JIM ROSS DEVELOPMENTAL
Name
Jim Ross
Real Name
James Ross
Date of Birth
January 3, 1952
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1974
Jim Ross
"I had met Jim Ross and Jerry Brisco before I was even in college and they always told me to get your degree first and then we'll give you a shot if you want to come try your hand with the WWE. I graduated in May 2006, flew out to Atlanta for a week to tryout, and by July 2006 I was signed and training in Atlanta. I took a little bit different path than most WWE superstars have taken. I'm one of the few superstars who have gone through all three of the developmental camps." - Jack Swagger reveals his path to the WWE developmental program
April 21, 2014
Jim Ross

"I don't think you have to be a Mensa member to figure out that it had an influence on decisions that were made. I was working with the developmental kids in NXT and enjoying that, and got called in for that job. It was a very unique night, to say the least. Ric Flair was coming off maybe the most traumatic time of his life. Reid Flair had recently died of a drug overdose. In hindsight, it might not have been the most timely booking, to get him in that environment. And then you can look at the other side and say maybe it's a good thing to get him out around friends. As it worked out, you'd probably lean more to the former than the latter. But here's the deal. I was conductor of a runaway train. I was supposed to keep it on the tracks and that didn't happen. So I don't have any issues taking responsibility. Did I envision that it would help facilitate my exit? No. But I could see the thinking behind it."

- Jim Ross

January 22, 2014
Kevin Steen
When you sign a developmental contract with WWE, more often than not, you're going to be spending a good amount of time in training and not on television. Of course, when you have the experience that Kevin Steen has, the wait is a lot shorter. The former ROH Heavyweight Champion, who is now going by the name of Kevin Owens, is scheduled to make his debut on December 11, 2014 at the Takeover: R Evolution event.
November 22, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Reports have surfaced that WWE intends on having Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi continue working as a tag team. A possible tag title run is being discussed. However, this might lead to some problems, as one of the things that Devitt reportedly requested when he signed his contract was that he not be forced to stay in developmental for too long of a period. Devitt feels that he has enough international experience to be qualified for the main roster.
November 22, 2014
Bo Dallas
When WWE decided to kill his push, Bo Dallas was understandably concerned about his spot on the roster. He is in even more jeopardy now, as reports have surfaced that Dallas has suffered an injury to his foot. He is said to need about two months off the road to recover. During that time frame, management might push someone else or even bring up a developmental wrestler in his place.
November 3, 2014
Aksana
During a recent interview, Maxine revealed something very interesting that took place backstage in WWE. She stated that while she was working in the developmental program, she pitched an idea to management about her character and story line. About a day later, Maxine noticed that Aksana had been given that very gimmick that she had pitched to company officials.
October 31, 2014
Alexa Bliss
A lot of eyes stay focused on the developmental program in WWE because that is usually where the next star will come from. The latest person to be viewed as the next one to be elevated to the main roster is Alexa Bliss. The diva has impressed management over the last couple of weeks, and some are even saying that she has moved past Ashley Flair in line. She is already ahead of Bayley and Sasha Banks at the moment.
October 29, 2014
Undertaker
Good news for wrestling fans who hope that the Undertaker remains in the industry in some sort of capacity after retirement. The legendary performer has agreed to work as an adviser for the WWE developmental program. He will make the occasional trip to the WWE Performance Center and provide evaluations and advice to the performers and the trainers.
October 24, 2014
Bret Hart
Some interesting stuff came out of a recent interview that Mark Henry did with Newsday. The former world heavyweight champion revealed that he met Rock in Canada while he was playing professional football. Henry was up there training with Bret Hart and his family. Henry recruited Rock into joining WWE with him. While they were in developmental, the two of them even shared an apartment.
October 11, 2014
Maria Kanellis
Friday was a big day for Maria Kanellis. She is now a married woman. For those of you that do not know, her husband is ROH star Mike Bennett, whom she has been dating for approximately three years now. There were talks of WWE bringing him into their developmental program a while back, but nothing has surfaced since then, so the belief is that the ship has sailed on that.
October 11, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
Nick Dinsmore has been released by WWE yet again. This time, though, he was functioning as a trainer for the developmental program. Dinsmore, who formerly wrestled for the company as Eugene, spent a year with the company, and the belief is that management opted not to renew his contract once it expired. Some are saying that this move was done for budgetary reasons.
October 2, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Reports have surfaced that Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi are going to be promoted to the main roster very soon. The two of them are established international stars, and management is not going to have them languishing in the developmental program. WWE knows that the promotion might upset some of the guys that have been in WWE NXT for a while, but it is a move that they want to do.
