“I Just Don’t Get It”- Jim Ross Addresses Criticism Over a Statement About Randy Orton

Published 05/26/2021, 2:39 PM EDT

In this day and age of internet and social media, one has to be very careful of one’s words online. Wrestlers or people involved in the wrestling business are no exception to this rule.


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The fans will not hesitate to let their voices be heard if they don’t like or agree with something. Jim Ross had to endure such criticism over his words about Randy Orton recently.


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Is Randy Orton the best wrestler in the world?

In a recent episode of the Grilling JR podcast, the man himself, Jim Ross, addressed his backlash following his earlier statement.

Jim Ross made a judgment on his podcast about Randy Orton being the best wrestler in the world. The wrestling community did not receive the statement very well. JR returned to the podcast on the next episode and said this,

We have a little controversy going about who I apparently said that I thought Randy Orton was the best wrestler in the world. People forget that I recruited these guys. I’ve had a business association with a guy like Randy Orton since day one.

“Coach Barry Switzer said, ‘You recruit these kids for life’ and I kind of take that to heart. I’ve helped a lot of guys who got down on their luck and needed a check, what have you, way past WWE days.

“Apparently, people thought I was besmirching Kenny Omega…Nothing could be farther from the truth. How many times have I said to you [Conrad Thompson], ‘I can have many opinions to this question and have many answers.’

“I don’t know how that could be such a big issue. I just don’t get it.” (H/t Rajah for transcriptions)

Jim declared he didn’t really understand what the issue was regarding the topic and said it was subjective. He claimed that there is no right or wrong answer.

Jim questioned how a wrestler becomes the best in the world. He even announced that anybody could debate him and say that ‘The Viper‘ is not one of the best in the world. Jim assures the person will have a hard time winning the argument.

Former WWE Champion is of the same opinion

Kofi Kingston also praised Orton in an interview with Daily Star Online. He explained that ‘The Viper’ is even more fascinating now in a lot of different ways after being able to last so long in WWE.


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Kofi said that as a performer, he can’t have the conversation about the greatest wrestler without having Orton in there. Randy Orton is the most experienced wrestler on the roster and Kofi can’t think of anyone who presently has more experience than him.


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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!