Anyone who watched wrestling from the late 80s through the early 2000s is sure to recognize the name Jim Ross. He was the voice of the industry when it was at it’s most recent peak, and for good reason. He is now in the podcast world, using his announcing experience and natural abilities to churn out some pretty good content on The Ross Report via Podcast One.
Ross has a long history of on-camera work in pro wrestling, but he also had a lengthy career working in various backstage roles, which gives him a unique view of the industry. While WWE was arguably at it’s peak, he was VP of Talent Relations and the number one announcer, which means he was essentially the number two guy.
While he has been hailed as doing a great job in a thankless role (Talent Relations) I think he is a very underrated announcer in general. Ross knew when to speak, when to get excited, and, most importantly, when to let the scene speak for itself to increase the gravity of the situation. I think this is a lost art these days.
He brings that talent to the podcast world, where you are almost left hanging on every sentence and waiting for him to continue. His Oklahoma accent, and cadence are perfect for telling stories, and he knows how to ask tough questions in a way to get answers from some prickly characters.
It’s a pretty straight forward show. Ross starts by going over the current wrestling product, most of the big name companies, and giving his opinion on what they’re doing. He will give feedback and notes from the previous show, mention some corrections, or just give his thoughts on how he thought it went.
Then he gets into his guest or guests, depending on the show. This can range from people he’s known for decades, or some of the newer, younger wrestlers. He will also breakdown big Pay-Per-View shows with recurring guests, and discuss what they liked and disliked, or how they would have done things.
You can really feel the chemistry with the guests he has known for awhile, but Ross is an adept interviewer. Even guests he may have never met in person feel like old friends once he gets talking to them. It’s a very casual, yet in-depth conversation, and he often gets every answer he is looking for.
This one is pretty much 100% pro wrestling. He will discuss non-industry matters, but the guests always have some major connection to it. Again, Ross and his experience and adept interviewing skills make this a great one, but unless you are a fan of the sport of kings, you might not get much out of this one. If you are a fan, or even want to learn something about it, it’s definitely worth a listen.