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John Layfield

John Layfield

  • Born on
    • November 29th, 1966
John Charles Layfield is an American retired professional wrestler and current wrestling commentator/host for WWE, where he performs under the ring name John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL). 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 "Hawk" Bradshaw and Blackjack Bradshaw (as half of The New Blackjacks withBlackjack Windham). As JBL, Layfield was WWE Champion for 280 days. Layfield's main gimmick as JBL—a wealthy, gladhanding, big-mouthed, fiery-tempered businessman—was based on Layfield's real-life accomplishments as a stock market investor. Layfield is a guest panelist on Fox News Channel's The Cost of Freedom, has appeared on CNBC, and has written a best-selling book on financial planning called Have More Money Now. (ISBN 0-7434-6633-0). Layfield 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 its Senior Vice President. In WWE, Layfield won 24 total championships including one reign as WWE Champion, one reign as United States Champion, one reign as European Champion, seventeen reigns as Hardcore Champion, one reign as Intercontinental Champion, and three reigns as World Tag Team Champion with Faarooq as part of the Acolytes Protection Agency (APA). He is also recognized as the twentieth Triple Crown Champion, and the Sports Illustrated has said that Layfield "has been accused for years of being a locker room bully",while Deadspin wrote that "backstage tales of Layfield's hazing and bullying have long been legend among hardcore wrestling fans."[136] Dayton Daily News described that "YouTube has dozens of interviews where former [WWE] performers discuss harassment, bullying and taking real blows from Layfield while wrestling him in supposedly choreographed matches." Le Journal de Montréal listed Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, René Duprée, Daivari, and Ivory, among others, as wrestlers who in interviews described Layfield as a bully.In 2010, The Miz referenced Layfield in an onscreen promo about hazing he faced in the locker room early in his career. Layfield admitted to hazing Miz and said that he did not regret doing so. In April 2017, WWE commentator Mauro Ranallo took an absence from WWE, which Dave Meltzer reported had been triggered by hostilities with Layfield.The allegations coincided with the release of former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts' autobiography, in which he alleged that Layfield encouraged Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury to steal his passport.Angered WWE fans subsequently called on WWE to fire Layfield. On April 22, Newsweek reported that Ranallo and WWE "mutually agreed to part ways", and Ranallo released a statement in which he said his departure had "nothing to do with JBL" after liking tweets that implied JBL was the main reason. Layfield released a statement of his own, stating: "Admittedly, I took part in locker room pranks that existed within the industry years ago. WWE addressed my behavior and I responded accordingly, yet my past is being brought up because of recent unfounded rumors. I apologize if anything I said playing ‘the bad guy’ on a TV show was misconstrued.

Filmography

Acting (25 Credits)

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2021Never Forget: WWE Returns After 9/11 as Bradshaw
2020WrestleMania 36 as John "Bradshaw" Layfield
2020Undertaker: The Last Ride as JBL
2019Fighting with My Family as JBL
2019WrestleMania 35 as JBL
2009The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania as JBL
2008WrestleMania XXIV as JBL
2007WrestleMania 23 as JBL
2006WWE Royal Rumble as JBL
2006WrestleMania 22 as JBL
2005WrestleMania 21 as JBL
2005WWE Royal Rumble as JBL
2005ECW One Night Stand as JBL
2004WrestleMania XX as Bradshaw
2002Royal Rumble as Bradshaw
2002WrestleMania X8 as Bradshaw
2001WrestleMania X-Seven as Bradshaw
2001Royal Rumble as Bradshaw
2000Royal Rumble as Bradshaw
2000WrestleMania 2000
1999WWF Armageddon as Bradshaw
1999WrestleMania XV as Bradshaw
1998Royal Rumble as Blackjack Bradshaw
1998WrestleMania XIV as Bradshaw
1997WrestleMania 13 as Blackjack Bradshaw

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