The roster for Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling was revealed yesterday, and as it turns out, former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen will be doing commentary for GFW. Sonnen — who was one of the biggest draws in the UFC — is a natural on the microphone and is one of the best MMA analysts around. When Sonnen officially retired from the UFC last year, many believed that he would make the transition to being an MMA or pro wrestling commentator, and at one point, WWE was interested in bringing Sonnen in to do commentary.
Now that we know Sonnen is going to be one of GFW’s voices, the question is, who will be his partner? Well, Dave Meltzer of theWrestling Observer is reporting that Jeff Jarrett is targeting WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross for the play-by-play gig. There are a few others that Jarrett is interested in, but JR is his number one choice.
“Jim Ross is in the running as Chael’s broadcast partner. In fact, he’s the choice. But, they do not have a deal.”
Ross has been out of WWE for some time now and has sporadically done play-by-play for multiple organizations after WWE unceremoniously fired him in 2013. As a matter of fact, Ross has partnered up with Sonnen in the past, as they called an MMA show together in October of last year. The two were a pretty good duo, but it was clear that Ross needed some work as an MMA play-by-play man. However, when it comes to professional wrestling, there’s no one better to have at the announce desk than good ‘ole JR.
Back in January, Jim Ross worked with GFW when they partnered with New Japan Pro Wrestling for Wrestle Kingdom 9. It was the first time Ross had done pro wrestling play-by-play since WWE fired him, and he hadn’t lost a step. Matt Striker was his partner that night, and if Ross doesn’t end up doing the upcoming GFW shows, then Striker is the favorite to join Sonnen.
Jarrett’s third choice is Mike Tenay, who Jarrett worked with when he was in TNA. However, Jarrett being able to get Tenay for his GFW shows is unlikely, due to Tenay being under contract with TNA.
There’s an outside chance that if GFW offers Ross a deal that he’s willing to accept, that WWE will match the offer if not try to sweeten the deal. During WrestleMania weekend, it was reported that WWE was interested in re-hiring Ross, and Ross was interested in going back to WWE. But, of course, they weren’t able to come to an agreement.
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