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** "The ''hell'' you say?"


--> "Wrestling/MarkHenry is handling the big [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Johnson]]!" (''Royal Rumble 1998'')
--> "Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s here! Jerking Wrestling/{{Edge}} off...[[VerbalBackspace the ladder]]!" (''Wrestling/WrestleMania 17'') [[note]]Which became HilariousInHindsight four years later...[[/note]]

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--> "Wrestling/MarkHenry is handling the big [[Characters/WWENewGeneration [[Wrestling/AhmedJohnson Johnson]]!" (''Royal Rumble 1998'')
--> "Wrestling/{{Lita}}'s here! Jerking Wrestling/{{Edge}} off...[[VerbalBackspace the ladder]]!" (''Wrestling/WrestleMania 17'') [[note]]Which became HilariousInHindsight Hilarious In Hindsight four years later...[[/note]]

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* VitriolicBestBuds: With Wrestling/JerryLawler.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: 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 Wrestling/TheUndertaker and [[Wrestling/MickFoley 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 was chokeslammed ''[[HowMuchMoreCanHeTake through the cage roof]]'' to the ring below. Ross shouted: "Will somebody stop the damn match? Enough's enough!" This was out of legitimate concern for Mankind, who had already taken quite a beating up to this point.

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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 Wrestling/TheUndertaker and [[Wrestling/MickFoley 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 was chokeslammed ''[[HowMuchMoreCanHeTake through the cage roof]]'' to the ring below. Ross shouted: "Will somebody stop the damn match? Enough's enough!" This was out of legitimate concern for Mankind, who had already taken quite a beating up to this point.


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* CatchPhrase: It always sounded like JR was about to die at any minute.
** The aforementioned slobberknocker quote.

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* CatchPhrase: It always sounded like JR was about to die at any minute.
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** The aforementioned slobberknocker "slobberknocker" quote.



** "[Insert Wrestler Name(Usually Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin) Here] IS STOMPING A MUD HOLE AND WALKING IT DRY!"

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** "[Insert Wrestler Name(Usually Name (Usually Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin) Here] IS STOMPING A MUD HOLE AND WALKING IT DRY!"



* TheChewToy:
** An unpleasant RealLife example. During his time with the WWF/E, Ross has suffered an incredible level of degradation and hazing backstage, and all for no apparent reason. Vince [=McMahon=] just seems to want to [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence wipe JR off the face of the earth]]. It's rarely seen on TV (though the time he joined the "Kiss My Ass Club" might be one of the most public humiliations of all time, as were the jibes at Ross' deceased mother and Bell's palsy), but the pranks 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 [[StockholmSyndrome battered spouse, making excuses for his abuser.]]
** Unfortunately, aside from TNA, the WWE is pretty much the only game in town these days. Ross' got bills to pay, after all.
** One theory is that J.R. enjoys GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity, having been fired numerous times only to be "invited" back once the WWE realized they had no one to replace him with (The push of East Coast-bred Michael Cole could be seen as a deliberate effort to distance themselves from J.R.'s iconic twang, if not for the later addition of Bradshaw). Ross has also frequently promised -- threatened? -- to write a tell-all biography about his time with the company, [[ShameIfSomethingHappened only to clam up once he's been re-hired.]]

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TheChewToy: An unpleasant RealLife example. During his time with the WWF/E, Ross has suffered an incredible level of degradation and hazing backstage, ''onscreen'', and all for no apparent reason. Vince [=McMahon=] just seems to want to [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence wipe JR off the face of the earth]]. It's rarely seen on TV (though the The time he joined the "Kiss My Ass Club" might be one of the most public humiliations of all time, as were the jibes at Ross' deceased mother and Bell's palsy), but the pranks inflicted upon Ross behind the scenes have been reported for years in various media, palsy, to the point where Ross remaining with them sometimes comes across like a bit of a [[StockholmSyndrome battered spouse, making excuses for his abuser.]]
** Unfortunately, aside from TNA, the WWE is pretty much the only game in town these days. Ross' got bills to pay, after all.
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]] One theory is that J.R. enjoys GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity, having been fired numerous times only to be "invited" back once the WWE realized they had no one to replace him with (The push of East Coast-bred Michael Cole could be seen as a deliberate effort to distance themselves from J.R.'s iconic twang, if not for the later addition of Bradshaw). Ross has also frequently promised -- threatened? -- to write a tell-all biography about his time with the company, [[ShameIfSomethingHappened only to clam up once he's been re-hired.]]



