The Ross Report

The Ross Report

United Kingdom

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, considered the greatest announcer in wrestling history, brings his incredible celebrity roster of friends, his insight and analysis of today's wrestling stars and storylines, and YOU to his weekly discussion of everything squared circle. Join in the fun as Good Ol' JR takes your calls, makes a few of his own, and spreads the wrestling love around the globe.

Episodes

Glenn Jacobs PKA WWE's KANE  

First time guest Glenn Jacobs, also known as KANE in the WWE, joins JR this week to discuss his political aspirations as a mayoral candidate in Knox County, Tennessee. Glenn shares what led him into politics, the status of his in-ring career, the worldly perspective he's received from working with the WWE, what might be next for The Undertaker, thoughts on Braun Strowman and rumors of him and Brock Lesnar in an arm-wrestling match. Also, JR looks back at a great weekend in DC and Philadelphia and looks ahead to this weekend's "Ringside with Jim Ross" in NYC with guest Paul Heyman as well as WWE SummerSlam on Sunday!

Tony Schiavone  

Former WCW and WWE announcer Tony Schiavone joins JR this week to look back on fond memories of working together in the NWA/WCW, including the first Clash of the Champions, Great American Bash 1988 and countless TV tapings. JR and Tony also talk about about Tony's new podcast, WHAT HAPPENED WHEN, Tony's post-WCW career, whether or not he'd come back to work for WWE, the greatness that is Bobby Heenan, what Larry Zbyszko's goal in life is, Tony's love of baseball, Ric Flair's ESPN 30 FOR 30 and much more!

Sunny  

WWE Hall of Famer and legendary wrestling personality, the one and only Sunny, joins JR on the podcast this week for the first time. Sunny and JR get into all sorts of topics including how Sunny broke into the business, her thoughts on Sable and Marlena, what she thinks of the WWE Women's division today, who were her pro wrestling crushes, learning under Jim Cornette and her epic first encounter with Sherri Martel! Also, JR discusses Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar, the Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, what's next for Paige and much more!

WWE Battleground 2017 with Pro Wrestling Torch's Bruce Mitchell  

Bruce Mitchell from the Pro Wrestling Torch joins JR this week on the podcast to discuss all of the action from WWE Battleground, including the Punjabi Prison match, the Flag match between John Cena and Rusev, Xavier Woods stepping up in the tag title match and why Natalya is a great challenger for the Smackdown Women's title. JR and Bruce also look at the impact of the Mae Young classic, the fond memories from this past weekend at the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and listener questions about the state of the WWE Cruiserweights and New Japan in the US.

Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer on the WWE Mae Young Classic, Kurt Angle's New Son, Mayweather/McGregor and more!  

Pro wrestling journalist extraordinaire Dave Meltzer from WrestlingObserver.com joins JR this week to discuss a number of topics, including the WWE Mae Young Classic, reactions to the reveal of Jason Jordan as Kurt Angle's son on WWE Raw, the WWE Universal Championship scene and thoughts on the Mayweather/McGregor press conferences. All this plus listener questions addressing New Japan, Global Force Wrestling, match ratings and much more!

Lita and Madusa Preview the WWE Mae Young Classic  

JR is in Orlando, on-site at the WWE Performance Center and he's joined by TWO incredible WWE Hall of Famers - Lita AND Madusa. The ladies sit down with JR on the podcast this week to look ahead to the first-ever WWE Mae Young Classic and its impressive crop of competitors, breaking down the stories behind some of the finest women wrestlers in the world. Also, JR gives his thoughts on WWE's Great Balls of Fire including why Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe are not finished with each other, the importance of the time limit in the RAW tag team championship match and the upside of Braun Strowman. All this plus so much more!

