So, in case you missed the Elimination Chamber Kickoff show, this happened during SmackDown announcer John Bradshaw Layfield’s entrance:
You might have also heard one of his partners in Team Blue’s ridiculously oversized commentary booth - Mauro Ranallo, David Otunga and Tom Phillips - razz the big Texan about it during the main pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast. Because, make no mistake... it is freaking funny.
This is the second time in less than a month JBL’s eaten it on camera. Back on the Jan. 17 SmackDown, he tripped over... his chair? a camera cord?... during a segment where he was booked to race from the desk to the ring to check on Jerry Lawler after Dolph Ziggler attacked the King with a superkick.
That moment resulted in an on-screen rib, where The Brian Kendrick’s enhancement talent opponent on the following Tuesday’s 205 Live was given the name “Tripp Bradshaw”.
At least this time, they only Tweeted it out, and showed it in slow motion on WWE Network, I guess?
Stuff like this always reminds me of Vince McMahon’s interview with Steve Austin on the very first Stone Cold Podcast special on the Network. In between brass ring talk, the Chairman explains why he finds unexpectedly throwing people into his pool to be the greatest thing in the world. Since a fall is basically the same, it’s easy to see why this becomes a thing in Vince’s company.
Not that I’m complaining. Like I said, it is really funny.