Justin Jason Roberts
Born: December 29, 1979 in Chicago, IL
The following is provided by IMDB.com:
Jason Roberts was born an entertainer. From putting on shows at family functions
to entertaining classmates in school, anyone who ever met Justin knew, without
question, that one day they would be watching him on TV. Beginning his
professional ring-announcing career at the age of 16, Justin worked in his
hometown of Chicago for Pro Wrestling International.
In 1998 after a two year run, Justin left Chicago to attend The University of Arizona where he studied Media Arts and Communications. His open class schedule allotted Justin the time to work with new independent pro-wrestling organizations, such as the American Wrestling Alliance. In addition to excelling in the classroom and enjoying typical college life, Justin made the time to travel with AWA to increase his experiences, exposure and talents. Justin traveled throughout the country working with some of the top wrestling superstars of all time.
After meeting officials from The Toughman Contest, Art Dore, the founder of Toughman hired Justin as a backup announcer in 2000. While working with numerous pro-wrestling organizations and Toughman, Justin built up his reputation and skills he knew he needed to make it to the top and in June of 2002, Justin received the call he had been waiting for. World Wrestling Entertainment flew Justin out for two tryouts as a ring announcer. Hired the following September as "Jason Roberts", Justin currently works as a ring announcer for televised and non-televised events throughout the world.
In addition to ring announcing, Justin has dabbled in acting; appearing on TV for the Jerry Springer Show and in movies such as "Soul Food" and “Stuart Saves His Family.”
Justin Jason Fact Not Fiction:
*Justin has worked with Ring Announcers Howard Finkel, Tony Chimel, Lilian Garcia (WWE), Gary Michael Cappetta, David Penzer(WCW), and Bruce Buffer (UFC).
*Justin has held the WWE World Championship, Intercontinental Championship, World Tag-Team Championship, Women's Championship, WWE Championship, U.S. Championship, Cruiserweight Championship and WWE Tag-Team Championship belts...on his lap during matches :)
*Growing up, Justin became a wrestling fan at a time when his friends and classmates had 'grown out of their wrestling stage.' Because of this, Justin's classmates would make fun of wrestling and direct their jokes towards him. However when no one else was around, Justin would be the kid to approach with wrestling questions (see below).
*After signing with WWE and appearing on WWE television, Justin enjoyed returning home and hearing those kids say that they had seen him on WWE t.v. They must admit to watching now...
*Many people signed Justin's High School yearbook with messages about seeing him on t.v. in the future, he has come through for them.
*His High School (Class size around 500) superlatives were:
-Most likely to host a television show (Raw and Smackdown count, right?)
-Most likely to win an academy award
-Best at getting teacher off subject
*He was most impressed by the third, the other two added to the pressure of making everyone happy, and not letting anyone down.
*Although he appeared on Jerry Springer, his classmates did not vote for him to 'Most likely appear.'
*Justin was originally hooked on GLOW-Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
*After catching 'Saturday Night's Main Event' in place of Saturday Night Live-Justin was hooked on WWE by a segment featuring Mr. Perfect, Hulk Hogan, Bobby Heenan, and The Genius.
*After meeting Kerry Von Erich-The Texas Tornado, and The Ultimate Warrior at his hotel in Wisconsin, Justin began watching WWE regularly and has not stopped since.
*Justin was such a big fan of Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, that he learned to referee so he could work a tour with him.
*Thanks to working four nights in a row with ten matches each night featuring guys such as Mr Perfect, Public Enemy, Steve Keirn, Virgil, Road Warrior Animal, Brutus Beefcake, Navajo Warrior, Tatanka, Honky Tonk Man, Demolition AX, and The Bushwhackers to name a few---Justin got some great training in this field.
*His first announcing gig was for Sonny Rogers' PWI in Chicago-November of 1996. He announced the 6 man tag-team match and a Battle Royal. His work on this night and for the next two years could be considered the worst announcing in the history of professional wrestling :)
*Some experimental names included Enzo Reed, Jae Sage and Justin Price
*Justin's first BIG event was for Dale Gagne's AWA in April of 1999, outside of Nevada in Bullhead City, AZ. It was with AWA that Justin became comfortable as an announcer.
*Announcing for the Toughman Contest made him become comfortable as a wise guy announcer.
