Jim Ross On When He Will Retire From Wrestling: “I’m Not John Wayne”

Jim Ross

Jim Ross has one of the most iconic voices in wrestling commentary, and is currently plying his trade for AEW.

At 69 though, Good Ol’ JR has to be conscious that he needs to take things one step at a time.

Speaking with DAZN, Ross acknowledged this, and made an analogy to John Wayne.

Like, yeah, I’m not John Wayne where I can take an arrow by the stick and pull it out of my own arm or something. We all got a shelf life. I started my third year with AEW recently. I don’t really pay a lot of attention to that stuff. You’re having fun. You’re not thinking about it.

I hope that in a perfect world, I would like to stay working for Tony Khan and AEW and take it a year at a time. The contract I came in here was three years because that’s what he (Khan) wanted. He wants stability. It made Time Warner happy because they’re used to my work in their company for many years and the WWE stuff as well. I’d like to, in a perfect world, I would say I’ll do this year, and then let’s evaluate and see where we are health-wise, motivational-wise. Then if I come back, I’d like to come back for a year at a time.

Ross also discussed AEW’s planned return to live crowds.

He seems as eager as anyone to get back in front of an audience, and thinks it will help at a lot of the AEW talent up their game.

There’s nothing like it. I can’t give you another aspect of what I do that’s more important. The enthusiasm that we garner from the live audience and the ability that they let us ride with their adrenaline to enhance our own is priceless, quite frankly. So for me, it’s an additional motivator. I think for our young talents, even though veteran talents like a (Chris) Jericho or Dustin Rhodes, or some of those guys have been around a while, it motivates them too. It never gets old.

Years ago, when I signed Dwayne Johnson and we have always remained in touch and so forth, but he’ll tell you that nothing replicates his feeling when performing before a live audience. He’s on a soundstage. He’s in a take, redo, let’s try another one. They’re still trying another one here. You got no net, and here you go. So I think that for our talents to experience that and feed off that, it’s going to raise their performance level.

Even if his days are numbered at the commentary booth, Good Ol’ JR has certainly left a legacy across the wrestling industry.

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