Does anyone else think it was a masterstroke for Dave Meltzer to be hired by MMAFighting? Now, we get extremely in-depth reports on backroom pro wrestling dealings that could affect MMA in awesome ways. Meltzer is now reporting that recently retired Hall of Fame WWE Announcer Jim Ross wants to work in MMA:
“I think that, quite frankly this may sound egocentric, but I think the transition from calling a pro wrestling match and calling MMA fights would be easy.”
To clarify, it was actually Ariel Helwani who conducted the interview on the MMA Hour, but it was Meltzer who painstakingly transcribed every single word of the interview for people who can’t watch the video because their stolen wireless only gives them half a bar of signal.
In contrast to shitty boxing judge C.J. Ross, WWE Hall of Fame Announcer Jim Ross (no relation) is awesome. And if every fight contains a People’s Elbow (as at 6:55 of this video), then it would be easy indeed. Ross is the ideal person to have there to make the call. The UFC currently has no regular ring entrance announcer besides the Red Hot Chili Peppers… If PRIDE ring announcer Lenne Hardt refuses to move back from Japan, this may be the next best thing. He could be added to the production without a hitch: he could appear behind Joe and Goldy’s shoulders, yell into their microphones when a fighter starts to walk out, and then return to his seat a few rows away.
Because Ross doubled as WWE VP of Talent Relations when many of the WWE’s biggest stars were originally signed, maybe he will serve as a magnet for heavyweight amateur athletes to enter MMA. If this plan goes through, wouldn’t it be nice to see the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, The Rock, Kurt Angle, and even Brock Lesnar (whom he signed to the WWE) start to transition to MMA instead of pro wrestling?