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Jim Ross Reveals His AEW Contract Is Up Soon

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Jim Ross has confirmed that although his contract with AEW is coming up soon, he has no desire to stay away from the commentary booth.

In April 2019, Jim Ross signed with AEW to become both an announcer and Senior Advisor with the company. Since putting pen to paper, Ross has been a permanent fixture in the AEW announce booth calling the action on Dynamite and on pay-per-view alongside Tony Schiavone and Excalibur.

Upon signing with AEW, it was noted that Ross’ deal was for three years, meaning that it will soon be up for renewal.

Appearing on JMart and Ramon, Ross confirmed that his contract is up soon, although he has no plans to go anywhere else. However, he admits that due to his age he does need to be realistic about his future job prospects.

“[AEW is] in a really cool spot, especially a guy like me. My contract is up soon. I’m not looking to go anywhere, but nonetheless, I’m 70. I have to be realistic at some point in my crazy ass life. I haven’t been. My late wife would say, ‘Amen to that. He’s a character.’ I’m loving what I’m doing. It’s still fun for me. As long as you keep that element in the place of work, you’re alright and doing good,”

At the tail end of 2021, Ross announced that he was undergoing treatment for skin cancer. Despite this he remained at the commentary booth until November when he took some time away for further medical attention.

The WWE Hall of Famer later revealed that he was cancer free, returning to AEW Dynamite at the end of December for New Year’s Smash.

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.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.