JBL signs WWE contract to become full time announcer on SmackDown

If you've been enjoying listening to the musings of JBL on both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, I've got some really good news to give you.

When Jerry "The King" Lawler went down to a heart attack on Monday Night Raw back on Sept. 10 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, it forced WWE to quickly find a suitable replacement.

Enter John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL).

Jim Ross was also brought in but he's struggled to click with Michael Cole while JBL has flourished with his former partner on SmackDown. In fact, he's even quickly built a budding partnership with Josh Matthews.

Now, that relationship will only get more and more time to grow.

That's because JBL announced on his Facebook page he's signed a deal with WWE to get back behind the desk full time, right as Lawler is poised to return on Raw next week.

"Very happy WWE and I have worked out a deal for me to return on a full time basis. There came a need when my friend Jerry Lawler had a heart attack and was not able to work, however, I realized how much I enjoyed being back and this was the basis for my decision to return. I truly love this business, one of my youngest memories as a kid was watching The Von Erich wrestling out of Dallas on Saturday nights. I missed being a part of it over the last few years. I have been amazed at how hard these guys work, it is a pleasure to be calling their matches. And a pleasure to do homework on each guy so that I can do my part. ... I'm happy to be back, I have realized in my time away that the place I really want to be is back with WWE and in this great business."

Happy at the news?

HT to Cagesider CaseygarnerPDX

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