Jim Ross has revealed his main reason for leaving the WWE, with the Hall of Famer set to move on from the company when his contract expires on March 29.
Ross, who confirmed having held talks with All Elite Wrestling, has explained that he's looking to leave his current employers because he doesn't feel he's being used enough, despite having good years left in him still.
“I miss being around people. The main reason I’m leaving WWE is because they weren’t using me very much, and I feel like I’ve got some great years left," Ross said on ESPN's Outside The Lines this week.
"I needed to get out of the house, and I need to be involved. I need to be on the road, and I need to be around people.”
Ross insists he has no problems with anyone within the WWE and understands that the company, like many others, wants to go younger. He had previously claimed that going to work for Vince McMahon was the best decision he ever made in his life and says the family has been great to his own family.
“I had no issues, I wasn’t mad at anybody - there’s no major controversy here," he added. "I believe WWE in general, as most television producers do, want to get younger. I’ve been around since the mid-70s doing this job that I truly love doing. When I was unable to get booked, to be utilized, I had to look for Plan B, and Plan B was, ‘let’s step away gracefully.’ Vince McMahon and his family have been amazing to my family.”
It's likely that Ross joins AEW when his WWE deal is up but there's also the possibility of working in college football as he has indicated that he would like to commentate on collegiate sports too.
What This Means
Ross does seem to be leaving the WWE on good terms and they should have no problem letting him move on as he wasn't on TV that much lately anyway.
He will remain a big part of the WWE's success over the years, especially having been the face of the Attitude Era back in the 90s.