WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is busy these days primarily doing his podcast – The Ross Report, doing commentary for New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV alongside Josh Barnett. He also does appearances occasionally, and will even be doing commentary alongside Jim Cornette in next month’s WCPW’s first iPPV: Refuse To Lose.
On his podcast, he frequently gives his thoughts on the current WWE product. His latest podcast featured interviews with Bull James (previously Bull Dempsey in NXT) and Chavo Guerrero Jr. Before the interviews, he took the time to break down and give his two cents on the Backlash Pay-Per-View, mostly filled with praise.
However, JR had the most praise for The Phenomenal One, The Face That Runs The Place, The Champ That Runs The Camp, The new WWE World Champion, AJ Styles:
“AJ Styles is the best, full time, in ring performer in WWE for my money. AJ’s win was timely and he was the most ‘over’ talent on the show. Good booking to make AJ the WWE Champion as he can have superb matches with virtually anyone on the SD Live roster. My only mild complain was that the pace of the AJ-Ambrose match was so fast that the two talents did not make the time to adequately sell some of their dynamic moves. Bottom line is that I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and felt like it was was the best match that Ambrose has had in WWE.”
JR generally has some great two cents on the products, simply because of his experience as the Talent Relations Consultant, and being with WWE for over two decades. He proudly states that he believes that the batch of talent he got back when he was the Talent Relations Consultant in 2001-02 was the best batch they ever had. The batch of talents back in OVW during their rookie days include John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, Shelton Benjamin, Batista,etc.
AJ Styles has clearly been on an ungodly level of a roll in the WWE. Vince McMahon is undoubtedly an AJ Styles guy given how fast he has pushed him and how quickly he’s elevated him as one of the top five talents on the entire roster, Raw, and Smackdown. It was reported that Vince is so high on AJ Styles that he wishes he had signed him ten years ago.
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