John Layfield
American professional wrestler
John Layfield
John Charles Layfield is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, a former commentator/host for mixed martial arts promotion Vyper Fight League and financial analyst for Fox News. Layfield is best known by his ring names, Bradshaw, John "Bradshaw" Layfield or JBL while working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he was the longest reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown history with a reign lasting 280 days.
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European Countries Protest NSA Scandal, Google’s Use of Consumer Data
Fox Business News - over 3 years
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton and market analyst John Layfield on the overseas outrage over the NSA scandal and Google.
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Second-Half Rally?
Fox Business News - over 3 years
John Layfield, Layfield Report CEO, gives his prediction for what investors can expect in the second half of the year.
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2012 Nobel Peace Prize Goes to…the EU?
Fox Business News - over 4 years
Layfield Energy CEO John Layfield and FBN’s Melissa Francis on the European Union winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
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JBL Suggests Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker Inside Octagon at WWE WrestleMania 29
Bleacher Report - over 4 years
Before Brock Lesnar even made his long-awaited return to WWE, fans had been clamoring for an eventual clash with Undertaker. The speculation reached a crescendo when Lesnar and the "Dead Man" had a face-to-face encounter at the close of UFC 121. Now that Lesnar is under contract to WWE, mere talk has become a very real possibility. Undertaker's unmatched legacy is coming to an inevitable end and who more "dominant" than Lesnar to test the vaunted WrestleMania undefeated streak? Members of the WWE Universe aren't the only ones to discuss the topic either. On his very own YouTube channel, JBL (John Layfield) brings up the idea of Lesnar and Undertaker facing one another at WrestleMania 29. However, it wouldn't be just any run-of-the-mill match, but a fight inside the famed Octagon. JBL, who disavows any inside information, compares the suggested battle to a similar match type having precedent in WWE—the Lion's Den. The Octagon is, of course, not only much larger, but arguably the ...
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WWE Raw 1000: List of names reportedly confirmed to appear on the show
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE color commentator Jerry Lawler told us there is a list of almost 30 names confirmed to return at tonight's (July 23, 2012) 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw. We know a short version of the list thanks to advertisements from the company itself. D-Generation X is confirmed to return, though the ads make it seem as though the group will only consist of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. However, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac are all reportedly going to be there tonight, so we could get a much bigger reunion. Sorry, no Chyna. Unless Sergio decides to break out his drag uniform and hop a flight to St. Louis. The Rock announced he would make his big return and reiterated his claim that he would be going after the WWE championship. Who knows how that will play out with John Cena challenging CM Punk for the title in the main event. "The Great One" is expected to get his own segment. Brock Lesnar is also coming back to answer Triple H's Summerslam challenge. He'll be featur ...
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Administration Needs New Strategy on Jobs - Fox Business
Google News - over 5 years
We are the only developed country in the world with no energy plan, no long term tax plan or any other long term plan. We have no job creation event on the horizon. One of the short-term “plans” is to have companies with cash on
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Gimmick Changes: part 3 - the best -
Google News - over 5 years
Bradshaw – JBL: As Bradshaw, John Layfield played a few different gimmicks that were at heart basically the same, a rough tough, beer drinking, pub brawling Texan. Yes, there were slight differences from Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw to Blackjack Bradshaw to
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Will Freezing Government Regulations Get Jobs Jumping Again? - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
JOHN LAYFIELD: We're the only developed country in the world without an economic plan, without a budget plan, tax plan, energy plan, immigration plan, it's unbelievable the lack of leadership that's going on in DC right now
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Of the Tea Party, by the Tea Party, for the Tea Party - Reuters (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
She also rarely mentions her husband, the WWE wrestler-turned-conservative talk radio host, Fox personality and virility potion peddler John Layfield, in interviews. Like his wife Layfield claims to be nonpartisan, but he invariably toes the Tea Party
