WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross hasn’t been WWE’s weekly play-by-play commentator in several years, and, as a result, the WWE product has suffered. Everybody knows that the commentators are such an integral part of the show and that they can make or break a WWE superstar. There was arguably no one better at making a WWE superstar than “Good ‘Ole JR” Jim Ross.
It seems like WWE’s current commentator team of JBL, Michael Cole, and Booker T are always taking flack from the WWE fans. As a matter of fact, two of the three commentators on the current RAW team finished in the top three of the Wrestling Observer’s annual Wrestling Observer Awards for worst commentator. The two of the three commentators were JBL, who was voted the worst commentator, and Micheal Cole, who was finished in third place behind his former partner, Jerry “The King” Lawler.
To sum it up, the WWE commentary team doesn’t add much to the show, and, as a matter of fact, they seem to have a negative impact on the show more often than not, which is counterproductive. So, it seems that WWE fans are calling for the return of Jim Ross now more than ever, but, unfortunately, according to Ross, a full-time WWE return is highly unlikely.
Over the weekend, Jim Ross was asked if he will ever return to WWE on a full-time basis, and Ross answered by saying, “WWE, no. There may be down the road some WWE opportunities, but I don’t think it will be in the broadcasting side. Time will tell on that.”
After Ross was quoted as saying that he doesn’t think he’ll broadcast for WWE ever again, he published a blog post that expanded on why.
“Just to clear up something that I read on the Internet, I never said at any time that I would never work for WWE again but that it was highly unlikely that I would ever broadcast for them, certainly on a regular basis, in the future. I close no doors on any opportunity that I feel that I’d enjoy and that helps support my family and contributing to a company who I was with for 21, challenging albeit rewarding years isn’t off the table. What some fail to realize is that I am of the mind set that I can contribute to WWE or any wrestling company, combat sport entity, etc in more ways than just behind a mic.”
Ross has sporadically done play-by-play for MMA, boxing, and pro wrestling organizations since he was fired from WWE in the summer of 2013. As a matter of fact, there’s a rumor that Ross will be joining Chael Sonnen on commentary for Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling. But, as of this moment, Ross hasn’t publicly commented on this rumor. However, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has reported that Ross is Jarrett’s number one choice.
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