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"It's a Slobberknocker!"
James William "Jim" Ross (a.k.a. "Good Ol' JR" or just "JR") is one of the greatest (and most beloved) commentators in the history of Professional Wrestling, having provided commentary for the WWE for almost 20 years (and having worked for several other promotions, including WCW, prior to starting with WWF/E). In addition, he is the man behind his own brand of barbecue sauce, has written cookbooks, and has opened a barbecue restaurant. He is also close friends with Stone Cold Steve Austin. He is semi-retired from commentating now, though he does come back every now and then. In his spare time, he also runs a website that peddles his own brand of condiments and barbecue products.
As usual, That Other Wiki has additional information on his life and career.
Tropes Associated with Jim Ross:
- Action Survivor: Has actually wrestled several times. He even beat Triple H at one point.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: A covert case, but not obvious to the casual wrestling fan who assumes everything is scripted. During the 1998 Hell In A Cell match between The Undertaker and Mankind (a match now considered legendary), Mankind was thrown off the cage, through a table to the floor. He is stretched away, but gets off the stretcher, climbs the cage again and restarts the match - at which point, he is chokeslammed through the roof off the cage to the ring below. Ross shouted: "Will somebody stop the damn match? Enough is enough!" This was out of legitimate concern for Mankind, who had already taken quite a beating up to this point.
- In addition, Ross was so calm whilst telling the audience of Owen Hart's fatal accident at Over the Edge 1999 that it is often hard to believe it was live. Jerry Lawler, on the other hand, looked like a ghost. Ross's reiteration of that fact it really happened whilst trying not to outright say wrestling is fake was something to be absolutely commended. While he seemed slightly exasperated that the event was going to continue after Owen's death, he did not appear to be too concerned for long.
- Catch Phrase
- The aforementioned slobberknocker quote.
- "BAH GAWD!"
- "GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY!"
- "[X is being beaten] like a government mule!"
- "[Wrestler name] is running like a scalded dog!"
- "LOOK AT THE CARNAGE!"
- "[Insert Wrestler Name(Usually Stone Cold Steve Austin) Here] IS STOMPING A MUD HOLE AND WALKING IT DRY!"
- "...and business has just picked up!"
- "Bowling-shoe ugly," used interchangeably to describe either a wrestler or a terrible match (most famously to describe "That Jackie Gayda Match").
- "He's a human being!!" (usually accompanied by the aforementioned "Bah Gawd" or "Good Gawd Almighty!")
- "Those stairs are not made out of chocolate!"
- "That unforgiving steel!"
- "That's [x]'s music!"
- "Kane, bringing hellfire and brimstone!"
- "What a sick, twisted human being!"
- And let's not forget, "STONE COLD!!! STONE COLD!!! STONE COLD!!!"
- "[Wrestler] went once too often to the well."
- "Wait a minute!"
- "AS GOD IS MY WITNESS, HE IS BROKEN IN HALF!!!"
- The Chew Toy: An unpleasant Real Life example. During his time with the WWF/E, Ross has suffered an incredible level of abuse and humiliation backstage, and all for no apparent reason. Vince McMahon just seems to want to hurt JR as much as he can. It's rarely seen on TV (though the time he joined the "Kiss My Ass Club" might be one of the most notable public humiliations), but the degradations inflicted upon Ross behind the scenes have been reported for years in various media, to the point where Ross sometimes comes across like a bit of a battered spouse, making excuses for his abuser.
- Unfortunately, aside from the Incompetence, Inc. that is TNA, the WWE is pretty much the only game in town these days. Ross' got bills to pay, after all.
- Cool Old Guy
- Covert Pervert: While not as bad as Jerry Lawler, JR has made more than a couple statements about the attractiveness of the female wrestlers, mostly Trish Stratus, but hey, it's Trish Stratus.
- Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he's not yelling or getting worked up, he acts as this trope on occasion.
- Enforced Method Acting: During the 2008 WWE Draft, none of the draftees were told that they'd be switching shows until just seconds before the announcement was made. Most notably seen with the announcer switch between SmackDown! and Raw... the looks of confusion and anger on Michael Cole and Ross' faces as they switched chairs following the announcement of the change were completely real, and Ross actually considered retiring the day after it happened.
- Ross was also not told that Santina's (Santino Marella in drag in order to win the Wrestlemania Diva Battle Royal) secret infatuation was actually JR. When this revealed live on PPV, with Michael Cole and Lawler ribbing him for it for good measure, Ross was less than amused and did everything he could not to play along.
- Also, Ross' announcing career; he's admitted before that he went out of his way to avoid being told the ending of a match so that his announcing would sound more natural.
