History Wrestling / JohnBradshawLayfield

17th Jul '16 8:26:41 AM JamesAustin
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* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/{{Batista}} and [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]].
** Arguably, Wrestling/TheMiz in RealLife.
** The Godwinns, in his New Blackjacks phase

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* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/{{Batista}} and [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]].
** Arguably, Wrestling/TheMiz in RealLife.
**
Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}. The Godwinns, in his New Blackjacks phasephase.



* BourgeoisBumpkin: According to [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]]
-->'''CHL''':"...and I'm a big Texas blowhard that lives in New York City! Yee-haw! I'm rich, my wife's rich, heck even my dog's rich! Mamajawamaextreme.com."
-->'''JBL''':"You think I, with my pedigree and my resume am some ridiculous over the top caricature?"
* TheBully: As a heel, and also in RealLife.
-->'''Batista:''' ''[just before the 2005 Great American Bash]'' You're a LIAR, you're a LOUDMOUTH, you're a BULLY, and you are nothing but a PHONY!"
** Wrestling/TheMiz acknowledged it on-screen during his run as U.S Champion, recounting the story of when JBL kicked him out of the locker room after he messed up a referee's bag by spilling chicken crumbs on it.
** The Hardys mentioned on Exist to Inspire that JBL was one of the three members and "prosecutor" of the old Wrestler's Court (the other two being ChrisBenoit and TheUndertaker).

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* BourgeoisBumpkin: According to [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]]
-->'''CHL''':"...
Haas]]:
-->'''CHL:''' ...
and I'm a big Texas blowhard that lives in New York City! Yee-haw! I'm rich, my wife's rich, heck even my dog's rich! Mamajawamaextreme.com."
-->'''JBL''':"You
"
-->'''JBL:''' You
think I, with my pedigree and my resume am some ridiculous over the top caricature?"
caricature?
* TheBully: TheBully:
**
As a heel, and also in RealLife.
-->'''Batista:''' --->'''Batista:''' ''[just before the 2005 Great American Bash]'' You're a LIAR, you're a LOUDMOUTH, you're a BULLY, and you are nothing but a PHONY!"
** Wrestling/TheMiz acknowledged it on-screen during his run as U.S S. Champion, recounting the story of when JBL kicked him out of the locker room after he messed up a referee's bag by spilling chicken crumbs on it.
** The
it. It was later said that the wrestler who punished Miz and owned the bag was actually Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and that Miz changed his name to JBL's because of Benoit being {{Unperson}}ed by WWE, but given that the Hardys mentioned on Exist ''Exist to Inspire Inspire'' that JBL was one of the three members and "prosecutor" of the old Wrestler's Court (the other two being ChrisBenoit Benoit and TheUndertaker).Wrestling/TheUndertaker), it seems that Miz didn't shift the blame to him without reason.



** "'''SUPERMAN PUNCH!'''" - Whenever [[Wrestling/TheShield Roman Reigns]] use this particular move.

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** "'''SUPERMAN PUNCH!'''" - Whenever [[Wrestling/TheShield Roman Reigns]] Wrestling/RomanReigns use this particular move.



** He once criticized TheMiz (back when Miz was just starting out) for taking the shortcut of appearing on reality shows rather than working his way up through the territories like everyone else (although Miz ''did'' come up through ''Tough Enough''), comparing Miz to Anna Nicole Smith. But if you look at Layfield's own backstory [[NouveauRiche (rags-to-riches Texan)]], he is himself practically Anna Nicole's male equivalent!

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** He once criticized TheMiz The Miz (back when Miz was just starting out) for taking the shortcut of appearing on reality shows rather than working his way up through the territories like everyone else (although Miz ''did'' come up through ''Tough Enough''), comparing Miz to Anna Nicole Smith. But if you look at Layfield's own backstory [[NouveauRiche (rags-to-riches Texan)]], he is himself practically Anna Nicole's male equivalent!



** His massive hazing of WWE rookies was verified by Wrestling/TheMiz.

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** His massive hazing of WWE rookies was verified by Wrestling/TheMiz.rookies.



