John Charles Layfield, or simply JBL, is an American retired professional wrestler and current wrestling commentator working for WWE and financial analyst for Fox News. Layfield has a number of monikers associated with him which includes ring names such as Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw, Blackjack Bradshaw, Bradshaw and John "Bradshaw" Layfield. He adopted the persona of 'JBL'- a wealthy, big-mouthed, fiery-tempered businessman, while working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he was the longest reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown history with a reign lasting 280 days. Layfield was trained initially by Brad Rheingans and first started wrestling in the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF) in Texas. formed the tag team "Texas Mustangs" with Bobby Duncum, Jr.; they quickly won the GWF Tag Team Championship from Rough Riders on November 27. After three and a half years touring the independent circuit, Layfield signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in late 1995 and debuted in January 1996. On the May 31, 1999 episode of Raw is War, he and his partners, collectively referred to as the Acolytes, won their first WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating Kane and X-Pac. 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. He is also recognized as the twentieth Triple Crown Champion, and the tenth Grand Slam Champion.  
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