Justin Jason Roberts (born December 29, 1979) is an American ring announcer who currently works for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and author who is best known for his time in WWE. While in WWE, Roberts regularly announced for its pay-per-views and television shows like Raw, SmackDown, ECW, and Superstars.
|Birth name||Justin Jason Roberts|
|Born||December 29, 1979|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Justin Roberts|
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Billed from||Scottsdale, Arizona|
Early career (1996–2002)Edit
Roberts began watching wrestling, after he saw an edition of Saturday Night's Main Event[better source needed] and met Kerry Von Erich and The Ultimate Warrior at a hotel in Wisconsin. The combined events inspired Roberts to become a fan of professional wrestling.[better source needed] He also briefly trained as a referee so he could be in the same ring as Curt Hennig, of whom he was a big fan.[better source needed]
Roberts began ring announcing at age 16 for local professional wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling International, and announced his first match in November 1996. While studying Media Arts and Communications at the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2002, Roberts worked for other independent promotions such as the American Wrestling Alliance, All Pro Wrestling, and Impact Zone Wrestling. During this time, he also announced for the Toughman Contest.
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE (2002–2014)Edit
In 2002, he got a job on SmackDown, followed later by a move to the Raw brand. He also worked on Velocity and Heat shows while touring as the full-time Raw live event announcer.[better source needed]
In addition to announcing SmackDown and pay-per-view matches, Roberts would also announce on WWE Superstars, including its inaugural episode on April 16, 2009. Beginning on September 28, 2009, Roberts took over the Raw announcing duties from the departing Lilian Garcia.
On the June 2010 episode of Raw, Roberts was attacked by the rookie wrestlers who had competed in the first season of NXT. During the segment, Roberts was strangled with his own tie by Daniel Bryan, which led to Bryan's release, as WWE felt the incident was too violent for their TV-PG programming. At the SummerSlam pay-per-view two months later however, Bryan returned to WWE.
At Wrestlemania XXVII, Roberts worked as the sole announcer for the whole show, with the exception of the announcement of the Hall of Fame class of 2011, which was announced as usual by Howard Finkel.
Independent circuit (2014–present)Edit
Roberts was guest ring announcer at the House of Hardcore 9 event and a couple of other events soon after leaving WWE. In 2016, Roberts was the ring announcer for the UR Fight iPPV Events which included his announcing for the Angle vs. Mysterio match. His only recent ring announcing has been for CBS Sports Boxing.
On July 13, 2018, it was announced Roberts will commentate the ALL IN broadcast with Don Callis, Sean Mooney, Excalibur, Alicia Atout, Ian Riccaboni, and Bobby Cruise. Roberts along with Cruise were the ring announcers at All In.
All Elite Wrestling (2019–present)Edit
Roberts has appeared in "Graves" and "The Messengers" recently. He has also done some acting and was featured in such movies as Stuart Saves His Family, The Guardian and Soul Food. He had minor parts in Sleepless in Seattle, Blue Chips and Only the Lonely. He also appeared in an episode of The Jerry Springer Show.
Roberts released his best selling autobiography, Best Seat in the House, on April 1, 2017. The book detailed his story of becoming a huge pro-wrestling fan that would interact with his favorite wrestling heroes when they came to town, working his way up to WWE and his adventures working for WWE-including the good, the bad and the ugly.
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- "The Official Website Of Justin Jason Roberts – Résumé". JJRoberts.com. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
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- "Former WWE announcer Justin Roberts hitting the road with rock band TOOL". wrestling-online.com. May 20, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
- "HERE'S OUR BROADCAST TEAM". ALL IN 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "AEW Adds More Talent To Its Broadcast Team". www.prowrestlingsheet.com. April 3, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.