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Jim Ross Explains Decision To Change His AEW Commentary Role, Compares Himself To Mariano Rivera

Perhaps new AEW “closer” Jim Ross should start using “Enter Sandman” instead of “Boomer Sooner” as his entrance theme.

In recent weeks, fans have seen Jim Ross come out for commentary on AEW Dynamite starting at the 9 pm (Eastern) hour instead of the full taping and questioned the motive for the change. Ross took to his Grilling JR podcast to explain why Tony Khan made a creative decision to boost things and how it benefits him and AEW Rampage.

“Well that was a Tony Khan decision, creatively. I was coming out before the show and I was doing all of Dynamite and the reception was humbling. They were glad to see me and they expressed themselves, and the reception has been really good. So he thought in the middle of the show, Dynamite, needed a boost, so JR became the booster.

“I came out in the middle of the show, still going to call the main event or main events, however it’s going to work out, and then we all take a bathroom break for the crew and so forth, and we go right into taping Rampage. Of course, Rampage airs on Friday nights on TNT and as we know Dynamite is a TBS show, airs at 8 o’clock Eastern time, prime time live, live, live… I love that. So I said it’s only an hour, so it’s kinda like doing an old-school hour wrestling show, which is what it is. So I like that deal, I didn’t have any issues with it at all. [I’m like legendary New York Yankees closer] Mariano Rivera, I’m going in for relief, we’re going to get some results for you.

“So that’s the deal there, just keeping me fresh and ‘special’, quote-unquote, trying to give Rampage a boost, commentary-wise. We need to get the ratings up, which we are, so that’s the reason for that. No problem with me whatsoever. I get more exposure now than I was before because I wasn’t on Rampage.”

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