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Former WWE wrestler John Layfield offers help over anti-social behaviour - Royal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
World Wrestling Entertainment veteran John Layfield is in talks with the Family Centre and hopes to help the Island overcome its social challenges. A former professional wrestler who considers Bermuda “one of the best places on the
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Retired WWE star JBL on television tonight -
Google News - over 5 years
Retired WWE star John Layfield (a/k/a JBL) will appear on Fox Business Channel on Thursday. Jim Ross reported at that Layfield will appear on the Neil Cavuto's show tonight at 6:00 pm CT. Powell's POV: JBL addressed the appearance on his
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Colt Cabana: 'Thank You' CM Punk - Charleston Post Courier
Google News - over 5 years
“I can't tell you how happy I am for him, and how proud I am,” former WWE champ JBL (John Layfield) posted on his Facebook page. “I had no idea how good the guy was going to end up being that good on the microphone. That last night was nothing short of
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: A Letter to Vincent Kennedy McMahon - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
You really thought it was better to throw Dave Bautista and John Layfield into countless main events instead of guys like Brooks, like Chris Jericho? At least you came around on Jericho, albeit years too late. Maybe the Paul Levesques,
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National Debt Near Crisis Level - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
JOHN LAYFIELD: Yeah, you save a lot more money by getting rid of all of them, which you can't realistically do, unfortunately, but that's what Americans want to do. Look at the latest polls. The majority of Americans don't want to re-elect President
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Attack of the ATM - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
JOHN LAYFIELD: I think the president's motive behind this is correct, but look, you also have to realize that technology killed the entire 'out-house cleaning industry'. So, he does have a point here. Companies are getting better, they're getting more
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WWE's JBL blasts LeBron James for claiming God didn't want him to win NBA title -
Google News - over 5 years
On Monday morning, former WWE superstar JBL (John Layfield) blasted NBA star LeBron James for the comments James made last night after he and his Miami Heat team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. James claimed that it wasn't God's timing
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Into Thy Hands, Wilton's Music Hall, London - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
In one particularly gripping and funny scene Holmes imagines the clergymen Lancelot Andrewes and John Layfield struggling to translate the Song of Songs and maintain decency. Into Thy Hands is meaty intellectually but a bit too densely packed,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Layfield
  • 2016
    Age 49
    He'll make his first appearance on the American Sports Network on October 1, 2016, when ACU hosts the University of Central Arkansas.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2009, following his departure from WWE, Ohio Valley Wrestling owner Danny Davis announced in a press release that Layfield would be color commentator and host for Vyper Fight League, which Layfield would also sponsor with Layfield Energy; however, the company folded the following year. In November 2012, Layfield started hosting a new show on WWE's YouTube channel alongside Michael Cole and Renee Young called The JBL and Renée Show (formerly known as The JBL Show and The JBL and Cole Show). The series ended in May 2015. He also runs the website Layfield Report which highlights a variety of his views and opinions in numerous articles. Layfield has appeared as a playable character in a number of WWE video games. His first appearance as a playable character was in WWF Attitude, with his latest appearance in WWE 2K16. As well as being a playable character in the game, in WWE 2K16, Layfield made his commentary debut for the games, teaming up with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.
    Layfield returned to his alma mater, Abilene Christian University, a color commentator for two radio broadcasts as the ACU football team faced Houston Baptist University and Stephen F. Austin State University in September 2016.
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    Following the 2016 WWE draft on July 19, WWE announced on their website that JBL would move to the SmackDown commentary team, joining Mauro Ranallo and David Otunga.
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  • 2015
    Age 48
    On the January 19, 2015 episode of Raw, JBL, along with Ron Simmons (a fellow member of The Acolytes Protection Agency), the New World Order and The New Age Outlaws attacked The Ascension and then, JBL would give a Clothesline from Hell on Viktor.
    More Details Hide Details On the March 30 episode of Raw, Layfield, along with Booker T and Michael Cole, were injured by Brock Lesnar after Seth Rollins refused Lesnar his WWE World Heavyweight Championship rematch.
  • 2014
    Age 47
    On January 26, 2014 at Royal Rumble, JBL wrestled in his first WWE match in nearly five years as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details Having been on commentary the whole broadcast, JBL left the commentator's table when his number (#24) came up. However, Layfield was quickly eliminated by Roman Reigns while trying to hand his jacket to Michael Cole, and resumed his role as commentator for the rest of the broadcast. In July, Layfield was retired as NXT General Manager.
  • 2013
    Age 46
    On September 12, 2013, JBL was named Commissioner of NXT, replacing Dusty Rhodes.
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    On April 1, 2013, JBL became the third commentator for Raw alongside Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.
    More Details Hide Details JBL was also part of the commentary team at WWE pay-per-views and commentated at WrestleMania 29.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    On March 31, 2012 Layfield inducted his former tag team partner and real life best friend Ron Simmons into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details On July 23 Layfield returned as a face with Simmons at Raw 1000 as the APA, after being called for protection by Lita. After a Clothesline from Hell, Lita defeated Heath Slater. Starting at Night of Champions, Layfield returned to his JBL persona, and sporadically filled in as color commentator, replacing Jerry Lawler, who suffered a legitimate heart attack during the Raw episode preceding Night of Champions. Layfield later re-signed with the promotion and returned to the SmackDown broadcast team on a full-time basis, alongside Josh Mathews and eventually Michael Cole.
  • 2011
    Age 44
    Layfield made his return to WWE on the March 7, 2011 episode of Raw as Michael Cole's choice for special guest referee for his match against Jerry Lawler at WrestleMania XXVII.
    More Details Hide Details He cut a promo claiming he was starting his "journey back to the main event at WrestleMania", before being interrupted by Stone Cold Steve Austin just as he was about to sign the contract. After a brief argument between the two, Austin hit Layfield with the Stone Cold Stunner and signed the contract to be the special guest referee.
  • 2009
    Age 42
    After failing to secure JBL the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena at the Royal Rumble, Michaels agreed to take part in an "All or Nothing" match at No Way Out on February 15, 2009, Shawn won the match, after his wife (who was watching in the audience) punched JBL in the face and Michaels planted the Sweet Chin Music.
    More Details Hide Details This ended any employment links between the two with Michaels still receiving the full payment owed to him and end the feud. On the March 9 episode of Raw, JBL defeated CM Punk to win the Intercontinental Championship, thus becoming the eleventh Grand Slam Champion and twentieth Triple Crown Champion. He held the title for one month, losing the Intercontinental championship at WrestleMania XXV against Rey Mysterio in 21 seconds. After the match, JBL grabbed a microphone and he said "I quit!"; the next day he announced his retirement on his WWE Universe blog.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    In November 2008, JBL had an on-screen short rivalry with Shawn Michaels which led at Survivor Series (2008) in a five on five tag team elimination tag team match in which Michaels' team emerge victorious.
    More Details Hide Details Michaels had lost his family's personal savings due to the global financial crisis and would become Layfield's employee.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    On the December 17, 2007 episode of Raw, JBL announced that he would resume his career in response to a challenge made by Jericho.
    More Details Hide Details On the December 21 episode of SmackDown!, JBL gave his farewell address from SmackDown, officially marking his return to Raw on December 31. Jericho was disqualified in their match at the Royal Rumble after hitting JBL with a chair. The duo battled in a rematch on the February 11 episode of Raw, which Jericho won. On February 18 on Raw, JBL interfered in the scheduled steel cage match between Mr. McMahon and his storyline illegitimate son, Hornswoggle. After Vince whipped Hornswoggle with his belt, JBL attacked Finlay from behind and handcuffed him to the top rope. After Mr. McMahon left the ring, JBL proceeded to beat Hornswoggle throwing him against the sides of the cage. JBL later revealed to McMahon that Hornswoggle was Finlay's storyline son, not McMahon's. On March 29, JBL inducted the Brisco Brothers into the WWE Hall of Fame. On March 30, JBL defeated Finlay in a Belfast Brawl at WrestleMania XXIV.