* SinkOrSwimMentor[=/=]StealthMentor: To Wrestling/TheMiz in [[RealLifeWritesThePlot in real life.]] He hazed the dude hard to see if he was tough enough to stick it out.
* SmokingIsCool: Played straight in the APA. Subverted as JBL.
** GoodSmokingEvilSmoking

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* SinkOrSwimMentor[=/=]StealthMentor: To Wrestling/TheMiz in [[RealLifeWritesThePlot in real life.]] He hazed the dude hard to see if he was tough enough to stick it out.
* SmokingIsCool: Played straight in the APA. Subverted in a GoodSmokingEvilSmoking way as JBL.
** GoodSmokingEvilSmoking
JBL.
9th Jul '16 5:24:38 PM RighteousFury
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* TooDumbToLive: During his 2006 feud with [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], before putting Rey in a match against a mystery opponent, JBL, mocking Rey, asked him if he even knew what day it was, to which Mysterio replied "May 19th", bringing out Wrestling/{{Kane}}, much to JBL's amusement[[note]]At the time, Kane was in a storyline where he would attack anyone who mentioned the date "May 19", the anniversary of his parents' death and the release date of his upcoming movie ''Film/SeeNoEvil''[[/note]]. Towards the end of the match, Kane got distracted by a video of his old mask on the titantron and began leaving the ring, only for JBL to stop him and order Kane to finish the job, saying "[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud I'm not the one who said May 19th]]!" Cue Kane chokeslamming JBL before storming out of the ring.

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* TooDumbToLive: During his 2006 feud with [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], before putting Rey in a match against a mystery opponent, JBL, mocking Rey, asked him if he even knew what day it was, to which Mysterio replied "May 19th", bringing out Wrestling/{{Kane}}, much to JBL's amusement[[note]]At the time, Kane was in a storyline where he would attack anyone who mentioned the date "May 19", the anniversary of his parents' death and the release date of his upcoming movie ''Film/SeeNoEvil''[[/note]]. Towards the end of the match, Kane got distracted by a video of his old mask on the titantron and began leaving the ring, only for JBL to stop him and [[BullyingADragon order Kane to finish the job, job]], saying "[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud I'm not the one who said May 19th]]!" Cue Kane chokeslamming JBL before storming out of the ring.
9th Jul '16 5:21:22 PM RighteousFury
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* TooDumbToLive: During his 2006 feud with [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], before putting Rey in a match against a mystery opponent, JBL, mocking Rey, asked him if he even knew what day it was, to which Mysterio replied "May 19th", bringing out Wrestling/{{Kane}}, much to JBL's amusement[[Note]]At the time, Kane was in a storyline where he would attack anyone who mentioned the date "May 19", the anniversary of his parents' death and the release date of his upcoming movie ''Film/SeeNoEvil''[[/Note]]. Towards the end of the match, Kane got distracted by a video of his old mask on the titantron and began leaving the ring, only for JBL to stop him and order Kane to finish the job, saying "[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud I'm not the one who said May 19th]]!" Cue Kane chokeslamming JBL before storming out of the ring.

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* TooDumbToLive: During his 2006 feud with [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], before putting Rey in a match against a mystery opponent, JBL, mocking Rey, asked him if he even knew what day it was, to which Mysterio replied "May 19th", bringing out Wrestling/{{Kane}}, much to JBL's amusement[[Note]]At amusement[[note]]At the time, Kane was in a storyline where he would attack anyone who mentioned the date "May 19", the anniversary of his parents' death and the release date of his upcoming movie ''Film/SeeNoEvil''[[/Note]].''Film/SeeNoEvil''[[/note]]. Towards the end of the match, Kane got distracted by a video of his old mask on the titantron and began leaving the ring, only for JBL to stop him and order Kane to finish the job, saying "[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud I'm not the one who said May 19th]]!" Cue Kane chokeslamming JBL before storming out of the ring.
9th Jul '16 5:19:46 PM RighteousFury
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* TooDumbToLive: During his 2006 feud with [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], before putting Rey in a match against a mystery opponent, JBL, mocking Rey, asked him if he even knew what day it was, to which Mysterio replied "May 19th", bringing out Wrestling/{{Kane}}, much to JBL's amusement[[Note]]At the time, Kane was in a storyline where he would attack anyone who mentioned the date "May 19", the anniversary of his parents' death and the release date of his upcoming movie ''Film/SeeNoEvil''[[/Note]]. Towards the end of the match, Kane got distracted by a video of his old mask on the titantron and began leaving the ring, only for JBL to stop him and order Kane to finish the job, saying "[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud I'm not the one who said May 19th]]!" Cue Kane chokeslamming JBL before storming out of the ring.
9th Jul '16 4:10:01 PM RighteousFury
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* FunWithAcronyms: Fans would hold up signs reading "Just Born Loser" whenever JBL appeared.

