– Jim Ross wrote the following on his website regarding his future with WWE:
I have worked out what we believe to be a win/win, employee agreement with WWE and will remain with the company that I have been with essentially since 1993 when I debuted at Wrestlemania 9. (To celebrate this occasion, as I’m writing this I’m wearing a toga.)
Going forward, I will be focusing on a variety of talent relations matters, essentially as a consultant, of which will not require weekly travel. 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.
We are still going forward with our book concept which is evolving really well. I tell myself every day that I’m NOT going to write an ‘average,’ wrestling book. (For the record, I’m still battling on what to leave OUT of the book in order to keep it around 275-300 pages.)
Our public speaking facet is also in place and we are reviewing some potential bookings on that front beginning at summer’s end. (BTW I’m not going to take dates on Oklahoma football weekends which I’m sure will be an eye roller to some. Yes, I will turn down a pay day to see my Sooners play.)
I’ve also been offered a position to do some free lance writing for a major, national sports website which we’ll update you on within the next 10 days or so. It will likely focus on College Football, the NFL, and MMA.
The new arrangement with WWE will allow me to explore broadcast options in other, non competitive areas such as MMA if I so choose. (For now, being a MMA fan and watching the UFC this Saturday night on PPV works for me. I’m still an Evans ‘lean.’ as this one has Slobber-Knocker written all over it.)
I will not be returning to weekly, WWE TV or their monthly PPV’s. However, being involved with other WWE broadcast products is a possibility. A few opportunities have been discussed.