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Jim Ross retires from WWE

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Vince McMahon has paid tribute to Jim Ross on Twitter. (©GettyImages)
Vince McMahon has paid tribute to Jim Ross on Twitter. (©GettyImages).

Jim Ross, one of the most famous voices of WWE, has announced his retirement after 20 years in the business.

Ross began his WWF/WWE career back in 1993 calling mainly Pay-Per-Views, but after a short-lived feud with Vince McMahon and an unsuccessful heel turn he became the host of "Raw is War."

JR was rarely involved in WWE storylines with his career plagued with injury and illness. He was fired from the company in 2005 due to a real life colon injury. 

He returned to WWE in 2006 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 by long-time friend Stone Cold Steve Austin.

In 2008, he was drafted to Smackdown after a 12-year run as Monday Night Raw's main commentator and often made appearances on ECW when this was a part of WWE programming.

Triple H rehired the 61-year-old for Raw in 2011, and since then he has been on and off TV substituting for Jerry Lawler alongside JBL and Michael Cole on numerous occasions.

Last year he was hired as a scout and coach for the WWE Performance Centre in Florida, which would explain his lack of TV time this year.

With fans wondering if he would ever return, yesterday (Wednesday) finally signalled the end of his career, with Vince McMahon tweeting: "Thank you @JRsBBQ for 20 years of service with @WWE."

Whether WWE will have a tribute to JR on their next show still remains to be seen.

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