Spoilers below for WrestleMania.
Bah gawd! Good ol' JR is coming back to WWE, and it's gonna be a slobberknocker!
Reports from various dirt sheets say that the Hall of Famer has signed a new contract with WWE, which will commence on Sunday when Ross calls a match at WrestleMania, though reports are unclear on whether it will be the match between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, or the match between Roman Reigns and The Undertaker. Personally, we think it should be both. The report has made its way to several major sporting news sites as well.
Ross won't be a regular announcer on one of WWE's weekly television shows, at least for now, but he will be used for shows on the WWE network and for special events, like the WrestleMania match. Additionally, Ross is selling products from his J.R.'s BBQ brand, including beef jerky, chipotle ketchup, and several flavors of BBQ sauce at WWE's Axxess festival this weekend, as a large display of the sauce was spotted being wheeled into the event.
Ross has been making appearances at various events in Orlando this weekend, including at Wrestlecon.
On the latest episode of Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Radio show, Meltzer said that Ross will be able to continue announcing for New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS, but that the new contract will prevent him from working with ITV in the UK on their new World of Sport show.
On a sad note, Ross's wife Jan Ross passed away last week at the age of 55 after being struck by a car while riding her Vespa. A few days later, Ross reported that his wife's cat, Mickey, had also passed away due to stress. Our hearts at Bleeding Cool go out to Jim Ross in the wake of this terrible tragedy.