In the recent episode of Grilling JR, wrestling legend Jim Ross opened up about his impending departure from the world of wrestling. Currently under contract with AEW, Ross’s tenure is nearing its end, having only two months left as reported in July.
Ross, who has been a cornerstone of the wrestling industry for decades, shared his sentiments on what he’ll miss the most once he steps away from the ring. The answer, simply put, is the interaction. Interaction with his colleagues, interaction with the fans, and interaction with the sport that has been a part of his life for so long.
🎙️ “When I leave wrestling, that’s what I’m going to miss most, the interaction,” said Ross. His statement encapsulates the essence of what makes wrestling such a vibrant and engaging industry. The energy of the crowd, the camaraderie amongst the players, and the thrill of the game itself.
The world of wrestling, while often characterized by its physicality and competitive spirit, is also a world rich in human connection and shared experiences. For Ross, these interactions are the heart and soul of the sport.
His career, which spans over several decades, has seen him wear numerous hats – commentator, referee, talent relations consultant, and even occasional wrestler. Each role has offered him unique opportunities to interact with different aspects of the industry.
As a commentator, Ross connected with millions of fans worldwide, narrating the thrilling highs and devastating lows of countless matches. His voice became synonymous with wrestling, guiding the audience through each twist and turn of the match.
In his role as a talent relations consultant, Ross had the opportunity to work closely with wrestlers, nurturing their talents and helping shape their careers. These interactions allowed him to form deep, personal connections with the individuals behind the larger-than-life wrestling personas.
As a referee, he was in the thick of the action, interacting directly with the wrestlers during the matches. These intense, high-stakes interactions gave him a firsthand experience of the passion and dedication that drives these athletes.
And as an occasional wrestler himself, Ross got to experience the exhilaration of the crowd, the adrenaline rush of the match, and the satisfaction of a well-fought victory. These experiences, he admits, will be some of the hardest to let go.
But as Ross prepares to say goodbye to the world of wrestling, he does so with a heart full of gratitude. Gratitude for the opportunities he’s had, the people he’s met, and the experiences he’s lived.
“While the thought of leaving is bittersweet, I am grateful for the incredible journey I’ve had in wrestling. It’s been a wild ride, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Ross.
As the countdown to his departure begins, Ross’s focus remains on making the most of his remaining time in wrestling. He plans to savor every interaction, every match, and every moment, cherishing them as the precious memories they are.
In the world of wrestling, Jim Ross is a name that will never be forgotten. His contributions to the sport are immeasurable, and his love for wrestling is undeniable. As he prepares to take his final bow, one thing is clear – wrestling won’t be the same without him.
As fans, colleagues, and wrestlers alike prepare to bid him farewell, they do so with heavy hearts. But they also do so with the knowledge that Ross’s legacy will live on, not just in the records and accolades, but in the countless interactions and connections he’s made throughout his illustrious career.
In the end, it’s not the titles or the victories that define a wrestler’s career, but the relationships they’ve built along the way. And by that measure, Jim Ross’s career has been an unquestionable success.
Though he may soon be leaving the wrestling ring, his impact on the sport and the people within it will undoubtedly continue to resonate. And while he may miss the world of wrestling, the world of wrestling will surely miss him even more.