September 30, 2014
Prince Devitt
Since WWE likes to own the copyright to the names of their performers, most everyone is given a new moniker when they sign a contract. Prince Devitt is no exception. The international star will now be using the name Finn Balor while he works through the developmental phase. Depending on how fans react to the name, Devitt will more than likely be bringing that name with him to the main roster.
September 25, 2014
Ashley Flair
Earlier this month, it was revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25,000 a year. It has now been discovered that the amount is only for the male performers. The divas in WWE NXT, such as Ashley Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks, are paid $50,000 a year, which is twice as much. The reasoning behind that is because management feels that the girls have more expenses in maintaining their looks.
September 18, 2014
Darren Young
While the hot rumors are pointing to Darren Young being eventually revealed by WWE as the man underneath the bunny suit, a lot of fans have been wondering who has been portraying the character on television as of late. Reports have surfaced that developmental wrestler Sami Zayn has been the one in the suit. He apparently portrayed the character on Monday Night Raw and at live events.
September 17, 2014
Triple H
Professional wrestling and football have long had a connection, as a lot of players from the gridiron have successfully made the switch to the squared circle. Triple H wants that tradition to continue, so WWE is now targeting more football players to join their developmental program. While there are a couple of guys already on the roster with athletic backgrounds, the company is looking for guys with more name value. WWE is also willing to pay these guys more money than the wrestlers.
September 15, 2014
Adrian Neville
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
Adrian Neville
Last week, wrestling fans were dazzled by Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd during a tag team match on Monday Night Raw. You can expect more of that in the near future, as the WWE NXT stars are being booked for more television appearances. Reports have surfaced that Triple H is the one pushing management to feature the developmental wrestlers more frequently.
September 13, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
Ashley Flair
There are rumors floating around that a title change could be taking place in WWE NXT very soon. Bayley might be given the women's title during the middle part of September. Reports are floating around that Ashley Flair is on the verge of being given a promotion to the main roster in about a month, so she would need to drop the belt to someone else in developmental.
August 28, 2014
Kevin Steen
After finishing off his commitments, Kevin Steen has now officially reported for duty with WWE. The former ROH champion posted on Twitter that it was his first day at the WWE Performance Center. While he is viewed as one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit, the belief is that management will keep him in developmental, so he can simplify his in ring style to suit the audience.
August 25, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
While it is a well known fact now that Jim Ross will be calling the first Global Force Wrestling pay per view in January, it is still a mystery as to who will be joining him for the event. Reports have surfaced that both Ross and Jeff Jarrett were leaning towards adding Mike Tenay to the team. However, there might be some complications with that, as TNA has just secured themselves a new television deal.
November 20, 2014
Jim Ross
Just when it looked like a deal was not going to happen, things have changed, and Jim Ross is now working with Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling. The legendary commentator will be fulfilling one of his big dreams this upcoming January, when he will head to Tokyo to call the big New Japan pay per view. Ross was adamant that he wanted to be there in person, so that his commentary would be more authentic and genuine.
November 11, 2014
Jim Ross
For a while there, Jim Ross openly campaigned to be a part of the big January pay per view that New Japan holds each year. The former WWE commentator wanted to provide American commentary for the show. However, as we get closer and closer to the date of the event, Ross sounds less confident that a deal will be made to enable him to work the show.
October 10, 2014
Jim Ross
A lot of buzz was created recently when Steve Austin mentioned that he was training for a comeback with WWE. Jim Ross, who happens to be very close friends with Austin, decided to douse some water on those rumors. The legendary commentator stated that Austin might not necessarily be in shape enough to work Wrestlemania 31. He also stated that there is a chance that Austin does not wrestle at all.
October 7, 2014
Jim Ross
One of the most beloved commentators in professional wrestling might be back with a big promotion in a couple of months. Jim Ross has been openly lobbying to work with New Japan in their efforts to spread into the United States. Ross specifically mentioned the big January 4 pay per view as an opportunity for the two sides to get together. If a deal is agreed upon, he would fly to Tokyo to call the action in English.
October 1, 2014
Jim Ross
Not a lot of details were provided when Ric Flair was forced to miss a WWE NXT show to have surgery. Jim Ross has revealed some details on that procedure. The longtime commentator stated that Flair had an appendicitis attack, and when doctors went in there to repair the damage, they discovered a hernia, so they repaired that as well. No word yet on when Flair will be returning to WWE television.
September 18, 2014
Shelton Benjamin
During a recent interview, Jim Ross revealed just how close Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were in college. Ross was the one that recruited Lesnar into WWE, and when a contract was offered, Lesnar stated that he had a special stipulation he would like fulfilled. Lesnar told the company that he would sign the contract if they also gave a deal to Benjamin, who happened to be his roommate at the time.
September 16, 2014
Jim Ross
There is a pay per view coming up in October called BattleGrounds MMA. Any wrestling fan watching the event will recognize a familiar voice calling the action. The promotion has signed up legendary WWE commentator Jim Ross for the show. He will be joined by recently retired UFC star Chael Sonnen for the event, which is taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
September 4, 2014
Chris Jericho
Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. Rumors have persisted for quite some time now that there is still backstage heat towards Jim Ross in WWE. There is some new evidence to support that claim. Ross recently revealed that the company has not approved any of their performers to be a guest on his podcast show, where Steve Austin and Chris Jericho have had plenty of WWE personnel, including Triple H himself, doing interviews for them.
September 1, 2014
AJ Lee
Rumors are floating around right now that AJ Lee is going to be leaving WWE very soon. Those speculations were further flamed last night when she dropped the Divas Championship to Paige at Summerslam 2014. The root of the rumors stems from a comment that Jim Ross made on his blog. It was just something that the long time commentator was speculating upon.
August 18, 2014
CM Punk
Rumors are heating up that Jim Ross and CM Punk are going to head to New Japan to work together as commentators. Those were actually started by Ross himself, as the former WWE commentator simply speculated on the possibility during his podcast show. As of right now, there have been no negotiations, and Ross himself has stated that he has yet to talk to Punk about the idea.
August 3, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Since his contract with WWE has now officially ended, rumors about Jim Ross and his future in professional wrestling have started heating up again. Since the longtime commentator does not want to replace Taz or Mike Tenay in TNA, much of the speculations has been geared towards him joining up with Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling. Interest within the industry towards the new promotion has grown since Jarrett has been able to secure several deals across the globe.
July 29, 2014
Colt Cabana
Got some bad news if you're a fan of the Colt Cabana podcast. The former WWE star revealed that his web server has been hacked by malicious bots. He is having trouble finding help to resolve the issue, which started a couple of days ago. Cabana recently landed a pretty big guest when legendary commentator Jim Ross agreed to do an interview for his show.
July 27, 2014
Kurt Angle
During a recent podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle confirmed the longstanding rumors that he and Brock Lesnar got into a backstage fight when both were with WWE. Angle stated that he initiated the brawl with Lesnar because Lesnar was telling the other wrestlers that Angle was too small for him to wrestle. The incident was more of an amateur wrestling match than a fist fight.
July 24, 2014
Vince McMahon
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few months now, Jim Ross was actually under contract to WWE. Until today, that is. The legendary commentator revealed to fans through social media that his contract officially came to an end this week. While Ross has stated before that he would love to be the lead commentator for Monday Night Raw again, it does not appear that Vince McMahon is interested in that.
July 23, 2014
Kurt Angle
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
Dixie Carter
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle revealed some very interest details on his contract situation. The former world heavyweight champion noted that his deal with TNA expires on September 21. Dixie Carter wants him to stick around and has put a new contract on the table. Angle revealed that he has yet to sign it because he wants to keep his options open. His next contract will be his last in wrestling, so he wants to see if WWE would be willing to give him a final run.
July 9, 2014
Jim Ross
News broke earlier this week that Jim Ross was going to be doing some acting, and some further details have been revealed by the longtime WWE commentator. Ross stated that he was playing an evil boss. He also joked that some might feel that is art imitating life. This is in reference to Ross' time as vice president of talent relations in WWE. Some performers had issues with his style of management.
June 23, 2014
Jim Ross
When Jim Ross was fired from WWE, a lot of wrestling fans naturally wondered what the beloved commentator was going to do with his time. Aside from trying his hands as a boxing commentator and starting a successful podcast show, Ross has also decided to give Hollywood a try. The Oklahoma native has signed on for a movie role in an upcoming independent film called What Now.
June 19, 2014
Jim Ross
Since there has not been an official announcement made, a lot of wrestling fans are under the assumption that Spike TV will be dropping TNA and Impact Wrestling this year. However, during a recent interview, Jim Ross revealed that his industry sources have confirmed to him that a deal was imminent and the two sides will come to an agreement on a new television contract soon.
June 11, 2014