    In December 2007 at Armageddon, JBL was present at the SmackDown announcer's table during the WWE Championship match.
    More Details Hide Details During this match, Randy Orton whipped a charging Chris Jericho over the announcer table where JBL was situated, and in the heat of the match, Jericho "pushed" JBL out of the way. Minutes later, an infuriated JBL kicked Jericho in the head, leading to a disqualification victory for Jericho meaning that Orton retained the title.
  • 2006
    Age 39
    JBL returned to the ring on November 13, 2006, in the main event of a WWE house show in Dublin, Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details JBL teamed with Mr. Kennedy and King Booker against The Brothers of Destruction (Kane and The Undertaker), and Batista. On the December 22 episode of SmackDown!, JBL cut a promo berating Theodore Long and cursing out the fans for cheering during the Inferno match at Armageddon five days earlier ("Rome didn't fall because of the gladiators in the ring. Rome fell because of the spectators in the stands.") On the October 12, 2007 episode of Smackdown!, Layfield was announced as one of the options WWE fans would be able to vote for to be the special guest referee at Cyber Sunday for the World Heavyweight Championship match between Batista and The Undertaker, but he lost the vote to Stone Cold Steve Austin. At Cyber Sunday, he issued a heated altercation towards those running alongside him, ultimately receiving a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin. After this, he became physical as a color commentator, attacking both Batista and The Undertaker in the middle of a match as revenge after he was speared by Batista and later chokeslammed by The Undertaker after taunting them consecutively, in events leading up to the pay-per-view. He justified these actions by explaining, "I am retired, not dead" (and that he Layfield should be respected).
    On the February 24, 2006 episode of SmackDown!, he suffered a broken hand at the hands of Chris Benoit in a six-man tag team match, and announced that he underwent successful surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Layfield returned and feuded with Benoit, defeating him for his WWE United States Championship at WrestleMania 22. During this time, Jillian Hall remained at the side of JBL until the April 21 episode of SmackDown! when JBL fired Hall, due to a mistake she made during a JBL/Benoit steel cage rematch the week before as well as her lack of putting together an "appropriate" celebration for him. JBL, while still United States Champion, challenged for the World Heavyweight Championship. JBL tried to weaken then champion Rey Mysterio in the weeks leading up to his title match as Mysterio faced off against any opponent of JBL's choosing. Mysterio was defeated by Mark Henry and squashed by The Great Khali in non title singles matches before facing Raw's Kane in a match, that went to a no-contest. This was leading to their title match at Judgment Day, which Mysterio won and retained the title by pinning JBL after a frog splash. On the May 26 episode of SmackDown!, JBL lost the U.S. title to Bobby Lashley. He also lost another attempt at the World Heavyweight Championship against Mysterio, stating beforehand that he would quit SmackDown! if he lost that match. When he did lose, the crowd at the arena began to sing "Na Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye". JBL later stated that he did not have a formal contract with Teddy Long going into the match and that he did not intend to leave SmackDown!
    In early 2006, JBL started a feud with The Boogeyman who scared him many times in the new year.
    More Details Hide Details The two had a match at the Royal Rumble, which the Boogeyman won. His next opponent was Bobby Lashley, whom Layfield defeated at No Way Out.
  • 2005
    Age 38
    During JBL's time as WWE Champion, he employed a stable named "The Cabinet". At its peak, the stable contained Orlando Jordan, who was JBL's "Chief-of-Staff" and Doug and Danny Basham, who were his "Co-Secretaries of Defense" until quitting the Cabinet on the June 16, 2005 episode of SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details Amy Weber was also a member, being JBL's image consultant, but later left WWE. WWE explained Weber's absence by saying that JBL fired her after an episode of SmackDown! taped in Japan. That episode saw Weber accidentally shoot JBL with a tranquilizer gun. Jordan is the only member not announced to have left the group, though mention of the term cabinet went on hiatus after SummerSlam and Orlando was released from WWE in May 2006.
