10 Contenders To Replace JBL On WWE SmackDown Live

Who is going to step up and replace the Wrestling God on the blue brand?

William Regal NXT

Just a few short months after everyone was convinced he was going to be forced out, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield has announced that he is to step back from the SmackDown Live commentary team. The furore surrounding the Mauro Ranallo issues earlier in the year has since died down, and as such JBL’s announcement came as a major surprise to the wrestling world.

The wheel never stops turning however, and all of a sudden a spot is open on the blue brand’s commentary table. WWE is yet to announce who (if anyone) is going to replace the former WWE Champion, but there are plenty of options available to the company.

Whether that means promoting someone from NXT, putting an employee in a different role, or hiring someone entirely new remains to be seen. The days of ‘BALL GAME’ and not-quite-correct rugby references are over - so who is going to become the new voice of SmackDown Live?


Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.