When it comes to an opinion in pro wrestling, there are many people we can turn to, but perhaps legendary wrestling analysts like AEW‘s Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross (and Mike Tenay in my opinion), are the men we can go to and sit and listen to for hours and hours, as they know the game deeply.
Well, it was on a recent episode of Grilling JR that Jim Ross had some advice for the recently released WWE superstars, and he even had a thing or two to say about them possibly joining AEW in the near future.
On the recent plethora of WWE releases from the 4th of November, Jim Ross had this to say:
“When you become a public company it changes the ground rules throughout said company. Even though they had a huge profit, which is, congratulations to them, it was bad timing I thought to come off the heels of a big announcement that announced great profitability during the third quarter. Minutes after, you’re finding out a lot of talents, all of them are good soldiers…
I know that for all of them that got let go, they should not perceive this as the end of the world because it sure as hell isn’t… The bottom line is it’s up to all of those individuals. Some of them can take their time to work on their bodies, some of them can take time to heal, God forbid they may want to spend more time with their families and there is this thing called the holidays coming up in December…
I feel badly for them. I’ve been in this position and I never went into the next day saying ‘what are we going to do?’ I always prepared for those rainy days; I’m a businessman. That’s what I would look at, take this time to better yourself. Get bigger, stronger, faster; clear your head, be with your family.”via Grilling JR /E-Wrestling News (Transcription)
And on the possibility of these released stars joining in with AEW very much like so many others have done thus far in recent months – namely Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole CM Punk, Bobby Fish and Tony Nese, he said:
“I don’t know why a lot of those people were cut; I like some better than others just like anybody else. But if there’s a place for them in AEW, I’m sure that will be explored. I don’t know, that’s not my area, that’s Tony Khan’s area. I don’t try to edge myself into that piece of business. I was there for a long time and I don’t care to be back in that role again. It’s just too much stress, pressure, and Tony is young and he’s got control of the ship…
He ain’t got to call somebody to ask if he’s got to sign this guy. He does what he needs to do that he feels is right for AEW, so we’re lucky we have him. I would assume some of those folks will get a shot in AEW sometime in 2022. I’m guessing that, but I could sure see some fun things happening with some of the folks that would be available.”via Grilling JR /E-Wrestling News (Transcription)
So straight from the very knowledgeable mouth of Jim Ross…his words definitely resonating in the pro wrestling world—specifically to those aforementioned released stars. And if I were them, I’d be taking his advice, as he has decades of experience in the industry and is responsible for helping out with the careers of Steve Austin and so many other legends in the industry. So he obviously knows what he’s talking about.
To see some of these stars in AEW would be epic, as the stars that we have seen come into the company from WWE/NXT, and now ROH with Jay Lethal…they’ve brought so much to an already full table over at AEW for sure, and we can only hope that continues.
Only, as we’ve reported, it’s probably time for Tony Khan to start thinking about having brand segregation, which means a heck of a lot more championships and a heck of a lot more time for underutilized talents like Brian Cage and others. Food for thought, as I always say, dear readers.