This should come as a surprise to nobody. Jim deserves his retirement and I am sure he's busy enough with other things now.
He's arguably one of the best commentators wrestling has ever had.
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I'm wondering if he just figured there was no point in hanging around anymore when it didn't seem he was wanted much by WWE. I don't blame him for moving on and concentrating on his business ventures. Hope to see him show up every once in a while. Maybe for 'Mania.
Good for him, the man has done so much for this great business and should take it easy for his latter days on this earth. We freakin' love you J.R. !!! Truly one of the all time greats.....*standing ovation*
He should get a real, genuine Appreciation Night the next time RAW comes to Oklahoma.
We know what happens at those lol:
In all seriousness, well deserved retirement!
Wonder if HHH will say on Monday this was "good for business"? lol
As announced earlier, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is retiring after 20 years with the company.
Aside from Jim Ross wanting to focus on "other business ventures" (most notably his JR's Barbecue company), the Wrestling Observer reports that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had a role in his departure.
According to Observer report, Ross and McMahon met yesterday (Wednesday) to discuss Ross's future with the company, which led to the decision for Ross to retire.
It's being said that Ric Flair's unruly behavior at the WWE 2K14 panel during SummerSlam weekend was a contributing factor in his departure. WWE management felt that Ross, who hosted the event, should have cut off Ric Flair when he went off-script and made several controversial remarks in front of WWE & 2K Sports executives.
Who is the boss? Who made wrestling? Who is sports entertainment?
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I hope he is still allowed to scout for the company.
"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
He sounds way too southern to retire. This will never work.
I kid. Good luck to the greatest of all time, who quite frankly, always deserved better.
"i'm a real man, i don't quit. i get thrown out of town."
I'm sure he'll be back to do some one off commentary at some point. I don't see this as a retirement as a whole for JR, just an acknowledgement that there are other business ventures he needs to put his full efforts into - and considering WWE aren't using him for much it makes sense to make himself "unavailable for selection".
"I've seen a million people die, it's up to us to stop the war."
WWE.com has posted a video of Jim Ross's WWE debut at WM 9. You can also see Bobby Heenan ride in on a camel, and Randy Savage make his entrance on top of a casket-looking-thing:
I wish it went down a bit differently.....have him do one last match at WM 30 and then announce his retirement. To me, no one made a match sound as important or as exciting as he could.
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As far as I'm concerned, this is a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing about this is it is a well deserved retirement as he has done so much for the company and was voice of WWE at one point. The bad thing about this is all of the good commentary is gone
I actually was thinking the same thing
Steve Austin returns at WrestleMania 30 to face the one opponent we've always wanted to see him face...Good Ole JR!
Support the real Mr. Ass.
I just got a weird image of JR screaming STONE COLD as Austin kicks the shit out of him.
Not really surprising. He had a very successful tour over here telling stories and answering questions, all dates were more or less sold out and did really well so I imagine he'll want the freedom to do more things of that ilk. There's obviously more to it than just that though.
He was a fantastic commentator and still is better than most WWE has to offer. He made many moments feel that much more special and he is a true legend. They did give him a proper appreciation night after RAW went off air last year I think but it'd be nice to see him get a proper one on TV.
thought he was already, best in my generation
Jerry the King Lawler should retire too, he is horrible.
One of wrestling best commentators. For me, and probably most, he will always be the voice of WWE. Thanks for the years JR.
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