Jim Ross is one of the greatest wrestling commentators of all time. He is known affectionately as "Good ol' JR", was widely regarded as the voice of the WWE particularly during The Attitude Era. On April 8, 2018, at WrestleMania 34, Ross called the fifth annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal on the WrestleMania 34 pre-show, alongside Jerry Lawler and Byron Saxton.
Ross's most recent WWE televised appearance was part of the pre-show panel for the Greatest Royal Rumble on April 27, 2018. During the March 7, 2019 Jim Ross Report podcast, he announced that, when his contract expires on March 29, he would be leaving WWE.
On April 3, 2019 it was announced that Ross had signed a three-year deal with All Elite Wrestling as a commentator and senior advisor. During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, JR explained his choice to sign with AEW: “I’ll always be grateful to Vince McMahon for 26 memorable years in WWE.
However, now is the time to begin a new phase of my journey and to continue the love affair that I’ve always had with pro wrestling. I’m back in the game. I still believe I have value in the job that I love, and the folks at AEW agree”.
He continued: “Helping create a new brand with AEW is heart-pounding. I can’t wait to prepare. I’ve always believed I had some gas left in the tank, and today I believe it more than ever. I can’t wait to get started with this fresh and vibrant new company. Business is about to pick up”.