Jim Ross was rumored to be involved in what we now know as All Elite Wrestling from the jump. He shot down those reports, but Chris Jericho poo-pooed talk of his involvement, too. And we all know how that turned out.
Anyway, on the latest edition of his Ross Report podcast – which just so happens to have AEW Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes as the guest, JR commented on his future… which includes leaving WWE again when his current contract expires:
“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. 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.”
What’s next? The Hall of Famer is still playing coy, there, but says, “I don’t think I’ll be out of work long…”
“The next month or so, is gonna be very interesting in my life… When people write you off and believe you’ve fulfilled your usefulness, it can do a lot of things for you. It can, like it does me, it can make me wanna work harder, work smarter, and get better at what I do. So in other words, I get a little pissed off.”
Is Ross motivated to help start up a new wrestling company? I reckon we’re about to find out.