    Layfield married his second wife, Meredith Whitney on February 11, 2005 in Key West, Florida.
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    JBL's first championship bid since returning to the ring came by challenging Randy Orton for the WWE Championship and participating in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match at Backlash that also included John Cena and Triple H. JBL was eliminated first in the match by tapping out to Cena's STF, thus renewing their feud from 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Cena defeated JBL at Judgment Day and then at One Night Stand in a First Blood match. He managed to defeat Cena in a New York City Parking Lot Brawl at The Great American Bash. JBL's next on-screen rivalry was with CM Punk, the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. During the feud, JBL insulted Punk's straight-edge lifestyle, calling it "boring" and saying he could challenge Punk to a contest he could not win which was revealed to be an alcohol-drinking contest on Raw. Punk, instead of drinking a shot, said that he followed his own rules, before throwing the drink in JBL's face. JBL finally got his match for Punk's championship at SummerSlam, which he would lose after Punk landed the Go To Sleep. On September 7 at Unforgiven, JBL faced Batista, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho (who replaced Punk in the match after he was attacked by Randy Orton.) in a Championship Scramble match for the World Heavyweight title. Jericho went on to win the match and the World Heavyweight Championship. On October 5 at No Mercy, JBL was defeated by Batista in a Number One Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship match.
    JBL's luck continued in early 2005; at the Royal Rumble, he snuck past both Big Show and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match when he pinned Angle after the Clothesline From Hell.
    More Details Hide Details He once again emerged with his title intact from WWE's first-ever Barbed Wire Steel Cage match at No Way Out against Big Show. JBL won the match when Big Show chokeslammed JBL off the top rope through the ring. JBL managed to crawl out from under the ring apron before Show could make it to the floor, winning the match by escape. On the next episode of SmackDown!, JBL had a "Celebration of Excellence" in which he and his Cabinet celebrated the fact that he was the longest-reigning WWE Champion in ten years, a party which was broken up and ruined by The Big Show and newly crowned number one contender John Cena. JBL was aggravated consistently by John Cena to make him retaliate as John Cena could then strike back. Cena failed to convince Layfield to do so. JBL lost the WWE Championship to John Cena at WrestleMania 21. Layfield's unbroken nine-month reign was billed as the longest in a decade, lasting 280 days. On the April 28 episode of SmackDown!, JBL defeated Big Show, Booker T, and Kurt Angle in a four-way elimination match to earn a rematch for the WWE title, but lost to Cena at Judgment Day in an "I Quit" match.
  • 2004
    Age 37
    At WrestleMania XX in 2004, they unsuccessfully challenged for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a fatal four-way tag team match.
    More Details Hide Details The gimmick continued on-and-off until the March 18 episode of SmackDown! until losing a tag team "You're Fired" match to WWE Tag Team Champions Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty for the tag team title. General Manager Paul Heyman, frustrated by an insult by the APA, told Faarooq that if he did not win the aforementioned match, then "You're Fired". After the match, Bradshaw led Faarooq back to Heyman's office to state they had not been fired, but had resigned. Then Heyman cleared up the misunderstanding and pointed out that he said that if they did not win the titles, then he told Faarooq "You're fired". His reason for saying this directly to Faarooq was because it applied only to Faarooq because "WWE Management" still saw a lot of potential in Bradshaw. He left them after telling Bradshaw to think about his own future. Faarooq shouted after Heyman that he was not fired because they (Faarooq and Bradshaw) had quit. Bradshaw, however, hesitated. Faarooq took Bradshaw's hesitation to mean that he would not resign, and so Faarooq promptly disbanded the APA and left. In reality, the WWE had decided to stop using Ron Simmons as an on-air performer. He was initially fired, but he was later re-hired to work behind the scenes in the WWE under various roles.
