WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has revealed he's currently in talks with new promotion All Elite Wrestling.
The commentator's contract with the WWE still has a week left to run and will hit expiry at the end of March. But he is already discussing his next move and could possibly take up a new job with AEW this year.
Ross appeared on ESPN's Outside The Lines on Thursday and confirmed that talks are underway but he doesn't know what's going to happen.
"I don't know, we're talking," he said when asked if AEW will be his next stop. "I just haven't signed anything yet. My people and their people are doing their thing. The only agent I grew up knowing was a State Farm agent in Oklahoma, I got a real agent now, man. So, they're working on it. I'd like to get into some voice-over work, I'd like to do some... I wouldn't mind having a radio gig doing college football."
The 67-year-old had previously told fans that his contract would come to its end on March 29 via The Ross Report.
"There [are] a lot of big things on the horizon," JR declared. "I'll leave you with that. There [are] so many rumors out there, 'this is going to happen,' 'that is going to happen.' All I can tell you is this: I'm not keeping any secret.
"My contract with WWE is up at the end of March. What happens after that is not up to me entirely. It takes two to tango on any front you go to. So, all I know is I'm not worried about any of it. I'm not worried about how to get my groceries in 2019. All is good. Life is good. It's going to be an amazing year. Huge things on the horizon. I've got a feeling. I really believe that for all of us, and no better time in our lifetime to be a wrestling fan."
"The only agent I grew up knowing was a State Farm agent in Oklahoma. I got a real agent now man! So, they're working on it..." @JRsBBQ explains what he hopes is next in his career. pic.twitter.com/jCbd4emTpn— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) March 21, 2019
What This Means
Ross's voice has become one of the most famous voices on television due to his association with the WWE and the company is also better off for having him around for as many years as they have. But everyone needs to move on at one point or the other and, with AEW set to make a splash this year, it's likely that the veteran becomes the voice of what could be a very exciting new promotion.