WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross was officially announced as the new play by play man for New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV after a week of rumors.
Fox Sports broke the news yesterday. Ross will commute to Los Angeles from Oklahoma to do multi-episode voice over work. Ross commented on the deal, “This opportunity to work with AXS TV is attractive on many fronts. 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 also commented on what attracted him to NJPW, “I’m a big fan of the New Japan product as they have been one if the most highly regarded brands within the genre for decades. New Japan has a unique opportunity with AXS TV to grow their brand in North America. The more fans sample the athleticism, physicality, no-nonsense presentation of NJPW the more they’re going to like it.
For me, the New Japan Pro Wrestling business philosophy reminds me of my earlier years in wrestling. I’ve had numerous other offers, some serious and others just flirting to return to TV Wrestling broadcasting but none have had the appeal that AXS TV offered me. We think my style will fit the NJPW in-ring presentation well. We’ll know that conclusively in early March. Plus, AXS TV and I discussed other potential projects outside NJPW.”