WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is known as the man behind some of the most iconic play-by-play calls in history. Whether saying that Mick Foley had been “broken in half” or showing disgust at Stone Cold Steve Austin aligning with Vince McMahon, his voice is deeply entwined with the history of professional wrestling.
In recent years, the legendary commentator has been signed to All Elite Wrestling. His role has been shifting some in the years since he signed with the company, and in recent weeks, he’s commentated the second half of AEW Dynamite on Wednesdays along with providing commentary on Friday’s AEW Rampage broadcasts.
Jim Ross Explained His Move To AEW Rampage
Speaking on a recent episode of his Grilling JR podcast (available early via AdFreeShows), Jim Ross spoke about his commentary roles in AEW and explained the thought process behind moving him to AEW Rampage.
“We’re trying real hard to try and make that one hour show, improve it and make it better. I like working with Excalibur and Schiavone. I think that’s our best group. At least for me, because I’m working. I miss being on Dynamite, but I’m glad Tony put me on Rampage because I want to help build that brand, that was the concept. Put JR on Friday nights, maybe viewers will tune in out of old time sake or whatever the reason may be.”
Continuing, Jim Ross hinted that he may end his career on AEW Rampage. He also noted that this would provide a nice bookend to his career, ending on a one hour broadcast just as his career began.
It’s an hour show, that’s how I started my career, looks like that’s how I’m going to end it, doing hour shows, if that’s the case, that’s fine with me.”
Back in May, Jim Ross revealed that he’d signed a contract extension to stay with AEW.
Elsewhere on the podcast, Jim Ross provided an update on his battle with cancer, noting that he is officially cancer free but is working to heal burns he incurred as part of his cancer treatment.