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James W. Ross, also known as J.R., or Good Ol' J.R. was born January 3, 1952 in Westville, Oklahoma, is a WWE executive and a play-by-play announcer working on WWESmackDown!. He previously worked as a play-by-play announcer for WWE's RAW brand for years.
Jim made his WWF debut at WrestleMania IX in 1993. He was "fired" from his job on RAW as play-by-play announcer by Vince and Linda McMahon on the October 3, 2005 episode of RAW and replaced by Jonathan Coachman and later Joey . The reason for this was because Ross needed Colon Surgery. After recovering from his surgery he returned to call Saturday Night's Main Event then the RAW matches at Wrestlemania 22, and WWE Backlash. When Joey ended his stint as RAW announcer on May 1, 2006, Ross was confirmed by WWE.com as returning back to his old job as RAW's play-by-play announcer starting May 8.
He is known to be a sufferer of Bell's palsy, which sometimes results in temporary paralysis of Ross' facial muscles. In early 1999, Ross was absent from RAW following the death of his mother. The effects of Ross' grief reportedly worsened his Bell's palsy, thus SmackDown! host Michael Cole filled in for Ross for the time being. Ross though, was well enough to call the main event at WrestleMania XV. Despite his condition, Ross has established himself as one of the all-time greatest wrestling commentators, often compared to the legendary late Gordon Solie. Ross has his own brand of barbeque sauce and his own selection of cookbooks. To many peers, Ross is considered to be one of the best wrestling announcers in history.