JBL Discusses Interest In Returning To Announcing, What Sparked It, RAW 1000, Blanchard, More
|By Raj Giri||August 21, 2012 | Comments|
Click here for part one of our interview, where Layfield discussed signing with WWE, his singles push as JBL, how Eddie Guerrero helped his career, his new Layfield Report website, more about his Seven Summits project and more.
WrestlingINC: I also know that you're a big MMA fan and you've been to a lot of the UFC events. Are there things WWE can learn from MMA and vice versa?
John Layfield: Yeah. You can't be critical of Dana White. He's built this unbelievable company from almost being bankrupt many years ago. He's done an other-worldly job. So, you've got to take it with a grain of salt when somebody offers him advice. The guy has built the fastest growing sport in the world. My hat goes off to him, I'm a big fan of what he does.
The one thing I would change is I would not burn through champions like they do. I would use the old '70's and '80's boxing model where you put a champion out there with maybe a top ten guy instead of the number one guy. These guys are so even that I think you could take care of these champions a little better and have one or two big fights per year instead of three or four and letting people see them three or four times per year.
To me, I think that's the one thing you'd do different. That being said, he's done an unbelievable job and I'm a big fan of what he does. It's hard to give advice to somebody who's built something like this, I'm sure he would laugh if he found out somebody was trying to advise him on anything.
WrestlingINC: I wanted to talk more about Seven Summits and that rough climb you had in Russia. But, it seemed like you were joking on Twitter recently and teasing a return to Smackdown! as a commentator. We posted it on the site and people were really happy to hear that. Is that something you'd be interested in doing?
Layfield: I am interested. The job has not been offered to me and I was just having fun with Michael Cole on Twitter. I think I said I was coming back. You know, I was having fun with Michael. I don't mean to mislead anyone, I'm not working, so to speak, on Twitter. [Laughs.] I was simply having fun. The job does appeal to me, yeah.
I never thought the job would come open. There's only two jobs for color commentary in WWE and Jerry Lawler may be there for another 30 years and I hope he is. He's a great commentator. Booker moving to the general manager role opens up that job. But, that doesn't mean it's not filled and I don't know it. It could be filled and they may already have plans for it -- I don't know that. I haven't been offered the job. They haven't told me, 'Hey we want you to come work,' or anything. So, yeah, it does interest me and if they called, it certainly would be very tempting to do.
WrestlingINC: Did you get the bug to come back after your appearance on Raw 1,000?
Layfield: Yeah, that was a lot of it. I really have enjoyed coming back and doing stuff and I've really enjoyed watching the shows recently. So, that's a big part of it, you know. It's been a part of my entire life, I've wanted to be a wrestler since I was a little kid. I don't think that ever leaves you. Me, coming back for the Hall of Fame and then Raw 1,000 -- that was a lot of fun.
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