WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard site about his WWE return, WrestleMania 33 and more. During the interview, he was asked about calling the main event of WrestleMania 33 between Roman Reigns and The Undertaker. He noted that Taker has been a big part of his professional life since Taker started in WCW in 1989. He said that when he was in WWE as head of the talent relations department, The Undertaker was the captain of the team. He said that he was even bigger in the locker room than he was in the ring. “He took ownership of his TV persona, in-ring persona, and he knew he had to use his size and athleticism to make himself even more special. He’s left pieces of his body all over the world, and I have so much respect for him. I was feeling strong nerves and prominent apprehension because I knew the ramifications of what the match could develop into, and it was very emotional in that regard.”
When asked about calling Reigns’ first match, Ross said that nobody gave him any announcer notes so what the fans heard him say was real. He noted that Reigns is a big, athletic, young guy with so much potential and that he likes him and doesn’t care if the fans think he is a good guy or a bad guy. “I believe he’s a star – simple as that. I’m not caught up in his creative – I don’t care if he’s a babyface or a heel. I just like to see big, athletic guys that are tough and demonstrate that in the wrestling ring, and I thought he did that well. He took a lot of punishment, he sold well, and he kept fighting.” He noted that he and Reigns had a good talk before the show and he was very impressed with Reigns’ maturity. He added that Reigns could be the future of WWE and will be a locker room leader.
You can read the entire interview here.