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* FunWithAcronyms: Fans would hold up signs reading "Just Born Loser" whenever JBL appeared. "Just can't Beat a Latino" was also a popular one whenever he was feuding with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero or [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]].
28th May '16 1:16:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Temporarily as JBL, although he was always more of a dark blond.
3rd Apr '16 4:15:01 PM lord_drakken_foul
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** As JBL, he's incredibly misogynistic (albeit in the mostly harmless, leering sort of way [[AllMenArePerverts most men tend to be guilty of]]) and racist against Asians and Latinos, Luchadores in particular. Ironically, his partner in APA was a former Black Muslim. Over the years, however, he's {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed the ''hell'' out of this trope, siding with almost all the heels, even the nonwhite or foreign ones. Then again, he despised Sylvan Grenier for being French-Canadian, despite Grenier being a heel. Then ''again'', he was a big fan of (also French-Canadian) Maryse Ouellet, and was even inspired to learn French by his adoration of her (of course, she ''was'' smoking hot). And he was sexually titillated by Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez despite Melina being Mexican-American and looking it. When Michael Cole pointed out that he disliked Mexicans, JBL rationalized this by retorting: "JohnWayne had a Mexican wife; why couldn't I?" Basically, depending on the situation, he's whatever will make him out to be a StrawHypocrite.

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** As JBL, he's incredibly misogynistic (albeit in the mostly harmless, leering sort of way [[AllMenArePerverts most men tend to be guilty of]]) and moderately racist against Asians and Latinos, Luchadores in particular. Ironically, his partner in APA was a former Black Muslim. Over the years, however, he's {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed the ''hell'' out of this trope, siding with almost all the heels, even the nonwhite or foreign ones. Then again, he despised Sylvan Grenier for being French-Canadian, despite Grenier being a heel. Then ''again'', he was a big fan of (also French-Canadian) Maryse Ouellet, and was even inspired to learn French by his adoration of her (of course, she ''was'' smoking hot). And he was sexually titillated by Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez despite Melina being Mexican-American and looking it. When Michael Cole pointed out that he disliked Mexicans, JBL rationalized this by retorting: "JohnWayne had a Mexican wife; why couldn't I?" Basically, depending on the situation, he's whatever will make him out to be a StrawHypocrite.
9th Dec '15 9:08:41 AM bonesawisready
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: As JBL, he's incredibly misogynistic (albeit in the mostly harmless, leering sort of way [[AllMenArePerverts most men tend to be guilty of]]) and racist against Asians and Latinos, Luchadores in particular. Ironically, his partner in APA was a former Black Muslim. Over the years, however, he's {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed the ''hell'' out of this trope, siding with almost all the heels, even the nonwhite or foreign ones. Then again, he despised Sylvan Grenier for being French-Canadian, despite Grenier being a heel. Then ''again'', he was a big fan of (also French-Canadian) Maryse Ouellet, and was even inspired to learn French by his adoration of her (of course, she ''was'' smoking hot). And he was sexually titillated by Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez despite Melina being Mexican-American and looking it. When Michael Cole pointed out that he disliked Mexicans, JBL rationalized this by retorting: "JohnWayne had a Mexican wife; why couldn't I?" Basically, depending on the situation, he's whatever will make him out to be a StrawHypocrite.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
** JBL lawndarting Hornswaggle is a grossly underrated moment at [=WM 24=].
**
As JBL, he's incredibly misogynistic (albeit in the mostly harmless, leering sort of way [[AllMenArePerverts most men tend to be guilty of]]) and racist against Asians and Latinos, Luchadores in particular. Ironically, his partner in APA was a former Black Muslim. Over the years, however, he's {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed the ''hell'' out of this trope, siding with almost all the heels, even the nonwhite or foreign ones. Then again, he despised Sylvan Grenier for being French-Canadian, despite Grenier being a heel. Then ''again'', he was a big fan of (also French-Canadian) Maryse Ouellet, and was even inspired to learn French by his adoration of her (of course, she ''was'' smoking hot). And he was sexually titillated by Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez despite Melina being Mexican-American and looking it. When Michael Cole pointed out that he disliked Mexicans, JBL rationalized this by retorting: "JohnWayne had a Mexican wife; why couldn't I?" Basically, depending on the situation, he's whatever will make him out to be a StrawHypocrite.
26th Oct '15 1:10:14 PM Warmachine3974
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** He showed this again at ''Hell In a Cell 2015'', expressing horror and disgust at Wrestling/TheWyattFamily beating down Wrestling/TheUndertaker, saying "There was no honour in this." Before that he'd also demonstrated ample respect for Taker's role in the match against Lesnar.
23rd Sep '15 10:15:30 AM JamesAustin
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* CorruptHick: Bradshaw, and particularly Commentator Bradshaw, is an odd amalgam of money-hungry Reaganite jingoist and AllAmericanFace. For instance, he's always banging out about what an honor it is to have U.S. soldiers in attendance, giving tongue baths to whoever is defending the U.S. Title (Bradshaw's [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead favorite belt of course]]), and recoiling in horror whenever {{Wrestling/Rusev|AndLana}} speaks. At the same time, he bends over backwards to bury John Cena and the other babyfaces, even calling their patriotism into question.

