Yes, you read that right, wrestling fans. Jim Ross, Good Ole JR, is back! After returning to work The Undertaker’s final match at WrestleMania 33 Ross has once again been hired to work for the WWE.
WWE fans the world over were thrilled to see the 65-year-old legend return to the announcer’s table on Sunday night, the first time he’s done a WWE match sine 2013, but had no idea this was more than a one-off shot.
Less than two weeks after his wife Jan passed away in a tragic accident while riding her Vespa, Ross is “back on his home team” as he puts it.
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“I’m not going to tell you that I didn’t have those bald eagle-sized butterflies, but that’s to be expected,” Ross said late Sunday night from his hotel following the Undertaker’s loss to Roman Reigns and subsequent retirement. “To be on the card at WrestleMania is not a right. It’s really, indeed, a privilege, and I was very happy that WWE reached out and wanted to, as they say, in their own words, bring me home.
“That conversation began months ago, and my wife was so excited about the prospects and about the potential of us coming to WrestleMania,” Ross continued. “She wanted to get dressed up and walk the red carpet at the Hall of Fame, and she wanted to hear me get introduced and to see my walk out and call a match. That was her dream, and I shared that dream, which is one of the reasons I was so willing to come here.”
Ross’ new two-year deal, signed Friday, will put him in a variety of roles with WWE.
“It has a specific number of dates that I’m obligated to work, which I think is good for me,” Ross said. “So look at it this way: I got my jersey back. I got brought back to my home team, and my opportunities back in WWE, I’m sure, will be multi-fold.
“They’ve got a lot of things that I can contribute (to), and I’ve been so blessed in the business that I’ve done so many different things,” Ross continued. “I’ve been an administrator and a syndicator, a marketing rep, a VP of broadcasting, a head of talent relations. But the fun part is what I did tonight.
“I hope to have more ‘fun part’ assignments in the future, but I’ve got my jersey back,” he reiterated. “So if the team needs me to play, to work more than they anticipated because they need it, I’m in.”
Sounds like he is rarin’ to go. And for those that say he didn’t spend enough time grieving, well, that just gets the hackles up on JR’s neck, big time…
“I’ve had some skeptics say, ‘Well, JR didn’t grieve very long. He’s already going to Orlando,’ and it pisses me off,” Ross said, his voice growing irritated. “How do you know I’m not grieving? What are you, Carnac? Are you some mentalist? And how do you have the audacity to say I’m not grieving about losing the love of my life, my angel? They say, ‘He’s already back at work,’ but what did you want me to do? Sit at home?
“I lost my best friend and soul mate, 24 years together,” Ross continued, “And I could have not come and sat in the darkness and cried more. But I was tired of crying, and I wanted to get around people that I knew loved me.”
And we’re all more than happy to have you back, JR.
Check out the rest of the excellent interview and relive some of JR’s best calls below as we get ready for a slobberknocker to break out again sometime in the near future…