In an article on FoxSports.com, WWE Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross spoke about his return last night to Wrestlemania and WWE programming. He said that the deal was not a last-minute move and had been in the works for some time.
“To be on the card at WrestleMania is not a right. It’s really, indeed, a privilege, and I was very happy that WWE reached out and wanted to, as they say, in their own words, bring me home. That conversation began months ago, and my wife was so excited about the prospects and about the potential of us coming to WrestleMania. She wanted to get dressed up and walk the red carpet at the Hall of Fame, and she wanted to hear me get introduced and to see my walk out and call a match. That was her dream, and I shared that dream, which is one of the reasons I was so willing to come here.”
He further elaborated that he has signed a two-year deal with WWE.
“It has a specific number of dates that I’m obligated to work, which I think is good for me,” he said. “So look at it this way: I got my jersey back. I got brought back to my home team, and my opportunities back in WWE, I’m sure, will be multi-fold. They’ve got a lot of things that I can contribute (to), and I’ve been so blessed in the business that I’ve done so many different things. I’ve been an administrator and a syndicator, a marketing rep, a VP of broadcasting, a head of talent relations. But the fun part is what I did tonight. I hope to have more ‘fun part’ assignments in the future, but I’ve got my jersey back. So if the team needs me to play, to work more than they anticipated because they need it, I’m in.”
Bill Says: I strongly encourage you to go read the full article. When the University of Oklahoma fight song hit last night, I swear some onion-cutting ninjas invaded my house because I know I personally welled up with emotion to see JR make the walk down that aisle to call Undertaker/Roman Reigns given all he has been through of late. The interview covers his one man shows over the weekend, as well as the emotion behind losing his wife Jan. Worth your time, trust me.