Jim Ross is a WWE Hall of Fame announcer with decades of experience and respect on his name. He is sometimes chastised by fans when he flubs a line, like when he encouraged fans to watch “WWE Dynamite” live. JR has no intentions of retiring although he did admit that his AEW commentary gig will be his last. That being said, his role in AEW is likely to shift into a new way of utilizing his talents.
Ringside News has learned that Jim Ross’ role on AEW television is about to change. They will transition him out of the announce booth on a full-time basis. He will still announce big matches and major events, but Ross will also be used in other ways.
A source within AEW told us that Jim Ross is slated to “do backstage segments like the sit down interviews.” He will not step away from the announce table entirely, but he is leaving on a full-time basis.
We were told by a second source within AEW that, “don’t be surprised if when JR’s existing contract is up, it isn’t renewed for his current role/position/responsibilities.” This change for JR will not be immediate.
It was also said to us that this decision was “[Jim Ross’] call, I’m assuming he’ll do special matches.” AEW has other guest announcers who fill in on Dynamite such as Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, and Paul Wight.
While speaking to DAZN, Jim Ross said of his AEW contract, “The contract I came in here was three years because that’s what he (Khan) wanted. He wants stability. It made Time Warner happy because they’re used to my work in their company for many years and the WWE stuff as well.” That three-year deal is slated to run out in April, 2022 and he will be 70-years-old.
Jim Ross contributed a lot to AEW and brought recognition to the company. His voice will continue to provide a soundtrack for big matches as well, but his full-time involvement will likely diminish in the near future.
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