Justin Roberts

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Justin Roberts
Roberts in 2007
Birth name Justin Jason Roberts
Born (1979-12-29) December 29, 1979 (age 37)[1]
Chicago, Illinois[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Justin Roberts[2]
Jason Roberts[1]
JJ Roberts
Enzo Reed[1]
Jae Sage[1]
Justin Price[1]
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Billed weight 170 lb (77 kg)[2]
Billed from Scottsdale, Arizona[2]
Debut 1996

Justin Jason Roberts[3] (born December 29, 1979)[1] is an American ring announcer and author best known for his time in WWE.[2] While in WWE, Roberts regularly announced for its pay-per-views and television shows like Raw, SmackDown, ECW and Superstars.

Career[edit]

Early career (1996–2002)[edit]

Roberts began watching wrestling, after he saw an edition of Saturday Night's Main Event[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

Roberts began ring announcing at age 16 for local professional wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling International, and announced his first match in November 1996.[1][3] 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.[2][1][3]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE (2002–2014)[edit]

Justin Roberts (right) with Scott Armstrong

In 2002, he got a job on SmackDown, followed later by a move to the Raw brand.[2] He also worked on Velocity and Heat shows while touring as the full-time Raw live event announcer.[4]

Most notably, Roberts announced the ECW show each week on the Sci Fi Network until September 2007, before swapping with SmackDown's Tony Chimel.[2][4]

Roberts reached the peak of his profession when he announced the main event of WrestleMania XXIV between Edge and The Undertaker on March 30, 2008.

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 WWE NXT.[5] 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.[6][7] 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.

On October 13, 2014 immediately after Raw, WWE released Roberts after opting not to renew his contract.[8][9] Following this, it was reported that Roberts would be working on an autobiography.[10]

House of Hardcore/Independent Circuit (2014–present)[edit]

Justin 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.

Other media[edit]

Justin has appeared in "Graves" and "The Messengers" recently. Roberts has also done some acting and was featured in such movies as Stuart Saves His Family, the The Guardian and Soul Food.[1] He had minor parts in Sleepless in Seattle, Blue Chips and Only the Lonely.[4] He also appeared in an episode of The Jerry Springer Show.[1][4]

Autobiography[edit]

In 2017 Roberts released a best selling autobiography, Best Seat in the House; 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. Reviews have stated how honest and fair the book is, revealing a firsthand account of working at WWE from a unique perspective not many get to experience. JustinRobertsBook.com is the site for the book.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "The Official Website of Justin Jason Roberts – Bio". JustinRobertsBook.com. Retrieved August 27, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Justin Roberts". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Official Website Of Justin Jason Roberts". JJRoberts.com. Retrieved August 27, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The Official Website Of Justin Jason Roberts – Résumé". JJRoberts.com. Retrieved August 27, 2008. 
  5. ^ Plummer, Dale (June 2010). "RAW: Vote early; vote often". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ Martin, Adam (June 12, 2010). "New update on Danielson's release from WWE". WrestleView. Archived from the original on July 20, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Daniel Bryan released". World Wrestling Entertainment. June 11, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Justin Roberts' contract not renewed by WWE". WWE.com. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Really really surprising WWE release". pwinsider.com. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  10. ^ http://www.tmz.com/2014/10/19/wwe-announcer-justin-roberts-book-writing-life/

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