JBL Is Not A Bully Says Ex-WWE Star

JBL makes his entrance on WWE SmackDown 2007

Despite his reputation, one ex-WWE star says JBL is not a bully.

JBL is a WWE Hall of Famer with a stellar in-ring career behind him but the one-time longest-reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown history has always been dogged by accusations of being a locker-room bully.

Incidents with the likes of The Blue Meanie, Mauro Ranallo, and Joey Styles over the years have clouded some fans’ judgement of the star with Ric Flair claiming that he has seen people “break down” because of John Bradshaw Layfield.

Ex-WWE star defends JBL

Speaking on his YouTube channel, former WWE star Maven gave his thoughts on JBL’s reputation and thinks the star was just loud and boisterous rather than being a bully:

“I could stand to learn a lot about the financial industry from this guy. Of course, I’m talking about Hall of Famer, JBL, one of the toughest SOBs. I still remember a match he had at a pay-per-view and after the match, he comes back and his whole entire face is just bloody and just battered. Never heard any complaining, you never heard any type of him being upset in any way. Man knew how to do business.

“Now the dirt sheets will always say that JBL was a bully backstage. To be honest with you, JBL is just loud. He is boisterous. He is jovial. John’s not afraid to tell you what he wants and he’s not afraid to tell you how he’s gonna get to what he wants. A lot of people might view that as being a bully. John is also a pretty stiff wrestler, from what I’ve heard.

“That means when John hits you with a clothesline, you’re gonna feel that clothesline, but that’s the business. I never knew him as a bully, but sometimes when people are loud, it might rub people the wrong way. Trust me, one of the nicest guys in the world.”

JBL was last seen on WWE television in early 2023 by the side of Baron Corbin but the plug was pulled on that partnership before Corbin returned to NXT.

h/t Fightful