Jim Ross isn’t the biggest fan of battle royals.
Before this year’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view featured the annual men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches, “Good Ole’ JR” spent some time on his “Grilling JR” podcast explaining why he’s not overly fond of the battle royal.
Below are some highlights of the episode where he touches on this topic with his thoughts.
How he’s never been a fan of battle royal matchups: “My problem has always been, in this case, I’ve never been a fan of Battle Royales. [seen] A lot of them, and it’s almost embarrassing to be in the ring with guys sometimes it was just half-assing. Sometimes a battle royal is a lazy night, for some talent. They only get better at the very end. I’m just not a big fan… it’s like the Royal Rumble. It always has to be good, and you have to have peaks and valleys and you have to load and unload it. That way you get guys quote-on-quote, when they come in and they’re devastating and they do great things. But you can’t sustain it for an hour. You have to have peaks and valleys. Going to be the slow spot. There are dead spots in these matches because it’s inevitable. So we’ll see. Booking a Royal Rumble is really challenging, and having a Royal Rumble was Pat Patterson’s idea, he came up with the idea, which is a tribute to Pat. He will always be remembered for it, as he should be.”
How he believes booking battle royals is incredibly difficult: “It will be interesting to see how it works. But there are a lot of interesting things to evaluate and watch, if you’re going to watch the Royal Rumble. The way it’s set up, you should have two good runs first. To the final four or five guys. Patterson is in it. was brilliant. Michael Hayes started helping out, and Michael is great at it. He’s a real creative mind. It’s hard to arrange, hard to book. Like any great booking, you start at the end. Who do you want to win? Then work backwards. .”