The WWE announced on Wednesday that legendary announcer Jim Ross would be retiring to work on personal ventures. While Ross has his own endeavors to pursue, such as promoting his barbecue sauce, it sounds like the WWE pushed him out more than he retired.
Ross debuted with WWE in 1993 to call WrestleMania IX. He served as an announcer through 2011, when he was fired as part of a storyline involving John Laurinatis. He has appeared here and there since then, including last year when he filled in for Jerry Lawler, who had a heart attack last September. But Ross’ inability to control wrestling legend Ric Flair during the 2K Sports symposium last month may have helped to push him out.
According to Wrestling Inc, Flair embarrassed the company so much during the 30 Years of WrestleMania symposium filmed the same weekend as SummerSlam in August, there was talk about letting Ross go for his failure to properly moderate the situation. Ross was the host/moderator for the event that featured WWE superstars and legends Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, Steve Austin, Paul Heyman, Mick Foley and Flair as panelists.
Flair, who was obviously drunk, took over the event and completed railroaded the entire thing. Ross was also accused of being drunk because he was slurring his words, but he said that was due to his Bell’s Palsy condition.