JBL Is Leaving His Role As A WWE Smackdown Live Commentator

John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) has announced that he is no longer going to be a commentator for the WWE Smackdown Live brand. Layfield has been a commentator for many years after he retired his in-ring career back in 2009. This year, he had been on Smackdown Live along with Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton.

JBL announced he is leaving the commentary table on Twitter. He is not leaving WWE entirely, as he will appear on a part-time basis. He is still going to appear for the likes of Tribute to the Troops and WrestleMania. However, his absence means a new person can fill his shoes. You can read some of his statement down below.

After much consideration, I will be stepping back my weekly role as Smackdown Announcer to dedicate more continuous time on the work I have done since 2010 with at risk kids and communities. My new schedule will allow me to continue to be a part of the WWE family and also continue my work that I feel is the most important thing in my life. I will continue my 20+ year relationship with WWE and will appear on such marquee shows as Tribute to the Troops, WrestleMania, amongst others.

JBL has been working with a group called Beyond Sport to help young people. Its goal is to make sure young people live productive and meaningful lives without the need to join gangs or get themselves into trouble. He founded the Beyond Rugby Bermuda in 2010 and it is has been recgonized as one of the best charities for its field of work.

It will be interesting to see who WWE picks to join Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton in the commentary table. WWE has a lot of commentators to choose from. As for JBL, we wish him well in his future endeavors.

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