Jim Ross has commented on leaving AEW Full Gear early and being replaced by Tony Schiavone for the second half of the event.
JR was dissecting Full Gear during the latest episode of Grilling JR.
He praised the main event of the show, which saw MJF defeat Jon Moxley to win the AEW World Championship.
JR admitted that he wished he could’ve called it, noting:
“I enjoyed it. You know, Tony Khan wanted me to work the first six matches, and I did. And then I was done. And I’d like to have worked the last match.
“You know, obviously as a fan, as a broadcaster. Certainly, I’m a big fan of Jon Moxley, and I was kind of thinking it was going to be MJF’s night, just seemed like it was time.
“We’ll see how that works out, I hope it works out great, we’ll see.”
Ross said he hopes MJF will ‘take ownership of the championship,’ and be ‘the great leader that we need him to be.’
He described watching the match unfold from his hotel room, saying:
“I watched the match back on my iPad because I went back to the hotel when I was finished with my assignment…
“So it was an interesting deal, I don’t normally leave early, but I was done, finished, and did what I needed to have done and we move on, so I liked the show.
“I thought it was a good show. I liked the early first half that I did. The matches I thought were pretty damn strong, some stronger than others, that’s just the nature of the beast.
“But I thought it was a good show, I really did, I enjoyed it. I thought the talents worked their ass off.”
“So it was fun, it was fun. I would like to work more but that’s always going to be the case you know.
“I’m no ballplayer, I want to play, so I was happy to do what I did and hopefully, the folks enjoyed it, it seemed like they did.
“I got some positive feedback, but you always get one or two people you know to say something stupid.
“It was a fun show to do. I was happy to work with Excalibur and Taz. Then Schiavone came in and just expelled me at the end.
That was the plan and so I thought it went okay. I was really proud of the effort everybody made, crew, office everybody had a good night when they needed it.”
Ross appeared to reference the All Out backstage altercation while calling a match on the first half of the Full Gear show.
While the legendary commentator previously called the action on Dynamite and Rampage, Ross now mostly covers Rampage.
Transcription via Inside the Ropes.
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