AEW Commentator Jim Ross spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated about the latest match between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega.
As seen at Saturday’s (November 9, 2019) AEW Full Gear pay-per-view event from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, Moxley beat Omega in an Unsanctioned Lights Out Match.
It was a wild match as they used a lot of different weapons from shatter glasses to barbed wire bat and broomstick.
According to Ross, he thinks it was a different match for him to call and it may have gone too long but they worked hard.
“It was a different match to call,” Ross said. “They weren’t working the arm. It didn’t have the standard route that a match takes. Based on the amount of legitimate physical punishment that Moxley and Kenny incurred, it may have gone a little too long—but I haven’t seen two guys work any harder to get something over in years. The passion in that match was a breath of fresh air for our business.”
Ross thinks the brutal type of match showed the in-ring spirit of AEW and how it gave everything that fans want including stunts, wrestling, drama, and uniqueness.
“It’s been years since I was this proud of two guys in a match like I am with Moxley and Kenny,” Ross stated. “I’ve never seen a main event like that. They should be congratulated. The effort they put forth was absolutely amazing. This match was a great indication of the in-ring spirit of AEW. We want to be about innovation and delivering a great effort. The match gave us stunts, it gave us wrestling, it gave us drama, it gave us uniqueness. This was about two guys that were given a chance to lay out their own game plan and execute their match, and that’s what they did.”
Ross added that he found to love the match because of the challenge that he faced by calling it as the play-by-play commentator.
“I loved that the Mox-Kenny match challenged me as a broadcaster,” Ross said. “People kept telling me, ‘JR, this match isn’t for you.’ How do you know that? I wasn’t with ECW; that was Joey Styles’ gig. I never got to call a lot of the hardcore stuff. I don’t find it distasteful, I don’t find it bad. We’re supposed to have something for everybody, and AEW offers a variety of styles and presentations that fans are going to like. This is not a one-dimensional company.”