Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
John Bradshaw Layfield has been telling people backstage that he will be likely retiring by May. His back problems that caused him to retire in 2006 have returned and apparently his retirement from World Wrestling Entertainment is imminent. JBL has not been scheduled for any house shows for the month of May.
When he won the Intercontinental Championship on RAW this past Monday night, he claimed that he would do something historical that would shock the wrestling world at WrestleMania. One suggestion that has been talked about backstage to where JBL retires as Intercontinental Champion for the first time in history. Remember that Trish Stratus retired the same way except with the Women’s Championship.
In upcoming house shows, JBL and Vladmir Kozlov team up against the team of the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Based on Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania opponents, teaming up, we can assume and JBL will be facing Kozlov for the Intercontinental Championship at the 25th annual WrestleMania on April 5th. If this were to happen, he would go to his homestate of Texas at WrestleMania as a babyface and defend the title against Kozlov.