Jim Ross, often considered the greatest play-by-play announcer in wrestling history, recently revealed the one match he regrets being unable to call during his illustrious career. Good Ol' JR was the voice of WWE TV throughout the Attitude Era in the late 1990s and 2000s, and his iconic commentary style resonates with fans today.
In addition to his two-decade-long WWE broadcasting career, Ross served as the Head of Talent Relations from the late 1990s until the mid-2000s. He played a vital role in shaping WWE's incredible roster, which included legends such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, The Rock, Triple H, and Mick Foley, aka "Mankind." During a recent episode of his popular Grilling JR podcast, Ross was asked if there was one match he wished he could have called.
The iconic announcer immediately recalled the January 4th, 1999 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw featured Foley's championship match. Ross could not reach the match due to a bout with Bell's Palsy, and Michael Cole stepped in to handle the announcing duties.
Jim Ross Emotional Bond with Foley
Jim Ross expressed his deep connection with Foley, recounting the effort it took to get him hired and the journey they had been on together. With tears in his eyes, he watched the match at home as Foley finally reached the pinnacle of his wrestling career.
Given the chance to go back in time, Ross says that this would be the match he would want his voice to be heard on. In early 2019, Jim Ross signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as one of their most significant acquisitions.
Initially appearing on Dynamite, he has since transitioned to Rampage on Friday nights. With a pro wrestling career that began in 1974, Ross continues to make meaningful contributions to the industry he loves almost 50 years later. His passion for the sport and unmatched commentary style remain cherished in wrestling history.