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The Rock Sends Message Of Support To Jim Ross

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The Rock has sent a message of support to Jim Ross during his battle with skin cancer.

On October 23rd legendary announcer Jim Ross confirmed on social media that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. He went on to thank fans for their well wishes, explaining that he was consulting with his radiologist to determine the best course of treatment.

The WWE Hall of Famer later revealed that he had a “big month” coming up in November, saying the it would be an “aggressive month.”

Posting on Twitter on November 26th, Ross announced that he was scheduled for radiation therapy in the coming weeks and would be taking time away from the AEW announce desk as a result. He explained that he hoped to be back calling the action in Jacksonville on December 26th.

The update prompted an out-pouring of well wishes from fans and wrestling industry figures alike. One such message came from none other than The People’s Champion, The Rock.

Mick Foley also joined The Rock in sending his well wishes, commenting that a visit from ‘Mrs Foley’s baby boy’ might just be what the doctor ordered.

Jim Ross 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.