HomeUK Wrestling SceneUS Wrestling SceneInternational Wrestling SceneVideo GamesMMABlogsWrestling NewsMisc
Wrestling 101: Wrestling News, Views and Reviews US Wrestling Scene - WWE, TNA and more
Contact | Feedback | About Us | FAQ | Advertising | Bookmark Us | Feeds

US Scene News
US Scene Blogs
US Scene Articles
US Scene Interviews
US Scene Profiles
Wrestling Reviews
  Wrestling Book Reviews
  WWE DVD Reviews
  Classic WWF Video and DVD Reviews
  WWE UMD Reviews
  TNA DVD Reviews
  Indy Wrestling DVD Reviews
  Wrestling CD Reviews
  Wrestling Figure Reviews
Wrestling Forum

Wrestling101 - Community

Read our latest Interviews below:

Wrestling Interviews

Wrestling101 - Poll
Wrestling101 - Partners
Wrestling101 - Info

WWE UK Tour
UK: WWE at Butlins in 2010
TNA UK Tour
Wrestling Reviews
MMA Reviews
Wrestling Blogs

Wrestling101 - Shop

Jason / Justin Roberts Interview



27 August 2003

Wrestling 101 UK Scene RSS Feed | Feeds

A lot of children grow up wanting to be wrestlers, just like their heroes. But some also want to grow up to be a ring announcer. As with wrestlers, some have "it", and others don't, and Justin/Jason Roberts certainly has "it". His resume is very impressive, and he's only 22. I managed to catch up with him for a few words.

Hey Justin. How are you?

Very good, thank you.

For those in the UK and elsewhere who aren't all that familiar with you, tell us a bit about yourself. When did you decide you were going to be a ring announcer?

I am currently 22, and I started ring announcing when I was 16 for Pro Wrestling International in Chicago. I graduated from the University of Arizona in May and I am 5 '10, 155 lbs, and I like long walks on the beach..... never really decided anything announcer-wise...I knew I couldn't jump in as a ref or manager with no training and I wasn't in the right shape to wrestle, I just got the opportunity to work a show at 16 as a ring announcer and jumped on it. As I did it more and more, it became less of a hobby and more of something that I really loved and wanted to do more regularly. I would say it got serious at 18/19 when I started working for other organizations.

Didn't you ever want to be a wrestler?

Yes, very much so when I was much younger. But when I realized I didn't have the build or skill for that, I stayed with the hopes of getting into the business, but in a safer aspect :). I am glad that I did this, as I have a TON of respect for those guys and I have no idea how their bodies could take that much of a beating night after night.

So how did you get into the business?

I was on a 'wrestling hotline' in Chicago and my name was somewhat known to those involved in the 'hotline scene'. So I talked to a guy who ran a hotline and was connected to PWI about getting to guest ring announce one match on an upcoming show in Chicago. He talked to the promoter, and I got to do my one match. The next show, it was more like half the show, and I kept getting more matches. After two years I went to Arizona for college and started working for other groups, and the more work I got, the more chances I had to improve.

Did you have to go to vocal drama classes or anything to work on your announcing technique or did it all come naturally?

I used to read out loud in class using funny voices. One was an announcer voice, so I just used that one to announce. I never took any vocal coaching until now, because after announcing all these years my way, I want to learn how to use my voice the right way.

When, where and with whom did you announcer your first match/card?

1996, Fiesta Palace, Waukeegan, IL-Pro Wrestling International

How did it go?

Back then-great. Watching a tape of it today-I was AWFUL. That announcer voice I used in the classroom should have stayed there.

You've announced in many promotions. Which do you consider to be your favourite to announce at?

I enjoyed working for many groups throughout the country. I had a lot of fun at most of them, but I think my favourite was Western States Wrestling in Phoenix which is basically now Impact Zone Wrestling (.com). We had a great group of guys for the most part, and we just had a lot of fun. The guys who ran the company were cool, and there was no backstabbing or anything like that. We were a bunch of people who enjoyed the business and wanted to make the most out of every show, We had like a cult following of fans, where we never advertised and always had a great turnout. For two years I announced for the FX Toughman contest and that too was a lot of fun.