*Justin's first I can't believe I'm on the other side of the guardrail moment-AWA in Fargo, ND working with George "The Animal" Steele, The Bushwhackers, "Sensational" Sherri Martel, and The Iron Sheik for the first time.
*Justin appeared mostly on WWE Smackdown programming and live events in his first two years with WWE with occasional Raw appearances. Now he works primarily with Raw and makes occasional Smackdown appearances.
*Justin's roughest trip was in December of 2003 while traveling to shows in Korea, Singapore, and Australia, due to some scary plane rides.
*His easiest trip was to the America West Arena in Phoenix, while living in Phoenix.
*His favorite crowds: Sweet Home Chicago and Tokyo, Japan.
*Justin's favorite arena: (tie) Perth Australia- Burswood Dome and Indianapolis- Conseco Field House.
*Favorite Food: Chicago pizza
*Who are Justin's favorite wrestlers? Horrible question, but some of them are: Owen Hart, Mr. Perfect, Waylon Mercy, Scott Hall, Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, William Regal, HHH, Eugene, Edge, Christian, Shelton Benjamin, Tajiri and Jake Roberts-Just to name a FEW.
*Justin's favorite Wrestle Mania is WM VIII
*His favorite interview segment: Brother Love, with The Barbershop as a runner-up.
*Favorite Superstars match: Sid vs. El Diablo. El Diablo unmasks to reveal that he is Jake Roberts, who proceeds to attack Sid along with The Undertaker
*Justin's favorite 'Facts of Life' girl is Natalie (who he met in Feb 2004).
*His favorite Golden Girl is a four-way tie with Rose taking a slight lead.
*Favorite Movies: Office Space, Zoolander, Meet the Parents, Napoleon Dynamite, Billy Madison, Rudy, Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Austin Powers 1-3, Road Trip, American Pie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, American Beauty, Napoleon Dynamite, Tommy Boy, the list goes on...
*Favorite TV Shows: 24, The Golden Girls, SNL, A-Team, MacGuyver, The Fall Guy, 227, most 80's/90's reruns, MTV 'Marathoned' shows, VH1 80's shows, hmm....
Here are just some of the names that JJ has worked with, before joining WWE and all of their current Superstars: The Rock, Road Dogg Jesse James, Sgt. Slaughter, Rey Mysterio Jr., Sho Funaki, John Cena, Shelton Benjamin, Jimmy Hart, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Grandmaster Sexay-Brian Christopher, Gangrel, Luna Vachon, American Dragon, Christopher Daniels, Tony Kozina, Samoa Joe, Norman Smiley, Disco Inferno, Konan, Vanessa "Tygress" Sanchez, Terry Funk,Tough Enough's Josh Mathews, The Big Boss Man, Vampiro, Steven-William Regal,Jerry Lynn,"Hacksaw"Jim Duggan, the late Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig, The Barbarian, Evan Karagias, Prince Iukea, Steve "Skinner" Keirn, Virgil(NWO Vincent), Nikita Koloff, Mike "IRS" Rotundo, Typhoon, La Parka, "Gigolo" Jimmy DelRay, B. Brian Blair, Salvatore Sincere, Tatanka, PG-13,King Kong Bundy, George "The Animal" Steele, Bull "B2" Buchanan, Honky Tonk Man, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Tito Santana, Lenny Lane, Tony Denucci, Sensational Sherri Martel, the late Yokozuna, Demolition Ax, Brutus Beefcake, Doink the Clown, Chris Candido, Tammy Lynn Sytch, Jasmin St.Claire,The Navajo Warrior, The Ballard Brothers, Lexie Fyfe, The Iron Sheik, The Sheik General Adnan, Road Warriors Hawk and Animal-LOD with Paul Ellering, The Bushwackers, Nitro Girl Fyre, Jungle Girrrrrl,Dr. Lee Pasko, Nick Bockwinkle, Brooklyn Brawler, "Mad Dog" Vachon, Stan Kowalski, "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce, Rockin Randy,( Sign the guestbook!!) Heaven and Hell, Tracy Smothers, Ian Rotten, Jonnie Stewart, Big Daddy, CM Punk, Ace Steele, Colt Cabana, Adrian Lynch and many more.