One of the most iconic voices in WWE history is set to depart the company on March 29.
Upon the expiration of his contract, Hall of Famer Jim Ross will leave the WWE behind.
'JR' joined what was then called the WWF in 1993 after working for World Championship Wrestling, and only lasted a year in the job before being re-hired in late 1994.
Ross was a key voice during the Attitude Era on Raw and in the early 2000's became the Executive VP of Talent Relations
He switched over to the blue brand of SmackDown in 2008 for a year, and starting from 2010 began sporadically appearing on WWE television.
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Ross left his WWE contract in 2013 amidst some controversy, having been accused of being intoxicated whilst hosting a press event for the WWE 2K14 game, and subsequently announced his 'retirement' from the company, but returned in 2017 to once again appear for special shows and matches.
The last appearance of Ross on WWE television was at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia in April 2018, and now JR and Vince McMahon have agreed to mutually part ways.
Ross commented on his impending departure on his podcast The Jim Ross Report and made it very clear that he wasn't retiring anytime soon.
“I’m 67, I still feel I can get the job done doing wrestling play-by-play and I want to explore that opportunity and possibility," said Ross, per Cageside Seats.
"I’ll be moving on in a positive way, nothing but good things to say about everyone involved.
"You know, I have my critics in WWE as we all do, as people do when you’re there for very long. It’s a very unique community and I have no regrets.
"The smartest thing I ever did was come to work for Vince McMahon in 1993.”
His guest on the podcast just so happened to be Brandi Rhodes, wife of Cody and the Chief Brand Officer of startup promotion All Elite Wrestling, backed by the billions of Jacksonville Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan.
Ross was linked to AEW before the promotion was even revealed, so it would be no great surprise to see him join a brand that has money behind them and needs a play-by-play commentator for their upcoming special events and expected television show.News Now - Sport News