Everybody loves JR, right? Well in the world of wrestling I know very well that a shared consensus rarely exists and nor should it be sought, but please trust me when I say we are all going to miss him when he’s gone.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 68-year-old Jim Ross has confirmed that he will not continue to work after he finishes his commentating gig with AEW. During his latest podcast, Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross talked about the latest AEW pay-per-view, Full Gear as well as giving his general views on the business and how he has enjoyed his time working for the company.
He believes that the whole company did a fantastic job with the show, Full Gear, and stated that there were multiple matches on the card that could have potentially ended the show.
“I love the effort by everybody; everybody brought their A-game,” Ross said. “I don’t think we had any bad matches. There are matches that one could argue might have been too long for their spot, but that’s not unusual for any PPV show. I thought the show was excellent. I thought the talent worked hard and they were focused.
“You know a card is good when you read a lot of feedback that says ‘This match could have closed the show, this match should have closed the show’. That tells you the show all around is going to be pretty damn good that multiple matches some fans could believe could’ve closed the show.”
On the podcast, JR touched upon the announce team in AEW with Tony Schiavone and Excalibur. He was full of praise for both of them and continued voicing his admiration for Excalibur calling him the future of announcing in the wrestling industry.
“It’s great to have Tony back in the game,” Ross said. “I really enjoy working with him. It’s just good to be around him. I believe Tony makes me better, and I hope both of us make Excalibur better because he’s kind of the new kid on the block. He’s had a good first year; he’s a very smart guy.
“We all have a preference and our roles seem to change. I don’t care who does the play-by-play, doesn’t matter to me. If I’m in my groove and it’s my time, then I will, but it’s not something I’m trying to force myself into. All of us do our role and seem to be fairly content doing our role. I enjoy working with those dudes. It’s been a really good experience.”
Jim Ross, talked in great detail about his experience in AEW so far, praising Tony Khan for his love of wrestling and enthusiasm, and during this reflection, he stated that this job with AEW will be his final one.
“It’s been a great experience,” Ross mentioned regarding his time with AEW. “I’ve been very lucky to get this gig. It will be my last gig in pro wrestling – I can promise you that. But I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon.
This news may initially have had fans worrying that JR might be driving off into the sunset but it looks like he still loves what he is doing and will give his legendary take on many more iconic wrestling moments.