• “This piss-ant organization is beating NXT and we beat them soundly last week” – Jim Ross
During a recent edition of Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer & current AEW Commentator Jim Ross talked about mentioning wrestling history during his commentary on Dynamite, despite most of the history being non-AEW.
Here’s what Good Ol’ JR said:
“I will mention non AEW talents on our broadcast on Wednesday nights. To me it’s not taking a shot, it’s not being negative, it’s actually being very positive. I think one of the great things about being a wrestling fan is we can all enjoy the history of the business.
I don’t do it for any other reason than to acknowledge our past, if you don’t understand your past it’s almost impossible to navigate your future. ‘If it didn’t happen in WWE, it didn’t happen.’ I think that whole philosophy is antiquated.
[AEW President Tony Khan] enjoys it as well. He’s a lifelong fan, a lot of those moments are crucial.
I guarantee if we call Tony Khan and say what’s your favorite Butch Reed match? He’ll have one or two and he’ll know all the damn details and they happened decades ago because he’s that much a student of the game.
Which is one of the reasons why I enjoy so much working for him, he still loves pro wrestling and I’m glad we can use pro wrestling in our vernacular rather than another sports entertainment entity.”
JR then addressed the fact that WWE removed his commentary from the past Royal Rumble matches in a recent video package looking at the history of the Royal Rumble match.
Here’s what JR had to say about it:
“That shouldn’t surprise you. It tells me they are aware of AEW very prominently even though they would not want to admit it.
Triple H called us early on a ‘piss-ant’ organization or something like that. This piss-ant organization is beating NXT and we beat them soundly last week.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 15, 1987) – WWF Wrestling Challenge
On this day in 1987, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
It was broadcasted from the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers, Florida and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania III’ PPV.
The match-card can be found right here:
1. Hillbilly Jim & The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. Greg Valentine, Brutus Beefcake & Johnny V
2. Randy Savage vs. Jerry Allen
3. Harley Race vs. Moondog Spot
4. Billy Jack Haynes vs. Tiger Chung Lee
5. Killer Bees vs. The Gladiator & Red Demon