Meanie, who noted that the pair actually shook hands before the event, was completely shocked by the attack.
“I was thrown off guard,” Meanie said. “I turned around and saw a shot coming right to my face.”
The wrestler also commented on the incident that transpired backstage:
“People were between us and he started yelling about how I had talked bad about him on the Internet. I was like, ‘It’s a work…Look at him. The guy is 6-7, and 300-something pounds. He’s a little more imposing than me.”
Meanie does admit to offering unflattering opinions about JBL on the Internet; he also spoke against the WWE wrestler in a deposition during the Silverman case.
Marvez, of the Scripps Howard News Service, noted that WWE refused to allow JBL to comment; unless the reporter agreed to let WWE post audio on its website.