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* CorruptHick: Bradshaw, and particularly Commentator Bradshaw, is an odd amalgam of money-hungry Reaganite jingoist and AllAmericanFace. For instance, he's always banging out about what an honor it is to have U.S. soldiers in attendance, giving tongue baths praise to whoever is defending the U.S. Title Championship (Bradshaw's [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead favorite belt of course]]), and recoiling in horror whenever {{Wrestling/Rusev|AndLana}} Wrestling/{{Rusev|AndLana}} speaks. At the same time, he bends over backwards to bury diss John Cena and the other babyfaces, even calling their patriotism into question.



* {{Eagleland}}: A firm type 2 as JBL during his wrestling days. May be closer to type 1 as an announcer, but he's sometimes such a {{Jerkass}} about it, it's hard to tell the difference. This has mainly come out during [[Wrestling/AlexanderRusev Rusev's]] [[ForeignWrestlingHeel run]]. He ''really'' wants someone to shut the guy up, but comes off as unnecessarily harsh and demeaning to those who have tried and failed.
** JBL's heel character was a wealthy Texas to New York businessman. So even as ''that'' character, JBL would still stick up for America and American ideals in the face of somebody coming in and saying America is not as good as X. Rusev and Lana instilling that cold war fear that America isn't as good as Russia is bad for business and the American dollar.

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* {{Eagleland}}: {{Eagleland}}:
**
A firm type 2 as JBL during his wrestling days. May be closer to type 1 as an announcer, but he's sometimes such a {{Jerkass}} {{jerkass}} about it, it's hard to tell the difference. This has mainly come out during [[Wrestling/AlexanderRusev Rusev's]] Wrestling/{{Rusev|AndLana}}'s [[ForeignWrestlingHeel run]]. He ''really'' wants someone to shut the guy up, but comes off as unnecessarily harsh and demeaning to those who have tried and failed.
** JBL's heel character was a wealthy Texas to New York businessman. So even as ''that'' character, JBL would still stick up for America and American ideals in the face of somebody coming in and saying America is not as good as X. Rusev and Lana instilling that cold war fear Cold War animosity saying that America isn't as good as Russia is bad for business and the American dollar.



* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Politicians Have Standards]]: While JBL's character is a noted conservative and respects Wrestling/JackSwagger and Zeb Coulter's right to free speech and their passion for their beliefs, he doesn't agree with their extreme stance on immigration.
** Likewise, even as a heel (or at least heel-favoring) announcer, JBL (who was mostly a no-nonsense brawler during his in-ring career) just doesn't seem to like Wrestling/DolphZiggler's personality and gets really irritated with Ziggler's entrance, which now includes Dolph Ziggler turning his World Heavyweight Title backwards whilst channeling Mr. Ass with a gyration of his... [[LastSecondWordSwap hips.]]
*** This could be a form of PragmaticVillainy, since if Ziggler hadn't wasted so much time "showing off" and really buckled down, he could have ascended to the top of the game much sooner.

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* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Politicians Have Standards]]: EvenEvilHasStandards:
**
While JBL's character is a noted conservative and respects Wrestling/JackSwagger and Zeb Coulter's right to free speech and their passion for their beliefs, he doesn't agree with their extreme stance on immigration.
** Likewise, even as a heel (or at least heel-favoring) announcer, JBL (who was mostly a no-nonsense brawler during his in-ring career) just doesn't seem to like Wrestling/DolphZiggler's personality and gets really irritated with Ziggler's entrance, which now during his runs as champion includes Dolph Ziggler turning his World Heavyweight Title title backwards whilst channeling [[Wrestling/BillyGunn Mr. Ass Ass]] with a gyration of his... [[LastSecondWordSwap hips.]]
***
hips]]. This could be a form of PragmaticVillainy, since if Ziggler hadn't wasted so much time "showing off" and really buckled down, he could have ascended to the top of the game much sooner.



