Jim Ross has been the voice of many people’s childhoods and beyond as the voice of WCW, WWE, and these days AEW, now the WWE Hall Of Fame announcer has named a WWE Superstar that he says had a potential future behind the announce desk.
Ross has commentated on some of the most iconic moments in wrestling history. From Mick Foley’s Hell In A Cell fall to Stone Cold’s first world title win to Roman Reigns taking over The Undertaker’s yard, “Good Ol’ JR’ has provided the lyrics to some of wrestling’s sweetest songs.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast with co-host Conrad Thompson, Jim Ross named a superstar that he foresaw having a second career behind the desk in the same manner as Ross’ longtime announce partner, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.
“Owen [Hart] and I worked a show together in South Africa, it exists some place, it was really an under-rated show, and we discovered how talented that he was in that area as well. He had a great future ahead of him as a broadcaster if he had chosen to go that route and he had not had the tragedy that killed him. Owen was really talented, and he was a real good analyst – I thought. He was fun, he was controversial, he had good timing, all the skills, the skillset that he took to the ring as far as when to do this, when to do that, understanding the psychology of a match – he did real well. And he did it with hardly any training, without any practice.”
Owen Hart was one of the WWF’s most entertaining voices in the mid-nineties on a microphone. Whether he was belittling older brother Bret, riling up opponents and then hiding behind the British Bulldog and Yokozuna in Camp Cornette, or his days as a Black Hart, Hart captivated audiences to love him or loathe him at will.
Sadly fans never got to hear too much of Owen Hart behind an announce desk as he lost his life in the most tragic of circumstances at the Over The Edge pay-per-view in 1999.
Jim Ross has also discussed another star whose career was cut short, Magnum TA. Ross has said that wrestling lost something special after the car crash that forced Magnum into retirement.