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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 November 1966Sweetwater, Texas, USA
Birth NameJohn Charles Layfield
Nicknames JBL
Bucko
Blackjack Bradshaw
John Hawk
Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw
Mr. Smackdown
Wrestling God
Bradshaw
Justin Bradshaw
True American Hero
Height 6' 5½" (1.97 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Layfield was born on November 29, 1966 in Sweetwater, Texas, USA as John Charles Layfield. He is an actor, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), Survivor Series (2004) and WWE No Mercy (2004). He has been married to Meredith Whitney since February 11, 2005. He was previously married to Cindy Womack.

Spouse (2)

Meredith Whitney (11 February 2005 - present)
Cindy Womack (4 June 1994 - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (16)

Cowboy Hat
Usual Move: Swinging Neckbreaker
Finishing move: Clothesline From Hell (Clothesline with extra force)
Finishing move: JBL Bomb (Powerbomb with cigar burn on opponent's back taunt)
Trademark move: Last Call (Fallaway Slam)
Trademark move: Super Last Call (Top-Rope Fallaway Slam)
Trademark move: Swinging Neckbreaker
Trademark move: Big Boot
Trademark move: DDT
Trademark move: Elbow Drop
Trademark move: Backhand Chop
Trademark move: Bear Hug
Trademark move: Argentine Backbreaker Rack
Trademark Double Team Move (with Faarooq): Spike Powerbomb
Trademark Double Team Move (with Faarooq): Back Suplex/Neckbreaker Combination
Trademark Double Team Move (with Faarooq): Double Spinebuster

Trivia (49)

Professional wrestler.
As one half of the Acolytes/A.P.A., was a multiple WWF Tag Team titleholder along with Ron Simmons.
Former member of the Ministry of Darkness.
Played football for Abilene Christian University.
Nearly went bankrupt after a brief but well-paying stint in the NFL, and as a result, educated himself in stock trading. He's so successful in the stock market that he often advises other WWE Superstars on their own financial situations.
Ranked #496 in the "PWI 500" of the PWI Years (1979-1999).
Played pro-football for the Los Angeles Raiders.
After winning the APA Bar Room Brawl at WWE Vengeance (2003), he has been writing more and more for WWE.com. He also was on the winning side at Survivor Series (2003), in a 5 vs. 5 match, as he teamed with John Cena, Kurt Angle, Hardcore Holly and Chris Benoit against Matt Morgan, A-Train, Big Show, Nathan Jones and then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.
Part-time financial analyst for the Fox News Channel.
Left Fox News for CNBC, however, his stint with CNBC lasted only three weeks before he was fired.
As a collegiate football All-American offensive lineman at Abilene Christian University, played the last two games of his college career with a broken leg.
Became WWE Champion on June 27, 2004 after defeating Eddie Guerrero in a Texas Bullrope Match at The WWE Great American Bash (2004) in Norfolk, Virginia.
Won the WWE Heavyweight Title from Eddie Guerrero on June 27, 2004.
On June 5, 2004 at a live WWE event in Munich, Germany, Layfield made an attempt to get heat from the German crowd and started doing the Nazi "goose step". These sorts of gestures are against the law in Germany and offended many of the fans in attendance. CNBC fired John Layfield as a financial analyst after investigating the incident in Munich.
Bradshaw hosts a Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf tournament in Tyler, Texas every year.
Former tag team partner Ron Simmons was Best Man at his wedding, to financial analyst Meredith Whitney, in 2005.
He became the longest reigning WWE champion in the last 10 years, by defeating Eddie Guerrero. He held the title from June 27, 2004 until April 3, 2005.
Former WWE European champion.
Entered the WWE as Justin Bradshaw, with Uncle Jeb.
Formed a tag team dubbed the Texas Mustangs with the late Bobby Duncum Jr..
Former World Tag Team Champion.
Previous Managers: Dutch Mantell, Skandor Akbar, Don Callis (aka The Jackal), Jacqueline Moore (aka Jacqueline), Amy Weber, Orlando Jordan, Jillian Hall, Mark Calaway (aka The Undertaker).
JBL won the United States Championship from Chris Benoit at WrestleMania 22 (2006), pinning Benoit.
Nutritionmarket.com CEO/owner.
CEO and founder, Five Stone.
Was the longest reigning WWE Champion in WWE Smackdown! (1999) history.
CEO/founder, "Layfield Energy".
Published author.
Set to face "The Undertaker" (aka Mark Calaway) for the WWE Title in a Last Ride Match (winner must throw their opponent into a hearse and close the door) at WWE No Mercy. [October 2004]
Faced "The Undertaker" (aka Mark Calaway) at Summerslam 2004 for the WWE Title. JBL won when "The Undertaker" got himself disqualified for hitting the champion with the championship belt. [August 2004]
JBL is now the new color commentator for WWE Smackdown! (1999) (aka "Friday Night SmackDown") alongside Michael Coulthard (aka "Michael Cole"). He replaced Peter Senerchia (aka "Tazz") after "Tazz" joined the new ECW. [June 2006]
Playing uber right-wing self-made millionaire John Bradshaw Layfield. Won the WWE title from Eddie Guerrero. [June 2004]
Will face Bobby Lashley at No Way Out. [January 2006]
Defeated "The Big Show" (aka Paul Wight) in the WWE's first barbed wire steel cage match and will now face the U.S. Champion John Cena at WrestleMania 21 for the WWE Title. [February 2005]
Beat Batista via disqualification at the Great American Bash pay-per-view. Although he won the match, Layfield did not earn the belt, because a title cannot change hands as a result of a DQ or a count out. [July 2005]
Is going one-on-one with Batista in a no-holds barred match at SummerSlam 2005. [August 2005]
On the May 26th edition of WWE Smackdown! (1999), John Bradshaw Layfield lost the WWE United States title to Bobby Lashley. Immediately, he challenged World Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. to a title match, saying that he would beat Rey for the title or quit. Rey beat JBL, who kept his word and quit. [May 2006]
Quit at WrestleMania 25 after "Rey Mysterio" (aka Oscar Gutierrez) beat him in 21 seconds. [April 2009]
Lost the WWE Title to John Cena at WrestleMania 21 after Cena hit JBL with the F-U. [April 2005]
Beat Finlay at Wrestlemania 24 in a Belfast Brawl. [March 2008]
Returned to WWE Smackdown! (1999) with a brand new look. [June 2003]
Won the 6-man elimination match for the new Smackdown championship, but was later made #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship held by Batista, who was drafted to Smackdown. [June 2005]
Won against Matt Hardy at Armageddon 2005 [December 2005]
Will face "The Boogeyman" (aka Marty Wright) at the Royal Rumble. [January 2006]
Will fight Finlay in a Belfast Brawl at Wrestlemania 24. [February 2008]
Fired by CNBC for actions deemed inappropriate on recent WWE tour in Germany. [June 2004]
Started wrestling again but joined WWF Raw (1993). [December 2007]
Spending a lot of time with troops in Iraq, as he continues his constant patriotic work. [January 2004]
Beat Chris Jericho at the Royal Rumble after Y2J hit JBL with a steel chair. [January 2008]

Personal Quotes (1)

"I did it because I'm a bad guy....that's what I'm supposed to do". (His reaction to the negative publicity caused by his actions during a wrestling match in Munich, Germany)

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