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WWE Legend Jim Ross

Count Me Out

... I'M RETIRING

9/11/2013 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0911_jim_ross_getty2WWE Hall-of-Fame announcer Jim Ross -- the voice of the organization for two decades -- has decided to hang up his microphone and retire, so says the WWE.

Ross called some of the biggest matches in WWE history -- including Stone Cold's epic battles with Vince McMahon, the rise of The Rock ... and the famous "Hell In a Cell' match when Undertaker launched Mick Foley through a table from the top of a steel cage.



But Ross didn't just do the play-by-play -- he also came up with some pretty iconic wrestling nicknames ... referring to Stone Cold Steve Austin as the "Texas Rattlesnake" and Triple H as the "Cerebral Assassin."

He was also famous for shouting phrases like "By god, that man has a family" when wrestlers were getting their asses kicked in the ring.

According to the WWE, Ross wants to spend more time focusing on his "personal business endeavors" -- and by that, we're guessing he means his growing BBQ sauce company.

For the record, it's delicious ... but JR, you'll be missed.

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YungOne    

I thought he retired already. But, he just came back for guest spots and big matches.

STONE COLD!! STONE COLD!! STONE COLD!!

Can't forget

Slabberknocker!

373 days ago
2.

Mike L    

Thank You JR. You will be missed.

Hope this didn't have anything to do with the video game BS and Flair like I'm hearing it did, and management "pushing" you out. You can't be held accountable for what another man does.

373 days ago
3.

Michael M    

All this really does is make things official, he hasnt really done much for the company (on screen) for a number of years (a main event commentary here and there). Still its a tough pill to swallow being someone who grew up listening and watching him every monday night as a kid.

373 days ago
4.

Jeems    

He is a legend. The best that ever got behind a mic ring side

373 days ago
5.

WTF    

Yungone, that would be SLOBBERKNOCKER.

373 days ago
6.

Lucky_130    

Wrastling sucks now anyways, and it has for quite some time. JR knows it sucks really bad, and that is why he is throwing in the towel once and for all.

373 days ago
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Lucky_130    

Michael Cole is the worst announcer of all time in the entire history of the sport BTW

373 days ago
8.

cementmixer    

Good luck JR. Wrestling is fake

373 days ago
9.

Comanchegurl    

Nice guy!

373 days ago
10.

lisa     

The legend Jim Ross who called some of the biggest matches in WWE history you will truly be missed watched you over the years good luck to you in everything you do.

373 days ago
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billy pootons    

thanks tmz for posting that, i forgot how amazing that match was

373 days ago
12.

I See Deaf People    

He'll be dead within a year, happens every time

373 days ago
13.

Dead account Delete at will    

wrestling dorks....LOL

373 days ago
14.

Ashley     

so sorry to deliver this information but who really gives a flying sh!t if this unknown thug retires..? its a dumb sport for wannabe macho guys with tiny peepee.....lame!!

373 days ago
15.

Sid    

The big story is that this guy has been a gay lover to Vince.

373 days ago
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