WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross is a veteran in the pro wrestling world, as he made a name for himself being a commentator in WWE. He has delivered some of the most iconic moments in the history of pro wrestling. That being said, Ross was absent from AEW television this week, and it seems there was a good reason for that.

Fans noticed that Jim Ross was not present during the December 30th edition of Rampage, which will air this week. Despite AEW taping the show on the 28th, not everyone was present during the tapings.

According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Tony Khan simply let Ross have the week off. It was further noted that good ol’ JR will be back for next week’s show.

“Jim Ross was not on the taped Rampage show this week, as the broadcast team was Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Paul Wight. It’s not anything significant. Tony Khan gave Ross the week off so he could attend the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando with his favorite University of Oklahoma vs. Florida State. He’ll be back for the show in Portland this coming week.”


AEW Rampage will feature two titles matches, as Orange Cassidy is set to defend the All-Atlantic Title against Trent Beretta, and Kiera Hogan to challenge for Jade Cargill’s TBS Championship. We’ll have to see how the matches will turn out.

What’s your take on Jim Ross as AEW’s commentator? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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