* ConsummateProfessional: The fact that he kept a straight face while announcing the infamous Wrestling/{{WCW}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Robocop}} crossover attests to this.

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* ConsummateProfessional: The fact that he kept a straight face while announcing the infamous Wrestling/{{WCW}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Robocop}} Wrestling/{{WCW}}[=/=]Franchise/{{RoboCop}} crossover attests to this.



* CovertPervert: While not as bad as Jerry Lawler, JR has made more than a couple statements about the attractiveness of the female wrestlers, mostly Wrestling/TrishStratus. And here's one from Raw 11/19/2011 regarding someone else:
-->Jim Ross: "Huh, Wrestling/{{Melina}} may have had a wardrobe malfunction, or maybe I was just hoping?
-->Jerry Lawler: "What, I missed it?"

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* CovertPervert: While not as bad as Jerry Lawler, JR has made more than a couple statements about the attractiveness of the female wrestlers, mostly Wrestling/TrishStratus. And here's one from Raw ''Raw'' 11/19/2011 regarding someone else:
-->Jim Ross: "Huh, -->'''Jim Ross:''' Huh, Wrestling/{{Melina}} may have had a wardrobe malfunction, or maybe I was just hoping?
-->Jerry Lawler: "What, -->'''Jerry Lawler:''' What, I missed it?"it?



-->"The Rock just shoved Billy Gunn's face in that large woman's ass! I just said that, King!"
* EvilKnockoff: Not that [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]] and [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]] were paragons of virtue to begin with, but JR still brought out his own versions of them with which to terrorize the WWF.

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-->"The -->'''Jim Ross:''' The Rock just shoved Billy Gunn's face in that large woman's ass! I just said that, King!"
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* EvilKnockoff: Not JR was the one that [[Wrestling/KevinNash brought out the knockoff versions of [Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]] and [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]] were paragons of virtue to begin with, but JR still brought out his own versions of them with which to terrorize the WWF.WWF during the company's failed attempt at having him do a FaceHeelTurn.



--> "He's either crazy as hell of the toughest SOB I have ever seen... in this type of environment." (a FreudianSlip because Ross was honestly calling Mankind the toughest SOB period, but Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin is meant to be that.)

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--> "He's either crazy as hell of the toughest SOB I have ever seen... in this type of environment." (a FreudianSlip because Ross was honestly calling Mankind the toughest SOB period, but Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Toughest SOB" is meant to be that.)one of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's {{Red Baron}}s)



-->''[as HBK grabs the large framed ''Muscle & Fitness'' cover at ringside and prepares to hit Vince with it]'' "That's right! Yeah, Hit him in the head with it '''AND THEN [[AssShove SHOVE IT UP HIS ASS!!!!]]'''"
** He was the same way at ''[[Wrestling/NoWayOutWrestling 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 FaceHeelTurn.

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-->''[as --->'''Jim Ross:''' ''[as HBK grabs the large framed ''Muscle & Fitness'' cover at ringside and prepares to hit Vince with it]'' "That's right! Yeah, Hit him in the head with it '''AND THEN [[AssShove SHOVE IT UP HIS ASS!!!!]]'''"
** He was the same way at ''[[Wrestling/NoWayOutWrestling 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.
crowd. JR was at his JR-est that night.
--->'''Jim Ross:''' THIS IS A MOMENT! THIS IS A MOMENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! LOOK AT IT! FEEL IT! EXPERIENCE IT! STONE COLD IS BACK, AND HE JUST WHIPPED BISCHOFF'S ASS LIKE A GOVERNMENT MULE!"
** Ross absolutely flipped out at the end of ''[=WrestleMania=] 17'', X-Seven'', when Stone Cold did a FaceHeelTurn.



* LargeHamAnnouncer: He gets ''very'' excited and over-the-top when commenting on matches.

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* LargeHamAnnouncer: He gets ''very'' excited and over-the-top when commenting on matches. It always sounded like he was about to die at any minute.



-->"'''HE'S WALKIN! HE'S TALKIN!!'''"

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-->"'''HE'S --->"'''HE'S WALKIN! HE'S TALKIN!!'''"