Stone Cold Steve Austin and PWInsider's Mike Johnson  

Its a loaded show this week as Stone Cold Steve Austin stops by to chat with JR about his experience at the New Japan shows in Long Beach this past weekend as well as what he thinks makes Kenny Omega a stand-out talent as well as who else on the NJ roster impressed him from the event. Then, later in the show, Mike Johnson from PWInsider gets on the line with JR to further discuss the New Japan event, give some backstage news from Global Force Wrestling's Slammiversary event, preview the Joe/Lesnar bout coming up this Sunday at WWE's Great Balls of Fire PPV and offer up his takes on JR's forthcoming book!

Jim Cornette  

The incomparable James E. Cornette returns to the Ross Report this week as JR and Jim catch up on some old-school memories involving Bill Dundee, Jerry Lawler and Jerry Lee Lewis as well as discuss a few current pro wrestling items. Jim has got a lot to say about The Revival, Joe vs Lesnar, his return to the WWE at this year's Hall of Fame and the upcoming New Japan event in Long Beach. Also, Jim talks about his recent podcasting adventures, what ROH needs to succeed, young John Cena in OVW and so much more!

ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell on WWE Money In The Bank, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling and more!  

Joining JR this week on the podcast is ProWrestling.nets Jason Powell to discuss all of the developments from the WWE Money In The Bank event including the controversial result of the first-ever Women's Money In The Bank match, the rather abrupt ending to the Smackdown tag team title match as well as the big money potential the WWE has in a match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. Also, JR and Jason talk about this week's WWE Raw and the return of Braun Strowman, the important task ahead for Cody Rhodes at the New Japan event in Long Beach, how significant the upcoming Slammiversary event is for Impact Wrestling as well as Ring of Honor's television future.

Matt Mitrione and Adam Cole  

Bellator heavyweight fighter Matt Mitrione joins JR on the podcast this week to discuss his upcoming Bellator PPV fight on June 24th against Fedor Emelianenko in the historic Madison Square Garden; confronting the mystique of Fedor; predictions for other fights on the card including Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva and the influence of pro wrestling on Matt's promo style. Later in the show, JR is joined by pro wrestling's hottest free agent Adam Cole (BAY-BAY)! Adam talks with JR about his experience as a headliner in Ring of Honor, the charm of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, how Jim Cornette helped him in ROH, his dentist / pro wrestler girlfriend, predictions for WWE Money In The Bank this coming Sunday and most importantly, what's next for Adam Cole (BAY-BAY)!

The Fight Network's John Pollock on Extreme Rules, Impact Wrestling and the MMA Scene in 2017  

John Pollock from the Fight Network and Live Audio Wrestling joins JR this week to discuss all of the news coming out of WWE's Extreme Rules including Samoa Joe's win in the Fatal 5-Way and his forthcoming match with Brock Lesnar; whether or not the concept of the Extreme Rules event needs to be revised; how the Miz has elevated his game since pairing with his wife Maryse on WWE television; the confusion over the rules of the tag team cage match; and the surprising yet positive effect of Alexa Bliss varying her moveset in her women's title match against Bayley. JR and John also discuss the upcoming events for New Japan including the rapidly approaching card in Long Beach, CA on 7/1 and 7/2; the connection between the Fight Network and Impact Wrestling, how Impact Wrestling needs to upgrade its domestic TV presence outside of PopTV and the state of MMA in 2017 specifically the lack of bonafide stars in the current scene.

Paul Ellering  

WWE and Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer Paul Ellering joins The Ross Report to share his experiences of his recent return to the WWE and NXT as the manager of the current NXT Tag Team Champions, the Authors of Pain. At over 60 years of age, Paul jumped at the chance to bring his old-school mentality to one of the hottest pairs of talents in the business today. Paul shares epic stories about managing the legendary Road Warriors throughout the 80s as well as memories of working in Mid-South with Cowboy Bill Watts and JR! Plus, Paul discusses breaking into the AWA and their grueling camps, his daughter Rachael and her recent entry into the business, the Junkyard Dog, The Last Battle of Atlanta and what happened to Rocco!

PW Insider's Mike Johnson on Backlash, NXT, WWE UK and more!  

