WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross’ contract expired at the end of last week, and he has left the company. JR spoke on Inside The Ropes podcast about why he thought WWE wasn’t using him, why he decided to leave, and what is the next step in his career.
Ross said that after losing his wife last April, he wanted to work more, but WWE seemingly refused to have Ross back on TV. He speculated that this was likely because the company thought he was “too old”. He said that now he was no longer contracted to WWE, he was going to be able to work more. He would also add that there was no ”controversy” with him leaving the company.
About his future plans, and when he hopes to have them finalised, Ross said:
“Hopefully my tenure will eventually lead me to AEW, which is where I have been negotating and talking for quite some time. That’s kinda what my goal is, to get my contracted finished for AEW so I can start there and be part of their presentation in May in Las Vegas for their pay-per-view, ‘Double or Nothing’. I hope to have that finalised… by Wednesday. That’s my target.”
On his specific role within All Elite Wrestling, Ross noted that he didn’t want to be just part of the commentary team:
“I want to help mentor talent and be part of the management team… It’s a great opportunity for me to get back in the game”.
Ross was also realistic about AEW’s aspirations and when asked if the company would try and go head-to-head and compete with WWE, he said: “that’s not gonna happen”. He also mentioned that AEW’s management knew that, and this is not their intention.
Jim Ross would be a huge acquisition for AEW. Not only is he regarded by many as the ‘voice of wrestling’, but Jim has worked backstage in talent relations for much of his career in WWE. He would be able to provide some valuable backstage experience to the start-up AEW.