Jim Ross says the reason his commentary schedule changed in AEW is to give both Rampage and Dynamite "a boost."
In recent weeks, JR has been joining the broadcast team midway through episodes of Dynamite. He then continues to call the action as AEW tapes Rampage after. He spoke about the reason for the change recently on his Grillin JR podcast.
"That was a Tony Khan decision," JR said.
"I was coming out before the show and I was doing all of Dynamite and the reception was humbling. Fans are glad to see me and they express themselves and the reception has been really good. So, he thought the show in the middle of the show, speaking of Dynamite, needed a boost so JR became the booster. So, I come out in the middle of the show, still going to call the main event or main events. Then we all take a bathroom break with the crew and so forth and then we go right into taping Rampage."
"I didn't have any issues with it at all. I said, now I'm Mariano Rivera, I'm going in for long relief and we're going to get some results for you. That's the deal there, just keeping me fresh and 'special' and trying to give Rampage a little boost commentary-wise, selling-wise. So, we need to obviously get the ratings up which I think we are and that's the reason for that. No problem with me whatsoever, I get more exposure now than I did before because I wasn't on Rampage."