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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:

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?”

PHOTO & VIDEO: Fan With A “JBL Bullied Me” Sign Gets Escorted Out Of Arena During Smackdown Live

During last night’s WWE Smackdown Live broadcast, a fan in attendance was getting some attention as he held up a “JBL bullied me” sign during the Triple Threat match between AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin. The fan would eventually be escorted out of the arena.

See some pictures from the event below:

Justin Robers Says That JBL Bullied Co-Workers Backstage – Has His Own Crew Of Guys

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…

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.

JBL & Ron Simmons Set To Induct Teddy Long Into The 2017 WWE Hall Of Fame

WWE issued the following:

JBL and Ron Simmons will have the privilege of inducting their longtime friend and frequent travel companion, Teddy Long, into the WWE Hall of Fame.

It’s an incredible honor,” JBL told WWE.com. “I’ve always thought that inducting someone into the WWE Hall of Fame is one of the greatest privileges you can get because it’s the honor of a lifetime for the person going in.”

JBL and Simmons’ close relationship with Long makes it all the more special. The brawlers known as The APA traveled the roads with Long and 2016 inductee, The Godfather.

“We rode thousands and thousands of miles together for years – me, Ron, Teddy and Godfather in one car,” JBL explained. “It’s real special. Ron’s in the Hall of Fame, Godfather’s in the Hall of Fame, and now Teddy is, too.

“I’m the only one left,” he joked.

Their friendship aside, JBL believes Long is one of the worthiest recipients of sports-entertainment’s ultimate honor.

“Teddy Long is a groundbreaker,” the former World Champion said. “He worked his way up from the ring crew to become the manager of one of the greatest tag teams of all time in Doom. He was a referee and became one of the most colorful general managers ever. Teddy Long has done it all. If there’s anybody deserving of going into the WWE Hall of Fame, it’s him.”

How do JBL & Ron Simmons plan to honor their friend as he takes his rightful place in sports-entertainment history? Find out during the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, airing live on WWE Network Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8 ET/5 PT!

JBL Talks About Being The Longest Reigning WWE Champion & Smackdown, Plus Eddie Guerrero Feud & More

JBL recently was interviewed by ESPN.UK and spoke on several subject.

You can view the highlights below:

Becoming the Longest Reigning WWE Champion on Smackdown:

“It just happened that I was in the right place at the right time. It was late in my career, and I thought my career was over. I tore my biceps and had two hernia surgeries. I didn’t know if I would do much of anything again, and all of a sudden you have people get hurt. Kurt Angle got hurt, Brock Lesnar had left the company, and [WWE] needed somebody against Eddie Guerrero right away. That’s when the JBL character was created.”

Feuding with Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero:

“We did the storyline where we gave Eddie’s mother a heart attack in El Paso, which almost got me killed. I literally had a police escort out of El Paso and all the way to Odessa. The police told me not to come back, that they thought I would get killed. It was that great. We set an attendance record at Staples Center [in Los Angeles] a few weeks later, and because of Eddie Guerrero, he molded my character. Eddie wanted my character to work. If it had been anybody but Eddie Guerrero, you would have never heard of JBL. But because of Eddie, I had that incredible run, and it was just the right time. I had the perfect foil in this incredible Latino star, who was one of my best friends.”

Check out the entire interview here. 

VIDEO: JBL Takes A Tumble At Elimination Chamber PPV

During tonight’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV, JBL was entering down the ramp on his way to the commentary booth when he slipped and took a tumble. WWE showed the replay during the Elimination Chamber kickoff show.

Here is a video of what happened: