Jim Ross, the voice who guided WWE fans through hundreds of fights and became an integral part of the organization during a career that spanned 21 years, has today announced his official retirement from the company.
'JR' made the announcement via his official Twitter account, posting the following message late on Wednesday evening:
"Tomorrow is my last, legal day w/ @WWE. It was a great 21 year run. Best biz decision ever was coming to WWE '93. Grateful to all involved," wrote the now 62-year-old.
Ross' heyday came during the Attitude Era of the WWE during the late '90s and early 00s as, whilst the likes of The Rock, Triple H, and Stone Cold Steve Austin dominated in the ring, JR became the voice that guided a generation of wrestling fans through the action.
The veteran broadcaster became famous for phrases such as "This is heinous!" and the unforgettable "My God!" as he added an extra dimension to the high octane dram unfolding before him.
In recent years he has taken a withdrawn role in WWE, switching to SmackDown from Raw in 2008 and receiving Hall of Fame honors in 2006.
WWE CEO Vince McMahon famously axed Ross back in September 2013 with rumors that he and WWE legend Ric Flair were drunk at a WWE 2k14 event. But Jim Ross has remained associated with the organization since as per his contract and it appears that Thursday marks the final day of his official link to the company.
His outspoken opinions were perfect for a sport built of controversy and excitement, and he will undoubtedly keep fans enthralled on his podcast ' The Ross Report' which has been running since February of this year.
Superstars pay tribute
Almost as soon as the new broke, current WWE superstars paid tribute to Jim Ross' extended commitment to the company.
Triple H, whom Ross commentated on during his prime, took to social media to thank Ross for his time in the WWE:
"@JRsBBQ Thanks for being the voice of our attitude... #noonebetter," wrote the current Chief Operating Officer.
Because Ross' announcement was expected for some time now following his public fall out with McMahon, it will get less traction than the recent departure of CM Punk but with 21 years of service to the WWE he deserves praise for what he brought during that time.