John Charles Layfield is an American businessman, television personality, and retired professional wrestler best known for his work with WWE as Bradshaw and JBL. He is a grand slam champion and a WWE Hall of Famer.
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Career
Independent Circuit (1992-1995)
In 1992, he began training for his professional wrestling career and worked for GWF. Layfield traveled to Australia, Europe, Germany, and Japan during his days on the independent circuit. In 1994, he joined NWA and won the NWA North American Championship.
Early Years and Various Tag Team (1995-2003)
By the end of 1995, Layfield signed with WWF and began working as Justin Bradshaw. Later, he formed a tag team with Barry Windham called The New Blackjacks. They disbanded the team after a year and they never won the tag team championships.
In 1998, he formed a team with Farooq called Acolytes. Later, the team joined The Ministry of Darkness. In 1999, the team won the WWF Tag Team Championships from Kane and X-Pac. The team won the titles on three occasions and faced several teams, such as Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz, and Dudley Boyz.
During the draft, the team was separated, and Bradshaw joined the hardcore division and won the title. The team reunited on SmackDown after a year and spent their time in the tag team division. The team disbanded when Heyman fired Farooq.
After Farooq's departure, Layfield received a new billionaire Esque character called John Bradshaw Layfield. JBL quickly rose to prominence as a top heel and won the WWE Championship. He became the longest-reigning WWE Champion on SmackDown and created a stable called The Cabinet.
The Cabinet held all the gold from WWE Championship, United States Championship, and Tag Team Championship. In 2005, JBL began feuding with John Cena. At WrestleMania XXI, John Cena defeated JBL to win the title. JBL wrestled for championships for another year before taking some time off due to his injuries.
In 2006, he continued his time off from in-ring competition and became a commentator and an on-screen personality. By the end of 2007, JBL returned to the ring and attacked Chris Jericho. At Royal Rumble, he faced Jericho and won via disqualification. At WrestleMania XXIV, he defeated Finaly.
After Mania, he reignited his feud with Cena and lost. Later, he feuded with CM Punk but failed to win the World Heavyweight Championship. By the end of 2008, he began feuding with Shawn Michaels and made him his employee. At Royal Rumble, JBL failed to defeat John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The storyline ended when Michaels hit sweet chin music and defeated him before WrestleMania. In March, he defeated CM Punk to win the Intercontinental Championship. At WrestleMania XXV, Rey Mysterio defeated JBL in less than 30 seconds to win the title. After the match, JBL quit the company.
Sporadic Appearances and Commentator (2011-Present)
Initially, JBL returned to the company and made several sporadic appearances on major shows as JBL and Bradshaw of the APA. In 2012, he joined the company and became a color commentator. JBL became a commentator and had several roles in the company. In 2020, they inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame. We often see JBL at the kick-off panel on the pre-shows.
Championships and Accomplishments
|Championship||Number of Times|
|CWA World Tag Team Championship||1|
|GWF Tag Team Championship||2|
|MCW Southern Tag Team Championship||1|
|NWA North American Heavyweight Championship||1|
|OVW Southern Tag Team Championship||1|
|WWE Intercontinental Championship||1|
|WWE United States Championship||1|
|WWE Hardcore Championship||18|
|WWF European Championship||1|
|WWF Tag Team Championship||3|
|WWE Hall of Fame||1|