Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 88

Birthday 1966-11-29

Place of Birth Sweetwater, Texas, USA

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Also Known As

  • JBL
  • Bad Santa
  • Blackjack Bradshaw
  • Death Mask
  • John "Bradshaw
  • Layfield
  • Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw
  • Johnny Hawk
  • Justin Bradshaw
  • Bradshaw 1

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Bipolar Rock 'N Roller as Himself (rumored)
2016 WWE: History of the Hardcore Championship
2016 Straight Outta Dudleyville: The Legacy of the Dudley Boyz
2015 WWE: Ring in the Holidays
2015 Legends with JBL (10 episodes) as John Layfield
2015 Swerved (1 episode) as JBL
2011 WWE: Greatest Superstars of the 21st Century
2010 Satan's Prison: The Anthology of the Elimination Chamber
2009 WWE WrestleMania XXV as JBL
2009 WWE No Way Out 2009 as JBL
2009 WWE Royal Rumble 2009 as JBL
2008 WWE Survivor Series 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE No Mercy 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE Unforgiven 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE SummerSlam 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE The Great American Bash 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE One Night Stand 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE Judgment Day 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE Backlash 2008 as JBL
2008 WWE WrestleMania XXIV as JBL
2008 WWE No Way Out 2008 as JBL
2006 WWE Judgment Day 2006 as JBL
2006 WWE WrestleMania 22 as JBL
2006 WWE No Way Out 2006 as JBL
2006 WWE Royal Rumble 2006 as JBL
2005 WWE Armageddon 2005 as JBL
2005 WWE Survivor Series 2005 as JBL
2005 WWE No Mercy 2005 as JBL
2005 WWE SummerSlam 2005 as JBL
2005 WWE The Great American Bash 2005 as JBL
2005 WWE Judgment Day 2005 as JBL
2005 WWE WrestleMania 21 as JBL
2005 WWE Holiday Tribute To The Troops as Bradshaw
2005 WWE No Way Out 2005 as JBL
2005 WWE Royal Rumble 2005 as JBL
2004 WWE Armageddon 2004 as JBL
2004 WWE Survivor Series 2004 as JBL
2004 WWE No Mercy 2004 as JBL
2004 WWE SummerSlam 2004 as JBL
2004 WWE The Great American Bash 2004 as JBL
2004 WWE Judgment Day 2004 as John "Bradshaw" Layfield
2004 WWE WrestleMania XX as Bradshaw
2004 WWE No Way Out 2004 as Bradshaw
2004 WWE Royal Rumble 2004 as Bradshaw
2003 WWE Survivor Series 2003 as Bradshaw
2003 WWE No Mercy 2003 as Bradshaw
2003 WWE Vengeance 2003 as Bradshaw
2002 WWE Insurrextion 2002 as Bradshaw
2002 WWE Backlash 2002 as Bradshaw
2002 WWE Wrestlemania X8 as Bradshaw
2002 WWF: Before They Were Superstars as Himself
2002 WWE Royal Rumble 2002 as Bradshaw
2001 WWE Rebellion 2001 as Bradshaw
2001 WWE SummerSlam 2001 as Bradshaw
2001 WWE InVasion as Bradshaw
2001 WWE Judgment Day 2001 as Bradshaw
2001 WWE Insurrextion 2001 as Bradshaw
2001 WWE WrestleMania X-Seven as Bradshaw
2001 WWE Royal Rumble 2001 as Bradshaw
2000 WWE No Mercy 2000 as Bradshaw
2000 WWE Unforgiven 2000 as Bradshaw
2000 WWE Fully Loaded 2000 as Bradshaw
2000 WWE Insurrextion 2000 as Bradshaw
2000 WWE Backlash 2000 as Bradshaw
2000 WWE Royal Rumble 2000 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE Armageddon 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE Survivor Series 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE No Mercy 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE Rebellion 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE Unforgiven 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE SummerSlam 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE Fully Loaded 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE Over the Edge as Bradshaw
1999 WWE No Mercy (UK) 1999 as Bradshaw
1999 WWE SmackDown Live (10 episodes) as Bradshaw (106 episodes) as John "Bradshaw" Layfield
1999 WWE Backlash: In Your House as Bradshaw
1998 WWE Breakdown: In Your House as Bradshaw
1998 WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House as Justin Bradshaw
1998 WWE Over the Edge: In Your House as Justin Bradshaw
1998 WWE No Way Out of Texas: In Your House as Bradshaw
1998 WWE Royal Rumble 1998 as Blackjack Bradshaw
1997 WWE Survivor Series 1997 as Blackjack Bradshaw
1997 WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede as Blackjack Bradshaw
1997 WWE WrestleMania 13 as Blackjack Bradshaw
1996 WWE In Your House 11: Buried Alive as Justin Hawk Bradshaw
1996 WWE In Your House 10: Mind Games as Justin Hawk Bradshaw
1996 WWE In Your House 8: Beware of Dog as Justin 'Hawk' Bradshaw
1993 WWE Raw (27 episodes) as Bradshaw (5 episodes) as John Bradshaw Layfield (8 episodes) as Blackjack Bradshaw (9 episodes) as Justin Bradshaw (1 episode) as John Layfield (114 episodes) as John "Bradshaw" Layfield

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