JBL aka John Layfield announced on Twitter on Friday evening that he would be stepping back from his weekly role as part of the commentary team for Smackdown Live.

JBL stated he wanted to dedicate more of his time working with at risk kids and communities, something he’s been involved with in Bermuda for some time now.

He noted that an ongoing relationship with WWE would continue including appearing on shows such as Tribute to the Troops, WrestleMania and more. No word at this time if Smackdown will go back to being a two-man team with Tom Phillips and Bryon Saxton or if WWE plans to announce an official replacement for Layfield going forward.

Layfield rejoined WWE’s commentary team full-time in 2012, initially filling in for Jerry “The King” Lawler when he suffered a heart attack at a RAW taping in Montreal. He officially joined the RAW commentary team permanently in 2013 and later went on to become a surprise Royal Rumble entrant in 2014. Layfield was moved to the Smackdown Live commentary team in 2016 joining Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga. The stint in 2016 on Smackdown led to a very public falling out with Ranallo that eventually saw Ranallo leave his role on Smackdown and later return to NXT commentary earlier this year.

You can check out a portion of Layfield’s statement below.

“I’m proud to say that in addition to being Smackdown’s longest reigning WWE Champion, I inspired WWE’s Tribute to the Troops over 10 years ago. WWE has been my partner in all my philanthropic works and this new deal with WWE ensures that will continue. WWE has made my dreams come true and helped me become a global name. And now, WWE is helping me use that name to make a difference.”


  1. To paraphrase Commander Shepard (femshep is only shep), “did he volunteer to leave or was he volunteered to leave”.

  2. I other words the WWE wants him to quietly go away over the bullying and this throws less light on the situation. JBL sucks on commentary anyway just like he did in the ring.

  3. Uh oh. What did Just a Bullying Lout do now? Or is this an accumulation of incidents leading up to his “voluntary resignation” a la Bill DeMott?

  4. Lol Mass Effect 2 is ONE of my favorite games, heck I even have a soft spot for Mass Effect 3 once all the dlc for it came out.

  5. The announcers are horrible on Smackdown anyhow. Boring and they all sound the same. I don’t even know who they are or who’s talking most times. What happened to the awesome announce teams from the past that added so much flavour to the show (Heenan/Monsoon, Ventura/McMahon, JR/Lawler, Schiavone/Heenan, etc). Guys that had unique voices and character. At this point, I would seriously try to go after Tony Schiavone. There’s no one else left that’s even half as good as he is.

  6. I think Schiavone ruined his career being an unprofessional prick in WCW–not that JBL has been any better. Larry Zbyszko did a passable job in WCW. Maybe they can get him being a WWE hall of famer & all now.
    And for my money, Ventura & Monsoon was the best commentary team ever. They didn’t work together that often but when they did they were awesome.

  7. Have to agree 100% with that. Just watched the Coliseum Video version of WM 5 a couple weeks ago, and I forgot how good they were. Ventura and Monsoon were a Tour De force! They went off on little 30 sec. tangents during matches, but always managed to tie it in to the match. Plus they made it seem like they didn’t get along, but not in a fake way.

  8. Honestly, I don’t think anyone would really have as much of an issue with Mass Effect 3 if not for the .ing ending. Hell, even if the extensions they gave the endings would still have been better if they were available from the beginning.

  9. If Mauro Ranello suddenly comes back in the next few months to Smackdown, somebody better call R-Truth because I smell conthspiracy!

    If I were gonna speculate, WWE would be keen to have him back on one of their flagship shows because of the Mayweather/McGregor mainstream exposure.

  10. I don’t know about getting you a Coke but what you say makes a lot of sense. That’s probably exactly what’s going to happen.

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