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John Charles Layfield (born November 29, 1966), better known by the ring name John "Bradshaw" Layfield (abbreviated JBL), is an American color commentator and professional wrestler.

Outside of his WWE work, Layfield is a financial analyst for Fox News. Within WWE, he was previously known by the ring name Bradshaw, and prior to that, the variations Justin Bradshaw and Blackjack Bradshaw (as half of The New Blackjacks with Blackjack Windham). As JBL, Layfield was WWE Champion for 281 days from 2004–2005 after controversially defeating Eddie Guerrero for the title. Layfield's main gimmick as JBL – a wealthy, big-mouthed, fiery-tempered businessman – was based on Layfield's real-life accomplishments as a stock market investor.

Background

Pre-WrestleMania

WrestleMania 21 (2005)

At No Way Out, Cena defeated Kurt Angle to earn a spot in the SmackDown main event at WrestleMania. During the latter event, JBL successfully defended the WWE title against The Big Show in a Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match.

The following week, JBL cut a promo on Cena, and insulted him, while Cena defended his United States title against Jordan. Jordan won the match after the Basham Brothers distracted the referee, and JBL hit Cena with the WWE Championship belt. They then blew up Cena's customized design of the United States Championship, and replaced it with the original one. Later that night, Cena brought a steel lead pipe to the ring with him and ordered JBL to come out to the ring and fight him, only to have the SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long make his way to the ring and inform Cena that he had to wait until WrestleMania to get his hands on JBL. Cena then gave the ultimatum for Long to be part of a solution or part of the problem. Cena then stated "Since you're not going to bring JBL out here, then you're part of the problem." Cena then nailed Teddy Long with an FU and was thrown out of the arena.


On the last SmackDown! before WrestleMania, however, JBL interrupted Cena's match against Carlito and had Cena arrested for vandalism and, once Cena was handcuffed, JBL nailed him with a low blow and ended the show by leaving Cena laying defenseless.

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulations Date
Mosh/Thrasher Blackjack Bradshaw/Blackjack Windham, Henry O./Phineas I. (with Hillbilly Jim), Doug Furnas/Phil LaFon Rosemont, Illinois 13 Four-way elimination match to determine #1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship March 23, 1997
Hawk/Animal (with Sunny) Battle Royal Boston, Massachusetts XIV Battle Royal to determine the #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship March 29, 1998
Bradshaw/Faarooq/Tazz (with Jacqueline) Val Venis/The Goodfather/Bull Buchanan (with Steven Richards) Houston, Texas X-Seven Six-man tag team match April 1, 2001
Billy Gunn/Chuck Palumbo Bradshaw/Faarooq, Bubba Ray Dudley/D-Von Dudley (with Stacy Keibler), Matt Hardy/Jeff Hardy Toronto, Ontario X8 Four corners elimination match for the WWE Tag Team Championship March 17, 2002
Rikishi/Scotty 2 Hotty Bradshaw/Faarooq, Charlie Haas/Shelton Benjamin, Doug Basham/Danny Basham New York, New York XX Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Tag Team Championship March 14, 2004
John Cena JBL Los Angeles, California 21 Singles match for the WWE Championship April 3, 2005
JBL Chris Benoit Rosemont, Illinois 22 Singles match for the WWE United States Championship April 2, 2006
JBL Finlay (with Hornswoggle) Orlando, Florida XXIV Belfast Brawl March 30, 2008
Rey Mysterio JBL Houston, Texas XXV Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship April 5, 2009

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Clothesline from Hell / Clothesline from Wall Street (Lariat)
    • JBL Bomb / Texas Bomb (Release powerbomb, with theatrics)
  • Signature moves
    • Abdominal stretch
    • Backbreaker rack
    • Bearhug
    • Big boot
    • Elbow drop
    • Eye poke
    • Flowing DDT
    • Last Call (Fallaway slam, sometimes from the second rope)
    • Swinging neckbreaker
  • With Faarooq
    • Double team finishing moves
      • Aided powerbomb
  • Nicknames
    • "Big Texan"
    • "Bradshaw"
    • "Hawk"
    • "JBL"
    • "Wrestling God"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen (GWF)
    • "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex (GWF)
    • "Acolytes" by Jim Johnston (WWF; used while teaming with Faarooq as the Acolytes)
    • "Follower" by Jim Johnston (WWF/E; used while teaming with Faarooq as the Acolytes)
    • "Protection" by Jim Johnston (WWF/E; used while teaming with Faarooq)
    • "Longhorn" by Jim Johnston (WWE; 2004 – present)

Championship and accomplishments

College football

  • Abilene Christian University
    • 1989 NCAA Division II All-American

Professional wrestling

  • United States Wrestling Federation
    • USWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Equalizer
  • World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
    • WWE Championship (1 time)
    • WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
    • WWE United States Championship (1 time)
    • WWE Hardcore Championship (18 times)
    • WWF European Championship (1 time)
    • WWF Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Faarooq
    • Slammy Award (1)
      • Favorite Web Show of the Year (2013) – with Michael Cole and Renee Young for The JBL and Cole Show
    • Twentieth Triple Crown Champion
    • Tenth Grand Slam Champion
    • WWE Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2005)
    • Race To The Rumble Tournament (2009)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Gimmick (2004)
    • Worst Television Announcer (2014, 2015)
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2002) with Trish Stratus vs. Christopher Nowinski and Jackie Gayda on Raw, July 7
    • Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic (2014) Insulting fans who purchased PPV
WWE Champions
Bruno SammartinoBob Backlund ● Iron Sheik ● Hulk HoganAndré the GiantUltimate WarriorSgt. SlaughterUndertakerRic FlairBret HartYokozunaDieselShawn MichaelsSycho SidStone Cold Steve AustinKaneThe RockMankindTriple HMr. McMahonBig ShowKurt AngleChris JerichoBrock LesnarEddie GuerreroJBLJohn CenaEdgeRob Van DamRandy OrtonJeff HardyBatista ● Sheamus ● The Miz ● CM Punk ● Alberto Del Rio ● Daniel Bryan
WWE Intercontinental Champions
Pat PattersonGreg ValentineRandy SavageRicky SteamboatThe Honky Tonk ManUltimate WarriorRick RudeMr. PerfectThe Texas TornadoBret HartRoddy PiperBritish BulldogShawn MichaelsRazor Ramon ● Diesel ● Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple HRocky Maivia/The RockStone Cold Steve AustinKen ShamrockRoad DoggThe GodfatherEdgeD'Lo BrownChris JerichoKurt AngleRikishiEddie GuerreroBilly GunnJeff HardyKaneAlbertChristianWilliam RegalRob Van DamBooker TRandy OrtonRic Flair ● CM Punk ● JBLBig ShowDaniel Bryan ● The Miz
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