WWE announced Wednesday here on dot com that Jim Ross is retiring from the company following 20 years of service. According to their report, JR will leave WWE to focus on “his personal business endeavors.”
Jim Ross debuted with WWE at Wrestlemania IX in 1993 and became one of the greatest wrestling commentators of all-time for his work alongside Jerry Lawler during the Attitude Era. Ross was removed from weekly commentary in 2009 due to his third Bell’s palsy episode.
While Ross’ desire was to return to the booth, he was never again used on a weekly basis. Ross made sporadic appearances on television including filling in for Jerry Lawler last year following Lawler’s heart attack. JR has spent the latter years of his WWE career as a talent relations consultant.
In addition to his accomplished career as a broadcaster, Ross served as Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and is credited for signing some of WWE’s biggest stars.
Below is some Twitter reaction from around the Internet:
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) September 11, 2013
— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom) September 11, 2013