WWE News: JBL comments on returning as a color commentator, unlikely to be around much longer
WWE star JBL commented on his return to the broadcast both at the Night of Champions pay-per-view via a post at Facebook.com/pages/John-Layfield/194176253533.
"Had a blast filling in for Jerry Lawler last night at Night of Champions, really rusty-but was wonderful to be back," JBL wrote. "I'm off to Africa Friday to climb the highest peak, Kilimanjaro, to raise money for the kids program I started in Bermuda-working with great folks there to make a difference.
"I was asked Thursday (or Wed night, not sure) this week to do the PPV last night for Jerry. Was honored to do so. Jerry and I share a birthday with our mutual friend Dutch Mantell, always had a running joke about that with Dutch-never thought I would fill in for Jerry.
"I am trying to be the 349th person (at least by last records that I have seen) to climb all Seven Summits-the highest mountain on all seven continents. Thanks to WWE 100% of money raised goes to the kids.
"My goal is to plant a WWE flag on all the summits with Mt Everest being last in 2014. Don't know if I will make it, but I plan on trying-just as I tell my kids I work with that they must do. I'm trying to lead by example. I weigh 245 pounds, lowest since I was 20 years old, been training hard and in best shape (at least cardio wise) I have ever been.
"Long story short, I didn't plan on filling in for Jerry and I am sure he didn't plan on having a heart attack. I wish him well as he is a good friend. And, that's his spot-not mine. I was asked to fill in and I did.
Long term, I don't know what is the future other than my climbs and my kids program in Bermuda. SevenSummitsForKids.com is the place you can see what I am talking about-though it is not as updated as I would like.
I love the WWE, I will always consider it home and if they need me to fill in or come back to do something, I have always been open to that. We both have never discussed it as they never had a need and since they didn't have a need, I never reached out.
I thought there were some fantastic performances last night, really enjoyed being there watching this crew put on a great PPV. I was VERY rusty, especially at times-but had a blast.
Get well soon Jerry!
Powell's POV: One can only assume that this means JBL won't be around after television this week. I've never even been mistaken for a mountain climber, yet it's safe to say that it isn't something you do on a Saturday and then fly back to call Raw on a Monday. In other words, enjoy JBL's work on commentary while you can.
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