Sources with questionable motives have been making the claim that because JBL “kisses Vince McMahon’s ass,” he will be immune from any punishment from WWE officials for his actions at the ECW PPV. While it’s very likely JBL won’t be hit with a stiff punishment, the JBL situation has been the victim of very biased reporting that doesn’t even reflect true journalism.
For starters, WWE management does take what Bradshaw did very seriously; if for nothing else than the fact that he shot on an outside talent who, if interested, could potentially bring some sort of case against WWE. The odds of that happening are not likely, but WWE assumes far more liability when an outside talent gets hurt working a one-night gig than it does with a roster member (see the Holly-Dupree situation). Before the PPV, wrestlers were also instructed to keep everything professional, which further makes JBL’s actions seem deplorable.
Again, the odds of JBL receiving a major punishment are unlikely – he may not receive anything more than a slap on the wrist. But, the claims that WWE is “laughing off” the situation due to JBL’s relationship with Vince are wholly without merit. This is a serious issue behind closed doors.
As for JBL’s side of the story, there are conflicting reports going around. Virtually everyone has sought a motive in the fact that JBL and Meanie have past heat; JBL, however, reportedly made the claim that he didn’t throw the first punch. It’s not known if there’s anything to his story, but JBL has apparently responded to the allegations with a provocation defense.