John Bradshaw Layfield

  • Born: 11/29/1966 in Sweetwater, Texas
  • Birthname: John Charles Layfield
  • Height & Weight: 6'6", 290 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWE Championship
  • WWF Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Faarooq
  • Twentieth WWE Triple Crown Champion
  • Tenth WWE Grand Slam Champion

Layfield is currently a financial commentator featured regularly on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. He is also employed by Northeast Securities as its Senior Vice President.

Layfield rose to prominence in WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation, WWF) during its Attitude Era under the ring name Bradshaw, during which time he became a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Ron “Farooq” Simmons as part of the Acolyte Protection Agency (APA).

In 2004, the APA separated and Layfield was rebranded as JBL – a wealthy, big mouthed businessman – based on Layfield’s real-life accomplishments as a stock market investor. Later that year, he captured his only world heavyweight championship, the WWE Championship, and held it for 280 days, making him the longest reigning champion of the SmackDown brand at that point.

A month before his in-ring retirement at 2009’s WrestleMania XXV, he became Intercontinental Champion, which made him the twentieth Triple Crown Champion and the tenth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. During his career Layfield was accused of perpetrating various pranks or hazing upon other WWE employees. After his retirement, Layfield became an on-air commentator for WWE programming.

Notable Matches

vs. Eddie Guerrero at Judgment Day 2004

vs. Eddie Guerrero at The Great American Bash 2004

vs. John Cena at Judgment Day 2005

w/ Faarooq vs. Kane/X-Pac on Raw, May 31st 1999

w/ Faarooq vs. The Hardy Boyz at Fully Loaded 1999

w/ Faarooq vs. The Dudley Boyz on Raw, July 9th 2001

Notable Feuds

vs. Eddie Guerrero

vs. John Cena

vs. Savio Vega

vs. Ken Shamrock

vs. nWo

vs. Rey Mysterio

vs. The Boogeyman

vs. Chris Benoit

vs. CM Punk

Other Notable Achievements

WWE Hardcore Championship (17 times)

WWE Intercontinental Championship

WWE United States Championship

WWF European Championship

OVW Southern Tag Team Championship – with Ron Simmons

CWA World Tag Team Championship  – with Cannonball Grizzly

GWF Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Bobby Duncum, Jr. (1) and Black Bart (1)

MCW Southern Tag Team Championship – with Faarooq

NWA Texas NWA North American Heavyweight Championship

USWF Tag Team Championship – with The Equalizer