You've announced in front of 200 fans, 300 fans an even 1000 fans with Indy promotions, but as of late, you've even been announcing with the WWE on RAW dark matches and Smackdown/Velocity tapings. Whats it like, the difference between announcing on 200 fan cards on the Indy scene and announcing in front of 10,000 odd at a WWE event?

It's awesome. I love going into the ring and looking out at thousands of people. Even when there were 2-300 people at Indy shows, we still had a lot of fun...but when there are 15,000 people out there, it's a whole other level. In the Indies, I was more conversational with the fans-I was taught to be the host of the show...with WWE, it's more structured and I basically do the announcements minus the conversation...as a ring announcer should, since the job is to introduce the guys and let the guys talk to the crowd through the wrestling.

What was it like, being backstage in the presence of guys like The Undertaker, HHH, Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho?

These guys are great performers who are at the top of their game, and it's an honour to be working in the same company. I grew up watching the Undertaker so it's weird to be working with him now. As for HHH and Jericho, I have been watching them for years now and I have great respect for them and everybody else who works for the company. All of the WWE wrestlers devote their lives to the company and work the majority of the week at entertaining the fans.

So have you signed full time for WWE now?

I am part time.

Who are your favourite guys to work with?

Everybody's cool to work with, I might prefer some names to announce over others....such as Rey Mysterio---I love introducing his name, but a name like Edge is a little harder to get out there. So my favourites would be those with announcable names.

In your opinion what's the best part about announcing?

Automatic holder of the microphone---big fan of microphones all my life. I like being able to talk with the fans before and after the events too. Since I am at ringside the entire time, I usually get this opportunity at house shows.

Who are your favourite announcers?

Howard Finkel is a legend. I'm also a big fan of Oki of Zero-One.

So what do you think the future has in store for yourself?

I never thought it would have WWE, so I really don't know. I hope to have a long career at WWE as that is what I love doing-and it was my dream job so I hope to be there for years to come!

Well thank you for giving up your time. Any last words for your adoring fans?

Please check out JJRoberts.com more for more info on me!

Mitchell Jones

Share

Click here to view the NEW Wrestling 101 website!

READ THE LATEST:

Wrestling News | WWE Show Reports | Features | Reviews | Blogs

 

 


.

Wrestling101 - Articles
WWE Undertaker's Deadliest Matches DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 09/26/2010 10:37 PMWWE Best PPV Matches of the Year 2009-2010 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 09/01/2010 9:00 PMWWE Live in the UK (April 2010) DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 08/17/2010 10:39 PMWWE Wrestlemania 26 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 08/07/2010 11:28 PMWWE Rumble Road: Untold Stories from Outside the Ring Book ReviewBy Dante Spears - 08/07/2010 10:56 PMWWE Elimination Chamber 2010 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 07/28/2010 8:25 PMWWE Royal Rumble 2010 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 07/25/2010 11:23 AMWWE Hart & Soul: The Hart Family Anthology DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 07/15/2010 10:30 PMWWE: Shawn Michaels - My Journey DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 06/07/2010 8:08 PMWWE: John Morrison - Rock Star DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 05/23/2010 11:12 AM
WWE Title Belts: A Guide to the GoldBy Beltmark - 09/19/2007 4:02 PMT3C: The History of WrestleManiaBy Stephen Ashfield - 04/04/2009 10:00 PMRIP Brian “Crush” AdamsBy Steve McLaren - 08/16/2007 11:52 PMHulk Hogan ProfileBy Dan - 07/13/2004 11:00 PMDeath in WrestlingBy Draven Cage - 01/17/2010 1:44 AMBrock Lesnar ProfileBy Mitchell Jones - 08/25/2003 12:00 AMUltimate Warrior ProfileBy Dan - 04/24/2005 11:00 PMEddie 'Umaga' Fatu ObituaryBy TheBigBoot - 12/06/2009 1:27 PMWWE Divas - Tropical Pleasure ReviewBy Dan - 08/25/2003 11:00 PMWWE Theme Addict CD ReviewBy Dan - 11/08/2004 12:00 AM
WWE Undertaker's Deadliest Matches DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 09/26/2010 10:37 PMWWE Best PPV Matches of the Year 2009-2010 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 09/01/2010 9:00 PMWWE Live in the UK (April 2010) DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 08/17/2010 10:39 PMWWE Wrestlemania 26 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 08/07/2010 11:28 PMWWE Rumble Road: Untold Stories from Outside the Ring Book ReviewBy Dante Spears - 08/07/2010 10:56 PMWWE Elimination Chamber 2010 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 07/28/2010 8:25 PMWWE Royal Rumble 2010 DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 07/25/2010 11:23 AMWWE Hart & Soul: The Hart Family Anthology DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 07/15/2010 10:30 PMWWE: Shawn Michaels - My Journey DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 06/07/2010 8:08 PMWWE: John Morrison - Rock Star DVD ReviewBy Draven Cage - 05/23/2010 11:12 AM
Brick Armstrong InterviewBy Aaron Spencer - 07/30/2003 12:00 AMWWE Survivor Series 2006 DVD ReviewBy Stephen Lyon - 06/12/2007 3:30 PMThe Knack Presents: The Best Matches You've Never SeenBy Caliber Winfield - 12/03/2008 11:21 PMRic Flair & The Four Horsemen DVD ReviewBy TheBigBoot - 03/02/2008 3:15 PMSinn Bodhi Interview (Formerly Kizarny in WWE)By Cassidy Haslett - 12/01/2009 12:29 AMWWF: St. Valentines Day Massacre 1999 Classic ReviewBy Dan - 02/15/2004 12:00 AMJake The Snake Roberts: Pick Your Poison DVD ReviewBy Mitchell Jones - 12/05/2005 12:00 AMTLW: The Christmas ListBy Tony Cottam - 12/23/2003 12:00 AMThe Iron Jung #3: Maybe It's Time To Tag Out: The Truth Behind WWE Tag-Team WrestlingBy The Iron Jung - 04/25/2008 11:01 PMGB&U: Smackdown! - 10th March 2006By Chris Dewing - 03/12/2006 12:00 AM
Wrestling101 - News
