Jim Ross took to his blog to address a report by Dave Meltzer in The Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week regarding plans for commentary at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s WrestleKingdom 9 PPV event. The report stated that Ross reached out to both John Gaburick and Dixie Carter in TNA to pitch the idea of allowing Mike Tenay to call the show with him in exchange for plugs for Impact Wrestling.
Here is what Ross had to say about the report confirming the company did indeed decline.
“Read online where I allegedly called and talked to Impact Wrestling officials attempting to get my friend Mike Tenay as my broadcast partner for Wrestle Kingdom 9. What was reported on the internet was leaked, and not by me, and largely erroneous. I texted TNA saying that it would be great exposure for the voice of their brand and that we could talk about Impact’s launch to a new network coming up later that week. Obviously, I would have treated Mike with the utmost respect but TNA brass declined the invite. That’s the truth of the matter. It’s a dead issue and no hard feelings but I can’t see the downside of Mike Tenay and I broadcasting the NJPW PPV as it relates to Impact Wrestling specifically as it relates to me. Nonetheless it’s not happening and Global Force Wrestling moves on to the next candidate of which there are some good one’s.”
You can check out JR’s full blog entry at the link below.