In the world of pro wrestling, many people believe that the competitors in the ring are the ones that make the magical moments. Some believe that promos are what make lasting moments such as when Steve Austin uttered Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass which sparked a rebirth in pro wrestling. Part of the package of a wrestling match is the announcers and while Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan were a very talented duo with tremendous chemistry there is one announcer that helped enhance several performers and that was Jim Ross.
Ross got his start with Bill Watts UWF before heading over to the NWA before it switched to WCW. While watching old WCW matches with Ross on the call you can tell the passion Ross has for the industry. With pure intensity and enthusiasm Ross is able to make an event at the Omni feel like the most important card in pro wrestling history.
In 1993 Ross switched over to the WWE and provided the soundtrack for some of the most iconic moments as he was able to enhance the historical moments. One wrestler who Ross helped on play-by-play was Steve Austin. At Wrestlemania 13 Ross helped cement the face turn of Austin by saying how Austin never gave up and how he passed out from the pain of Bret Hart’s sharpshooter. Ross’s call of “ Austin, Austin, Austin” helped usher in the first title reign of the new face of the company.
Another star who was helped tremendously by Ross’s ability to call a match was Mankind aka Mick Foley. While Undertaker threw Mankind off the top of the Hell in a Cell at King of the Ring 1998 Ross’s authentic call provided an accurate depiction of what Mankind felt when he came crashing down from the 20-foot high steel cage onto an announce table. This zeal for the business can also be on display on a weekly basis as Ross openly cheered as Jeff Hardy attempt to climb a ladder on Monday Night Raw in June 2002.
While Ross might not call another Wrestlemania match he has left an invaluable impact on the business by vocalizing the importance of the most important moments in performers illustrious careers.