Jim Ross has never been far from the wrestling business since leaving WWE in 2013. He’s continued to stay very in tune with wrestling through his blog and podcast, as well as announcing New Japan pay-per-views and episodes of NJPW on AXS TV. But he’s still very loyal to WWE, and said he will always be there if they need him.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, JR said that he’s not looking for a full-time job at his age, but if his old employer got in a tough situation, he wouldn’t hesitate to toss on the headset and get back to the slobberknockering business.
“(WWE knows) that if they got into a bind somewhere down the road and they need my services for something that I’d be there in a heartbeat, and I would. But to go back and work full-time for anybody, at my stage of life, isn’t something I worked all of my life to do at this age. I always wanted to have some level of independence, from a financial standpoint and from a professional standpoint as far as my skills are concerned so that I could kind of pick and choose these projects so I wouldn’t have to be on the road every week and I could enjoy my life, I could enjoy my wife, I could enjoy my football, my sports passions, we could travel some, we could enjoy things that we’ve earned. They know that I’m always there if they needed and I know they’re always there if I need them, but we all had to grow and they’ve got to prepare for the future. Jim Ross is not the future. Jim Ross is a viable part of the past.”
You can now begin fantasizing about a two-man booth of Jim Ross and Corey Graves. It’s unlikely to ever happen, but there’s a chance. And that possibility will keep us all warm at night.