Jim Ross Reveals New Status With WWE; Can He Call MMA?

Former lead announcer Jim Ross finally provided insight into his new contractual relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment.

In a blog posted Friday night, Ross said that his “win/win” employee agreement primarily positions him as a talent relations consultant for the company.

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“Going forward, I will be focusing on a variety of talent relations matters, essentially as a consultant, of which will not require weekly travel,” wrote Ross. “I will be visiting FCW in Tampa on a regular basis to observe the development of the young men and women who, I hope, all want to headline Wrestlemania some day. This area of the company has always been of particular interest to me including when we opened developmental areas years ago in Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Southern California. Many of the WWE’s biggest stars of this generation came from those areas.”

He has no plans to return as an on-air regular for WWE, although “being involved with other WWE broadcast products is a possibility.”

The announcer is also finalizing a deal to make freelance contributions to a mainstream sports website.

Ross also confirmed that the deal allows him to broadcast in “non competitive areas such as MMA if I so choose,” although he has no immediate plans to do so at press time. He will, however, continue working on his book and exploring public speaking opportunities.

Written by Brian Cantor

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