PW Insider's Mike Johnson returns to talk WWE UK, NXT, WWE Backlash, and Monday Night RAW. Hear Mike & JR breakdown Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton and what that means for Jinder's WWE future; AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens and what that sets up; Dolph Ziggler vs Shinsuke Nakamura and why you should care; Luke Harper's break from the Wyatt Family; Samoa Joe's main roster position; and Impact Wrestling's upcoming Slammiversary 2017 show. They also cover ROH, NJPW, and Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore, and they take questions from the fans.

Roddy Strong  

Roddy Strong returns to The Ross Report, and this time not only as a member of NXT (and a future WWE main roster member), but also as a new dad! We'll hear how Roddy's enjoying fatherhood, and whether his fiancée MMA fighter Marina Shafir has plans to return to the octagon in the near future. Roddy also talks about the day-to-day at the NXT Performance Center, learning from the great Shawn Michaels, and who's on his Mt. Rushmore of Pro Wrestling. Plus, he's weighs in on Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and taking apron bumps!

Patrick LaPrade & "Sisterhood Of The Squared Circle"  

Author Patrick LaPrade wrote "Sisterhood Of The Squared Circle: The History & Rise Of Women's Wrestling," and is sharing some of the stories he chronicled in his book about trailblazers like Mildred Burke (and her promoter husband Billy Wolfe), The Fabulous Moolah, and Mae Young. Hear about the politics, real-life grudges, scandals and beatings they endured and overcame to make women's wrestling popular and dominant in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Patrick also discusses the women's division today, Ronda Rousey, and Shimmer's effect on it all.

Ted DiBiase & WWE Payback Review with Jason Powell  

The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase, has Andre the Giant stories, Ric Flair stories, and Dick Murdoch stories. He learned a heck of a lot about the squared circle from the Funks and Harley Race, and believes Paul Heyman owes the Funks a debt for the success of ECW. Ted also explains why he left WWE (twice), what he makes a great heel, the problem with high-flying, and why Cowboy Bill Watts is on his Mt. Rushmore of Pro Wrestling. Plus, Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net joins to break down the WWE Payback event.

Rey Mysterio  

Rey Mysterio learned plenty of great lessons about the biz from the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Scott Hall, and is now trying to pass some of that knowledge along to his son, Dominic, who's training to be a pro-wrestler himself. Rey's got details on their training regime, thoughts on the Cruiserweight division in general, what scares him about today's young wrestlers and product. Hes talking about Roman Reigns, Kurt Angle, Konnan, and the Mexican wrestler who most influenced his career, Super Astro.

Shawn Daivari And Ken Anderson  

It's a double-shot on The Ross Report with Shawn Daivari and Ken Anderson, co-founders and owners of the new pro-wrestling school, The Academy, in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. In addition to talking about the tools & training their school offers pro-wrestling hopefuls, the two are also speaking about their controversial careers at WWE. They both also spent time at Impact Wrestling and have thoughts about whether that promotion can truly right the ship! So give a listen to hear stories about Muhammad Hassan, Austin Aries, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, Chris Benoit, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Ken's departure from WWE.

Madusa  

Debrah Miceli, you know her better as WWE Hall of Famer Madusa, has a podcast of her own, "Madusa's Full Throttle," and lots of strong opinions on the current women's division. She's also talking about her personal experience at WWE, including her departure, and her Monday Nitro debut when she famously threw the WWE title belt in the garbage! She has some words of encouragement for Paige, a last dream match, and a huge thank you for Paul Heyman.

Wrestlemania 33 with Dave Meltzer  

If you were surprised to see and hear JR calling The Undertakers final match at Wrestlemania 33, you weren't the only one! JR was surprised too, and tells the story of how that momentous moment came to be! He and Dave Meltzer also break down the matches, performances, and surprises, dole out MVPs, and predict what the future may hold for some of the WWE's biggest stars. They also discuss the future of Impact Wrestling, whether ROH is indeed for sale, and the effect of the global indie scene (UK, India, China) on the pro-wrestling biz in general.

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