The voice of the Attitude Era Good Ol' JR Jim Ross has announced that is leaving the WWE when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Ross has declared that he will walk away from the company as he wants to return to a more regular role on commentary.
Speaking on his podcast The Ross Report, JR 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.
I’ll be moving on in a positive way, nothing but good things to say about everyone involved.
The slobberknocker commentator said he recently spoke with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and the two mutually agreed that was time to move on.
JR is looking to stay busy and remain on the road after his wife Jan suddenly passed away in March 2017. It seems likely that business will pick up for Ross once he officially leaves WWE. It seems likely that he will receive many offers from other wrestling promotions looking to acquire his services, and he stated in his podcast "I don't think I'll be out of work long."
The WWE Hall of Famer is best known for his commentary during the height of WWE's popularity in the late nineties, with JR's partnership with Jerry 'The King' Lawler creating some of the most classic moments in WWE history.
This departure will be JR's second departure from WWE in six years. The Oklahoma native returned to the company in March 2017, calling the Wrestlemania 33 main event between Roman Reigns and The Undertaker. JR's last appearance on WWE TV was as a pre-show guest for the controversial Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia last April.
Since announcing his decision to leave WWE, Ross has already been linked with a role with new promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which is bankrolled by Tony Khan, son of Fulham owner, Shahid Khan.