As previously reported, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross’ contract with WWE is coming to an end later this month and he has said on his most recent edition of The Ross Report Podcast that the two sides are not extending the agreement and he will officially be gone from the promotion as of April. According to multiple sources close to the situation, even though the two sides have ended their relationship on amicable terms, The WWE Hall Of Famer’s departure has been a foregone conclusion for months and he hasn’t been in WWE’s plans since last year, with the company not even inviting him to The SmackDown LIVE 1000 Show this past October.
A key source also adds that once his deal with WWE is officially over, Ross is heading to AEW and he will be signing a new multi-year contract with the startup promotion that will reportedly be worth very close to $1 Million annually. According to the source, the deal will run for a guaranteed three years with a likely option to extend. With that sort of money involved, it is expected that “Good Ole’ J.R.” will be playing a key role in AEW operations.
Also for what it’s worth, the source was confident in stating that the promotion is very close to a TV deal for shows to air on TBS. The announcement on that is expected to take place later this year, perhaps even as early as The Double Or Nothing Show.