It comes as no surprise why the majority of the WWE Universe were happy when news broke that John Bradshaw Layfield was leaving his weekly role as part of the commentary team on SmackDown LIVE.
The whole Mauro Ranallo bullying saga made the former WWE Champion some enemies in the wrestling, mainly from fans, who wasted no opportunity in criticising him after several incidents did the rounds on dirt sheets regarding JBL triggering Ranallo’s latest bout of depression which saw him leave SmackDown LIVE and WWE, before making a return on NXT.
While he’ll no longer be on the blue brand, he’ll be continuing his relationship with the company by appearing on marquee events, such as WrestleMania as well as the Tribute to the Troops special but most of his time will now be dedicated to at-risk youth and communities in Bermuda.
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There was a brief campaign on social media to have Renee Young take his place, as she does have experience behind the desk during her time on NXT, but that’s not the avenue WWE is going down as they have already announced who he’ll be replaced by.
Tuesday nights are about to get a whole lot better after WWE broke the news on Twitter that Monday Night RAW’s Corey Graves will be making the switch from the red brand to SmackDown LIVE, effective this week to join Tom Philips and Byron Saxton – and by the looks of things, Twitter is pretty happy that Corey and Tom are reunited again.
WWE also revealed that Graves will be replaced on Main Event and 205 Live, with Nigel McGuiness taking his place.
They posted: “BREAKING: @WWEGraves will take over from @JCLayfield on #SDLive starting tomorrow; @McGuinessNigel will step in for #205Live and #MainEvent!”
Based on the WWE’s tweet, it sounds like The Saviour of Misbehaviour will be pulling double duty, as they didn’t mention that the former NXT tag team champion will be replaced on RAW’s commentary desk alongside Michael Cole, so it shows just how highly they value his announcing skills.
It’s already been revealed that JBL actually gave his notice into the company last year, but Vince McMahon refused to fire him during the Ranallo saga despite pressure from the board of directors – opting to wait for it all to boil over.
While travel has also been stated as a reason for his exit, WWE fans will certainly be excited to tune into SmackDown to see what else Graves has to offer, now that he’s calling the action for both brands.
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