While it was supposed to be a time of celebration for WWE with another successful WrestleMania in the books, the company could be finding themselves in unnecessary hot water with some negative stories coming to light.
Throughout the past week, there has been a story quietly bubbling away in regards to John Bradshaw Layfield’s ‘bullying’ in the WWE.
This all started when SmackDown LIVE’s play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo suddenly disappeared from WWE programming, and it was speculated that JBL’s bullying triggered his depression, as he's bipolar.
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Now, Mauro isn’t expected to return to WWE television again with his contract set to expire in August of this year, and fans aren't exactly happy about this.
While you could argue that JBL shows heel characteristics behind the announcer’s desk, Mauro supposedly isn’t the only one that’s been a victim.
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Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has been at the forefront of this story, claiming 15 different people that have been employed by the company have shared stories of JBL’s bullying antics with him.
This has all come to surface because of a new book former WWE announcer Justin Roberts is releasing, and amongst the brilliant experiences he had with the company, he’s shared how JBL made his life a misery.
SHOULD WWE TAKE ACTION?
One of the stories that’s been doing the rounds lately is the fact that Roberts had his passport stolen when they were doing a tour abroad, and although JBL claimed on Twitter that he didn’t take the passport, former WWE star John Morrison denied that he stole it, but JBL did ask him and his partner, Joey Mercury, to do it.
Speaking to Deadspin, he claimed: "Ultimately, we considered the options, and wound up deciding to not do it."
Apparently, the 'bullying' is encouraged from above, but now fans have taken to Twitter to share their displeasure with the stories going around and are claiming that WWE needs to fire JBL and remove him from programming.
It doesn’t end there either, as Edge has shared an unpleasant story involving JBL’s antics in a shower, while former WWE star Simon Dean has revealed that JBL is the one that spearheaded the abuse towards Chris Kanyon – who took his own life in 2010 - for being gay, and actively encouraged younger stars on the roster to do the same by bullying him for his sexuality.
Even if JBL is close with the higher-ups in the company, they may have to take some action relatively soon as this situation could not only get out of hand, especially since the reputation of WWE's Be A Star programme could be tarnished.
Things could be about to get a lot worse for JBL, and WWE needs to make a decision fast before the situation becomes bigger than it already is.
Should WWE take action for the stories surrounding JBL? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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