These past few weeks have been a breath of fresh air at the Raw commentating booth. JBL is the consummate heel color analyst.
You could go as far as saying he's a modern-day Bobby Heenan.
However, not everyone is a fan of his work.
Wrestling legend Carlos Colon has voiced his offense at a comment made by JBL—a heel commentator, mind you—about "owing him money."
As a result, JBL blogged this statement and apology on Facebook (h/t WrestlingInc.com):
"So my apologies to Mr Colon, Primo and Epico, and any of the other wrestling community in Puerto Rico that are now upset.
"I had assumed they would know that I was merely trying my best to do my job and no malice was intended-that is obviously not the case, please understand my only intention was to entertain."
This decision is a class act by JBL. By no means did he have to feel indebted to issue an apology. The very fact the comments that he made is stirring so much unwarranted controversy affirms that he is successfully doing his job as a heel commentator.
Of course this is even more negative publicity for the WWE, especially occurring the same week as the infamous CM Punk incident.
However, kudos to JBL for doing his job well. Those comments were not intended to be ill-willed.
I guess the word "kayfabe" does not hold much weight these days.
Apparently, it doesn't take much to offend Colon. It would seem like he would understand JBL's role and how comments like that is simply made to generate heat.
Maybe it is just Colon leeching on a moment to resurface his notoriety, but this is not a popular way of doing so.
Do you think JBL was out of line by making that comment? Civilly comment below.