Jim Ross missed the latest AEW Rampage taping and there is no cause for concern because there was a very good reason for his absence.
The good news is it’s not a health issue that caused JR to miss Rampage. Wrestling fans know that over the last two years, JR dealt with a form of skin cancer that has left a wound that has to heal, which he has talked about on his podcast in the past.
Tonight’s December 30th edition of AEW Rampage, the last AEW show of 2022, will air this evening on TNT in the US at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT as usual. It was taped after the December 28th episode of Dynamite in Broomfield, Colorado. However, Jim Ross will not be part of the commentary team with Excalibur and Tony Schiavone as usual. Instead, Paul Wight (formerly known as Big Show in WWE) will join Excalibur and Schiavone on commentary.
It was reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “Tony Khan gave Ross the week off so he could attend the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando with his favorite University of Oklahoma vs. Florida State.”
If you’re wondering, Florida State beat JR’s Sooners 35-32 on Thursday night at the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando. The Sooners finished the season 6-7 to make it their first losing season since 1998.
Earlier this year, Jim Ross was removed from the Dynamite broadcast team that he was part of with Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. AEW chose to put Taz in JR’s place after the company ended the Team Taz group. Ross only regularly appears on Rampage as far as AEW TV shows.