Former WWE Champion JBL was a recent guest on the Prime Time with Sean Mooney podcast. JBL touched on a number of topics related to his time in professional wrestling. He also opened up about CTE and memory loss.
JBL attests to having suffered memory loss after he first retired from professional wrestling, “I should be a poster child for CTE. I have no idea what is going to happen. When I first retired, I had short-term memory loss and I started reading about neuroplasticity in the brain, about how the brain can regenerate itself and I don’t know if it can or not.”
Layfield began challenging himself and performing daily activities that enhance learning, a practice he still adhered to today, “I do all kinds of stuff. I do a mind game every day. I play chess, sudoku. I learn something different, a language, a few words of a different language. I learn something to always stretch the brain and my memory came back completely. Right now it appears to be as normal – if I can be called normal – but as normal as I know I am. Right now, I don’t have any effects.”
Although he is doing well now, JBL is still unclear about what his future may hold, “I don’t know what the future holds. Hopefully they come along with some medical technology or maybe I’m the anomaly that doesn’t get it.”
(Transcription Credit: Michael McClead, WrestleZone)
Readers may listen to Sean Mooney‘s interview with JBL in its entirety below: