Ross takes to his blog to discuss WWE’s NXT Takeover event and the NXT roster.
Owens is a keeper and has a uniquely, physical style that I like. Finn Balor had as memorable an entrance as I can recall in years. Neville vs Zayn could well challenge any thing we see at TLC….I hope the main roster was watching. Competition is knocking on their door. Charlotte vs. Sasha was crisp and well executed. Charlotte is getting so good that it could be scary in time. Sasha has a natural ‘attitude’ which is marketable. Great stuff from start to finish of this show.
Ross announces through his blog that he will be making appearances for Q&A events on January 23 in Sayerville, New Jersey at the Starland Ballroom and January 25 in Philadelphia at Trocadero Theater.
Ross is a guest on Busted Open Radio to discuss CM Punk’s comments toward Ryback.
Some guys will be very leery of trusting Phil because he brought up one of his own and shined unflattering light on Ryback, without any knowledge and based off how he looks. There will be a lot of guys alienated from that statement. Phil won’t care because he washed his hands of it. The guys who were Phil’s friends would probably just leave it alone. I think the whole thing could’ve been avoided if the problem was identified by both parties. The locker room is a very cruel place; and guys will lie to stir up a hornets nest especially when it comes to money; say a guy gets $50,000 for a PPV and they usually say they got $100,000 just to stir it up.
Ross updates the blog section of his site to discuss Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Vince McMahon’s apology to CM Punk.
Was happy that VKM addressed the hot topic of the CM Punk matter and was surprised about the apology he made to Punk about getting his legal paperwork on Punk and AJ’s wedding day. Seems as if the door is open to resume talks some day if both parties are of that mindset. Punk’s overwhelming desire to close the show at a WrestleMania is admirable and if any one in the locker room doesn’t have that same goal every day of their professional life then they need to find another line of work.
Ross speaks to Alternative Nation about Brock Lesnar’s similarities to Muhammad Ali.
There’s always going to be a segment of the MMA community that is going to cheer for Lesnar to lose, if and when he comes back for another run after his diverticulitis issues, but that’s the beauty of it. Muhammad Ali told me one time, back in the 80’s, that he realized early in his career that he could make more money as a boxer, as a black man in a white man’s business as far as management and TV contracts, and distribution of PPV dollars, he said, ‘I realized my place as a fighter would be enhanced if I put myself in a position where the fans pay more money to see me lose than they would to see me win.’
Ross updates the blog section of his website to discuss Sting’s WWE debut.
Happy to see my old friend The Stinger debut at the Survivor Series Sunday night. Honestly, I wish I hadn’t read so much material notwithstanding writing about the rumor of his return to the ring Sunday night. I’d have liked it better if I had not allowed myself to be preconditioned about Sting’s arrival. I have no one but me to blame. Nonetheless it seemed like he got a good ovation from the St. Louis crowd.
Ross takes to his blog to discuss his thoughts on The WWE Network and how he sees it in a positive light.
I enjoy the WWE Network and have had it since day one and I’m not paid or encouraged to say so. I’m simply speaking as a fan but I do feel that the concept is a viable one but it will be a couple of years or so it seems before the financials reflect the concept. But it will happen if it is promoted creatively and with weekly time on RAW specifically designated for Network promotion in an enhanced way and by using more time.
Ross talks to Ring Rust Radio about his future with wrestling and which match he wishes he could have called in history.
Well I think probably the one I would have liked to call was the main event of WrestleMania 3. It was such a ground breaking event. If you’re going to be a part of a ground breaking event, you want to be a part of the main event. I would say Hogan and Andre at WrestleMania 3. It was such a simplistic match to call, it would have been very easy to call it from a stand point of what they did, but the drama one could add to the moment and to what the match meant.
Ross updates the blog section of his website to discuss mid-card champions and WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
I still think that creativity as it relates to stunts, etc for this Sunday’s HIAC will be challenging considering that there will be two Hell in a Cell matches on the show both in a PG world. Anxious to see how the creative minds come up with elements that will make the two main events special, different and perceived as ‘dangerous.’
