Iconic pro wrestling announcer Jim Ross has been talking about his AEW contract status for several months now. On the newest edition of his podcast, Grilling JR, Ross specified the date when his deal expires — Feb. 14, 2024.
Even as impending free agency approaches, JR remains optimistic he and Tony Khan will agree to terms that will allow him to end his career in AEW:
“I’d like to finish up in AEW... I love working with them.”
That would include calling the main event of Mar. 3’s Revolution PPV, the final match of another icon’s career. JR said he spoke to TK about calling Sting’s match in Greensboro, North Carolina at Wednesday’s AEW show in Jacksonville, Florida. The boss seems to have signed off on it... but Ross says he needs to re-sign to make it happen. He’s also pitching it as the template for the rest of his run with the company:
“I mentioned that to Tony Khan last night. He agreed. It’s only right. It makes sense.
“How can I say this without sounding like a turd? I think there’s money in Schiavone and I working together. Not just in Greensboro, but going forward, sporadically. And we have great chemistry, we’ve never lost that. If he and I are doing the match with Sting and company... I believe it’s the right thing to do.
“I need to get signed up so I can be there.”
JR also chimed in on the controversial decision to book The Young Bucks as the final opponents for Sting and tag partner/protege Darby Allin:
“I don’t have a problem with it.
“You know you’re gonna get second guessed by today’s social media world no matter who you put Sting & Darby against. Young Bucks are trying to kind of reinvent themselves. You can tell by their attire, their appearance. I thought they cleaned it up pretty good, got the little mustaches and so forth. They’re looking for a fresh start and that’s one way to do it.
“People are going to say, ‘Well, what if they don’t want to put so and so over?’ I don’t look at it that way. This is your job, and so tonight, your job requires you to lose. Let’s role. Let’s go.”
We’ll see how that goes in a couple months. Perhaps with a newly re-signed Jim Ross calling the action along with his main event announcing partner Tony Schiavone.