JBL explains why he retired from wrestling

JBL is unanimously recognized as one of the best heels of all time

by Simone Brugnoli
JBL explains why he retired from wrestling

JBL is unanimously recognized as one of the best heels of all time, thanks to his charisma and his innate ability to engage the public. Last month, John made his big comeback on TV by introducing himself to Raw as Baron Corbin's new manager.

Former WWE manager Dutch Mantell admitted he was very impressed with Bradshaw's return: “I think JBL and Baron Corbin will do great things together. JBL has been a hugely successful heel and no one knows better than him how to capture the attention of fans.

He doesn't even have to try too hard to do it. If he walked into a bar and just looked around without saying a word, he would still attract everyone's attention". In the latest edition of the 'Table For 3' show, JBL recalled the last match of his extraordinary career, staged at WrestleMania 25 against Rey Mysterio.

It was 2009 and Bradshaw realized that his career had now come to an end.

JBL on his retirement

Layfield was struggling with a serious back injury at the time and wanted to finish in style. After losing the Intercontinental title to Rey Mysterio, JBL took the microphone and announced his retirement.

“I wasn't going through a good period and my back was sending me very clear signals. I realized I had to retire and chose Rey as my last opponent. I gave my best even in my last meeting and it was a pleasure to work with a legend like Mysterio” - he said.

JBL also spoke about Roman Reigns, the undisputed leader of the company for a couple of years. “Roman is not a real heel, at least according to the traditional conception. Reigns is a heel that thrills the audience and can also be a lot of fun.

He is not an old-fashioned heel, if you know what I mean. Mine is not meant to be a criticism of him, times change and wrestling has to adapt to survive" - said John Bradshaw Layfield. Legendary pro wrestling manager Jim Cornette has discussed JBL's return to WWE to manage Baron Corbin on RAW.

"He [JBL] looks like, except for the suit, he looks like a star, he comes off like - he's a great personality. And then he makes a big announcement, he has brought a superstar to RAW, and here comes Baron Corbin. I'm like 'What in the?' JBL is a great promo, but can even he get Baron Corbin over? But it's not Happy Corbin anymore, they're trying... His physical appearance to me is odd and off-putting. I don't know how to explain it," said Cornette.