BAH GAWD! Jim Ross is officially back.
After returning to the announcers table for Sunday’s WrestleMania 33 match between The Undertaker and Roman Reigns, Ross has announced he has signed a new two-year deal with the WWE.
Ross’ new deal will include a variety of roles, with specific dates and appearances.
“They’ve got a lot of things that I can contribute (to), and I’ve been so blessed in the business that I’ve done so many different things,” Ross said, via FOX Sports’ Tyler Conway. “I’ve been an administrator and a syndicator, a marketing rep, a VP of broadcasting, a head of talent relations. But the fun part is what I did tonight.
“I hope to have more ‘fun part’ assignments in the future, but I’ve got my jersey back. So if the team needs me to play, to work more than they anticipated because they need it, I’m in.”
There is no word on when Ross’ next appearance will be.
The news comes two weeks after Ross lost his wife, Jan, in an automobile accident. While Ross is still grieving the loss, he knew it was time to get back to work.
“I’ve had some skeptics say, ‘Well, JR didn’t grieve very long. He’s already going to Orlando,’ and it pisses me off,” Ross said. “How do you know I’m not grieving? What are you, Carnac? Are you some mentalist? And how do you have the audacity to say I’m not grieving about losing the love of my life, my angel? They say, ‘He’s already back at work,’ but what did you want me to do? Sit at home?
“I lost my best friend and soul mate, 24 years together. And I could have not come and sat in the darkness and cried more. But I was tired of crying, and I wanted to get around people that I knew loved me.”
It’s good to have you back, J.R. We all missed you.