* ProductPlacement: Comes with the territory. He and King are particularly remembered for zealously shilling skittles and Subway sandwiches. There's also JR's own barbeque sauce, though he doesn't promote it nearly as much.

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Comes with the territory. He and King are particularly remembered for zealously shilling skittles Skittles and Subway sandwiches. There's also JR's own barbeque sauce, though he doesn't promote it nearly as much.



* SoProudOfYou: [[http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/tuesday-blog-austin-goldberg-punk-bryan-ryder-lesnar-undertaker-kane-nash-lod-jrs-family-bbq Has this opinion of]] Wrestling/ZackRyder and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].



* WhatTheHellHero: Apparently told [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] that she was too fat to be a Diva.
** JustifiedTrope: Kharma [[InsultBackfire used his statement as fuel to train harder, travel the world]], and ultimately become a sensation in Japan, Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, and [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]]. A decade later, she and JR [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/kharma-wwe/who-shot-jr/114126805342876 became friends]] and he ''helped her get signed in WWE''. It is likely that this statement was not a reflection of his personal feelings, but simply him being GenreSavvy enough to know how the EyeCandy obsessed WWE would treat a woman of her weight.
*** ExactWords: Kharma ''was'' unquestionably too heavy-set to be a ''diva-'' that is to say, a skinny piece of eye candy for whom knowing how to actually ''wrestle'' was an optional bonus. She's perfectly equipped to be a ''woman wrestler'' (these days calling most female wrestlers "divas" would be considered an insult).


* ConsummateProfessional: The fact that he kept a straight face while announcing the infamous Wrestling/{{WCW}} / Franchise/{{Robocop}} crossover attests to this.

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* ConsummateProfessional: The fact that he kept a straight face while announcing the infamous Wrestling/{{WCW}} / Franchise/{{Robocop}} Wrestling/{{WCW}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Robocop}} crossover attests to this.


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* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: From [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]-[[Wrestling/BillyGunn "Mr. Ass" Billy Gunn]] match at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 99'':
-->"The Rock just shoved Billy Gunn's face in that large woman's ass! I just said that, King!"


* GenreSavvy: Of wrestling, of course, and also of horror movies. Before the match between Wrestling/TheUndertaker and [[Characters/WWENewGeneration Papa Shango]] on the 1993 VHS ''Undertaker...His Gravest Matches,'' he mentioned Creator/StephenKing, Creator/BelaLugosi, Creator/BorisKarloff, Creator/VincentPrice, "[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] for a more current time" to set the tone for a match between a gravedigging zombie and a voodoo master.

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* GenreSavvy: Of wrestling, of course, and also of horror movies. Before the match between Wrestling/TheUndertaker and [[Characters/WWENewGeneration [[Wrestling/CharlesWright Papa Shango]] on the 1993 VHS ''Undertaker...His Gravest Matches,'' he mentioned Creator/StephenKing, Creator/BelaLugosi, Creator/BorisKarloff, Creator/VincentPrice, "[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] for a more current time" to set the tone for a match between a gravedigging zombie and a voodoo master.



**He'll put ''anything'' over. Once on ''Raw'' in 1997, he was promoting that night's episode of ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' and mentioned that some character "turns against The Section. Damn him!"



** JustifiedTrope: Kharma [[InsultBackfire used his statement as fuel to train harder, travel the world]], and ultimately become a sensation in Japan, Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}}. A decade later, she and JR [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/kharma-wwe/who-shot-jr/114126805342876 became friends]] and he ''helped her get signed in WWE''. It is likely that this statement was not a reflection of his personal feelings, but simply him being GenreSavvy enough to know how the EyeCandy obsessed WWE would treat a woman of her weight.

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** JustifiedTrope: Kharma [[InsultBackfire used his statement as fuel to train harder, travel the world]], and ultimately become a sensation in Japan, Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, and Wrestling/{{TNA}}.[[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]]. A decade later, she and JR [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/kharma-wwe/who-shot-jr/114126805342876 became friends]] and he ''helped her get signed in WWE''. It is likely that this statement was not a reflection of his personal feelings, but simply him being GenreSavvy enough to know how the EyeCandy obsessed WWE would treat a woman of her weight.


* RealSongThemeTune: On those occasions when entrance music is called for, he walks out to "Boomer Sooner", the Oklahoma fight song.


