UPDATEDx4: Jim Ross Retires From WWE
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.11.2013
Ross speaks on his leaving WWE...
UPDATE 4: Jim Ross has updated his blog where he addresses the subject of his last day with WWE and his future plans. Ross suggested that he might now write his autobiography. You can check out his statement below:
I wouldn't have changed a thing in WWE except I wish that I'd been able to avoid some health issues along the way. That was the hand that I was dealt and I simply refused to fold it.
Other that health issues my 'run' in WWE has exceeded my wildest dreams.
I was fortunate enough to have a key role in arguably one of the most interesting and compelling eras in our business's history.
UPDATE 3: Jim Ross posted the following to Twitter regarding his departure from WWE:
The feedback I've received re: my @WWE retirement has been amazing.
Heartfelt thanks to all. I'm ready 4 the next adventure. Stay tuned!
UPDATE 2: TMZ has picked up on the Jim Ross retirement story. You can read their article on it here; the article mostly consists of the retirement announcement and a brief look at some of Ross' hallmark calls.
UPDATE: As we reported just a short while ago, Jim Ross is retiring after twenty years with WWE. The Wrestling Observer reports that the decision was made yesterday during a sit-down meeting with Vince McMahon to talk about Ross' future with the company, which led to the decision that he would retire.
The site claims that the decision was being considered as far back as the WWE 2K14 symposium over SummerSlam weekend; Ross took some serious heat for not cutting Ric Flair off and for letting it get away from him.
ORIGINAL: Jim Ross has retired from his position with WWE. The legendary commentator announced the news on WWE.com, noting that he was leaving in order to focus on "personal business endeavors" such as his JR's Barbecue company. The article thanks Ross for his service both to WWE and all of sports entertainment.
Vince McMahon tweeted the following in response to the announcement:
Thank you @JRsBBQ for 20 years of service with @WWE.
Triple H also commented on Twitter, saying:
Can't thank you enough @JRsBBQ for all you've done for me personally and for @WWE ... Enjoy your time, you've earned it!!! #thankyouJR
The company has also reposted the video from Jim Ross Appreciation Night last October, which you can see here. Meanwhile, "Jim Ross" is trending worldwide on Twitter and the hastag #ThankYouJR is being used by fans to share their favorite Ross memories.