Jim Ross recently appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio to talk about his new venture with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), if he feels Vince McMahon considers them competition and more. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On if he feels he has something to prove now that he has joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW): “You grow up with insecurities as a performer. We all do. I’m not any different and mine came from a business that was changing without my control where my look and my sound started to become an issue. The perception of JR getting older was someone else’s opinion. I didn’t leave because I didn’t want to go. I just wanted to play again and go get after it. I do not know where this is going to go and the honeymoon period is still on. We have to lay a foundation and build for it.”
On whether or not he is looking to prove anything to Vince McMahon: “Great question. I want to prove it to myself more than anything. I will never be happy with my commentary and will always want to do better and be the best. A little bit to Vince but he has been supportive of me making this move and we have been talking about it often over the past month. I’m proud of that WWE roster and what we did together and it was a team effort. Athletes want to be treated like athletes because they work their ass off and I want it to be that way with AEW.”
On AEW being in the ‘Honeymoon Phase’ as a pro wrestling promotion: “Maintaining momentum is key. It was a big point of discussion in WWE, coming out of Mania with momentum. We need to have a good product. I will be honest with you I did not watch any of AAF. I am not worried about this because the Khan family is not under capitalized. We are in good shape and I am not worried. You have to be concerned to some degree after a few months because it could be cashed in and seen as a failed experience but I do not see that happening. We are looking at a few years to get talents and take care of our roster.”
On whether or not he thinks Vince McMahon is concerned: “I do not know that he is concerned about anybody. I really doubt it. He is bullet proof in that regard. The worst mistake AEW can make is trying to chase WWE. We do not need to chase them. I’m sure there is financial concern. I asked about an undercard guy in WWE that helps the other guys learn and they said he was not available because he just signed a new WWE deal for $500K. Not because he would be used but just to keep him off the streets.”
Check out the complete Jim Ross interview from Busted Open Radio below.