Jim Ross has announced that he is leaving WWE at the end of this month.
The 67-year-old legend made the announcement on “The Jim Ross Report” podcast on Thursday — explaining he’ll be leaving the company later this month when his contract expires.
“My WWE contract after 26 years will expire on Friday, March 29,” Ross said.
“And, after talking a couple of weeks ago with Vince McMahon, we have mutually agreed I need to move on.”
Jim made sure to express that he was leaving on good terms and thanked McMahon for the opportunity.
“I’ve made a lot of money, Vince is amazing to Jan and myself,” Ross said. “He set us up for life financially, of which I can never repay him.”
But he also sounded like a man who’s not done calling wrestling matches.
“I still think I can do play-by-play even though others that may surround Vince think I can’t,” Ross said. “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.
There are rumors that Ross has his sights set on wrestling startup All Elite Wrestling, which will look to compete with WWE.
“I still want to play in the game,”Ross said. “I still want to stay busy.”
Ross has been a key part of WWE for decades. After calling The Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania 33 in 2017, he signed a 2-year contract to call special events for WWE. The last time he was on-air was back in April to work the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia.