BetweenTheRopes.com reported yesterday that Jim Ross had retired from the WWE to focus on “personal business endeavors.”
The wrestling world was showing their support for Ross.
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) September 12, 2013
I'd like to thank @JRsBBQ for 20 years of help,mentoring,friendship and above all unwavering belief in me.
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) September 12, 2013
— Justin Roberts (@JustinRoberts) September 11, 2013
Ross hadn’t made a statement until late last night on his website jrsbarbq.com. Here is what Ross said on the website.
It’s been quite a day. September 11, 2013 was my last day in WWE.
Its hard to believe that It was over 20 years ago when i debuted in WWE at WM9 & my first ever WWE assignment was doing play by play w/ the great, Bobby Heenan and the unpredictable Macho Man Randy Savage.
Time flies when one is enjoying one ‘s dream job. Heck, it only took me 19 years ti make it to the NFL of sports entertainment. Overnight sensation, right?
So, at the age if 61 it’s time to close this chapter of my life and begin exploring new, adventures while my health is great.
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.
Hmmmm….perhaps a book is in order some day. Time will tell. Now I actually have the time to write the autobiography many have asked about over the years.
For the record, I’m not purchasing a rocking chair so I’m not “going away.” I have many interests & I plan on exploring them all.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll continue to support my family’s online shopping efforts at http://www.wweshop.com and in UK at http://www.americansoda.co.uk.
Follow the next chapters in my life, that are yet to be written, on Twitter @JRsBBQ.
You guys are the best….thanks!
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