Jim Ross: AEW Will Be His "Last Gig" In Wrestling

The AEW announcer hopes that day doesn't come "anytime soon".


AEW commentator Jim Ross has revealed his announce desk duties for the company will be his "last gig in pro wrestling."

"I can promise you that," vowed the veteran play-by-play man during the latest episode of his Grilling JR Podcast. "It's been a great experience. I've been very lucky to get this gig."

Ross, who turns 69 this coming January, has been sportscasting since 1974. He's forged a stellar legacy across five decades in the industry, providing the vocal soundtrack to WCW, WWE, NJPW and now, AEW.


That said, though Oklahoma most famous voice has pledged his role in Jacksonville will bring his lengthy career to a close, he hopes it doesn't end "anytime soon".

Ross made clear elsewhere in the interview that he's hugely enjoying his AEW experience, reserving praise for colleague and long-time friend Tony Schiavone, and their announce desk partner Excalibur.


"It's great to have Tony back in the game. [...] I believe Tony makes me better, and I hope both of us make Excalibur better because he's kind of the new kid on the block. He's had a good first year; he's a very smart guy."

JR also noted that he expects TNT to add another hour of AEW to their schedule in the near future - an idea that has began floating in recent weeks:


"Somewhere along the way, there will be another hour of television [...]. Don't know when, what day, how it's going to be formatted, I just feel that's the next thing with AEW and TNT."

HT/ Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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