The greatest voice in the history of professional wrestling, Jim Ross, has officially called it a career.
The news comes via a WWE.com statement. The statement proclaims that, “after 20 years of service”, Jim Ross is retiring to “focus on his personal business endeavors.” New reports suggest that an unruly “WWE 2K14” panel that Ross hosted may have been a main contributing factor in his departure.
Surely this is sad news for most wrestling fans. Ross is loved by the majority of fans; most of whom would like to still see him calling matches. The move to remove “Good Ol’ JR” from the booth came back in 2011 when Ross was “fired” by RAW GM John Laurinaitis, despite winning two out of the three portions of the “Michael Cole Challenge”. From there, Ross was kept off of TV almost entirely except for a few special appearances; most notably, the “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Triple H at WrestleMania 28. Since then, Ross has been relatively absent from the limelight except for announcing duties aside William Regal and Byron Saxton at NXT tapings. Behind the scenes, Ross was assisting Triple H as an advisor and scout in the Talent Relations department.
Whether or not this truly is the end of the road for Ross as a pro wrestling announcer remains to be seen. Ross has dabbled in various outside ventures including his developing, marketing, and selling his own BBQ sauce and a now-defunct chain restaurant. Ross also has known aspirations of testing the waters of calling professional sports and, possibly, MMA. One ill-fated idea already predictably being brought up by some wrestling fans is the possibility of a reunion with Tazz down in TNA. I’ve been wrong before, but I simply don’t see that as an option.
Nonetheless, Ross leaves behind an unmatched resume in pro wrestling that dates back to the early 1970’s where Ross was given an opportunity behind the booth for NWA Mid-South. From the NWA Mid-South, to Jim Crockett Promotions, to WCW, to the WWE, Ross’ career spans nearly 5 decades. Along that time, Ross has become synonymous with the sport and has become an important staple in many of the greatest moments that pro wrestling fans have ever witnessed.
It’s for that reason that I decided to sit down and put together my personal list of the Top 10 Greatest Jim Ross WWE/WWF Moments. Sit back with me and relive the greatest hits from “the Voice” of pro wrestling.
Number 10) “All Fruity, Delicious, Delicious, Fruity, Fruity, Bah God They’re Fruity, Skittles” – Jim Ross does only the greatest plug of all-time.
Number 9) “Horowitz Wins! Horowitz Wins!” – Longtime jobber Barry Horowitz gets a surprising win over Bodydonna Skip. (Fast Forward to 3:00)
Number 8) “I Thought I Knew That Man! I Was in the Hospital the Night He Has Surgery! Stone Cold Has Sold His Soul to Satan Himself.” – Jim Ross goes on an epic tirade after “Stone Cold” Steve Austin turns heels and joins with Mr. McMahon at WrestleMania 17. (Fast Forward to 34:20)
Number 7) “The Million Dollar Princess Has Become a Dairy Queen.” – Kurt Angle sprays down the alliance in the infamous JR-dubbed “Milk-O-Mania” segment. (Fast Forward to 7:00)
Number 6) “Ladies and Gentlemen…the Newest Member into the WWE Hall of Fame…Good Ol’ JR, Jim Ross!” – Jerry Lawler surprises a teary-eyed Jim Ross with the announcement that he’s entering the WWE Hall of Fame.
Number 5) “DX IS TOGETHER! DX IS TOGETHER! DAMNIT DAMNIT DAMNIT!” – Degeneration X expands to include X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws during the RAW after WrestleMania 14. (Fast Forward to 16:00)
Number 4) “You Talk About an Ass-Whippin…You Talk About a Texas-Sized Ass-Whippin” – Jim Ross goes crazy after “Stone Cold” Steve Austin defeats Eric Bischoff at “No Way Out” 2003
Number 3) “I Have No Loyalty to the World Wrestling Federation…I Only Have Loyalty to Good Ol’ JR” – Jim Ross shoots on the WWF and introduces the fake Razor Ramon.
Number 2) “STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD!” – Jim Ross’ iconic call to the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels WrestleMania 14 match. (Fast Forward to 30:00)
Number 1) “Good God Almighty That Killed Him! As God As My Witness He Is Broken In Half!” – Jim Ross’ most iconic call of all-time as The Undertaker throws Mick Foley off of the Hell in a Cell at “King of the Ring” 1998.
Brett Clendaniel, Jr. is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of WrestleChat.net and a member of the CamelClutchBlog family since the first month it opened. Follow WrestleChat on Twitter at @WrestleChatNet.