Report: JBL Returning to WWE Television as Regular Character

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John Bradshaw Layfield, otherwise known as JBL, will be returning as a regular on-screen character to WWE television quite soon, possibly even as soon as tonight, for the Monday Night Raw brand. This is according to reports from PWInsider. While it’s doubtful the 55-year-old former WWE Champion will be returning in-ring, it is more likely for him to return in the position of a manager. Back in February, JBL mentioned that he would love to manage Baron Corbin in the future, and just a month ago we saw a familiar-looking limousine picking up Corbin after a loss to Ricochet on SmackDown. A report surfaced 3 days ago, claiming that Corbin’s character is to undergo yet another change, this time moving in a more “edgy” direction. This change could somehow include JBL as a manager for Corbin.

JBL in WWE

During the Ruthless Aggression era, the top heel of SmackDown was JBL, who held the WWE Championship for almost a year before losing it to John Cena in what was Cena’s first ever World Championship win. He is also known for being one half of the popular Attitude Era tag team, the Acolytes/A.P.A with Ron Simmons. JBL retired from in-ring competition after a 22-second defeat to Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 25. He retired due to age, and severe back problems that plagued him for the majority of his later career. He would then move fully into the role of commentator and eventually pre-show analyst, as well as briefly serving as General Manager of NXT.

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While not exactly a mega-star, pairing JBL with a current heel on the roster could do wonders for them. Baron Corbin is certainly not a bad choice, but there are others on the roster who could benefit from having a mouthpiece to speak for them. Regardless, expect to see the self-proclaimed wrestling god on your television soon if you’re a WWE fan.

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