    As JBL, Layfield was WWE Champion for 280 days from 2004–2005 after defeating Eddie Guerrero for the title.
    More Details Hide Details Layfield's main gimmick as JBL – a wealthy, 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 book on financial planning called Have More Money Now. He 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. Layfield won 24 total championships including one reign as WWE Champion, one reign as United States Champion, one reign as European Champion, 17 reigns as Hardcore Champion, one reign as Intercontinental Champion, and three reigns as WWF Tag Team Champion with Faarooq as part of the Acolytes Protection Agency (APA). He is also recognized by WWE as the 20th Triple Crown Champion and the 11th Grand Slam Champion.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    Bradshaw returned on an episode of SmackDown! in 2003, which saw him and his old friend Faarooq saving the Undertaker from the hands of Chuck Palumbo and Johnny Stamboli.
    More Details Hide Details Layfield returned with a new look by cutting his long hair, returning it to its natural color, and going clean shaven. His new look would only be referenced once when, in a scripted segment, Faarooq asked him directly about it. Bradshaw insisted that he had already told the story to Faarooq, who rejected this claim. The duo would return to perform their regular segments, as they did before the brand extension, such as playing poker, drinking beer, and bribing superstars of their money. Unlike before, they would not attack or protect other superstars at the employment of other superstars as none would hire them. At Vengeance, Bradshaw won a bar room brawl match which featured Faarooq and a variety of mid-card superstars and other WWE employees. The duo wrestled tag teams such as the Basham Brothers (Doug and Danny) at No Mercy and The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) at No Way Out.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    After unsuccessfully challenging for the tag title in 2000, APA won their third WWF Tag Team Championship on the July 9, 2001 episode of Raw is War by defeating the Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von).
    More Details Hide Details On the August 9 episode of SmackDown!, they lost the tag title to Alliance members Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon. On the October 22 episode of Raw Is War, Bradshaw defeated The Hurricane to win the WWF European Championship, his first singles title in the WWF. He lost the title to Christian on the November 1 episode of SmackDown! At No Way Out in 2002, APA won a Tag Team Turmoil match and as a result, they challenged for the tag title at WrestleMania X8 along with Hardys and Dudleys, in a Four Corners Elimination match. The champions Billy and Chuck retained their title. Shortly after WrestleMania, Faarooq and Bradshaw split due to the brand extension. Layfield was drafted to Raw where his Bradshaw gimmick had an increased emphasis on his Texas roots, which included him carrying a cowbell to the ring and teaming up with fellow Texan Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bradshaw helped Austin in the latter's feud against the nWo, teaming up with him against them and had a brief feud with Scott Hall where he faced Hall at Backlash in a losing effort due to interference by X-Pac. Following Austin's walkout on the WWE, Bradshaw joined the hardcore division and won the WWE Hardcore Championship seventeen times, with his first title win coming over Steven Richards. He renamed the title the Texas Hardcore Championship. It was also during this time that his finishing move was briefly renamed from the "Clothesline From Hell" to the "Clothesline From Texas" or the "Clothesline From Deep in the Heart of Texas".
  • 1999
    Age 32
    On the May 31, 1999 episode of Raw Is War, the Acolytes (still with the Corporate Ministry) won their first WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating Kane and X-Pac.
