Current commentator and senior adviser for AEW, Jim Ross, is making the media rounds to promote the AEW Double or Nothing event that is set to take place May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The WWE Hall of Famer recently did an interview MMA Junkie Radio where he spoke about the impact that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey had on the MMA promotion.
Rousey was the inaugural champion in the division and pioneer of female talent fighting in the promotion. On the flip side, Lesnar was a top draw for the UFC and one of the biggest stars that they’ve had.
“Ronda ignited an entire division. She put a lot of women on her in that wagon and pulled it. … Ronda brought the attention that (WWE’s female superstars) needed to get them noticed so we could see how great they were. So I believe Ronda pulled the wagon on that entire female division and created an entire division and created an environment to where we want to see more of that led by her. All of sudden we get to WrestleMania this year, and three women close the show – unheard of.”
“What Lesnar brought to MMA was headlines, pay-per-view buy rates, but did he contribute to the legacy of the heavyweight division? Is he going to be known as one of the great heavyweights of all time? Is he going to be a UFC Hall of Famer? I don’t know the answer to those things, but they’re still up in the air somewhat.”