** In the same vein, he will also compliment faces for their accomplishments and athletic ability, case in point again is KofiKingston, whom he never has a bad word to say about.
*** Though this is no longer the case, for he's now saying that Kingston deserved the beating some of his favorite wrestlers give him for some slight remarks.
** While he felt Randy should've been given the night off following the TLC Title Unification match instead of being put in the main event with [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], Bradshaw couldn't disagree that low-blowing Bryan to take the DQ loss, in what was another compelling match between the two men, was a cheap shot by Orton.

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** In the same vein, he will also compliment faces for their accomplishments and athletic ability, case in point again is KofiKingston, Wrestling/KofiKingston, whom he never has a bad word to say about.
*** Though
about; though in Kingston's specific case this is no longer the case, for he's now saying that Kingston deserved the beating some of his favorite wrestlers give him for some slight remarks.
** While he felt Randy Orton should've been given the night off following the TLC Title Unification match instead of being put in the main event with [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], Bradshaw couldn't disagree that low-blowing Bryan to take the DQ loss, in what was another compelling match between the two men, was a cheap shot by Orton.



** During [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar Brock Lesnar's]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam '14, JBL was practically begging for Lesnar to stop.

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** During [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar Brock Lesnar's]] Wrestling/BrockLesnar's NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam '14, ''[=SummerSlam=]'', JBL was practically begging for Lesnar to stop.



* {{Expy}}: As a cowboy, he wrestled straight out of Wrestling/StanHansen. JBL was 50% [[Series/{{Dallas}} JR Ewing]] and 50% [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase]], complete with his own {{Wrestling/Virgil}} in Orlando Jordan.
** Strangely enough, his persona seems to have been split in half between several current competitors. The role of the SmugSnake with the nice cars and all the money went to AlbertoDelRio for a good long while, and ''after'' Del Rio (temporarily) turned face, the ultra-conservative racist xenophobe was taken over by Zeb Colter and Wrestling/JackSwagger.
* FaceHeelTurn: Suffered a surprising one on the January 19, 1998 Raw when his New Blackjacks partner Wrestling/BarryWindham turned on him to join Wrestling/JimCornette's [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] stable.

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
**
As a cowboy, he wrestled straight out of Wrestling/StanHansen. JBL was 50% [[Series/{{Dallas}} JR J.R. Ewing]] and 50% [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase]], complete with his own {{Wrestling/Virgil}} Wrestling/{{Virgil}} in Orlando Jordan.
** Strangely enough, his persona seems to have been split in half between several current competitors. The role of the SmugSnake with the nice cars and all the money went to AlbertoDelRio Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio for a good long while, and ''after'' Del Rio (temporarily) turned face, the ultra-conservative racist xenophobe was taken over by Wrestling/JackSwagger and Zeb Colter and Wrestling/JackSwagger.
Colter.
* FaceHeelTurn: Suffered a surprising one on the January 19, 1998 Raw when his New Blackjacks partner Wrestling/BarryWindham turned on him to join Wrestling/JimCornette's [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] stable.FaceHeelTurn:



* FacePalm: You can see him doing this every now and then at the broadcast table...usually after Michael and/or The King say something stupid. If he has a pencil in hand, expect that to go flying as well.

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** Suffered a surprising case of being at the receiving end of one on the January 19, 1998 ''Raw'' when his New Blackjacks partner Wrestling/BarryWindham turned on him to join Wrestling/JimCornette's [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] stable.
* FacePalm: You can see him doing this every now and then at the broadcast table...table, usually after Michael and/or The King say something stupid. If he has a pencil in hand, expect that to go flying as well.



* FinishingMove: The Clothesline From Hell. It is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: an extremely stiff-looking clothesline that never fails to make an [[SickeningCrunch unpleasant sound on contact]], and usually causes the unfortunate recipient to display RagdollPhysics (okay, he more often threw a lariat than a clothesline but the effect was usually the same)
** It's impossible to watch this move without wincing.

