Jim Ross Reveals Reasons for Not Discussing WWE Exit with Vince McMahon

Jim Ross revealed he didn't discuss his 2019 WWE departure with Vince McMahon, believing McMahon wanted a younger, non-Southern, and non-overweight announcer. Ross has since become a part-time commentator for AEW and is releasing an autobiography, which has received praise from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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Jim Ross Reveals Reasons for Not Discussing WWE Exit with Vince McMahon

Jim Ross Reveals Reasons for Not Discussing WWE Exit with Vince McMahon

WWE Hall of Famer and renowned wrestling commentator Jim Ross recently shared the real reason he didn't have a conversation with former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon about hisdeparture from WWEto AEW in 2019. Ross, who had been with WWE for almost 25 years, believed that McMahon wanted a different type of announcer to replace him on the commentary desk.

On his podcast, Grilling JR, Ross stated, "That never happened. I never had any conversation with Vince whatsoever, because why would I have conversations with him? Because it was obvious that he wanted to have another announcer out there. One that wasn't old, one that wasn't Southern. One that wasn't chubby." Instead of engaging in discussions about his exit, Ross left it to WWE personnel Barry to communicate on his behalf.

Ross, who has been open about his weight fluctuations over the years, opted not to address the issue with McMahon directly. He cited Barry's role in representing talents like Paul Heyman and regularly communicating with McMahon as the reason for relying on him to handle the situation. Ross believed that McMahon's preferences for a younger, non-Southern, and non-overweight announcer made a direct conversation unnecessary.

Since leaving WWE in 2019, Jim Ross has been serving as a part-time commentator for AEW. He recently announced the release of his autobiography, which has received praise from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Despite transitioning from a full-time role, Ross has committed to continuing his AEW pay-per-view duties while prioritizing his health and contributing to the company's success.

On the same podcast episode, Ross also reacted to the news of his long-time commentary partner Jerry Lawler's release from WWE. Ross and Lawler were the voices of WWE for almost 15 years before Ross's departure in 2019. While Lawler remained with WWE as a commentator until his recent release, he revealed that he is still under a Legends contract with the company, leaving the door open for potential future appearances and a possible reunion with Ross.

Jim Ross's revelation about his WWE exit sheds light on the behind-the-scenes dynamics and Vince McMahon's preferences for the commentary team. As Ross continues to contribute to AEW's success and prioritize his well-being, fans eagerly await the release of his autobiography, which promises to offer more insights into his illustrious career and the world of professional wrestling.