- Face Heel Turn: WWE tried this (and failed spectacularly) a couple times, including assaulting Michael Cole in early 1999 because he thought Cole was stealing his job. It backfired as the crowd pretty much agreed and cheered. Turns out beating on a Creator's Pet is not the best way to gain heel heat.
- Flanderization: Many fans might not realize that Ross started out as a far more reserved, cerebral announcer in the mode of his mentor Gordon Solie, before playing up his Oklahoman roots upon joining the WWF, and becoming increasingly reliant on catchphrases and wild outbursts in lieu of thorough play-by-play.
- Freudian Slip
"That one eyed monster, Kane!"
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: More in a smark sense but JR definitely has his share of filling his commentary with sly comments that would pass over the heads of more casual fans.
"Pat Patterson coming up behind as always."
- Happily Married: Whenever Jerry Lawler or Paul Heyman drool over whichever Diva is wrestling in the current match and mention it to JR, the latter calmly replies that he's a happily married man. Of course, his clever retort would be, "I may be on a diet, but I can still look at the menu!"
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Joining the walk out resulting in Triple H's replacement firing him from commentary.
- Hot-Blooded: JR tends to yell a lot during big matches but he never quite got as worked up as much as he did during WrestleMania XXII when Shawn Michaels fought Vince McMahon in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Playing off of when Vince forced JR to literally kiss his ass and off of Vince's continual mind games with Shawn, Ross went absolutely ballistic during the match. Even the usually over the top Jerry Lawler was (kayfabe) surprised when Ross stated that Vince deserved getting beat down more than anyone alive: "More than anyone alive, JR?!"
*when HBK grabs the large framed Muscle & Fitness cover at ringside and prepares to hit Vince with it* "That's right! Hit him over the head with it AND THEN SHOVE IT UP HIS ASS!!!!"
- He was the same way at No Way Out 2003, when Steve Austin faced Eric Bischoff. Not only was Stone Cold coming back from a ten month absence, but Eric Bischoff had kicked a cinder block through Ross's head. Suffice to say, JR was as pumped for Bischoff's comeuppance as the red-hot Montreal crowd.
- Ross absolutely flipped out at the end of Wrestlemania 17, when Stone Cold did a Face Heel Turn.
- Lampshade Hanging: Ross famously lampshaded the abundance of weapons under the ring.
- Narm: A very serious, scary, possibly career ending injury has just happened. Everyone is in shocked silence. Except JR.
JR: [Sees Mankind get thrown eight feet down through the announce table] BAH GAWD!
- Truth in Television right there; as stated above, JR tries to keep certain "big spots" and endings a secret so he can give more realistic play-by-play; while he might Flanderize himself a bit, it's usually at least partially his real reaction. When he doesn't have Vince or someone else feeding him lines in a headset... When he does, it often shows.
- Mundane Made Awesome: His commentary is well known for making matches exciting when they would otherwise be average without him.
- Nice Hat: His signature black ten-gallon Stetson cowboy hat.
- One of Us: One of the many reasons why so he's beloved, as said above. Not to mention his embracing of new media, going back to the old Ross Reports of the late '90s/early 2000s on WWF/WWE.com.
- Overprotective Dad: When Trish Stratus first appeared in the WWE, she recorded a series of promos where she polished tables in her underwear to tease Buh Buh Ray Dudley. Jerry Lawler reacted in traditional Dirty Old Man fashion, but JR came across more as a scolding father with the way he admonished her for what she was doing.
- Perpetual Frowner: Due to Bell's Palsy.
- Poor Man's Substitute: Inverted; as Bryan Danielson kindly pointed out, Michael Cole is the poor man's substitute for good ol' JR.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He was always more straight-laced than broadcast partner Jerry Lawler, who always held up the "heel" side of the commentator equation by (among other things) leering at all the Divas.
- Rule of Three: "RIGHT HANDS! RIGHT HANDS! RIGHT HANDS!"
- Say My Name: "STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD!"
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Him and Jerry Lawler fits this trope to a T.
- Stupid Statement Rap: "My Ass" and "My Ass II/The Time Has Arrived".
- So Proud of You: Has this opinion of Zack Ryder and Bryan Danielson.
- Theme Naming: All of the products in his store are named after Professional Wrestling tropes and terminology.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Apparently told Kharma that she was too fat to be a Diva.
- Justified Trope: Kharma used his statement as fuel to train harder, travel the world, and ultimately become a sensation in Japan, SHIMMER, and TNA. A decade later, she and JR became friends and he helped her get signed in WWE.
- Which became Hilarious in Hindsight four years later...