Jim Ross, the legendary Hall of Fame announcer, recently made a triumphant return to AEW following a brief absence due to a fall he suffered just before the debut of "AEW Collision" in mid-June. Although he had been off television, Ross remained closely connected to AEW and eagerly tuned in to watch the highly anticipated AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view.
During a recent episode of "Grilling JR," Ross expressed his immense admiration for the collaboration between AEW and New Japan and proclaimed it as one of the most enjoyable shows he has witnessed in years. Ross commended the overall concept of the Forbidden Door event, recognizing the invaluable cooperation between AEW and New Japan.
With numerous AEW talents having strong ties to New Japan, the collaboration undoubtedly laid a solid foundation for future ventures. Ross went on to describe the pay-per-view as outstanding, praising its quality from start to finish.
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Specifically, Ross highlighted several standout matches that featured AEW stars going head-to-head with the esteemed stars of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The clash between AEW World Champion MJF and Hiroshi Tanahashi, as well as CM Punk versus Satoshi Kojima in the first round of the Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament, exceeded his expectations.
However, it was the main event between Bryan Danielson and Kazuchika Okada that garnered Ross's utmost praise. Ross emphatically labeled the Danielson-Okada match as a benchmark for aspiring wrestlers, urging them to study it extensively.
He expressed his belief that the match had been nearly flawlessly executed, leaving a lasting impression on both current and future wrestlers. Ross's admiration for this showcase of technical prowess and storytelling was evident as he emphasized how it evoked a sense of pride in being a part of the professional wrestling industry.
With his return to AEW and his fervent endorsement of the Forbidden Door event, Jim Ross's enthusiasm and passion for the sport continue to resonate with fans and industry professionals alike. His endorsement serves as a testament to the captivating nature of the collaboration between AEW and New Japan and reinforces the bright future ahead for both promotions.