Brad Davis, recapping from Observer Radio:
Jim Ross now calls NJPW while former NJPW English announcer Mauro Ranallo calls WWE SmackDown. JR said,
“It’s coincidental isn’t it? It’s very ironic that’s how its worked out, but I think we’ve both got wins. Mauro’s living a dream of finally working in WWE, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, and so that’s good for him. He’s allowed to continue to do his MMA and boxing, so he came out on the other side really well. I think that I did as well. I think I found my gig, I found my home that I hope is in place for years to come.”
He added that he and Josh Barnett are hell-bent on building the NJPW brand in the United States. AXS TV’s upper management team loves the product and would get involved in a larger capacity if they could.
Whoever is in charge of AXS TV feels it’s a good idea to have a wrestling show on a network as an anchor. It’s one of those old TV standby beliefs that might just hold true. And if you’re going to have one, an hour of handpicked NJPW PPV matches contextualized by Jim Ross are tough to beat.