- How did Talent find out that Jr was fired you ask?
Well WWE’s Jane Geddes sent out a memo (text message & email) to all WWE talent yesterday. The memo pushed the public story that Ross had retired from the company as opposed to having really been released from his contract.
- Here is the latest update on the Jr situation:
There were some very unhappy people in WWE after the news on Jim Ross’ “retirement” (aka firing) broke. Some went on record as saying the stuff on TV has turned to reality. The basic gist of things is that if you represent the company in a bad way, you get fired for it because representing WWE negatively is “bad for business.” Many also feel that the blame should be placed solely on Ric Flair and not Jim Ross … but WWE’s mindset is that JR didn’t do enough to switch topics and move on when things started going off script. What was Jim supposed to do when Ric got emotional and was talking about the death of his son Reed – cut him off?! The company also feels Ross “wasn’t his normal self” during the panel and that is certainty debatable although Ross denies the claims that he was drunk.
- JR went to his blog to address the situation, The following is a new blog from Jim Ross courtesy of JRSBARBQ.com:
It’s been quite a day. September 11, 2013 was my last day in WWE.
Its hard to believe that It was over 20 years ago when i debuted in WWE at WM9 & my first ever WWE assignment was doing play by play w/ the great, Bobby Heenan and the unpredictable Macho Man Randy Savage.
Time flies when one is enjoying one ‘s dream job. Heck, it only took me 19 years ti make it to the NFL of sports entertainment. Overnight sensation, right?
So, at the age if 61 it’s time to close this chapter of my life and begin exploring new, adventures while my health is great.
I wouldn’t have changed a thing in WWE except I wish that I’d been able to avoid some health issues along the way. That was the hand that I was dealt and I simply refused to fold it.
Other that health issues my ‘run’ in WWE has exceeded my wildest dreams.
I was fortunate enough to have a key role in arguably one of the most interesting and compelling eras in our business’s history.
Hmmmm….perhaps a book is in order some day. Time will tell. Now I actually have the time to write the autobiography many have asked about over the years.
For the record, I’m not purchasing a rocking chair so I’m not “going away.” I have many interests & I plan on exploring them all.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll continue to support my family’s online shopping efforts at http://www.wweshop.com and in UK at http://www.americansoda.co.uk.
Follow the next chapters in my life, that are yet to be written, on Twitter @JRsBBQ.
You guys are the best….thanks!