Jim Ross indicated that he has not signed deal to become the new voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS. Ross issued a few tweets on the matter after it was reported on MLWRadio.com‘s “MSL and (Kevin) Sullivan Show” that he will become the play-by-play voice alongside color commentator Josh Barnett. Ross wrote that it was “erroneous information.” However, he also stated that he’s not denying that he will become the new voice of NJPW on AXS. “I simply don’t have a deal,” Ross wrote at Twitter.com/JRsBBQ. “It’s all TBD.”
Powell’s POV: The last line would seem to suggest that Ross is negotiating with AXS and the deal is simply not finalized. There’s obviously something happening given that he isn’t outright denying that he’ll become the new voice of the show at some point. And here’s hoping he does land the gig, as he would be a great replacement for Mauro Ranallo, who vacated the position to take over as the new voice of WWE Smackdown. Unfortunately, NJPW and AXS operate independently as far as their choice for broadcast teams, meaning Ross would presumably work for AXS and would not automatically take over as the voice of the English commentary feed on New Japan World.