During a recent AMA, former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts spoke about JBL being a bully backstage in WWE and how JBL had a crew of guys that terrorized people. Here’s what Roberts had to say:
“He had a group. He was like the leader, and he pretty much had a cabinet, just like on TV. They followed him and did what he asked. It was him vs. ‘the new guys’ He had taken my passport out of my bag, and the next tour I guarded it with my life. On the flight back, Orlando Jordan told me he would watch my back and I should go to the gift shop. I didn’t take his advice. I also remember being told I had to bring beer to the guys on the plane, but I got out of that, luckily.”
JBL would respond to the allegations and posted the following on Twitter, claiming that he didn’t do it and that anyone could have done it because Roberts was hated by the whole crew…
I won’t answer Net rumors-but I didn’t take Justin Roberts passport. Could have been anyone/he was hated by the whole crew. He’s an idiot.
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) April 7, 2017
This doesn’t come off well as Mauro Ranallo has been missing Smackdown Live due to him suffering from depression. Some backstage reports are claiming that the issues between JBL and Mauro could have agitated this issue. At this time it’s unknown if Mauro will be returning to the company.