WWE Friday Night SmackDown November 26, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/27/2010 4:59 AM WWE Superstars November 25, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/26/2010 3:02 AM WWE NXT November 23, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/24/2010 9:21 PM WWE: RAW Rating for November 22, 2010By Cassidy Haslett - 11/24/2010 8:24 PM WWE: Legend & WWE Agent/Producer Suffers A Heart Attack!By Cassidy Haslett - 11/23/2010 7:29 PM WWE: SmackDown Writer & Occasional TV Character Leaves The WWE!By Cassidy Haslett - 11/23/2010 7:07 PM WWE Monday Night RAW November 22, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/23/2010 4:27 AM WWE Survivor Series 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/22/2010 4:05 AM WWE Spoilers: Final Card for WWE Survivor Series!By Cassidy Haslett - 11/21/2010 10:22 PM WWE Week In Review: November 14, 2010- November 20, 2010By Cassidy Haslett - 11/21/2010 9:02 PM
WWE: Updates on Chris Benoit's DeathBy Kam - 06/26/2007 10:56 AM WWE: Pay-Per-View Schedule for 2009By Cassidy Haslett - 12/03/2008 8:16 PM WWE: Legend & WWE Agent/Producer Suffers A Heart Attack!By Cassidy Haslett - 11/23/2010 7:29 PM Ultimate Warrior's ex wife makes strong allegations against him in new tell all bookBy Nemesis Enforcer - 10/08/2008 9:15 PM WWE: When Will The Undertaker Return?By Cassidy Haslett - 06/09/2008 8:23 PM WWE: 10 wrestler's suspendedBy Nemesis Enforcer - 08/30/2007 8:30 PM WWE: Lita on Playboy, her ring name...By Chris Dewing - 01/16/2004 7:06 PM WWE: Poster for WWE Night of Champions 2008By Cassidy Haslett - 05/02/2008 11:25 PM WWE Night of Champions 2009 ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 07/27/2009 3:16 AM WWE SummerSlam 2009 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 08/24/2009 3:08 AM
WWE Friday Night SmackDown November 26, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/27/2010 4:59 AM WWE Superstars November 25, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/26/2010 3:02 AM WWE NXT November 23, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/24/2010 9:21 PM WWE: RAW Rating for November 22, 2010By Cassidy Haslett - 11/24/2010 8:24 PM WWE: Legend & WWE Agent/Producer Suffers A Heart Attack!By Cassidy Haslett - 11/23/2010 7:29 PM WWE: SmackDown Writer & Occasional TV Character Leaves The WWE!By Cassidy Haslett - 11/23/2010 7:07 PM WWE Monday Night RAW November 22, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/23/2010 4:27 AM WWE Survivor Series 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 11/22/2010 4:05 AM WWE Spoilers: Final Card for WWE Survivor Series!By Cassidy Haslett - 11/21/2010 10:22 PM WWE Week In Review: November 14, 2010- November 20, 2010By Cassidy Haslett - 11/21/2010 9:02 PM
WWE: RAW Rating for October 18, 2010By Cassidy Haslett - 10/21/2010 6:55 PM WWE: Update on The Briscoe Brothers Signing With The WWE!By Cassidy Haslett - 12/23/2009 5:18 AM Breaking WWE News: Jeff Hardy Found Unconcious In Boston Hotel RoomBy Nemesis Enforcer - 11/23/2008 3:14 PM Breaking WWE News: Fifteen Year Old Reports Randy Orton To The Police Following An Alleged Assault!By Cassidy Haslett - 01/13/2010 10:35 PM WWE SmackDown July 18, 2008 ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 07/19/2008 3:18 AM WWE: Latest Ratings, Matt Hardy Interview & Easter Egg For New ECW DVDBy Devilish Angel - 02/08/2006 2:34 PM WWE Superstars February 4, 2010 Detailed ResultsBy Cassidy Haslett - 02/05/2010 5:05 AM WWE: Vince McMahon Discusses Starting A WWE Network!By Cassidy Haslett - 02/11/2010 6:01 PM ECW PPV namedBy Andrew Morris - 02/01/2005 9:22 AM Details on Former WWE Superstar's New JobBy Nemesis Enforcer - 11/06/2008 5:22 PM
