Jim Ross Comments On ‘Moving’ AEW Return

Jim Ross Comments On ‘Moving’ AEW Return

WWE Hall of Famer and current AEW announcer Jim Ross announced on October 23 that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. While JR continued to call the action on Wednesday nights, he had to eventually step away from the desk to undergo radiation therapy.

JR happily announced on December 29 that he was now cancer free, and would be returning to the AEW announce desk that night at the New Year’s Smash event.

Announcers tend to make their entrances just before the TV show goes live, which is what Excalibur and Tony Schiavone did that night, but Tony Khan allowed JR to make his return to the booth on air, receiving a large ovation before he took his seat at the desk.

JR recently spoke about the moment on his Grilling JR podcast, where he said that he was moved by the reception he received, and appreciated Tony Khan making the moment possible.

He said:

“It was moving honestly. I’m glad that it didn’t last any longer than it did because the more I thought about the journey and all the people that have been with me along the journey, including little Jan, you start saying ‘Okay, it’s time to tap out. Sit your fat ass down, don’t start crying like a baby.’ Because that’s what was going to happen. I’m glad it was short, Tony Khan could’ve put that anywhere or nowhere. What we normally do on our shows, at 7:55, the announcers are introduced.

“To see people get out of their seats (was awesome). That was the biggest Dynamite at Daily’s Place, we’ve had pay-per-views there that may have topped those numbers but man, it was so memorable in my career. Tony could’ve put me at that 7:55 mark and nobody at home would’ve seen it. He decided to make Good Ol’ JR’s return a part of the creative for that night and it just so happened to start at the very top. I appreciate his consideration and thoughtfulness.”

JR also spoke about his recovery on the show, noting that even though he is healing up, he is still in pain.

He said:

“My wound is healing slowly but it’s healing. God damn, it hurts, I’m telling you. When I shower real good and use a loofah gently on this wound, it looks like something from outer space. It’s just bright red which means it’s burnt to hell. The only thing I can do is I have some cream on it and we bandage it up for TV.

“Sitting around my place in Jacksonville now, I don’t wear the bandage, I just keep the medicine on it and take the occasional pain pill which I don’t like taking. It makes me worthless as s**t but everything is good, it’s healing. I’ve got 30 more days of this aggravation and I’m going to see the doctor next week to see how it’s healing.”

transcription via Wrestling Inc.

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3 years ago by Connel Rumsey



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