Jim Ross Shares Health Update, Reflects On Emotional AEW Return

Jim Ross

Jim Ross has opened up about his health and why he couldn’t miss Sting’s final match.

After taking a break from the commentary desk, Jim Ross returned to the booth at AEW Revolution to call Sting’s final match. Shortly after the event, Ross revealed he’d also signed a new contract to remain All Elite.

Over the last year, the commentary legend has been forced to deal with numerous health issues, including multiple surgeries. Most recently, the WWE Hall of Famer underwent surgery on his hip, but he was determined to make it to the Greensboro Coliseum for Sting.

During a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Ross explained he’d still got 28 staples in his hip when he made it to Revolution, but the emotion of the night carried him through the pain.

“It was a very emotional night, and that pulse from the people at the Greensboro Coliseum was a great treatment for making my pain subside. Even if I knew I the adversity I was going to be in, I still would have gone.

Sting means the world to me. I wasn’t going to miss it. Everybody talks about Sting in WCW, but I met Sting when he was tagging with Rick Steiner–and before that, Jim Hellwig–in Mid-South. When Cowboy [Bill Watts] fired Hellwig, he made sure to tell Sting he was wanted.

He’s such a natural babyface. It’s hard to boo the guy. So I dealt with the pain. There are people out there in this world who have it a lot worse than me,”

Jim Ross Reveals Health Is Improving

Ross went on to share a health update, revealing he’s doing better than he has in over a year.

“My health is better than it’s been in over a year, I’m happy to say. My right hip, that’s healing and getting better. My radiation wound from skin cancer–and I’m cancer-free–is still healing. Vaping has helped. It’s allowed me to stop taking pain medication and get me through the night. I’m feeling good and I’m still doing what I love,”

Jim Ross recently admitted he’s closing in on retirement. The veteran broadcaster has signed a new one-year deal with AEW but revealed it could be his last. Ross said it’s “realistic” to believe he will retire from the commentary desk when his contract expires due to his ongoing health issues.