Ross talks to Bloody Elbow about UFC Fight Pass and the WWE Network services being the future of the industries.
They are going to be able to control their destiny – good, bad, or indifferent as far as the television product is concerned. I think what they have done is show a lot of other networks what can be accomplished by building your own digital network. I think we will see more various entities follow the WWE model. They may learn from the WWE’s mistakes, as with any business, and see where they fell or fumbled.
Ross talks to Total Wrestling Magazine about young talent and Roman Reigns.
It appears that Roman Reigns is the heir apparent to the WWE Title but the issue is when will he be ready? There’s no magic formula as to when that can or will occur. So that’s definitely not set in stone. Who’s to say that Lesnar will even be a villain by WM31?
Ross updates the blog on his website and discusses the WWE Network, celebrities on wrestling shows and WWE using older stars.
WWE would be wise to consider hiring a handful of seasoned veterans to work with their highly regarded younger talents if for nothing else a short term IE one year contract. Young talents cannot get better working with those who are not better than the rookies.
Ross comments on rumors that Lesnar will not appear in WWE until January in his most recent blog.
Been reading where Brock Lesnar is not expected back on WWE TV until January which I find extremely hard to believe. Can that be true? If it is, I’m astonished.
Ross talks to MMANews.com about NJPW, Global Force Wrestling and life after leaving WWE.
I’m doing my podcast, I’m in entrepreneurial mode right now. I don’t do a lot of things that conflict with OU football, but I’m doing my podcast, it’s doing really well. We manage about half a million downloads per week and it’s growing. I’m in the process of working on my autobiography, that should be done by spring or summer 2015. I’m doing some writing for FOX, we’re talking to FOX about maybe doing some more boxing play-by-play, which I had fun doing, I’m a big boxing fan. My point is, if I like projects
Ross talks to MMAfighting.com about his upcoming appearance in MMA alongside Chael Sonnen.
I’m the point guard. I’ll ask questions and call the action. I’m not taking it for granted, but I think that I’m mentally ready to do it. I’m a big fan. I watch hours and hours of MMA. When you come from my background as a broadcaster, I listen intently to everyone, the UFC guys, I’m a big fan of Mauro Ranallo from Strikeforce, I listen to everybody and that will be good.
Ross pens editorial on Lesnar’s career from the first day he signed him to WWE to his current status in the company for Fox Sports.
The South Dakota native is arguably the most naturally gifted athlete to compete in the genre. The former NCAA and UFC heavyweight champion has the physique of a Greek god, moves like a large cat, does what he says and has a legit, animalistic intensity seldom seen in his profession.
Watts appears on The Ross Report to discuss the changing landscape of professional wrestling. Ross releases statement.
JR’s mentor is on the podcast – Cowboy Bill Watts, tough promoter of the Mid-South territory, who also spent time at WCW and WWE. They talk booking philosophy, selling, heels & babyfaces, Eric Bischoff, Vince McMahon, and the impact of the erosion of the territories on pro-wrestling. Plus, Watts has some strong opinions about some of today’s talent & matches – The Undertaker, Bray Wyatt, John Cena, and Wrestlmania 30.
Ross is set to call Battleground MMA event in Oklahoma on October 3rd, 2014 alongside former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen.
I think that, quite frankly this may sound egocentric, but I think the transition from calling a pro wrestling match and calling MMA fights would be easy. I think it would just be getting more familiar with fighters, more familiar with techniques, nuances that I try to study with ample preparation. I’d say the same thing about broadcasting football.
Sting appears on The Ross Report to discuss future plans and his WWE relationship. Sting remarks that his next match will most likely be his last.
I’m 99.99% sure and can say that it would definitely be the last one.
Ross gives his thoughts about his WWE career:
I’ve said it a bunch of times, coming to WWE in 1993 was the best career move I ever made. I don’t owe them money and they don’t owe me any. We’re done. I have no regrets. The only thing I would have liked differently was the 3 bells palsy attacks and have to constantly explain to people why I don’t smile. I’d like to be more HD friendly. I wouldn’t change a thing and a lot of things are on the horizon.”
