Stone Cold Steve Austin is one of the biggest names ever in the wrestling business, now Jim Ross has named the modern-day AEW star he thinks most reminds him of Austin.
Austin led the then-World Wrestling Federation through the Attitude Era as the entire wrestling business experienced a boom not seen since the heady days of Hulkamania. A multiple-time WWF Champion, many of those victories were soundtracked by the voice of Jim Ross at the announce desk.
“[Jon] Moxley is the closest thing I’ve seen in pro wrestling like Stone Cold, since Stone Cold. Attitude, body english, facial expressions, legitimate intensity, absolutely phenomenal.”
“[Moxley] is not one of those guys that doesn’t know how to do a TV match, but we’ve got some young guys who haven’t had that opportunity. Now they’re continuing to get that experience. When you work 30 something shows in Daily’s Place and many without an audience, you’ve got to pick it up and I think our guys are doing that.”
It’s not just Austin that reminds Jim Ross of days gone by as he says the AEW crowds which have only recently returned harkens backs to the rowdy crowds of the late nineties:
“I’m just in love with our roster, the guys are having so much fun. Our audience because they’re younger, they come prepared. They have their signs, posters, it reminds me of the Attitude Era as far as audience participation. It’s a really good time to be a wrestling fan no matter which brand you support, I’m a really big believer in if you’re a wrestling fan, be a wrestling fan of all of them. Don’t go out of your way to p*ss on something that’s not on fire. It’s a great time to be a fan.”
Jon Moxley will be packing a little lighter after he finally lost the IWGP US Championship to Lance Archer at night 2 of Fyter Fest. Archer will defend the championship at Fight For The Fallen against Bullet Club’s giant Hikuleo.