Corey Graves To Replace JBL On SmackDown Live Announce Team

Earlier this weekend, Bleeding Cool first reported that John Bradshaw Layfield was quitting his job as announcer of WWE's Smackdown Live to concentrate on charity work. Though there was some speculation that it could have to do with the bullying controversy with Mauro Ranallo earlier this year, a new report from Sports Illustrated indicates JBL actually put in his notice 11 months ago, in response to a travel dispute. WWE likes talent to arrive at TV events a day early, which JBL found inconvenient since he lives in Bermuda.

Corey Graves To Replace JBL On SmackDown Live Announce Team

In any case, JBL is out, and according to, Corey Graves is in! Graves will take over JBL's role on Smackdown while continuing his role on the RAW announce team, as well. Meanwhile, Nigel McGuiness will replace Graves on 205 Live and Main Event.

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