Legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross announced on Thursday that he will leave WWE when his contract expires at the end of March.
The WWE Hall of Famer — affectionately known to wrestling fans as “Good ol’ JR” — revealed the news on his podcast, “The Jim Ross Report,” saying the he and WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon have mutually agreed to part ways.
“My WWE contract after 26 years will expire on Friday, March 29,” Ross said on his podcast. “And, after talking a couple of weeks ago with Vince McMahon, we have mutually agreed I need to move on.
“I still want to play in the game. I still want to stay busy. I still think I can do play-by-play even though others that may surround Vince think I can’t.”
The 67-year-old Ross started working for McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment in 1993, but his wrestling broadcasting career started in 1974. Ross briefly left WWE in 2013, only to return in 2017. In addition to announcing wrestling matches, Ross was a play-by-play announcer for WWE’s 2001 venture into pro football, the XFL.