    More Details Hide Details On the July 5 episode of Raw Is War, they dropped the titles to the Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) before defeating the Hardyz and their manager Michael "P.S." Hayes at Fully Loaded for their second WWF Tag Team Championship. On the August 9 episode of Raw Is War, they lost the titles to Kane and X-Pac. The duo became fan favorites and changed their gimmick to that of cigar-smoking bar brawlers for hire. In jeans and T-shirts, Faarooq and Bradshaw became the Acolytes Protection Agency (APA), with a motto of "because we need beer money." The duo was often seen in the backrooms of arenas with a poker table and later a framed doorway comically in the middle of the often large, open aired hallways; they insisted that anyone entering the space use the door. Occasionally, if the "room" was destroyed in one arena, it was set up exactly as it was destroyed at the next arena for comic effect.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    In 1998, he wrestled as a mid-carder wrestling the likes of Marc Mero at Mayhem in Manchester, Kaientai (Funaki, Dick Togo, and Men's Teioh) with Taka Michinoku in a handicap match at Over the Edge in which Michinoku was pinned, and Vader in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Breakdown which was won by Bradshaw.
    More Details Hide Details In late 1998, Bradshaw teamed alongside former Nation of Domination member Faarooq to form the tag team of the Acolytes, managed by the Jackyl. After the Jackyl left the WWF, Faarooq and Bradshaw joined the Undertaker's new Ministry of Darkness. The Ministry went on to feud with the Corporation. As part of the Ministry, Bradshaw feuded with Ken Shamrock. The two stables would soon unite as the Corporate Ministry, but disbanded after Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated the Undertaker at Fully Loaded. When the Undertaker went on hiatus in September, Bradshaw and Faarooq's dark gimmick faded.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    In February 1997, Layfield paired up with his storyline cousin Barry Windham to form The New Blackjacks, complete with the traditional "Blackjack" handlebar mustaches and short, jet black hair.
    More Details Hide Details Windham's injuries piled up throughout 1997, so the team disbanded, and Layfield wrestled only occasionally on TV as Blackjack Bradshaw, sometimes teaming with fellow Texan Terry Funk. He earned a shot at the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship against Jeff Jarrett at No Way Out of Texas: In Your House and won by disqualification, but Jarrett retained the title because a title cannot change hands by a disqualification.
  • 1994
    Age 27
    After the GWF shut down in September 1994, he joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Layfield won the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship on January 14, 1995, defeating Kevin Von Erich. Two months later, he lost the NWA North American title to Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. 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 as Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw, defeating Bob Holly in his debut match.
    More Details Hide Details His initial gimmick was that of a tough cowboy/mountain man. After victories, he branded his opponents with the symbol "JB" in ink, rather than being seared into the flesh. Bradshaw remained undefeated for almost a year until a loss during a Carribean Strap Match to Savio Vega on the September 22, 1996 PPV In Your House 10: Mind Games. Managed by Uncle Zebekiah, the character fizzled out by the end of the year, perhaps remembered only for a feud with Savio Vega and a match with Fatu which he won in eight seconds.
    He was previously married to Cindy Womack on June 6, 1994, but divorced later the same year.
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    In June 1994, he went to Europe and toured Austria and Germany for Otto Wanz's Catch Wrestling Association, where he won its World Tag Team Championship with Cannonball Grizzly in November 1995.
    More Details Hide Details In March 1995, he returned to Japan, but with NOW recently folded, he went to Genichiro Tenryu's WAR, where he went by the name Death Mask.
  • 1993
    Age 26
    He formed the tag team "Texas Mustangs" with Bobby Duncum, Jr.; they quickly won the GWF Tag Team Championship from Rough Riders (Black Bart and Johnny Mantell) on November 27 but dropped the titles to The Bad Breed (Ian and Axl Rotten) on January 29, 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Hawk won his second GWF Tag Team Championship with Black Bart on December 25 from Steve Dane and Chaz Taylor. They held the title for a long time before losing them to The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Terry Gordy) on June 3, 1994.
    In January 1993, Layfield went on his first overseas trip to Japan, wrestling for George and Shunji Takano's Network Of Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same year, he would also wrestle in Mexico for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, wrestling under the name Vampiro Americano and frequently teamed with Vampiro Canadiense. He would also wrestle for Federacion Internacional de Lucha Libre, where he won its Heavyweight Championship.
  • 1966
    Born on November 29, 1966.
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