AEW announcer Jim Ross appeared on this week’s Top Rope Nation Wrestling podcast to promote his new “Under The Black Hat” book and gave his first comments on The Revival’s Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, who were finally released by WWE this morning.
The show sent in the following quote from JR:
“Well, it’s a big if, everything’s a big if, because I don’t know what The Revival’s goals are. I think they would fit into our team very, very well. You know, we’re trying to be a little bit more athletic, athletically oriented, more fundamentally sound in our storytelling. And the Revival team certainly fits that bill. They are one of the best tag teams in the world, period, no matter where it is. So I think they would do great in our company, whether that happens or not remains to be seen.
There’ll be gross speculation that it’s a done deal, all that good stuff. But Tony Khan handles that, and I’m not in that talent relations role any longer. Thank goodness. I’m the Senior Advisor. Let me tell you what that means, the job description is this: I take credit for all the good ideas and I disavow any knowledge of the ones that suck. So that’s a Tony…I can’t imagine, knowing Tony Khan as I do, and the fan that he is and his ability to spot great things.. I can’t imagine that he wouldn’t be interested. Why would anybody not be interested in Revival is my question? So I’m thinking there’s a possibility they come to work for us. I think, you know, I’d love that. I’d love to call their matches. I’ve watched a lot of their work, you know, they’re a throwback team. That doesn’t mean they wear black boots. And, you know, it’s just the old school stuff. They are fundamentally sound, they’re old school oriented in the process of telling a story. And I think that’s really important. They don’t leave things out. They don’t take shortcuts. And they have the ability with their skill set, to work with any team out there and make that team and that match better. And we’ve got some really good teams evolving in AEW of course led by the Young Bucks, who may be the best tag team in the world. If they’re not, they’re certainly in the conversation.
But one could certainly as a broadcaster, and as a fan, because I don’t have any insider information on this deal, I just read about it a little before we went on, we started recording that, you know, that these guys are released there, they may become available sooner than later. I don’t know about how long their no compete is. That’ll be a big point, everybody will have a theory on that deal, usually they’re 90 days but I don’t…WWE may have, you know, rescinded that on where they stood. They may have made exception. Let them go do their thing. So anyway, I hope that they consider AEW. I’d sure as hell like to call some of their matches. They remind me a lot of the old Midnight Express. They just don’t have a Jim Cornette in their corner right now. So, but boy, these guys are good. They’re really good and they’re young. They’re athletic, they’re durable. They seem to be good locker room guys, they’re wrestling guys. They’re not sports entertainment guys. That was never a great fit. But they’re wrestling guys and they need to be in a wrestling company. For my money, that’s AEW.”