As noted earlier, WWE announced that Jim Ross is retiring from the company. Ross met with Vince McMahon earlier today, and the decision was made to end his tenure with the company. WWE’s reason for Ross’ departure is that he wants to “focus on his personal business endeavors.”
The final decision was made by Vince McMahon, and it’s being said that Ric Flair’s unruly behavior at the WWE 2K14 panel during SummerSlam weekend was one of the contributing factors in his departure. Management felt that Ross, who hosted the event, should have cut off Ric Flair when he went off-script and made several controversial remarks in front of WWE & 2K Sports executives.
For what it’s worth, McMahon commented on Ross’ departure on his Twitter account, writing, “Thank you @JRsBBQ for 20 years of service with @WWE.”