– WWE issued the following statement regarding JBL no longer being an announcer for Smackdown Live:
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.
– Here are some of the WWE announcer reactions to JBL stepping down as Smackdown Live commentator:
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) September 2, 2017
— Tom Phillips (@TomPhillipsWWE) September 2, 2017
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) September 2, 2017
– When a fan asked if Ranallo was hinting at a return to Smackdown Live, Ranallo responded with a simple “nope.”