JBL was recently brought back to WWE to serve as the manager of Baron Corbin. Following JBL’s appearance on the November 7th 2022 edition of WWE RAW, Ric Flair called out the company for inducting JBL into the Hall of Fame via Twitter: “I Guess The Anti Bullying Program You So Heavily Endorsed Does Not Apply To Bradshaw!! Jason Roberts And Joey Styles!! What A Joke! And He’s In The HOF! Sad!”
Flair was making reference to claims that JBL bullied people such as Justin Roberts and Joey Styles. In 2017, Roberts was asked about an alleged incident between JBL and Mauro Ranallo…
“A lot of people asked me about it and I said I don’t know Mauro. I don’t know him at all and we never once talked. I don’t know his situation. All I know is the experiences that I’ve had which I clearly stated were in 2003 when that was happening with JBL. Case in point, after the incident with Joey Styles when he stood up to him and punched him, he basically disappeared shortly after that. When he came back, he was a much different person. That stuff wasn’t going on and the locker room had changed completely. So, when he came back it was a different world with different guys and a different mentality. The guys who were around in the early 2000s knew what happened and later on I don’t know what happened with Mauro. So I can’t say anything about that, but I did say when people asked me if he should be fired and I would say no. It’s not just something with JBL; it’s a mentality in the company. They like to ride people and I don’t know if that had anything to do with Mauro because again, I don’t know anything about his situation for sure, just the accusations that we have heard that are going around.”
Flair’s tweet received negative feedback from fans for getting Justin Roberts’ name wrong. In addition to that, fans brought up how Flair isn’t in the position to be calling people out.
— Addy's Dad (@DamoDaGr8) November 8, 2022
I’m all for sticking up for people and rallying against bullying, but I don’t think Ric Flair of all people is in a position to call anybody out… https://t.co/1REO7iPh8L
— Zac Roberts (@TheZacRoberts) November 8, 2022