WWE News: Jim Ross to release autobiography in 2017
The journey of "Good ol' JR" to hit bookshelves next year
Famous independent publisher Skyhorse have recently announced that they will be publishing former WWE colour commentator and Hall of Famer Jim Ross' autobiography entitled ‘ Slobberknocker’. The book is slated for a Fall 2017 release under the imprint Sports Publishing. Skyhorse made the announcement via a press release:
The book, entitled Slobberknocker, is due out in the fall 2017 and is Ross at his most personal, sharing his life from a simple upbringing to becoming one of the most recognizable figures in professional wrestling.
The book will chronicle Jim Ross’s journey from being a commentator for his college radio, to becoming the pro-wrestling icon that he is today. The autobiography, named after his famous catch-phrase will cover his life and career, particularly his tenure with the WWE as a colour commentator.
Ross, before Wrestlemania 15, was removed from the commentating booth due to his second bout with Bell's Palsy. Ross, however, persevered and returned at "The Grandest Stage of Them All" to commentate the match between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania 15.
Ross, who's been involved in pro-wrestling for over forty years, has not only made a name for himself by his work in the commentating booth, but also by scouting and helping out talents such as The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and John Cena to name a few.
The following is an excerpt from the press release issued to PR Newswire:
"With over 1.5 million Twitter followers and 146,000 likes on Facebook, Ross has a strong presence on social media. His podcast, The Ross Report, receives over 750,000 listeners a week.
He can also be read in columns on Fox Sports as well as his work with both CBS Sports, AXS TV, and Britain's ITV. Ross has written or co-written two New York Times bestsellers (Can You Take the Heat? and as a co-writer for The Stone Cold Truth) and he owns a successful line of Bar-B-Q sauces and condiments."
Ross left the commentating booth in 2009 after a third bout with Bell's Palsy. A year later, Ross returned and made a bunch of sporadic appearances on Monday Night RAW. On September 11, 2013, Ross announced his retirement saying that his contract had expired and it was not to be renewed.
The reason for this abrupt end of Ross' relationship with the WWE was explained by him a year later, claiming that an insult to the sponsor of an event concerning WWE 2K14 was partly what led to his release.
After his departure from the WWE, Ross along with former WWE Superstar and commentator, Matt Striker served as the English commentator for New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 9 Pay-Per-View. AXS TV later signed Ross to commentate NJPW's weekly program with UFC star and pro-wrestler, Josh Barnett.
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