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Rumor killer on JBL’s departure from SmackDown Live


We noted beforeĀ how JBL surprisingly announced that he will be stepping back from his weekly broadcasting duties on Smackdown Live to dedicate more time to at-risk youth and communities in Bermuda.

His sudden departure kicked off all kinds of rumors and many wondered if it has something to do with the recent allegations of bullying on the former WWE Champion involving former SmackDown commentator Mauro Ranallo. Though apparently, that’s not the case.

Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is reporting that JBL’s departure is not abrupt and it’s something he had planned in advance, even before the bullying allegations came to light.

According to the site, it started almost 11 months ago back in October last year, when his contract expired and he put in his notice with the company at that point.

Another reason why he decided to leave was travel issues with the company. WWE’s travel arrangements used to bring him on board on Sunday, while he had nothing to do till the SmackDown episode on Tuesday nights.

So JBL reportedly changed his travel arrangements to arrive on Tuesday, just in time for SmackDown Live. He was burnt out from the travel and when he was confronted about it, the Smackdown star decided to leave.

Though as we noted before, John’s departure appears to be on friendly terms as he is still expected to work on Marquee WWE shows such as WrestleMania or Tribute To The Troops. Corey Graves has been announced as the replacement for JBL on SmackDown.

  • oppa

    His contract states he flies first class and stays in 5 star hotels wherever he goes on the company’s dime. He was doing them a favor by flying on an less busy day and not making them put him up for extra nights in a hotel. That’s just dumb.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    You know for the JBL haters you people on the internet you sure got a lot to say about him leaving. I never had a problem with JBL he is an awesome broadcaster.