Jim Ross has given his thoughts on new Raw commentator Adnan Virk and the criticism Michael Cole received after a mistake at the end of the Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair WrestleMania main event.
Ross discussed his commentary peers at the beginning of an episode of Grilling JR [available via AdFreeShows.com]. The voice of AEW discussed Cole’s blown call at the end of WrestleMania Saturday’s main event. As the referee counted the pinfall for Bianca Belair, Cole shouted “Banks kicked out.” He was quick to correct his error with the help of colleague Corey Graves.
Jim Ross was sympathetic:
“I thought that some of the audience was a little hard on Michael Cole for having a couple of mistakes. This damn job Conrad is not easy. You think about it logically, to do a two or three-hour show without a script, you’re not reading lines, you’re creating lines. Creating the content. You’re bound to make a mistake here, there, and yon.”
“But because of social media, a lot of the fans just have no patience. ‘Oh he made a mistake,’ yeah, and what is your point? Are you pointing out he’s human? I made plenty of them and of course, when you make a mistake everybody calls for your head. ‘Aw they gotta get rid of JR, they gotta get rid of this guy, get rid of that guy.’ Easy Einstein, you gotta be sh*ttin’ me. […] It’s a tough time to be on television with the digital imprint that’s there because everybody knows more than they’ve ever known, the curtains been pulled back vividly. Sometimes it’s not fair quite frankly.”
While on the subject of commentary, Ross also gave his thoughts on Raw’s new lead announcer, Adnan Virk. Virk has taken on the role on Monday nights, making his debut on the Raw after WrestleMania. A revamped Raw commentary team sees Virk joined by Byron Saxton and Corey Graves who moved over from SmackDown.
Jim Ross commented:
“They’ve got a new Monday Night Raw guy. [He’s a] nice guy, I’ve met him a time or two. He follows me on Twitter, I follow him too on Twitter. He’s a nice kid. He’s a good fan and I think that’ll help him eventually but he’s finding out as I’m sure he’d probably tell you today this job ain’t easy. It’s big shoes to fill. It’s a key role. I just don’t look at Raw as the flagship show anymore. It used to be but it’s not anymore. I think they’ve hung their hats firmly with Fox and Fox will maybe have a little bit more to say on who the announcers are.”
“But Adnan did a nice job, just a tough spot man. Wrestling fans are not gonna give him any breaks, none and that’s unfortunate. Give him time. Just give him time and let him settle in his role and do some story-telling. So, it’s just a matter of you’ve gotta have chemistry with your partners, your partners have gotta have talent. They gotta understand how to take care of you especially as he’s so green. No matter if he’s a big fan or not he’s gotta adjust. […] He was at ESPN, MLB, he’s got broadcast experience which I’m sure helped him get his gig.”