There have been a ton of speculation making the rounds online that WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross will be parting ways with The WWE once his current contract expires on March 29th. Ross would confirm the news on a recent episode of his Ross Report Podcast.
Ross would also reveal that he recently spoke with WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon and the two sides would mutually agreed that it is time to move on. Ross also said that the smartest thing he ever did was go to work for McMahon back in 1993, as seen in his comments below:
“I’m 67, I still feel I can get the job done doing wrestling play-by-play and I want to explore that opportunity and possibility,” JR said (H/T to Post Wrestling). I’ll be moving on in a positive way, nothing but good things to say about everyone involved.
“You know, I have my critics in WWE as we all do, as people do when you’re there for very long. It’s a very unique community and I have no regrets. The smartest thing I ever did was come to work for Vince McMahon in 1993.”
Ross would also say that he is looking forward to staying busy and being on the road after his wife Jan suddenly passed away back in March of 2017. Ross would likely be receiving several offers from different Pro Wrestling Promotions all around the world who are looking to bring him on and the most obvious of them all would probably be from AEW. Ross said, “I don’t think I’ll be out of work long.”
After being away from WWE since 2013, Ross would return to work for WWE under a two-year deal a few weeks after his wife passed away in the spring of 2017, calling The No Holds Barred Match between The Undertaker & Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33. He would also do some commentary work for The 2017 Mae Young Classic Tournament as well as certain NXT Matches. Ross would also reunite with WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler to call some of the action during The 25th Anniversary Special Of Monday Night RAW in January Of 2018. Ross would then call The Fifth Annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal with WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler & Byron Saxton at WrestleMania 34 in early April Of 2018.
Ross’ last appearance for The WWE was at The Greatest Royal Rumble Event in Saudi Arabia, which took place April Of last year. Ross was part of The Pre-Show Panel during the show.