Good ol’ JR could be described as the definition of a company man.
He’s always done what’s best for WWE since his debut in a ridiculous toga at a Roman-themed WrestleMania IX after being widely regarded as the best play-by-play man in the entire business while with WCW.
As the years have gone by, he’s tolerated more and more upheaval in the company, and with it, more humiliating on-screen roles in WWE, whether relevant to a storyline in expressing disappointment with Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first major heel turn, or just to be the butt of jokes by Michael Cole tastelessly mocking his Bell’s Palsy condition.
JR may take it for what it all is as part of the business, but in TNA he would be welcomed, respected, and fit in perfectly with the southern company’s emphasis on wrestling in its branding.
It’s doubtful he needs to remain with WWE for financial reasons, so it could be a great move by sending a message to the McMahons and WWE by walking - not least for a potentially better working environment where Bruce Pritchard is taking over more control from Vince Russo, thus offering a less hostile workplace for the man in the black hat.