Legendary Wrestling Commentator Jim Ross' Contract With WWE Has Now Ended
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Today is a sad day in many ways. It's either a day that reminds you that the UK is leaving the EU, or a day that reminds you that we haven't left the EU yet. However, it's a poignant day for a more important reason than all that, as well.
In another similarity with the political chaos in the UK, we knew that it was coming but it has happened later than expected. JR announced that he was leaving World Wrestling Entertainment a few weeks ago, but he said that he'd be leaving on the 28 March.
At the time speaking on his podcast The Jim Ross Report, he said: "My WWE contract, after 26 years, will expire on March 28,
"After talking with Vince McMahon, we have mutually agreed that I need to move on.
"I still want to play the game, I still think I can do play-by-play even though others around Vince think I can't."
Earlier today, he confirmed that his time in WWE was up, tweeting: "Big day...it's the final day of my contract with @WWE after 26 years.
"A WWE camera crew arriving at my home today to record for an @undertaker documentary.
"I'm honored to be a part of it. Great way to exit."
Big day...it's the final day of my contract with @WWE after 26 years.
A WWE camera crew arriving at my home today to record for an @undertaker documentary.
I'm honored to be a part of it. Great way to exit. pic.twitter.com/83mWALk8Pt
- Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) March 29, 2019
Fair play, it seems as if the voice of WWE can leave with his head held high.
In the same episode of his podcast that he announced his departure from the WWE Universe, he said that he had no regrets and no hard feelings about leaving the world's largest wrestling promotion.
Ross continued: "I will not be returning to the WWE but are leaving with great thoughts,
"Vince is amazing to Jan [Ross' late wife] and myself and set us up for life financially, for which I can never repay him."
This isn't the end for JR, however.
Despite not working for the big boys of professional wrestling anymore, he is going to be commentating somewhere, apparently.
It's just not clear where yet.
"I'm 67, I still feel I can get the job done doing wrestling play-by-play, and I want to explore that opportunity and possibility," Ross said.
"I'll be moving on in a positive way; nothing but good things to say about everyone involved.
"You know, I have my critics in WWE, as we all do, as people do when you're there for very long. It's a very unique community, and I have no regrets.
He added: "I need to get back out there and do what my passion leads me to do.
"I don't know exactly what that's going to be yet but I don't think I'll be out of work for long."
So long, JR. Thanks for the memories.