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Davey Boy Smith Jr. Comments On The JBL And Mauro Ranallo Situation

During a recent interview with Hannibal TV, Harry Francis Smith (aka. Davey Boy Smith Jr) the son of WWE legend British Bulldog spoke on the issues surrounding JBL and Mauro Ranallo and the bullying allegations that followed against JBL.

Here’s what he had to say:

You know it’s tough to say, I know Mauro really well and he does take things personally. I know JBL has a reputation of being a bully and stuff like that. So i think it could be a combination of a couple of things, and really bottom line is Mauro’s got a lot of like, mental health issues and he’s been pretty open about that on Twitter and everything. So anybody with mental health issues pretty much shouldn’t work in WWE. I mean it’s not really the best work environment, just because of the stress and everything. I think that he probably took things personally. Probably JBL was hazing him a bit and he probably just said “screw this” and snapped and said “I’ve had enough of this and l’m leaving.” I’m actually surprised he lasted that long in the company, just because I know how things work. Mauro I know is a guy that’s just so passionate about the business and he’s almost passionate to a fault, you know what I mean.

I mean Mauro can leave WWE and he’s got his commentating for MMA and got all kind of stuff. He doesn’t really need that [WWE] place, but I am surprised he lasted that long to be honest.

You can see the interview here:

René Duprée Comments On The JBL Bullying Allegations & Who Was In The Backstage Clique

Former WWE Tag team champion René Duprée, spoke with Hannibal TV and talked about JBL’s recent bullying allegations.

Here are some highlights: (Transcript sourced from WrestleInc.com)

His description of JBL:

“Go watch the movie Dazed and Confused. It has a character played by Ben Affleck, who basically flunked himself out of high school for the sole purpose that he can come back and haze the young kids coming from junior high and hit him with the stick. That’s the best description I can give of JBL.”

What JBL does:

“He never personally does anything but he gets like people under him, like the military a lower ranking person, to do his dirty work for him.”

His feeling over the JBL and Mauro situation:

“Again, like I described earlier, there are certain tests to test certain people. Maybe he doesn’t fit the mold because he’s not a wrestler, he never came from a wrestling background. The guy’s very talented so perhaps there is a lot of jealousy in this business. Again, he’s been there a while and is higher rankings. He’s on of the people that the higher ups feel has a good judge of character for the people that fit that company.”

JBL’s reported “backstage clique”:

“That’s still there? They were all southern boys. They all stick together. Even though I’m persona non grata, there’s no way in hell that a person like me would go back knowing that he’s there cause I’d probably break his f*cking neck.”

Check out the entire interview below:

VIDEO: iMPACT! Wrestling Takes Shot At WWE Over Bullying Situation Surrounding JBL

As many of you know, JBL has been criticized in the Wrestling Media after reports came out that he was involved in many instances in WWE surrounding bullying other talents, and is one of the reasons way Mauro Ranallo has departed from the company. Mauro has advised that is was nothing to do with JBL.

Well during the latest broadcast of iMPACT Wrestling, they decided to take advantage of this and delivered a segment between Josh Matthews and Jeremy Borash.

You can see it below:

Mauro Ranallo & WWE Officially Part Ways – WWE, Ranallo & JBL Issue Statement

Based on Newsweek.com Smackdown Live announcer Mauro Ranallo has officially parted ways with the WWE .

In a statement to Newsweek, Ranallo clarifies that his departure from the company does not have anything to do with the reports of growing animosity with his on-air partner John “Bradshaw” Layfield. As reported, JBL has been accused by wrestling media and former employees of the company of bullying and being openly-hostile.

This is what Mauro had to say:

“WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. It has nothing to do with JBL,”

JBL’s recent allegations has led to fans tweeting and trending #FireJBL. Fans even went as far as to chant “Fire Bradshaw” during a recent edition of Smackdown Live in Boston. Reports go as far as to claim that Bradshaw played backstage pranks on others fellow co-workers and had his own group around him which would follow his actions.

JBL would release a statement to Newsweek:

“WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.”

WWE would also issue a statement in regards to the allegations of bullying:

“As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive environment, in April 2011, WWE launched our anti-bullying campaign, Be a STAR, which encourages young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect.

“As a publicly traded company, that mantra carries forward in our corporate culture. As such, we fully investigate any allegations of inappropriate behavior including the recent alleged situation with John Layfield (aka JBL), despite no formal complaint having been submitted.”

MOC wishes nothing but the best for Mauro Ranallo.

PODCAST: The SideBar – EP 3 – Mauro Ranallo Discussion #FireJBL

Tonight on the Side Bar we talk about the recent discovery of bullying in the WWE with the recent departure of Mauro Ranallo, and I ask the question “Should the WWE fire JBL?”