WWE Hall Of Famer JBL has discussed if he’d ever wrestle again or if he could see himself becoming a manager for a younger star.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield’s WWE career began in early 1996 as Justin ‘Hawk’ Bradshaw before he found tag team success alongside Ron Simmons in The Acolytes. When Simmons stepped away from the ring in 2004, JBL was born and propelled the WWE Superstar to new heights.
Famously JBL became the longest-reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown history, losing that title to John Cena at WrestleMania 21. JBL shared the ring with WWE icons such as Eddie Guerrero, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels before stepping away from the ring full-time in 2009.
Speaking on Talking Tough, JBL discussed the possibility of stepping foot in the squared circle once again and fans of the ‘Wrestling God’ might not want to hold their breath:
“I doubt it [in-ring return], I don’t wanna get out there. If I thought I could help one of the young guys, yes, I’d do it. If I could physically, I would do it. I don’t think physically I could do it. I would be happy to get out there and manage somebody or do something to help a young talent. I love working with the young guys. I really enjoy trying to give them my philosophy of how to be… I know a lot more about how to be a bad guy than I do a good guy.”
JBL also discussed the possibility of becoming a manager given his skills on the microphone. Ironically, one thing that helped during his wrestling days could hinder any aspirations as a manager:
“The only problem with being a manager is I’m six [foot], six [inches]. It’s tough because I’m so much taller than a lot of the wrestlers, not that they’re even shorter than they were, but it’s hard for tall managers because you want a short manager that makes their guy look really big.”