Jim Ross is a legendary wrestling commentator and he recently spoke about the current NWA being compared to the old NWA. Jim Ross started his career in the world of professional wrestling nearly 3 decades ago. He has since then worked for the best wrestling promotions of the world.
He currently works for All Elite Wrestling as their senior advisor and also a commentator. Jim Ross is regarded by many as the best commentator of all time as he has called some of the most important matches in the history of professional wrestling during his time in WWE.
He is also a WWE Hall of Famer.
Jim Ross on Old NWA Being Different Than Today's NWA
Ross stated on his podcast that the NWA in the 80s was very different than the NWA that we have today. NWA is now owned by Billy Corgan.
"I do have a lot of respect for Billy Corgan and his love for pro wrestling when he doesn't have to love it," Ross said. "To compare the heyday of the NWA to what the NWA is trying to do now is not fair.
It's not fair for Billy, it's not fair for the talents that work there, it's not fair for the champion Nick Aldis. It's a different brand. "It has the same three initials but it has a different meaning. I don't mean to knock the current NWA, I support them big time anytime I can.
Billy is a good guy, but it's a different breed of cat. The only thing in common is the 3 initials." Jim Herd was the NWA executive producer during the late 80s. He stated that Herd had earned a very bad reputation during his time as EP.
The reputation was a result of various superstar belittling him. "He was a colorful character," Ross said. "He's been made the villain by being lambasted by many of the more prominent names in wrestling. He had a caustic personality and a caustic sense of humour.
He knew he was in over his head. "I felt bad for him sometimes. He just wanted somebody to talk to - he was lonely, he didn't have many friends. I became a friend in that respect, which got me a lot of heat with the booking committee because they thought I was colluding against them."
Ross then mentioned that most professional wrestling promotions need to adapt and change according to the times. He stated that he himself had to adapt and change as he couldn’t survive in this industry if he didn’t do that.
"We all got to move forward, including my old school self," Jim Ross said. "With AEW, I've been motivated to move forward and look at wrestling in a little different perspective because that's the way it's presented now. I don't expect to wave a magic wand and make it the '70s or '80s again. It's not the attitude era."