Re: Why was JBL nearly looked over?
My guess is that his gimmick at the time wasn't considered main event, but its so hard to imagine rebooting a guy once they have a popular character, so you kinda feel like its only the Bradshaw character or bust.
It could just be that the AE was so loaded that they never cared to promote him, they had what they needed. I mean they had Rock/Austin/Undertaker/Triple H, and then Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar showed up and HBK returned. The Attitude Era just had higher standards. A lot of amazing guys took forever to get promoted. But yeah, I could never have foreseen JBL as good as he ended up (though I wasn't really watching then).
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