Jim Ross made his big return to the WWE and was privileged with calling The Undertaker retirement match against Roman Reigns. Ross also announced that he had signed a deal to officially return to the WWE, but there was no word on what his role would be with the company. Jim posted a new blog entry on Monday and revealed his new job with the WWE.
The WWE just filmed their first few episodes of their new WWE Network television show featuring the WWE UK wrestlers. Much like NXT, those were taped at once but will air on the WWE Network spread out as a regular TV show, and Jim Ross will be the main announcer for the new brand.
“I’m excited to announce that I will join the talented Nigel McGuinness to broadcast the recently taped, WWE matches from Norwich, England, and these bouts will air on the WWE Network soon. Happy for this opportunity to call bouts involving new wrestlers, for me, and a new broadcast partner which freshens up all facets of the process. Stay tuned as to when these specials will be broadcast on the WWE Network which is still the best value in the land for only $9.99 per month.”
This is great news for the WWE and for Jim Ross. Ever since he left the WWE a few years ago, Jim has said that he is finished as a full-time professional wrestling commentator and is not interested in the travel that involves.
With the recent tragic passing of his wife in an auto accident, Jim Ross has moved back into the WWE and is surrounded by people close to him. Now, Ross has a new job that should fit in perfectly with his previously announced intentions.
As mentioned, the first few episodes of the WWE UK series for the WWE Network were filmed over the weekend in Norwich. Because the episodes were already taped, Jim Ross and Nigel McGuinness will sit down in the WWE Studios and watch the matches, and the WWE will record them calling the matches in that way.
While it will still be a lot of work, Jim Ross can kick out all the shows in a short time frame and not have to travel at all to do his new job in the WWE. Plus, much like Daniel Bryan and Mauro Ranallo with the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, Jim Ross and Nigel McGuinness will provide great commentary and recognizable voices to bring in new fans to start following the WWE UK talent.
Jim Ross got his start in professional wrestling back in 1982 when he worked with Cowboy Bill Watts in Mid-South Professional Wrestling in Oklahoma and Louisiana. Ross made his name there and moved on to WCW when they bought out Watts. In 1993, the WWF hired Ross to come work for them, and he started his career in the company at WrestleMania IX.
Over his career in the WWE, Jim Ross was the number one commentator for Monday Night Raw and called some of the most historic matches in WWE history. The moment that Jim Ross exclaimed that Mick Foley was broken in his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker is almost as famous as the fall itself.
Jim Ross also worked for years as the head of talent development and signed wrestlers such as Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton to WWE contracts, helping to build the company into a powerhouse even after the Attitude Era ended.
Since leaving the WWE, Jim Ross has continued to work sporadic shows, including calling matches for New Japan Pro Wrestling. He has also worked as a writer for Fox Sports and built his barbecue business into a successful venture. Now, WWE fans can finally hear Jim Ross calling matches on a weekly basis once again as he moves on to the WWE UK brand.
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