WWE Releases Statement on JBL Stepping Down

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As previously reported, John Bradshaw Layfield is stepping down as an announcer and leaving his commentator position on weekly SmackDown Live programming.

WWE has released the following statement:

“In a tweet posted Friday evening, JBL announced that he is stepping back from his weekly role as SmackDown LIVE announcer to focus on his new role as a Beyond Sport Global Ambassador. The longest-reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown history will continue his more than 20-year relationship with WWE by appearing on events such as WrestleMania and WWE Tribute to the Troops – which JBL inspired in 2003.

WWE admires JBL’s continued determination to make a difference in the lives of at-risk kids in Bermuda and around the world.”

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