Jim Ross Is Set to Step Down as AEW Color Commentator

Published 08/29/2021, 2:33 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 06: Jim Ross attends SiriusXM’s “Busted Open” celebrating 10th Anniversary In New York City on the eve of WrestleMania 35 on April 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for SiriusXM)


Jim Ross has been the voice of many legendary matches over the years. The man is without a doubt a first-ballot Hall of Famer when it comes to commentary in wrestling. JR was one of the first signees with AEW. He joined the All Elite team during the inception of the company and has been a regular on the commentary booth ever since.

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The man who has called thousands of matches over decades wasn’t a regular on the scene, as WWE would call him for select fixtures. A harrowing personal tragedy of losing his life partner in an accident kept his post WWE life private. We rarely saw the man at Comic Cons or other such gatherings. Having been with AEW since the company’s inception, there are trembles of departure. AEW is potentially looking to move him out of a full-time role.

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What’s Next for Jim Ross?

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‘Slobber knocker’ or ‘Running like a scalded dog’ are famous words that resonate with the wrestling audience. Jim Ross is the man behind this. Jim also has called some of the most memorable moments in 90s and early 2000s. He was quoted saying that it was the call from AEW that motivated him to get back on track with wrestling.

He admitted he needed to fill a hole that was left in his life after the passing of his beloved wife. However, ever since the return of wrestling on TNT, JR seems to have lost the Midas touch. We have observed him making mistakes, such as calling Kenny Omega the WWE Champion. This could be one reason AEW might consider moving him from being a regular commentator.

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“A source within AEW told us that Jim Ross is slated to ‘do backstage segments like the sit down interviews’. He will not step away from the announce table entirely, but he is leaving on a full-time basis.” (H/T BodySlam.com) AEW has used legends effectively by spacing out their appearances, hence maintaining their appeal. This less is more trope could also work well with Jim Ross.

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