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Lesson From Jim Ross

A “slobberknocker” isn’t as nasty as it sounds

“Good Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross is considered by most as one of, if not the best announcers in pro-wrestling history. With his southern drawl, black cowboy hat, and a passion not seen in most, Ross is a walking, talking, living, breathing wrestling institution who is as enthusiastic about the gridiron than he is about the squared circle. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the former college sports commentator would implement some football-isms into his wrestling announcing. And thus came the birth of “slobberknocker” to wrestling.

The term used in football when someone is hit so hard that the saliva shoots through the helmet opening eventually became synonymous with a tightly contested, all out brawl of a wrestling match seen by J.R., Ross’ long-time fellow commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler, the thousands in the building, and millions of wrestling fans at home. From the moment Ross blurted out “slobberknocker”, wrestling fans had a new word to add to their vernacular most would believe is something truly disgusting.

So when you see or hear about a hard-hitting fight, put some J.R. on it and tell the world they just witnessed one heck of a slobberknocker.

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