Jim Ross Returns To AEW TV

Back in June, AEW commentator Jim Ross fell down at his home, leaving himself with a black eye. Ross still appeared at the June 17 episode of AEW Collision, the night before the company’s joint pay-per-view with NJPW, Forbidden Door. However, it was clear the legend was not at his best, and Ross later apologized for his performance on the show. Now, about seven weeks later, Ross has made his return to the AEW Collision commentary team. The 71-year-old joined Ian Riccaboni and Nigel McGuinness to call the show’s main event: Ricky Starks vs. CM Punk, with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as a special guest referee.

Ross undeniably sounded much improved compared to his last appearance on commentary. Though opinions may vary, it’s fair to say having Ross’ voice on the broadcast added to the main event, which already had plenty of energy. The match, fought for Punk’s self-described “Real World Championship,” nearly saw Starks pick up another win by using the ropes to cheat, but Punk was able to kick out and secure a roll-up for the victory – a move that’s become something of a go-to for the former AEW World Champion.

According to Ross, he doesn’t have very much time left on his AEW contract, and the legendary commentator stated that he’d be open to a backstage role in the future. He previously handled talent relations for WWE, acting as a liaison between the office and performers.

Back in 2021, Ross was diagnosed with skin cancer. After several months of treatment, Ross announced that he was cancer-free, but the legendary commentator has continued to deal with complications from the treatment process in the following months.