Justin Roberts is a popular AEW ring announcer. He recently spoke at AEW Unrestricted Podcast about his involvement in AEW and how he started working there. AEW Unrestricted podcast is run by Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards.
“I did All In, and after All In, everybody was like, ‘Stay tuned stay tuned,'” Roberts recalled.
Justin Roberts Speaks About Working as an AEW Ring Announcer
“I’m like, ‘What do you mean? What’s going on?’ I had no idea what was to come, and then shortly after that, I heard from Brandi [Rhodes].
And she was asking a bunch of questions. ‘Are you under contract? Do you have anything going on?’ I was talking to Brandi quite a bit, and then she was eventually the one that was like, ‘Okay, let’s talk.’ And she told me, and it was so exciting, but at the same time, I couldn’t tell anyone.
“I didn’t talk about it with anyone, and then once rumors started coming out, that would be my way, because friends were like, ‘Hey, did you hear what they said about this or what they said about that?’ So just hearing people talk about the rumors that were public, that was my way of kind of talking about it without talking about it”.
He stated that being part of AEW Double or Nothing was nothing short of amazing for him. He spoke about his emotions. “That was amazing. There were so many months where I was looking forward to that show because we had all this anticipation of the company building, and then we announced the company and then we had to wait till May to this event,” Roberts noted”.
When we got to Vegas, it was like, finally, this is what we’ve been waiting for. This is the beginning of something new, something huge, and to be in that building, sold out, with an amazing crowd, with you (Schiavone) sitting in the front row.
In fact, when I announced The Young Bucks match, I’ll never forget coming out of the ring and thinking that felt really good”. He revealed that AEW gives him a lot of freedom to do whatever he wants to do. He stated in previous interviews that WWE did not allow ring announcers to say whatever they want.
“If there’s a scale of creative freedom, and there’s a one and a 10, I guess I’m at 100,” Justin Roberts expressed. “Since day one, it’s just one of those things where I’ve never been handed a script, or I’ve never been told what to say on anything starting from the first show when, I believe, we had a guest singer for the national anthem. Even with that, I’m like, I don’t have anything on who they are or whatever.