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Jim Ross Compares Wardlow To Batista, Explains Why He’ll Become ‘The Guy’

Jim Ross has had one of the most legendary careers in all of professional wrestling, spanning several companies en route to his current role as the unofficial voice of AEW Dynamite. In a recent interview with DAZN, Ross spoke about AEW’s Wardlow, and why he strongly reminds Ross of another WWE legend 

When asked about Wardlow, Ross was quick to note that the superstar had the “it” factor when it comes to wrestling. 

“Physique wise,” said Ross. “he reminds me of Lex Luger. I think he’s going to end up being a much better worker. That’s not knocking Lex. He’s a little like Dave Batista. He’s still evolving. Batista got getting better and better as he got older. He was never going to be confused with Kurt Angle or Dory Funk Jr. This kid’s got it. He has the “IT” factor. We can’t manufacture the “IT” factor. You can’t anoint them with the “IT” factor. You have “IT” or don’t have “IT”. This kid’s got “IT”.

Ross went on to praise Wardlow’s frame and said that if he’s able to stay healthy and not make many mistakes, he’ll have an extremely long career ahead of him. 

“(He’s got) a big frame that promoters covered,” Ross explained. “Wrestling fans love an athletic big man. He’s an athletic big man. He’s the kind of guy that you’re talking about on a football team. He could play on the interior if you want him to. He could also rush the passer from the edge. He could move. I love that about him. He may be the breakout star that we have in our company. It may happen this year. That wouldn’t shock me. I think sometime in the next year, in 2022, he’s going to be “The Guy”. He’s improving. If he stays healthy, doesn’t get sidetracked with relationships, injuries, or silly mistakes, and I don’t foresee that ever happening with this kid. He’s very grounded, very smart, and you can communicate with him.”

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