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Jim Ross Confirms Skin Cancer Diagnosis

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After recently undergoing a CT scan, AEW announcer Jim Ross has confirmed that he’s been diagnosed with skin cancer.

Writing on social media on October 21st, Jim Ross revealed that he was heading for a CT scan for what he described as a “potential skin cancer issue.” At the time, Ross said that he had been dealing with the issue for over a year.

In a new update ahead of a special Saturday night edition of AEW Dynamite on October 23rd, JR has confirmed that he has been diagnosed with skin cancer. Ross wrote that he was waiting on a radiologist study to determine the best treatment, which will likely be radiation therapy. The Hall of Famer added that he was feeling great and ready to attack before thanking fans for their well wishes.

Jim Ross has been open about his health struggles over the course of his career which include living with Bells Palsy, as well as undergoing colon surgery in 2005.

The announcer began his Hall of Famer career in Mid South Wrestling in 1974, where he worked as a referee until 1977. After transitioning into being a play-by-play announcer for the promotion, he also became the Vice-President of Marketing.

After the UWF was brought by Jim Crockett Promotions Ross remained at the announce desk, again remaining in position when the promotion became WCW. JR worked his way up to be the company’s Head of Broadcasting before leaving in 1993 after Eric Bischoff was promoted to become Executive Producer.

Jim Ross then moved to WWE, where he would remain until 2013. During this period he became the ‘voice of the Attitude Era’ calling many of the biggest moments in WWE history. Backstage he also assumed the role of Head of Talent Relations, often being credited with helping sign the likes of The Rock, John Cena and Mick Foley.

After a short stint with New Japan, Ross returned to WWE in 2017, although he was used sparingly. This eventually led to his departure in 2019.

JR joined AEW in April 2019 becoming the lead play-by-play commentator for the company alongside Excalibur and Tony Schiavone.

Everyone at Inside The Ropes would like to send their best wishes to Jim and his family following the diagnosis.