Jim Ross discusses Jon Moxley's AEW debut.
There were many criticisms Jim Ross' performance as part of the All Elite Wrestling commentary team at AEW Double or Nothing. But most agree that his call when Jon Moxley made a surprise appearance and attacked Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega helped enhance the moment for the audience at home. In an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Ross revealed that the emotion was easy to muster up as he didn't know Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose in WWE) would make an appearance.
“I didn’t know it was going to happen,” said Ross. “I knew we were negotiating with Moxley. I asked what was happening with him about 10 days ago, and I was told it was going well, but when it came time for the show, his name wasn’t anywhere on my format sheet. It left my mind because I had more I knew I had to prepare for. The lucky part for me is it reminded me of Mick Foley getting thrown off the cell. I didn’t know that was going to happen, and the same thing happened on Saturday night in Vegas. I didn’t know Moxley was coming out there. He was so full of passion and raw, animal magnetism. I felt it in my bone marrow, it was a ‘Stone Cold’ moment."
While it wasn't clarified, the "Stone Cold" moment Ross is likely referring to his famous WrestleMania 14 call when Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels to win the WWE Title.
Ross will likely be on the call for Moxley's first match in AEW, which is scheduled for Fyter Fest on June 29.