John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL,) former World Wrestling entertainment (WWE) Champion and SmackDown LIVE! Commentator has been in the news of late because of his bullying behavior. Some nasty stories of his bullying behavior have hit mainstream news. This has created an uproar within fans and they have started to demand his termination with #FireJBL on Twitter.
All of this started when Mauro Ranallo, SmackDown LIVE’s lead commentator suddenly disappeared from WWE programming. Speculations suggest that JBL’s bullying triggered a depression, as the 47-year-old has bipolar disorder.
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Ranallo seems to have been recovering from an onset of depression – an onset that some are saying may have been brought on by the bullying behavior inflicted by his SmackDown co-worker Layfield. The man from Abbotsford, Canada was diagnosed with bipolar disorder from an early age.
JBL WWE and a long history of bullying
Justin Robert, former WWE ring announcer revealed in his book, Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass through My WWE Journey, that JBL allegedly mistreated him and his colleagues. Dave Meltzer, editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, also mentioned recently that about 15 other (and current) WWE employees have made contact with him regarding similar treatment they had received by Layfield.
This is not the first time that the WWE had to deal with a controversy surrounding bullying. The company had to face a similar situation when former WWE head trainer Bill DeMott was accused of abusive behavior by some of the trainees.
DeMott eventually left the company. However, very few outlets outside of wrestling-based publications covered the issue.
JBL’s situation is completely different, in a matter of days a number of sports and news sources have picked up on the story. Forbes recently covered the story and suggested that it conflicts with WWE’s Be A Star anti-bullying campaign.
John Morrison (currently known as Johnny Mundo) recently revealed that JBL had asked him to steal Robert’s passport. However, JBL claimed on Twitter that he didn’t take the passport.
JBL involved in sexual abuse
Simon Dean, former WWE star revealed that JBL was one of the main guys who abused Chris Kanyon, who took his life in 2010 for being gay. JBL allegedly encouraged younger stars on the roster to do the same by bullying Kanyon for his sexuality.
The WWE has to take a decision on JBL soon. Although the man is close with the company higher-ups, the wrestling promotion company has to take action before things get out of hand. The company already has a close partnership with Be A Star where they promote anti-bullying.
Things could get a lot worse for JBL, and the WWE needs to make a decision fast, before the situation becomes bigger than it already is.
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