Jim Ross was one of the biggest signings that AEW could have landed early on. His voice added a sense of legitimacy to things, as he joined Tony Schiavone again after so many years. Then, Good ole JR’s role on AEW television started to diminish thanks to many reasons, especially his health issues. With his contract running up soon, it seems that Tony Khan doesn’t want to lose JR.
Jim Ross was a part of AEW Dynamite and every AEW pay-per-view. Now, he has been relegated to a smaller role on the company’s television shows. His contract is running up, and that made many wonder if he will stick around the Land of All Elite
During Grillin’ JR, the WWE Hall of Famer announcer revealed how he is doing right now. Physically, he is doing “pretty good.” His doctors were busy with him this week, and it seems that Tony Khan wants to keep Jim Ross around as well.
“I’m pretty good, Conrad. Had a busy week at the doctors’, and trying to get all these little things taken care of. They’re not little things if you let them go. So anyway, I’m getting better, I think. Still gonna be off work for a few more weeks, and then we’ll just move on, and hopefully it’ll work out. I had a long doctor’s meeting yesterday, over two hours. You know how it goes. Getting old is the sh*ts.”
“I have a contract that’s in place, I tend to honor it. It’s still got a few months left, and Tony Khan has indicated to me, as early as this week, at least to my representative Barry Bloom, that he’d like for me to stay. I’m not looking to go anywhere. It’s just that I need to heal. That’s all. Simplistically as that. My leg needs to heal, and the good news is that the wound is getting much better, so I am healing. I just gotta get better. It’s not a matter of pain tolerance. The pain comes when I get to the city I’m flying to. Flying is the enemy right now. So if I can heal a little bit more, then flying becomes less of an issue. With this job, I can’t do it without flying. So flying is a necessary evil, if you want to use that term, and that’s kind of how I’m approaching it. So I have no plans on leaving AEW. I like working for Tony. Tony’s been good to me, he’s taken great care of me. We just have a very unique relationship. I’m not high maintenance, even with a bad leg and stuff. I don’t want to be high maintenance.”
Jim Ross has been quite open about his ongoing contract situation. It doesn’t seem like anything has been signed yet, but Tony Khan also isn’t done using Ross whenever he can.
At this point, Jim Ross is not doing much live commentary. He is used in backstage interview segments, and other things. He has a lot of fans, and is very respected in the pro wrestling business. Only time will tell where he wraps up his career, but JR doesn’t seem finished yet.
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November 18, 2023 8:23 am