Like gin and tonic or peanut butter and jelly, there are some combinations that are just meant to be. In wrestling, having two symmetrically balanced personalities can result in memorable moments both inside and outside the ring, whether in the manager-wrestler relationship or as a tag team.
Teddy Long, a WWE Hall of Famer and former “WWE SmackDown” General Manager, stated in an exclusive interview with Wrestling Inc. Senior News Editor Nick Hausman that he thought the match of Baron Corbin and John “Bradshaw” Layfield was appropriate.
I do, Long replied. “And I believe that they missed the boat with Baron Corbin. He was included in many narratives, but they didn’t seem to work. But I believe that now that he is with JBL, everything will be fantastic because he has someone who can mentor him and show him the ropes as they interact. What a fantastic squad, JBL, man. That was a great idea, but I’m not sure who came up with it.”
The Corbin/JBL storyline started with the wrestler vanishing inside the illustrious manager’s limo following Corbin’s defeat to Nakamura in September. The next month, JBL officially identified Corbin as his client.
Long found a “Raw” episode starring two apparently inebriated men playing poker to be particularly funny.
Well, that brings to mind the last APA, Long said. “You recall that they played cards and drank tequila while seated at the tables. People are interested in learning more since that is reality. So, reality will eventually surface.”