Jeremy Borash

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Jeremy Borash
BorashLockdown.jpg
Borash in 2007
Birth name Jeremy Borash
Born (1974-07-19) July 19, 1974 (age 40)[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Resides Nashville, Tennessee,
Orlando, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) J.B.
Jeremy Borash
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[2]
Billed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Debut 2000

Jeremy Borash (born July 19, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota), is an American professional wrestling play-by-play commentator, announcer, ring announcer, booker, interviewer, producer and website designer. He was involved in World Championship Wrestling, the now defunct World Wrestling All-Stars promotion, and has been a very influential staff member of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling since its inception in 2002. He currently serves as the backstage interviewer for TNA, and is a member of the TNA creative team[citation needed] as well as hosting TNA online content such as TNA Today.

Career[edit]

Jeremy Borash was born just outside of Minneapolis, Borash started a career in broadcasting at the age of 15, hosting both a nightly radio talk show and live television show in the Twin Cities. Borash's radio show on KSMM in Minneapolis, and television show "Jeremy Borash Live!" won several Minnesota broadcasting awards, as well as leading to on-air positions at KSTP and KDWB in the Twin Cities.

After graduating from Brown Institute for Broadcasting in Minneapolis, Borash took a position at the age of 19 as a program director/morning show host at KOOL 92 FM in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His popular "Borash in the Morning" show featured a wide variety of entertainment, including such acts as actually hypnotizing local politicians on the air, skydiving from 13,000 feet over Fort Dodge, and his popular breakfast drive through, where Borash would personally deliver free breakfast to his listeners cars as they drove by. His involvement in local community activities included serving on the board of the United Way, as well as Honorary Chairman for the March of Dimes, which received national attention when Borash became the youngest person ever nominated for radio's prestigious Marconi Award for Broadcasting as America's Small Market Personality of the Year in 1996.

Career in radio[edit]

Upon receiving this honor, offers came from around the country, and Borash chose to move back to Minnesota, as morning show host of KXLP in Mankato, Minnesota. At 22, Borash lasted only four months in Mankato, citing major creative differences with management after a New York radio consultant directed the station to name his on-air persona "Flash Borash." Borash soon found redemption months later, as he helped launch the syndicated "Ruth Koscielak Show," and as co-host, was back on the very station group he was fired from months earlier through the show's midwest syndication. Borash returned to a radio show format as host of the "Impact Wrestling Podcast" with TNA Knockout Christy Hemme.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Beginnings in wrestling[edit]

While working weekdays on the Koscielak show in Minneapolis, Borash started a weekly Saturday morning wrestling show at the very station he started with at the age of 15. Through the show, Borash met internet wrestling pioneer Bob Ryder, who quickly pitched the show concept to Eric Bischoff of Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW)

World Championship Wrestling (1999-2001)[edit]

In March 1999, WCW Live! premiered to an online audience with their first guest on the show, Hulk Hogan. WCW Live! went on to become the most listened to streaming audio program in the world, often reaching 50k live audio streams nightly in an era of this new technology. While doing the nightly 2 hour internet show for WCW, Borash continued his stint on the Ruth Koscielak Show until August 1999, when he left Minneapolis to work full-time in the offices of WCW in Atlanta, where he went on to become one of the head writers for WCW Monday Nitro on TNT, as well as WCW Thunder on TBS.

Later that year, Borash premiered for the first time on WCW TV, co-hosting the year end special for WCW on TBS. Borash went on to make several appearances on WCW television as a play-by-play announcer for WCW Monday Nitro and WCW Thunder. His role eventually led to an on-air character as Vince Russo's stooge, including a memorable episode where Borash was attacked by Goldberg while driving Russo in his own pope-mobile vehicle at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

World Wrestling All-Stars (2001-2002)[edit]

After the WWF purchased WCW in March 2001, Borash met Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus and together they launched the World Wrestling All-Stars organization. Later that year, Borash left for Australia and worked out of the offices of McManus at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The promotion's first tour of Australia concluded with a live pay per view from the Sydney Superdome called "The Inception", where Borash provided play-by-play commentary alongside Jerry "The King" Lawler. The WWA would go to produce numerous international tours, as well as live pay per view events from Las Vegas, Nevada, Glasgow, Scotland, Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, with Borash serving as executive producer and host.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002-present)[edit]

Borash interviewing Gail Kim prior to Lockdown.

In March 2002, Borash returned to the United States to join Jeff Jarrett in launching TNA Wrestling in Nashville, Tennessee. As the second employee the company hired, Borash worked in several positions for the organization including ring announcer, video editor, and show writer.

