The wrestling world rejoiced when it was announced before WrestleMania that beloved longtime announcer Jim Ross was returning to WWE. Ross recently signed a new two year deal with the company after parting ways with WWE in 2013.
Good Ol’ JR kept busy with a job at Fox Sports and also announcing New Japan Pro Wrestling matches on AXS. He made his return to WWE just in time for WrestleMania 33 to call the main event of the show between Roman Reigns and The Undertaker. Having Ross on the call added to the special occasion as it turned out to be The Undertaker’s retirement match.
With Ross’ new contract and his call at WrestleMania, fans have been wondering what might be next for the veteran announcer. Now we know where business will be picked up next.
Ross shared the news on his blog that he’ll provide commentary for WWE Network’s two specials from the United Kingdom that will be a follow-up to their UK tournament alongside Nigel McGuinness:
I’m excited to announce that I will join the talented Nigel McGuinness to broadcast the recently taped, WWE matches from Norwich, England and these bouts will air on the WWE Network soon. Happy for this opportunity to call bouts involing new wrestlers, for me, and a new broadcast partner which freshens up all facets of the process. Stay tuned as to when these specials will be broadcast on the WWE Network which is still the best value in the land for only $9.99 per month.
It might be unrealistic to expect Ross to return to a regular role on Raw and Smackdown although there is an opening on Smackdown after Mauro Ranallo’s sudden departure. This seems to be the perfect role for Ross at this point in his career with WWE – providing commentary for special events on WWE Network and stepping in for big matches when need be.
Ross’ presence will add quite a bit of prestige to the UK specials just by being there. Given the increasing width and depth of content on WWE Network, having Ross back in the fold will be a huge boost to the network and the company as a whole.