Recently during an edition of his “ Grilling JR” Podcast, WWE Hall of Famer and AEW commentator Jim Ross went on during the show to criticize spots that we all see on tv, where wrestlers just stand all together in one group waiting for another wrestler to execute a move off the top rope to fall on all these other wrestlers.
Ross had this to say on the spot: “ I told a kid the other day at AEW that everybody does the same F—ing spot. All you guys go outside. You cluster up like coils. You stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together, side by side so you can catch some leaping idiot going over the top who never wins with this move. They are looking for the ‘holy s—t chant. They love to hear’ this is awesome’. It’s a spot folks. It’s a trapeze act. I don’t buy into that. The DDT is a great finish and should be used as such.”
Well AEW wrestler Brandon Cutler took exemption with JR’s comments by poking fun at a legend of the business. By taking to Twitter to say this, “ This Wednesday on # AEW Dynamite 7 vs 7. We’re gonna go outside, cluster up like coils, stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together side-by-side to catch some leaping idiot going over the top. Can’t wait 8pm TNT. Hopefully for 1M viewers let’s fn go.
FTR’s Dax Harwood responded to Cutler’s tweet by saying, “ Imagine not listening to criticism from the men and women who’ve shaped our profession, and paved a road that allows you to make a living today; all because they hurt your feelings.”
Here’s some Tyler’s Take on the situation, every one of AEW’s wrestlers need to listen to the criticism by Jim Ross. I can think of several reasons the talent could learn from one of the true greats in the entire professional wrestling business. First of all, he is a WWE Hall of Famer, and JR knows wrestling better than anybody. He himself listened and learned under Cowboy Bill Watts in the famous Mid-South Wrestling territory where Ross began his career as a referee, then went on to commentate for them.
Let me educate other wrestling fans and wrestlers on the wrestling superstars who became household names before going on to work for Vince McMahon such as Ted DiBiase, Jim Dungan, Junkyard Dog, Ernie Ladd, Hercules Hernandez and Dick Murdoch, The Midnight Express with Jim Cornette and the Rock N’ Roll Express just to name a few. Then JR went on to announce and produce for the NWA and WCW, also he even helped with the creative process and booking. Ross became the voice for many wrestling fans as he called the famous Sting vs. Ric Flair matches at both the 1988 Clash of Champions and the 1990 Great American Bash where Sting won the NWA Championship from Flair. Ross called the classic ’89 trilogy between Flair and Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat” and the famous “ I Quit Match” at the Clash of Champions IX. That saw Ric Flair having Funk say “I Quit,” the Nature Boy would win and retain the NWA World Title.
Ross also would go on to commentate and provide the call for more historic matches and some of the greatest moments in professional wrestling while working for Vince McMahon’s WWE. Including WrestleMania’s and other major shows for the company. During his years there, JR was also the head of talent relations for the company. Ross was responsible for signing wrestling’s top superstars in The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, Batista, Shelton Benjamin, Edge, Christian and many others who became top stars. One of JR’s most iconic calls in wrestling has to be when the Undertaker threw Mankind off the “Hell in a Cell.”
So if I was Brandon Cutler or any other AEW wrestler you might want to listen to Jim Ross. He’s trying to help men and women get better and improve their individual and team game in wrestling. My advice would be listen to Jim Ross please, the man knows what he’s talking about his track record and Hall-of-Fame career speaks for itself. Grow up and have some class and show respect also learn to take the criticism.