John Layfield

John "Bradshaw" Layfield aka JBL


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John Charles Layfield (born November 29, 1966) known by his current ring name John "Bradshaw" Layfield or JBL, is an American professional wrestler. He is currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), wrestling on its Raw brand. He is the longest reigning World Champion in SmackDown history and one of the longest in WWE history with his title reign lasting 280 days.

Layfield's current gimmick as John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) – a wealthy, gladhanding businessman – is based on Layfield's real-life accomplishments as a stock market investor. Layfield is a regular panelist on Fox News Channel's The Cost of Freedom and previously appeared on CNBC. He has also written a best-selling book on financial planning called Have More Money Now (ISBN 0-7434-6633-0). While Layfield continues to perform for WWE, he also hosts a weekend talk radio program, syndicated nationally by Talk Radio Network, in which he discusses his conservative political views. Layfield is also employed by Northeast Securities as Senior Vice President.

In WWF/E, Layfield is a one time WWE Champion, a one time United States Champion, a one time European Champion, a seventeen time Hardcore Champion, and a three time World Tag Team Champion with Faarooq as part of the Acolytes Protection Agency (APA).

In–ring return on Raw (2007–present)

JBL was present at the SmackDown announcer's table during the WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Chris Jericho, at Armageddon. During this match, Orton whipped a charging Jericho over the announcer table where JBL was situated, and in the heat of the match, Jericho "pushed" JBL out of the way. Minutes later, an infuriated Layfield applied his boot to the head of Jericho whilst he looked set to win the match. This interference led to a disqualification victory for Jericho meaning that Randy Orton retained the title.

On the December 17, 2007 edition of Raw, JBL announced that he would resume his role as an active wrestler, in response to a challenge made by Jericho.[97] On the December 21 edition of SmackDown!, JBL gave his farewell address from SmackDown, officially marking his return to Raw on December 31. Jericho was disqualified in their match at the Royal Rumble. The duo battled in a rematch on the February 11 edition of Raw, which Jericho won.

On February 18 on Raw, JBL interfered in the scheduled steel cage match between Mr. McMahon and his kayfabe illegitimate son, Hornswoggle. He attacked Finlay from behind and handcuffed him to the top rope. After Mr. McMahon left the ring, JBL proceeded to beat Hornswoggle by throwing him against the sides of the cage. Following this, announced that Hornswoggle had suffered kayfabe internal injuries, including bleeding of the brain and spinal trauma. JBL revealed to Vince McMahon that Hornswoggle was Finlay's storyline son, not McMahon's. Following his attack on Hornswoggle, JBL defeated Finlay in a Belfast Brawl at WrestleMania XXIV. JBL's first championship bid since returning to the ring came by challenging Randy Orton for the WWE Championship and participating in a Fatal Four Way Elimination match at Backlash that also included John Cena and Triple H. JBL was eliminated first in the match by tapping out to Cena's STFU, thus renewing their feud from 2005. Cena defeated JBL at Judgment Day and then at One Night Stand in a First Blood match. He managed to defeat Cena in a New York City Parking Lot Brawl at The Great American Bash. Following The Great American Bash, JBL challenged CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam when he became the number one contender for Punk's title when he pinned Punk in a two-on-one handicap match, which also featured Chris Jericho as JBL's tag team partner.
JBL offered to help Shawn Michaels out with a deal to have Shawn work for him and at Armageddon 2008 Michaels accepted the deal due to the economic downturn. This storyline is based on the film The Wrestler, which was released the week after Armageddon. With help from his new employee, Shawn Michaels, JBL won a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match on the December 29, 2008 episode of Raw by defeating Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels, earning JBL a World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble against John Cena.


Layfield's actions at a WWE house show in Munich, Germany early in June 2004 caused a substantial uproar. During the show, in an attempt to draw heel heat, he gave the crowd several Nazi salutes while goose-stepping around the ring. Such a display is illegal in Germany if used for political purposes. In an interview with The Washington Post, Layfield explained "I'm a bad guy [on WWE TV]. I'm supposed to incite the crowd. I've done [the Nazi salute] for decades. I really didn't think anything of it - I know how bad it is, I've lived [in Germany]. I've been to Dachau, seen those places where they exterminated millions of Jews. I draw the line between me and my character. That's like saying Anthony Hopkins (who portrays Hannibal Lecter) really enjoys cannibalism."

In 2005 Bradshaw was involved in an physical altercation with The Blue Meanie during the One Night Stand 2005 event. During the brawl at the end of the show JBL legitimately attacked Blue Meanie, causing him to bleed.

In 2008 Bradshaw was once again involved in an physical altercation but this time with former with ECW Commentator Joey Styles. released the following statements saying that "JBL and Joey Styles were involved in a fight/altercation in Iraq. JBL was busted under the eye. The only thing we know is that JBL was constantly hazing Styles throughout the week due to it being his first tour of Iraq. At one point, JBL spilled a drink on Styles on purpose. This is the type of stuff that many people hate but always deal with due to JBL's 'higher-up' status with WWE. After several days of constant bashing and shenanigans, JBL (who apparently had been drinking) did something that caused Styles to physically retaliate in defense. Several wrestlers stepped in between the two and broke it up. When JBL broke free, he went towards Styles, who "nailed him perfectly with a pretty good shot" according to one witness, laying JBL out, busting him open and blackening his eye. Mike Johnson reports that there were no further incidents between the two on the tour after that. The story was the topic of discussion at RAW yesterday and JBL was completely subdued at the TV tapings and that is not like him. JBL's antics had caused Smackdown talent Palmer Cannon to quit the company during a European tour".

Personal life

His parents are Lavelle Layfield, who is a minister, and Mary Layfield.
On his February 5, 2007 blog on, Layfield announced that he is looking into running for political office in his home state of Texas. Layfield also makes regular appearances on the Fox News Channel weekend business show, Bulls & Bears. In February 2008, his company, Layfield Energy, launched a drink called MamaJuana Energy.

Layfield married Meredith Whitney on February 12, 2005 in Key West, Florida. On November 1, 2007, Meredith received several threatening e-mails after making a controversial announcement to the investment community to sell their shares of Citigroup stock. This financial advice from such a well known analyst caused many investors to indeed sell their stock in the company, costing Citigroup an estimated $15 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Layfield stood by his wife's decision, calling the people who threatened her "cowardly pieces of shit" and canceled a planned trip to Texas to visit family so that he could, instead, accompany his wife in a protective role until heat from the incident died down. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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