Longtime wrestling announcer and the voice of World Wrestling Entertainment Jim Ross is officially done with the WWE.
Ross announced on his Twitter page that today would be his last full day as an employee of WWE. Naturally, there was a hint of bittersweetness in the man’s Tweet…
It’s a day filled w/ mixed emotions. WWE tenure ends officially @ midnight. Great run. Best 21 years ever. Now..what’s next? Lots!! #blessed
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) July 23, 2014
Ross spent his entire professional life doing color commentary for sports broadcasts. He got his start in mid-south and southwestern wrestling leagues such as the National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling before the World Wrestling Federation picked him up in 1993 and made them his official commentator. His first shot, however, only lasted two weeks due to an attack brought on by his Bell’s palsy and he went to work for the Atlanta Falcons before they rehired him the following year. Since then, he’s appeared in most of the league’s major events and even stepped into the ring a couple of times like his famous showdown with Triple-H.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that he’s officially hanging up his oversized cowboy hat for good. The man still has plenty of projects in the pipeline to keep him busy when he’s not giving the play-by-play of every blow-by-blow in the WWE’s squared circle. He will continue to host his weekly podcast The Ross Report and run his BBQ empire from its central hub in Norman, Oklahoma.