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It was great hearing Jim Ross call the main event at WrestleMania 33. It's been way too long since JR has been a part of WWE programming. Ross announced on his podcast, The Ross Report, that he's signed a new two-year deal with the WWE, but will do a few projects with them and continue working with New Japan. But with Mauro Ranallo's recent departure, now is the perfect time to make JR the voice of SmackDown Live.
While announce teams may not necessarily make or break the deal when it comes to watching a show, adding JR to any WWE product will get my attention. If the commentary gets too boring/annoying etc. I will mute the TV and just watch the action. That would never be the case with JR, as he is the voice of at least a couple generations of wrestling fans.
When he was at WrestleMania it was clear he hadn't missed a beat. It was great having a familiar voice back on the air. The voice of WWE (sorry Michael Cole, I really don't mean any disrespect) is back. It's time to utilize him more.