In January 2006, Borash became the backstage interviewer for TNA's Impact! on Spike TV, a position he dreamed of as a child, watching his idol Gene Okerlund in the AWA growing up in Minneapolis. Since becoming backstage interviewer, Borash actually became involved with the kayfabe politics of TNA, as his respect for Kurt Angle led him to be a constant presence during many of Angle's backstage segments and even gained him membership into Angle's stable, the Angle Alliance. He was humorously Karen Angle's maid of honor at her wedding vows renewal to Kurt on the Valentine's Day edition of Impact!.

In April 2007, Borash launched TNA Today on TNAWrestling.com, a show he hosts from the TNA corporate offices.

Borash in 2013.

In early 2008, Borash announced that Samoa Joe was voted the MVP of TNA. Joe then attacked Borash, thus (kayfabe) injuring him, which is why Borash began wearing a neck brace on television. Borash has gone on to become the host of Internet based "TNA Spin Cycle" which airs on TNA's YouTube channel. On January 17, 2010, at Genesis new executive producer Eric Bischoff took Borash off television.[3][4] After Mick Foley agreed to work with Bischoff, Borash was brought back as the backstage interviewer on February 14 at Against All Odds.[5] At Sacrifice, Borash was made the new ring announcer. On June 14, 2010, Borash began working as the lead play-by-play commentator for TNA Xplosion.[6] He also worked as the color commentator beside Mike Tenay on July 10, 2011, at the Destination X pay-per-view.[7] On October 25, 2012, Borash and the debuting Todd Keneley began working as the announce team for the first hour of Impact Wrestling.[8] from June 12 edition of TNA Xplosion he started commentating with Mike Tenay. In 2012, along with Mike Tenay, he was there for his 10th year with the company. Borash assumed duties as TNA Wrestling's Director of Social Media, and took over the company's marketing online. Borash also was given the role as Executive Producer of the UK's Challenge TV exclusive "British Bootcamp", an acclaimed reality show featuring four aspiring UK wrestlers competing for a TNA contract. The show garnered high viewership and trended #1 in the UK on Twitter during its premiere episodes. On the Destination X edition of Impact Wrestling, Borash had replaced Taz at the announcement table. In July, 2013, Borash returned to his radio hosting roots creating the "Impact Wrestling Podcast" with co-host TNA Knockout Christy Hemme. Borash is also a weekly guest on the nationally syndicated "Big Show with Johnboy & Billy" heard on dozens of radio stations across America.

Documentary of ECW and Hardcore Homecoming[edit]

While working for TNA, Borash took up video editing and producing, and with only a laptop and video camera, set out to make a documentary on ECW, the organization Borash credits for rekindling his childhood love for professional wrestling. "Forever Hardcore" led to Borash co-promoting Hardcore Homecoming, a reunion of ECW wrestlers in Philadelphia's famed Viking Hall, the place where it all started. The Hardcore Homecoming event still holds the record for the largest gate of any independent show in US wrestling history, and was considered a historical success for the era, culminating with a surprise barbwire rematch of one of the most famous matches in ECW history with Terry Funk vs Sabu vs Shane Douglas, with featured referee Mick Foley. The show led to a Hardcore Homecoming tour, and the show's DVDs broke Billboard's Top 10 Sports and Rec DVD releases. The recent release of Forever Hardcore and Hardcore Homecoming in the UK debuted at #1 and #2 on the Sports and Recreational charts, over two years after their US release. The show holds the largest gate in the history of the ECW Arena, as a complete sellout with tickets ranging from $99–$149, with premiums given to all fans attending.

Other television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Blue Collar TV Himself along with other TNA Superstars

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Head of State "Wrestling announcer"
2005 Forever Hardcore Director

References[edit]

  1. ^ WrestlingNewsWorld.com. "Abyss Commercial, JB Correction, TNA's New Video Vault, Shark Boy Note". Wrestlingnewsworld.com. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  2. ^ Profile at Gerweck.net
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-01-17). "Caldwell's TNA Genesis PPV Report 1/17: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of A.J. Styles vs. Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan's TNA PPV debut". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  4. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-01-18). "TNA News: Bubba the Love Sponge and Jeremy Borash comment on Borash "taken off the air" at Genesis". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  5. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-02-14). "Caldwell's TNA Against All Odds PPV Report 2/14: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Nastys vs. 3D". PWTorch. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  6. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-06-14). "TNA News: TNA revamping Xplosion show with new format and lead announcer". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  7. ^ Caldwell, James (2011-07-10). "Caldwell's TNA Destination X PPV results 7/10: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live PPV - Styles vs. Daniels, Ultimate X, RVD vs. Lynn". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  8. ^ Boutwell, Josh (2012-10-25). "Impact Results - 10/25/2012". WrestleView. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 

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