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* ThatCameOutWrong: During the Wrestling/StacyKeibler-Wrestling/TorrieWilson [[GimmickMatches Lingerie Match]] at ''WWF No Mercy 2001'', October 21, 2001, during one sequence when the ladies were rolling around on the mat, he said that they were "jockeying for position," and then apologized for it. (Victoria's Secret-ing?)


After his final WWE contract expired in late March 2019, Ross signed a 3-year deal to become a "senior advisor" for Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling. It's not clear yet whether he'll return to the commentary table, but he brings a world of other backstage experience, especially in talent relations.

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After his final WWE contract expired in late March 2019, Ross signed a 3-year deal to become a "senior advisor" for Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling. It's not It wasn't initially clear yet whether he'll he'd return to the commentary table, but he would later be revealed as the lead play-by-play announcer for AEW's first major event, Double or Nothing, in May 2019. Ross also brings a world of other backstage experience, especially in talent relations.

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After his final WWE contract expired in late March 2019, Ross signed a 3-year deal to become a "senior advisor" for Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling. It's not clear yet whether he'll return to the commentary table, but he brings a world of other backstage experience, especially in talent relations.


James William "Jim" Ross (a.k.a. "Good Ol' JR" or just "JR") is one of the greatest ([[http://i39.tinypic.com/2lw61j.jpg and most beloved]]) commentators in the history of ProfessionalWrestling having provided commentary for the Wrestling/{{WWE}} for almost 20 years (and having worked for several other promotions, including Wrestling/{{WCW}} prior to starting with WWF/E, and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling after his unceremonious firing from WWE). He is also close friends with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.

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James William "Jim" Ross (a.k.a. "Good Ol' JR" or just "JR") "JR", born January 3, 1952) is one of the greatest ([[http://i39.tinypic.com/2lw61j.jpg and most beloved]]) commentators in the history of ProfessionalWrestling having provided commentary for the Wrestling/{{WWE}} for almost 20 years (and having worked for several other promotions, including Wrestling/{{WCW}} prior to starting with WWF/E, and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling after his unceremonious firing from WWE). He is also close friends with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.


He's semi-retired from commentatin' -- though [[TheBusCameBack he does come back every now and then]]. He'll be returning to the broadcast booth in 2016, calling matches for NJPW on AXS (a tape-delayed show that's intended to showcase NJPW matches to American audiences). In his spare time, he also runs [[http://www.jrsbarbq.com a website]] that peddles his own brand of condiments and barbecue products, and he also offers a regularly updated blog about current events in wrestling and even boxing, MMA, football and other sports.

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He's semi-retired from commentatin' -- though [[TheBusCameBack he does come back every now and then]]. He'll be returning Ross returned to the broadcast booth part-time in 2016, calling matches for NJPW on AXS (a tape-delayed show that's intended to showcase NJPW matches to American audiences). In his spare time, he also runs [[http://www.jrsbarbq.com a website]] that peddles his own brand of condiments and barbecue products, and he also offers a regularly updated blog about current events in wrestling and even boxing, MMA, football and other sports.


*** ExactWords: Karma ''was'' unquestionably too heavy-set to be a ''diva-'' that is to say, a skinny piece of eye candy for whom knowing how to actually ''wrestle'' was an optional bonus. She's perfectly equipped to be a ''woman wrestler'' (these days calling most female wrestlers "divas" would be considered an insult).

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*** ExactWords: Karma Kharma ''was'' unquestionably too heavy-set to be a ''diva-'' that is to say, a skinny piece of eye candy for whom knowing how to actually ''wrestle'' was an optional bonus. She's perfectly equipped to be a ''woman wrestler'' (these days calling most female wrestlers "divas" would be considered an insult).

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*** ExactWords: Karma ''was'' unquestionably too heavy-set to be a ''diva-'' that is to say, a skinny piece of eye candy for whom knowing how to actually ''wrestle'' was an optional bonus. She's perfectly equipped to be a ''woman wrestler'' (these days calling most female wrestlers "divas" would be considered an insult).


** "Those stairs are [[{{Understatement}} not made out of chocolate!]]"

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** "Those stairs are [[{{Understatement}} [[CaptainObvious not made out of chocolate!]]"



* LargeHamAnnouncer: To say that he gets ''very'' excited and over-the-top when commenting on matches would be a massive understatement.

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* LargeHamAnnouncer: To say that he He gets ''very'' excited and over-the-top when commenting on matches would be a massive understatement.matches.

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