"Bradshaw" Layfield aka JBL
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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
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
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.
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, WWE.com 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
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.
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. PWInsider.com
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
parents are Lavelle Layfield, who is a minister,
and Mary Layfield.
On his February 5, 2007 blog on WWE.com, 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:
Bradshaw Layfield at TipsTraders.com
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