Jim Ross, a legendary pro wrestling announcer who is, at the very least, in the argument for the greatest of all time, has retired from WWE effective today, according to a story from the company website. He will be focusing on outside endeavors, including his "Spoken Word Tour" in the United Kingdom that has been surprisingly successful.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross announced that he is retiring from WWE today, after 20 years of service, to focus on his personal business endeavors.
Jim has had a long and storied career at WWE, both on the corporate staff as well as his television persona, calling some of the most memorable matches in WWE history as the voice of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown for more than two decades. He made his debut with WWE at WrestleMania IX in 1993 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 by his long-time friend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
It's been years since Ross was a regular presence on WWE television, as he's been used for one-off appearances and occasionally called in to provide the voice for an important match, like Undertaker vs. Triple H at WrestleMania. Outside of that, he worked as a talent scout and, briefly, as an announcer for NXT down in Orlando.
Now he can focus 100-percent of his time and energy on promoting his JR's BBQ products and continuing to tour as a public speaker.
One wonders if WWE is saddened by this news if only because it means he won't be available to humiliate whenever Vince McMahon gets an urge to do so.