCW having to cancel a live show in the early nineties.