WWE Hall of Famer and “Monday Night Raw” commentator Booker T, recently chimed in on the situation with JBL and Mauro Ranallo on his show, Heated Conversations: Hosted By Booker T

JBL has come under a great deal of scrutiny lately, as he has been accused of bullying by many former WWE employees. Booker T was quick to come to his friend’s aid, saying that the fire that he has come under needs to subside.

“Right now, the backlash towards a friend of mine, a colleague, ‘JBL’ John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, a guy that I have been knowing for 25 years… Man, it’s crazy. I don’t know if you saw SmackDown just last week, the chants were, ‘fire JBL’ and that right there, this flashmob takeover from the fans sometimes, getting into the business side because of social media now and everybody knows everything.” Booker T acknowledged, “the wrestling fans have never been so close to the business than they are right now in 2017 and I’ll tell you it’s a good thing. It’s a great thing because, as sports entertainers, we need our fans. We do. We definitely need our fans, but as far as the hashtag, #FireJBL, I’m like [podcast cohost Brad Gilmore], it should go away. We should move on. Men fight! That’s what we do!”

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Booker T would then comment on his relationship with Mauro Ranallo, and his thoughts on the problems with JBL:

“A lot of people like Ranallo. A lot of people really and truly like what he does as a journalist, what he does as a commentator for New Japan for many years, what he does for Showtime [Championship] Boxing, Strikeforce. He has done it all. He has been around for a long time and, like I said, a lot of people love him. But the business, the wrestling business is different from any other entity that you are ever going to encounter on this Earth!” Booker T continued, “I think Mauro, and I say again, I like Mauro even though he blocked me or unfollowed me on Twitter. I mean, I didn’t do anything. Do you know what I mean? We talked boxing all the time, but Mauro obviously had a problem with JBL and the way they did their work. Now, JBL is what is called a heel commentator. That’s just something we do and that’s something that has been done since the beginning of time. It’s going to go on throughout the history of professional wrestling. One guy’s going to be for the good guy. One guy’s going to be for the bad guy. Or just vice versa. It’s just part of the game.”

Booker T would also discuss bullying, his final thoughts on JBL, and more.

[h/t to WrestlingInc for the transcription]

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