Legendary commentator Jim Ross was the last guest on Busted open radio to discuss the AEW debut of Malakai Black, who appeared on Wednesday’s Road Rager special to attack Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes. Hear what Ross had to say about black below.
Says he had no idea Black was going to make his debut:
Well, I have to tell you the truth honestly with God – I did not even know he was there. We were in a unique building that was a bit of the old school, had different levels and different, small cubby holes. That was fun, Mark [Henry], Big Show, and I shared a room with the advertisers. I did not see this guy all day long so I was shocked at how it came out. As many fans know, listening to my podcast – which falls every Thursday – I would not know. I respond better if I do not know the landing so much. I do not see this as a theatrical performance. I look at this as a ball game and I do not need to know who will win the game until the game is over. I was pleasantly surprised that Malakai Black joined us. I saw him after the show, he shook my hand. I have never met him before, he said he was happy to meet me and also for me.
What he told Black backstage:
We trust you. We trust that you play in a big way. Not just come in and be one of the boys, but come in and be one of the stars. ‘I think he hadn’t heard it in a while. And I think that meant a lot to him. I was not trying to blow smoke, I was just trying to say you are a highly regarded talent that we value and we are glad you are here. So now we’re looking for good things. You set the bar high with your debut, now let’s see where we can lead you.
(H / T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)