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Jim Ross : biography

January 3, 1952 -

James William "Jim" Ross (January 3, 1952) is a professional wrestling commentator, referee, restaurateur, occasional wrestler, and former company executive of WWE, where he works as a commentator on NXT, interim commentator on Raw, and as a talent relations consultant.

Ross was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest announcers in wrestling history. He is known affectionately by wrestling fans as "Good Ol' JR".http://www.24wrestling.com/jim-ross-at-wrestlemania-27-more/http://www.heymanhustle.com/articles/news/109301-jim-ross Outside of professional wrestling, Ross has developed his own brand of barbecue sauces and cookbooks.

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "(Good Ol') J.R."
  • Wrestlers managed
    • Kane
    • "Doctor Death" Steve Williams
  • Entrance themes
    • "Boomer Sooner" by The Pride Of Oklahoma '98



Early career

While attending Westville High School, Ross played the first base position on the Westville baseball team. Ross was a two-time all-conference football player for the Westville Yellowjackets in 1968–69. His maternal grandparents owned a general store in Westville, Oklahoma and his paternal grandfather, Dee Ross, owned an off-sale beer store and was a carpenter. Ross was also President of the Student Body, a 4 year letterman in basketball, and State Vice President of the Future Farmers of America where he was State Speech Champion in 1968. Ross was also named Honorable Mention on the 1969 High School All State Football team by the Tulsa World as a center.

During his time in college, Ross had spent some time commentating on college radio. With this experience, Ross was given a chance to be a sideline commentator when an announcer in one territory was unable to show up one night. Jim first worked in the NWA Mid-South area as a referee in 1974. He stayed as a referee there until 1977.

Shortly after Bill Watts bought out the Mid-South territory in 1982, Ross returned to work there, becoming their lead play-by-play man and Vice President of Marketing. The first World Title match he called was between Ric Flair and Ted DiBiase. When Jim Crockett, Jr. bought the Mid-South (since renamed the Universal Wrestling Federation) and merged it with his Jim Crockett Promotions group, Ross joined the new company and teamed up doing color commentary with David Crockett and Tony Schiavone as lead play-by-play man for the National Wrestling Alliance. Ross continued to hone his skills as Jim Crockett Promotions became NWA World Championship Wrestling (WCW). In 1991 the promotion left the NWA and became WCW. Jim was teamed with long-time NWA/Crockett broadcaster Bob Caudle for a couple of years. In 1992, he also spent one season as a commentator on Atlanta Falcons radio broadcasts.

Ross worked his way up the ladder to head of broadcasting, but had a contentious relationship with WCW's newest commentator (and future WCW executive) Eric Bischoff. According to Ross, Bischoff, who reported to him, did a really good job of "selling himself" to executives of WCW's owner Turner Broadcasting. According to Bischoff, Ross mistreated him and others (mostly in deference to Ross' then-supervisor Bill Watts), and when Eric was promoted to executive producer in 1993, Ross demanded, and received his release.

Ross had a three year contract with Turner Broadcasting, but he took an immediate buy-out for fear that he would not get work elsewhere if he was taken off television for a long period of time. Mick Foley claims that Ross resigned from WCW's booking committee.Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.145) Ross left WCW after being taken off the air by Eric Bischoff.Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.238)

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