Jim Ross has been calling wrestling matches for over 40 years. His latest endeavor is being one of the voices for AEW as well as being the Senior Advisor for the company. Now being at the age of 70, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that JR’s legendary career may be coming to an end soon. However, it seems as if JR has at least a year or so left in him.
On the latest episode of the Grilling JR podcast, JR revealed the length of his contract extension with AEW. While his contract indeed was coming to an end, he decided to continue with the company, at least for the time being. He also praised Tony Khan for having confidence in him even at his late age.
I signed an extension with AEW not too long ago. I appreciate Tony Khan’s confidence and his willingness to keep me on the team and contribute. We’re not going to go for a long time, but I think I signed for about a year and a half, something like that to stay in the position I’m in. I’m really pleased at 70 I still have a future and at 70 I’m still loving what I do.
If JR continues to work for AEW for the next year in a half, that will mark 50 years in the wrestling business. While some still criticize JR for still trying to commentate at his late age, Ross doesn’t seem all too threaten by the negative sentiment.
Anybody who says you’re too old, f*ck yourself, how’s that? Yup, go ahead, pull it out and f*ck yourself. You’re telling me I should stay home and die? You’re dictating that I don’t deserve to continue this career? I want to get to 2024. I really do, that’s 50 years in the wrestling business and not a lot of guys can say they were in the basic same job in a fickle crazy-ass unpredictable business like pro wrestling for 50 years. Hopefully, the good lord’s looking down and cut me a break. If we get to 50, I’ll be the happiest guy in Norman Oklahoma.
JR has been involved in some of the more legendary moments in all of wrestling. Many will remember his reaction to seeing Mick Foley launched off the top of the hell in a cell in 1998. He’s already called some fun matches in AEW, here’s hoping that we get to hear more legendary calls from Good Ol’ JR.
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