Jim Ross Discusses the Possibility of Announcing a Match at WrestleMania 29
Per Ross, the matter still seems to be up in the air, but he certainly seems eager to give it a go.
Been asked the highlight of my WWE year and without question it was being afforded the opportunity by WWE upper management to broadcast the HIAC bout at WM28 featuring the Undertaker, HHH and @ShawnMichaels. Big time bucket list memory for me and a night that I'll always fondly remember.
I'm hopeful that I can call one bout at WM29 just to be a part of the event. Many of us worked some amazing hours over the years to contribute to building this amazing event. When I sit back and see where WrestleMania has come since I made my debut in Vegas at WM9, I am honestly amazed.
I see continued use of stadiums for future WrestleMania events and hope that I can be a small part of the proceedings for as long as I'm able. It's our Super Bowl and who wouldn't want to be associated with the biggest event in our profession? Old players still like to play.
Despite being arguably the best commentator in the business, Ross has found himself relegated to the sidelines over the past couple of years. Alongside William Regal, he has served as an announcer for Internet-only show NXT.
While NXT, which showcases the best of WWE's developmental talent, is usually decent entertainment, it remains to be seen if it is truly a good utilization of the gifted and passionate Ross.
Certainly, as a long-term and hard-working employee, Ross deserves to at least call one match at WrestleMania 29.
He can also contribute greatly to any bout he commentates on. Sure, Triple H vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania this year was a terrific piece of entertainment anyway, but Ross' spirited, passionate announcing made it that much better (he was particularly superb during the bout's dramatic near-falls).
Hopefully management will acquiesce to the commentator's wishes and give him at least one major match to call on April 7. Not using him on the card would be such a disappointment, not only to the man himself but to the fans as well. Many feel that the presence of Ross adds to the big time feeling of WrestleMania.
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