The big WWE news last week was that Jim Ross retired from the company after 20 years of service. According to prowrestling.com on Sept. 17, Ross is adamantly saying that it was a mutual decision and he was not fired.
The rumors coming on the heels of the WWE announcement was that the WWE was letting Ross go because of an incident that happened at a "Summerslam" event where Ross was the host of a round table discussion of the new WWE 2K14 videogame.
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair made the WWE angry when he went off on a tangent about his son's death, mentioned TNA Wrestling, and made other comments that embarrassed the WWE. One WWE employee in attendance sent messages to headquarters that Flair was drunk and they pulled him before the panel concluded.
After that happened, the plans for Flair to rejoin the WWE were dropped. Rumors also circulated that the WWE blamed Jim Ross. Last week, Ross was called to the WWE headquarters and rumors circulated that he was going to be fired.
Then his "retirement" was announced. The coincidences were too great, but as always, Jim Ross points out that the Internet is never right - even when they are. He simply said that he was not treated badly or pushed out the door, and it just seemed like the right time to leave and move on to the next thing.
Jim Ross never has burned bridges, and he won't start now. Even if the WWE did fire him, he won't talk about it publicly.