ProWrestling.net is reporting that JBL could be retiring soon, according to those around him. The site also mentions that Layfield could hang the boots up as early as this year’s WrestleMania, which seems like a stretch to me with him just winning the Intercontinental Championship. JBL has had back issues for years now. His wife recently opened her own financial advisory firm and we’ve been reporting his recent sponsorship involvement with OVW, so it looks like they are getting ready for that to happen. It’s not known whether he will go back to commentating if and when he does retire, but sources say they would be surprised if he did.
Jim Ross posted a new blog on his BBQ website. The following is what he had to say about not knowing this year’s WrestleMania card ahead of time:
"Someone at our JR’s Family BBQ in Norman today asked me if I knew the WM25 card and I told him the truth and that was that I didn’t. I know some of the matches which would be the same as most of you who follow WWE closely but do I know the final card, hell no. I love finding out what is going to happen either by watching Raw or ECW TV or by broadcasting Smackdown. There is no reason for me to know any "insider" info ahead of time.
I feel confident enough in my work ethic and experience that I honestly think that I could arrive in Houston late on Sunday April 5 after being up most of the night with Stone Cold, get out of my car, walk into Reliant Stadium, go to ringside and commence to kicking ass if that was the hand that was dealt me. Personally there are matches that I really want to be a part of but the same can be said, I would hope, of every announcer in WWE. I know that what I have said in this paragraph will l likely have some eyes rolling and that’s o.k. because this is how I truly feel."