Wrestling101 - Blog
SSP#28: WWE Money in the Bank 2010 PredictionsBy Edgedogg - 07/18/2010 12:56 PMSSP#27: WWE Fatal 4 Way Predictions By Edgedogg - 06/20/2010 10:10 AMRuses Raw Review: 31st May 2010By David Ruse - 06/01/2010 9:28 PMSSP#26: WWE Over the Limit 2010 PredictionsBy Edgedogg - 05/23/2010 10:45 AMRuses WWE Raw Review: 3rd May 2010By David Ruse - 05/08/2010 12:20 AMRuses WWE Extreme Rules 2010 ReviewBy David Ruse - 04/26/2010 11:05 PMSSP#25: WWE Extreme Rules PredictionsBy Edgedogg - 04/21/2010 8:55 PMRuses WWE Raw Review: 12th April 2010By David Ruse - 04/16/2010 10:12 PMSSP#24: My WWE Wrestlemania 26 ExperienceBy Edgedogg - 04/11/2010 8:22 PMRuses WWE Raw Review: 5th April 2010By David Ruse - 04/07/2010 9:12 PM
SSP: My WWE WrestleMania 25 WeekendBy Edgedogg - 04/22/2009 10:28 PMSSP#19: WWE Royal Rumble 2010 Predictions, Good Idea Bad Idea and the SSP Top TenBy Edgedogg - 01/17/2010 1:36 AMThe Rumor Mill- Featuring WWE Release Rumors and Possible Reasons for Recent ReleasesBy The Informant - 03/04/2010 10:36 PMTSC: WWF Royal Rumble 1988By The Beltster - 01/22/2008 8:03 PMSSP #8: Shawn Michaels at WrestlemaniaBy Edgedogg - 03/26/2009 10:41 PMRuses WWE Extreme Rules 2010 ReviewBy David Ruse - 04/26/2010 11:05 PMCBlog #52- WWE Royal Rumble Predictions, Raw Guest Hosts and WrestleMania 26By Cassidy Haslett - 01/25/2010 10:11 PMSSP #2: The Undertaker and his WrestleMania Undefeated StreakBy Edgedogg - 02/01/2009 2:11 PMCBlog #49 - WWE Iron Man Match HistoryBy Cassidy Haslett - 10/24/2009 11:13 PMCBlog #46: Lilian Garcia, The Undertaker and Rey MysterioBy Cassidy Haslett - 09/24/2009 8:16 PM
CBlog IX- Chris Benoit By Cassidy Haslett - 06/26/2007 10:29 PMWWE's CensorshipBy Guest Blogger - 03/30/2009 1:02 AMCBlog XLV - Jeff Hardy, Linda McMahon, TNA Releases and more!By Cassidy Haslett - 09/17/2009 9:57 PMCBlog #46: Lilian Garcia, The Undertaker and Rey MysterioBy Cassidy Haslett - 09/24/2009 8:16 PMCBlog #48- CM Punk, John Cena and WWE Hell in a CellBy Cassidy Haslett - 10/08/2009 10:08 PMWWE 2009 Slammy Awards - My WinnersBy David Ruse - 12/14/2009 1:51 AMWWE: My Hopes For 2010By David Ruse - 01/11/2010 1:19 AMSSP#19: WWE Royal Rumble 2010 Predictions, Good Idea Bad Idea and the SSP Top TenBy Edgedogg - 01/17/2010 1:36 AMSSP#21: WWE Elimination Chamber 2010 PredictionsBy Edgedogg - 02/19/2010 11:32 PMSSP#23: WWE Wrestlemania 26 PredictionsBy Edgedogg - 03/19/2010 11:18 PM
THWD: 2001: A Wrestling OdysseyBy Tink Holloway - 07/21/2008 9:19 PMWWE DVD Review: Hell in a CellBy Caliber Winfield - 02/08/2009 2:55 PMRuse's WWE Raw Review - 21st December 2009By David Ruse - 12/22/2009 8:20 PMSSP #9: WWE WrestleMania 25 PredictionsBy Edgedogg - 03/30/2009 10:07 PMCBlog XXVIII- No Mercy, RAW and Cyber SundayBy Cassidy Haslett - 10/08/2008 6:01 AMCBlog XXXII- Thoughts on WWE Survivor Series 2008By Cassidy Haslett - 11/24/2008 9:30 PMCBlog XXI- WWE Releases Six MoreBy Cassidy Haslett - 08/15/2008 8:42 PMRuses WWE Raw Review: 28th December 2009By David Ruse - 12/30/2009 7:25 PMCBlog XI- Kronus, Khali, & The BashBy Cassidy Haslett - 07/22/2007 11:59 AMCBlog XXVI- Thoughts on WWE Unforgiven 2008By Cassidy Haslett - 09/09/2008 5:04 PM
Wrestling101 - Latest Discussions
[Privacy] [Sitemap] [Link to us] The contents of this webpage are copyright 2003 - 2009 Wrestling 101. All Rights Reserved.
Script execution time: 0.247919 seconds