Sting appears on Ross Report in sit-down interview. The pair discuss Sting’s career and aspirations in the final years of his career.
I’m feeling great. I’m glad to be here and glad to be on your podcast, buddy.
Ross talks to Between the Ropes about the possibility of seeing him in TNA and CM Punk.
It’s not likely at all. I’m not looking at that direction but I don’t think it’s very smart to say I’ll never do that. It would take an extraordinary deal because I don’t know why I would be excited about replacing one of two guys that I like. You don’t get that many friends in the wrestling business that stick with you through thick and thin.
Ross is a guest on the Steve Austin Show to discuss Andre the Giant, his cowboy hat and learning to read.
Being an only child, I spent lots of time with my grandparents. My grandpa was a reader and he taught me how to read the newspaper, the sports page. Even then I was a big sports fan.
Ross calls Fox Sports One Memorial Day Boxing promoted By Golden Boy promotions.
Ross talks to ESPN Front Row about Football, wrestling, WWE and Wrestlemania.
I would make sure Daniel Bryan left WrestleMania with his “moment.” Every star in WWE wants to have a WrestleMania moment – meaning some bucket list dream as a professional to go to WrestleMania and steal the show.
Ross launches The Ross Report podcast with a sit-down interview with long-time friend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The two discuss WWE current events and career highlights.
Jim, I’m proud to be your first guest. Welcome to the world of podcasting.
Lawler and Ross talk to Poughkeepsie Journal about their separate futures inside the wrestling industry. Lawler comments.
I don’t wrestle on a full-time schedule anymore, but I still enjoy getting back in there. It’s exercise and it’s fun. I’ve enjoyed doing this my entire career. If I can do it once or twice a week, it’s cool for me. It’s just getting back on the horse again. I don’t worry about it. I don’t sit around and wonder if it’s going to be the same thing that‘s going to happen to me again. I don’t think anything different about it.
Ross is fired from WWE over Ric Flair debacle at WWE 2K14 video game press conference. WWE puts blame of Ross for not handling Flair’s demeanor better.
The decision, which was made by McMahon, was first told to us by a source in the company that it was possible, if not likely on the day of SummerSlam, stemming from the now-infamous 2K Sports symposium where Ric Flair spoke at length about a variety of subjects. … Ross took heat from management for not cutting Flair off and keeping the symposium to what it was scripted to be.
Ross updates the Q&A section of his blog to answer fan questions on CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and championship belts.
Champions are resonsible for the upkeep of their titles but spares are available if one is misplaced. Smart wrestlers never check the titles on planes.
Ross talks about working as an announcer for WCW:
My time in Atlanta was great, I went to Atlanta first for Jim Crockett and I was only doing television so my schedule was very light. Crockett then got into financial problems and that’s when Ted Turner brought the brand and they wanted me to move to Atlanta, which I did, I lived in Atlanta from the late eighties to 1993 so for about five years and Atlanta was one of my favourite place to live and I was doing stuff with the Atlanta Falcon’s Football team.
Ross talks to Grand Slam Sports Undertaker and if John Cena will ever turn heel.
Last night, I was going into the show thinking that Rock won last year, so Cena will automatically win this year to even their big match rivalry at one apiece. But after last night, I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. I was intrigued that Cena’s promo was a little bit edgy. I thought, is that just the character, the persona, being what it’s cast to be, or is it the human being processing what I said earlier? We have to follow everything. We have to close the show. It’s game day for us. So I don’t know. It’s provocative to me because I try to stay away from all the creative stuff. I don’t want to know what’s going to happen.
Ross makes his first WWE appearance as commentator at Wrestlemania 9. The Greek theme sees Ross in a toga. Ross is accompanied on commentary by Bobby Heenan and Randy Savage.
First Wrestlemania, yours truly from the state of Oklahoma. First time in a toga!
Ross is born in Westville, Oklahoma. Ross begins exploring commentary in college, being allowed to cover sports on college radio. He begins his work with professional wrestling as a referee for NWA Mid-South.