After soaking in WrestleMania for 24 hours, I asked myself "What was missing from the WWE's signature event?" The answer was as plain as the nose on my face, "the Voice of the WWE: good 'ol JR..." Jim Ross.
Even though Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker gave it the "old college try," their styles clashed more than they meshed. Cole couldn't keep up with the action and didn't have much to offer as an analyst. Lawler tried to cover for him (but he's more of a straight-talking man) and Striker could do no more than be himself.
Jim Ross is the best commentator, play-by-play man, and storyteller in wrestling...period...end of story.
From his signature catch-phrases, "Business is about to pick up, quicker than a hiccup. This is going to be a slobberknocker," to the all the great WrestleMania matches he has called. Notable matches include Stone Cold Steve Austin versus Bret Hart, Austin versus The Rock, The Rock versus Hulk Hogan, and Undertaker versus HBK.
Ross adds excitement to every match due to his storytelling ability, which draws the fans in and makes them feel that they are a part of the match itself.
Ross could probably make watching grass grow and water boiling memorable. It's a shame that Ross wasn't behind the mic for Bret Hart versus Vince McMahon and Undertaker versus HBK. I'm sure he would have left us with some calls that would be etched in WrestleMania history. It has been widely reported that Ross was present at WrestleMania 26, but McMahon made the call not to use him...Bad mistake Vinnie Mac!!