On the latest edition of his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross shot straight about a spot most wrestling fans have seen hundreds of times:
“All you guys go outside, you cluster up like quail, you stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together, side-by-side, so you can catch some leaping idiot going over the top who never wins with this move. They are looking for the ‘holy shit’ chant. They love to hear, ‘this is awesome’. It’s a spot, folks. It’s a trapeze act. I don’t buy into that.”
Ross hasn’t been shy in sharing his opinion on the indie-style matches worked by many of the wrestlers who’ve come up through that scene over the last decade or so. New Japan and AEW fans have heard instances of him sounding confused, disinterested, or downright disapproving while calling action for those companies.
Whether he was upset with the criticism or just turning it into a joke, Brandon Cutler decided to use it to promote the 14-man tag match coming up on the Dec. 16 Dynamite:
THIS WEDNESDAY on #AEWDynamite— Brandon Cutler (@BranCutler) December 11, 2020
7 vs 7
We’re gonna go outside, cluster up like coils, stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together, side-by-side to catch some leaping idiot going over the top.
Can’t wait 8pm TnT
Hopefully for 1M viewers let’s fn go pic.twitter.com/DTbBQN8WM5
Probably because Cutler is a close friend of AEW Executive Vice-Presidents Matt & Nick Jackson, and because The Young Bucks’ matches sometimes have spots that frustrate or befuddle JR, people read a lot into his tweet. One of those people may have been FTR’s Dax Harwood, another frequent critic of his contemporaries choosing high spots over psychology:
Imagine not listening to criticism from the men & women who’ve shaped our profession, and paved a road that allows you to make a living today; all because they hurt your feelings.— Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) December 13, 2020
One thing many have pointed out is that, to whatever extent they’re “hurt” by JR’s words, Cutler and others may have an issue with Ross sharing them publicly rather than privately. But maybe he has and talent aren’t receptive.
There are a lot of unknowns here, but that’s never stopped an online debate before. It could very well be that all involved know this kind of drama is exactly what fuels a portion of AEW’s hardcore audience, so they’re just throwing us dogs a bone.
So everybody follow me outside, where we’ll cluster up like coils, stand there in a huddle, friends and foes together, side-by-side, so we can discuss some leaping idiot going over the top who never wins with this move.