Jim Ross Picks Randy Orton Over Kenny Omega as The Best Wrestler in The Business

Published 05/23/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
HOUSTON – APRIL 05: Randy Orton makes his way to the ring for his match with Triple H for the WWE Championship belt at “WrestleMania 25” at the Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage)

Former WWE and current AEW commentator, Jim Ross, has had a career spanning almost five decades. He has seen superstars ranging from The Undertaker, Steve Austin to modern-day’s Randy Orton, Kenny Omega, and Roman Reigns.


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Recently, JR claimed that WWE Superstar Randy Orton is the best wrestler in the world right now. This comes as a surprise for the pro-wrestling faithful, given the many talented names and champions in the business.

However, Ross has his reasons. He separated Randy’s professional life from his personal and came upon the decision.


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Randy is at the top of his game right now,” JR said on the Grilling JR Podcast. “There’s nobody in WWE or anywhere else that’s better than Randy Orton in my view. I know he’s controversial in real life but there’s some magic surrounding that.”

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 01: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)

Ross also mentioned how these thoughts are his own, and people are free to disagree with him. Orton faced The Fiend for the most of 2020, cutting some scintillating promos and wrestling in some great matches. He briefly held the WWE title as well.

“I don’t think anybody is any better than Randy Orton in the wrestling business. Of course, that’s so subjective. I love Randy’s work, although I don’t watch it regularly enough to make a great evaluation in the last several moKnths that I have tuned in to watch some of Randy’s segments, he doesn’t disappoint. “

Jim Ross agrees AEW fans might not agree with him putting over Randy Orton

However, many fans have recently pointed out that WWE does not treat Randy Orton like the legend he is. Currently, he is in a storyline with Riddle, and they have created the most uncanny tag team called “RK-Bro.”

But outside of WWE, AEW’s very own Kenny Omega is being held in high esteem. In a rare feat, Omega is now holding three world titles simultaneously (AEW, Impact, and AAA).

TOKYO, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: Kenny Omega celebrates after the 3 Way match against Cody and Kota Ibushi during the King of Pro-Wresting at Ryogoku Kokugikan on October 8, 2018, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Jim Ross acknowledged why AEW fans might put Omega over anyone and everyone.

“Some will, and they got the right to their opinion and I’m not going to argue it,” Ross explained. “Omega is really frickin’ good. In any event, it’s a good time to be a fan. A lot of great talent out there, improving their game, adapting and adding things.”


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But as Ross said earlier, “no matter how the creative is packaged,” Randy Orton never disappoints. This is why Ross put Orton over Omega despite a chance of backlash.

Do you agree with Jim Ross’ statements? Let us know in the comments below.


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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.