John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield Stepping Away from Weekly Announcing Duties

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JohnBradshawLayfield just announced he’ll no longer be doing weekly WWE commentary and sources tell us his decision has been in the works for awhile.

Layfield released a statement on Twitter saying, “After much consideration, I will be stepping back my weekly role as Smackdown Announcer to dedicate more continuous time on the work I have done since 2010 with at risk kids and communities. My new schedule will allow me to continue to be a part of the WWE family and also continue my work that I feel is the most important thing in my life.”

He adds, “I will continue my 20+ year relationship with WWE and will appear on such marquee shows as Tribute to the Troops, WrestleMania, amongst others.”

Sources told us back in May that Layfield informed WWE he wouldn’t be re-signing under the same terms when his deal expired, but we we’re unable to confirm until now. Unclear what his reasoning was, but that was shortly after he was targeted in reports as the cause for Mauro Ranallo‘s WWE exit.

It’s unclear at this point who will be taking his spot on commentary.

  • Richard Di Biase

    His work with risk kids? The biggest bully in WWE working with risk kids?? I don’t buy that!!!

    • Gocubs2010

      People need to chill on bully stuff. Yes he probably did crap back in the day but even Mauro said he had nothing to do with why he left before.

      • Enhancement Talent

        Yeah Mauro didn’t say that at all because it was the company line and that he had struck a compromise to stay with the WWE, it was totally his own voice saying that…

    • CoyoteDuran1

      Incidentally, JBL has worked with helping nurture youth in Bermuda for many years.