It’s official. Jim Ross will serve as the new voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS beginning March 4. “This opportunity to work with AXS TV is attractive on many fronts,” Ross told FOXSports.com. “The travel won’t be weekly but approximately 8-10 trips to Los Angeles in a year’s time. While there, in a two-day, voice-over session, we will hammer out up to six shows. I’m happy OKC now has non-stop flights to LAX.”
Ross’s broadcast team member Josh Barnett also praised the move. “It’s a dream to be able to sit next to the legendary Jim Ross and call the incredible wrestling action of New Japan Pro Wrestling,” Barnett said. “I’ve listened to his commentary throughout the years and I’m glad to have someone as distinguished as him to work with in the booth.”
Powell’s POV: The word leaked last week that this move was likely. Ross was quick to shut it down while stating that he had yet to officially sign a contract. Obviously, things have changed now that Ross and AXS have made it official. It’s worth noting that Ross’s deal is with AXS and thus he and Barnett do not have deals to call the NJPW live events on the New Japan World streaming service. Ross had a lot more to say in the FOX Sports piece.