John Bradshaw Layfield made his triumphant return to commentary to spell Jerry Lawler while the King recovers from his health scare on commentary this past week on Raw.
While King is a fixture on Raw and his imminent return will be welcomed by all, John Bradshaw Layfield is just as welcome an addition to the announcing desk alongside Michael Cole, whose apparent return to his babyface roots on commentary at Night of Champions was refreshing.
Layfield didn't miss a beat since his last successful stint on commentary from 2006 to 2007. Layfield was crisp in his delivery, contributing lines such as "[R-Truth] is letting an imaginary character into the ring, who needs Dr. Shelby now?!" in reference to R-Truth's Lil' Jimmy character.
The former WWE Champion's brilliance shined through as he showed logic in providing competent analogies when discussing the heel aspect of storylines and situations.
With Michael Cole forced to combat JBL's heel perspective, and given JBL's notoriously intimidating presence, there was no time for Cole to screw around, which eventually brought out the best in the oft-obnoxious announcer.
The biggest benefit of JBL on commentary is the effect of putting over talent as he chooses to keep the emphasis on what goes on in the ring, stubbornly concentrating on the wrestlers and storylines in play all while refusing to be derailed by Cole's detrimentally playful antics.
The Miz was a noted beneficiary of JBL's announcing style, as Layfield—once an ardent critic of the former Real World star—praised Miz on commentary for his hard work and elusive status as a one-time WrestleMania main eventer.
The theme continued throughout the night with Layfield's razor-sharp wit and free-flowing speech becoming the story behind the desk. Suffice to say that a late match-of-the-year candidate between John Cena and CM Punk was bolstered by a proficient announcing team at WWE Night of Champions.
Prior to officially taking the reins as the color commentator for tonight's WWE pay-per-view, John Bradshaw Layfield vowed to keep Jerry Lawler's seat warm until he returned, but he made sure to warn Lawler that by the time the King returned the seat would be on fire.
JBL is certainly off to a hot start.
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