JBL has acknowledged that his time on-screen in WWE may be truly at an end as he says the new generation of commentators on WWE television have passed him by.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield took to the commentary desk on SmackDown as his in-ring career began to wind down. Eventually, the ‘Wrestling God’ made the move permanent as he and Michael Cole became the first choice announce team for the blue brand in WWE.
After a short hiatus from the company, JBL returned to the announce booth on SmackDown before joining Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler on Raw. In 2017 JBL again stepped away from the announce desk to focus on his humanitarian work outside the company.
In a Q and A on his YouTube channel, JBL responded to the question of he would ever take his spot at the announce desk in WWE again. For JBL, there’s no chair for him anymore:
“There’s not a spot for me. I mean, Corey Graves and Pat McAfee are the only two spots that there’s a heel commentator for, you know? There’s SmackDown and Raw. I really don’t fit into the NXT mold because I didn’t come through NXT. I think Wade Barrett is much better in that role. Wade Barrett’s fantastic by the way and when I first heard he was going to potentially be a commentator for them, I sent a note in really recommending him because I thought he’d be awesome and he is. He’s a smart guy, great voice.”
“But all these guys are smart guys with great voices and terrific insight. I think Corey and Pat and Wade do an outstanding job. So there’s not a job opening and plus, they’re all a lot younger than me so, there’s not gonna be a job opening anytime in the future. Would I come back? I don’t know because the option is not there. I don’t wanna get on a plane every week. That’s the reason I wanted to retire.”
Recently on another Q and A, JBL discussed the scary situation where he was very nearly caught up in a fight in Japan with the notorious Yakuza, as his old announce partner Michael Cole might say ‘Oh my…’