Jim Ross is also known as James William Ross, is a professional American referee, wrestling commentator, restaurateur, and occasional wrestler. He was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007 and widely popular as the greatest announcer in WWE history.
Jim Ross's Marriage to wife Jan Ross
Jim Ross is the widow of Jan Ross. The commentator was introduced to his wife by mutual friend Ric Flair. Jim Ross mentioned in his autobiography that Ric Flair was present on an airplane while he met Jan, who was a flight attendant.
The duo walked down the aisle on 12 October 1993 in a private wedding ceremony. Jim and Jan remained husband and wife for 24 years until her last breath. Jan Gilette died on 22 March 2017. Amidst, the relationship between either of the pairs was loyal and supportive of each other.
The WWE announcer and shares two daughters with his late wife, Jan Grillette Ross. But despite being a famous media personality, Jim manages to keep details of his kids' low profile.
Jan Ross Death
An American sports commentator, Jim Ross's wife Jan Rose, lost her life in 2017. Jan was involved in a vehicle accident on March 21, 2017, suffering serious head injuries. She had been thrown from her Vespa scooter right after a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old collided with her. Not only that, she was put on life support and stopped breathing two days later.
How Much Is Jim Ross Net Worth?
Jim Ross possesses an estimated net worth of $4 million. The Oklahoma resident earned big chunks from a career as a wrestling commentator, referee, and restaurateur. Ross makes $80,000 to $650,000 per annum.
Ross began his sports broadcasting career during college, and by the mid-70s, he served color commentary for the NWA National Wrestling Alliance. It later changed into the World Wrestling Championship.
From the early 90s through the 2000s, James worked as a commentator, host, as well as an announcer for the World Wrestling Federation. He, later on, resumed some roles with Raw from 2002-2008, and Smackdown from 2008 to 2010.
He wrestled occasionally and featured in vivid storylines as either the friend or foe of particular wrestlers. Back in the mid-2010s, Mr. Ross experienced Bell's Palsy. Furthermore, he would often take on a more executive, behind-the-scenes role during episodes. All in all, the 62-year-old retired on September 11, 2013, in a way to engage in personal business ventures.
Jim Ross Author/ Cookbooks
Jim Ross has written two WWF/WWE themed cookbooks, Can You Take The Heat? The WWF is Cooking and J.R's Cookbook released in 2000 and 2003, respectively. His two other books include Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling and Under the Black Hat. Additionally, he has created a range of JRS BBQ sauces and mustard that have been inspired by his own culinary knowledge and those of close family.
Jim Ross won numerous awards and accomplishments till today's date. In 2010, He received Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award for Cauliflower Alley Club. In 2011, Lou Thesz Award for George Tragos/ Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In 2002, He won Stanley Weston Award, and in 2016, he Mr. Ross NWA Hall of Fame. His other achievements include World Wrestling Entertainment/ WWE and Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Jim Ross Quick Facts
- Jim Ross underwent an eye operation in 2018, which highly infected his eyesight in one eye.
- Jim Ross is referred to as James William Ross and The Bear Good Ole J.R. by his closed ones.
- Jim Ross stands at the height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m).
- Jim Ross was born on January 3, 1952, in Fort Bragg, California, USA.
- Jim Ross regularly wears the same cowboy hat on WWE TV.
- Jim Ross wears a southern drawl in his voice.
- Jim Ross has a distinctive facial expression.
- Jim Ross uses the term "Great athlete" when describing WWE superstars.
- Jim Ross wore a pair of John Wayne's cufflinks amidst his WrestleMania appearances.
- Jim Ross is a huge fan of ZZ Top.