On a recent edition of The Ross Report, Jim Ross revealed that before he signed a new deal to return to WWE for WrestleMania 33 and beyond, he was in negotiations to head the announce desk for IMPACT's Slammiversary XV.
He said that he was also supposed to work commentary for their planned (now scuttled) revival of World of Sport on iTV.
“Not that long ago, before I signed to return to WWE the Friday night before WrestleMania... My team was having ongoing business discussions with IMPACT Wrestling regarding the iTV project, which a lot of people know about, but also about me being the play-by-play voice for Slammiversary. And so that was in the works. We weren’t close to getting a deal done but the talks were ongoing. Look, if we had come to terms and I didn’t have any other contractual issues, I would have no problems what-so-ever being a part of an event like Slammiversary. So I wish them good luck, have a good show and make me want to buy another one. That’s your job this weekend.”
IMPACT also reached out to former TNA commentator Mike Tenay, who turned them down, before settling on former ESPN Sportscenter and huge wrestling fan Robert Flores. Familiar face Don West will return to be the color man.
You can listen to the full episode, which features a guest appearance by Jim Cornette, at this link.