In a blog entry posted on Sunday, former WWE commentator Jim Ross suggested that he was close to signing a deal with Fox Sports, saying, "we are obviously close and hopeful that we can finalize the contract next week."
Ross elected not to go into specifics on his blog, only saying that Fox had "potentially amazing, creative ideas" for him and that he was very excited at the prospect of working with Fox.
Despite being well-loved by fans and much of the talent in WWE itself, the relationship between Ross and the WWE often seemed strained. Ross was often shown in a less-than-positive light on WWE TV, more often than not being openly mocked.
Things came to a head last year when Ross chaired a symposium held by WWE as promotion for their WWE 2K14 video game. The panel infamously went off the rails, much to the delight of fans who were treated to stories from the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Ric Flair, but WWE officials were reportedly less happy with how it turned out. Ross' was reportedly forced into retirement soon after.
With the WWE Network going full steam ahead, you would think that a talent like Jim Ross would have more to offer than ever before, but higher-ups in the WWE think otherwise. Whilst this could be taken as an example of the company looking to the future rather than reliving past successes, it seems like a mistake to let go of someone as iconic to the WWE product as Ross—especially since he seems on the verge of becoming a major contributor to another outlet.
Was the WWE right to sever ties with Ross?
It's not difficult to imagine that his mistreatment at the hands of the WWE will lend Jim Ross a renewed drive to prove his worth, and his blog post suggests that he is prepared to bring out his best for Fox Sports. It will certainly be interesting to see what role Ross has at Fox Sports, if and when he does sign with them.