Let’s start this article by saying that if you don’t think that Jim Ross is the greatest commentator of all time, you should probably stop reading now.
It is no secret that the style of commentary has changed over the past 20 years in the WWE. What used to be emotionally driven play-by-play analysis of a wrestling match, has turned into random discussions during a sports entertainment segment.
It is understandable that WWE would promote things like the Network, and social media during the three hour program, but why during a match? If commentators don’t care about the action that is happening, why would fans? During the Attitude/Ruthless Aggression Era we were treated to some of the best commentary teams that the WWE has ever had. At any given time, we could have the sarcasm of Jerry Lawler, the attitude of Paul Heyman, or the facilitating of Michael Cole, but we could always count on Jim Ross to hammer home the story.
Ross was a master at making fans feel included in the moment, emotionally investing us in the competition. Sadly what used to be filled with a somber exposition, or a livid narration, has been replaced with silence. When something shocking happens in the WWE today, the commentary team is often silent, leaving fans feeling excluded.
The saddest part of Jim Ross being gone, is that new viewers have no idea what moves are called unless they are finishers. Jim Ross made sure that whether it was a drop toe hold, or a standing inverted DDT, that fans understood what the move was, and how it could impact the match.
With all of that being said, here are 15 of J.R.’s greatest quotes of all time. Please sound off in the comments and let us know your opinion.
15 Classic Big Bump Call
“I hope there's not some idiot out there saying, but they know how to fall.”
14 Sweet Chin Music From Hell
“Oh God, ohhh my God in Heaven”
13 Rikishi on top of the Steel Cage; Fully Loaded 2000
“You’ll regret it for the rest of your life.”
11 Taste the Rainbow
“I love these, all fruity, delicious, delicious, FRUITY, FRUITY, OH THEY'RE FRUITY, they're skittles!”
10 The Streak vs. Mr. WrestleMania
“17-0, SEVENTEEN and ZERO”
9 Hell in the Cell; King of the Ring 1998
“Will somebody stop the damn match, enough’s enough”
8 Vince McMahon is Revealed as the Higher Power
“Aw, son of a bitch”
7 JR’s Best Called Match Ever; SummerSlam 2002
“He's gonna rot in hell for what he did here tonight”
6 Stone Cold Aligns with Vince McMahon
“Stone Cold is shaking hands with Satan himself!”
5 Triple H was the Accomplice
“Why Triple H, you son of a bitch, why, tell me why?!”
4 Hell in the Cell; King of the Ring 1998...Again
“Good God almighty, good God almighty, that killed him...as God as my witness he is broken in half”
3 Jim Ross Loses His Mind
“STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD!”
2 JR’s Best Called Match Ever; SummerSlam 2002... Again
“DOES HE HAVE NO CONSCIENCE, DOES HE HAVE NO HEART, DO YOU HAVE NO SOUL? YA SON OF A BITCH, DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU'VE DONE?!”
1 Raw is Owen
“I hope that I can be, as good a man as him, so that I can see him again...someday."
A choked up Jim Ross delivered this heartfelt message on the Raw is Owen memorial show on May 24th, 1999. The night prior Jim Ross had the “unfortunate responsibility” to inform the fans that Owen Hart had fallen to his death in a tragic accident. Ross showed remarkable poise, and composure delivering his final message about Hart that night, and it is a quote that will live forever.
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