Hall of Famer Jim Ross is in Baltimore this weekend for an edition of his one-man stage show, and he spoke to The Baltimore Sun to promote the event.
Over the course of the conversation, JR touches on his act, the history of wrestling in Maryland & the mid-Atlantic, recent WWE booking decisions with Sami Zayn & King of the Ring and more. When reporter Aaron Oster asks him about a return to full-time broadcasting, Ross answers in two parts. Regarding play-by-play for WWE, he pretty much rules it out:
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.
Where he leaves the door open is when it comes to Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling (GFW). The Oklahoman called New Japan's WrestleKingdom 9 for GFW in January, and Jarrett just this week announced the first batch of names who will be taking part in his June television taping in Las Vegas.
JR won't close the door on working for double-J, but it also doesn't sound like signing up to work with Chael Sonnen on a weekly show is in his plans, either...especially without a home for the series:
If the Global Force thing is there, I enjoyed working with Jeff Jarrett for the New Japan thing in January. I hope that they do great. I think that they can do a real good TV show with the roster they're putting together. He still has to find a network to air his shows on.
In explaining why he hasn't committed to doing more work for Global Force (basically time & money), he does reveal some more details about the plan for the GFW show than we've gotten from Jarrett himself:
I would be very interested in working with Global Force, it's just a matter of time obligations and budgets and everything. Everything has to fit schedule-wise. Adding 13 weeks of TV tapings, then going to Nashville and doing voice-overs, all of a sudden it becomes a pretty big project. And I have so many projects already in the pipeline. I just don't know if we're going to be able to balance everything to make that happen. I'm not against it, Jeff and I have talked about it. I just don't know that I can do it because of the time obligations. I'm a big fan of what they're doing there. As I understand it, it's going to be 12 one-hour shows, and then a 13th final episode. I'm a big fan of the one-hour shows. The finale will be a two-hour special. I think that's a good concept. There's some real good wrestlers coming in as well. They'd be fun to call.
Do those details make you more intrigued about GFW than you were after this week's partial roster reveal? Just bummed that Ross maybe won't call any more WWE matches...or intrigued by what he may do for the McMahons instead?