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* FinishingMove: The Clothesline From from Hell. It is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: an extremely stiff-looking clothesline that never fails to make an [[SickeningCrunch unpleasant sound on contact]], and usually causes the unfortunate recipient to display RagdollPhysics (okay, he more often threw a lariat than a clothesline but the effect was usually the same)
**
same). It's impossible to watch this move without wincing.



* GoldenMeanFallacy: Although his "JBL" persona is conservative, John Layfield is a self-described independent in RealLife, and mostly adheres to this during his podcast.
** He's hardly alone, as millions of Americans who would otherwise probably be Republicans have left that party over the past four decades, for various reasons.
* GoodOldBoy: He and his "Cabinet" played this up during his WWE Championship reign, often partying and drinking beers backstage after JBL's matches.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: While it's clear to any smark that he's technically the designated {{heel}} on commentary, he will at times refuse to condone the actions of heel wrestlers, and will even (attempt to) come to the aid of {{face}} superstars, often to the reception of HUGE crowd pops.
** He will always, without question, support anything The Authority does, and disagree with anything anyone does in retaliation against them.

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* GoldenMeanFallacy: Although his "JBL" persona is conservative, John Layfield is a self-described independent in RealLife, and mostly adheres to this during his podcast.
**
podcast. He's hardly alone, as millions of Americans who would otherwise probably be Republicans have left that party over the past four decades, for various reasons.
* GoodOldBoy: GoodOlBoy: He and his "Cabinet" played this up during his WWE Championship reign, often partying and drinking beers backstage after JBL's matches.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: While it's clear to any smark that he's technically the designated {{heel}} on commentary, he will at times refuse to condone the actions of heel wrestlers, and will even (attempt to) come to the aid of {{face}} superstars, often to the reception of HUGE crowd pops.
** He
pops. Seemingly the only clear heel support he gives is that he will always, without question, support anything The Authority does, and disagree with anything anyone does in retaliation against them.



* JerkAss: He intentionally made the lives of rookie wrestlers (and veterans of the industry, such as Wrestling/JoeyStyles) miserable. His attempted justification of it by saying it was good for the rookies rings hollow when you consider his relationship with Tully Blanchard. Apparently, when JBL was a rookie, ''he'' was hazed by ''Blanchard''. Rather than being grateful to the former Horseman for "toughening him up" or "making sure he had what it took", JBL held a grudge against him for [[http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=62249 years]].
** JBL has sinced apologized to Tully for the comments he made and Tully in turn apologized for his own actions. So these days they are on better terms more or less.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Between barbs directed at his co-announcers, JBL often accurately points out the fallacies in their statements...
** ...such as Josh Matthews claiming Swagger "stole" (implying some sort of heel tactic) a victory from Wrestling/RandyOrton in the Elimination Chamber, when all Swagger did was roll up Orton for the three count.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: He intentionally made the lives of rookie wrestlers (and veterans of the industry, such as Wrestling/JoeyStyles) miserable. His attempted justification of it by saying it was good for the rookies rings hollow when you consider his relationship with Tully Blanchard. Apparently, when JBL was a rookie, ''he'' was hazed by ''Blanchard''. Rather than being grateful to the former Horseman for "toughening him up" or "making sure he had what it took", JBL held a grudge against him for [[http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=62249 years]].
**
years]]. JBL has sinced apologized to Tully for the comments he made made, and Tully in turn apologized for his own actions. So actions, so these days they are on better terms terms, more or less.
* JerkassHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint:
**
Between barbs directed at his co-announcers, JBL often accurately points out the fallacies in their statements...
** ...
statements, such as Josh Matthews claiming Swagger "stole" (implying some sort of heel tactic) a victory from Wrestling/RandyOrton in the Elimination Chamber, when all Swagger did was roll up Orton for the three count.



* KickTheDog: When he legit-stiffed Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie at the ECW ''One Night Stand'' PPV in 2005.
** Ironically, it was in response to Meanie having called him a bully. Thus, [=JBL=] ended up proving Meanie right.

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* KickTheDog: When he KickTheDog:
** He
legit-stiffed Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie at the ECW ''One Night Stand'' PPV in 2005.
**
2005. Ironically, it was in response to Meanie having called him a bully. Thus, [=JBL=] JBL ended up proving Meanie right.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Layfield is currently [[https://twitter.com/#!/JCLayfield working in Bermuda,]] putting on the final touches for his Seven Summits for Kids tour: hikes up [[VideoGame/{{SSX}} deadly descents]] to raise money [[FriendToAllChildren for children around the world.]] He plans to finish in 2014. First is Mt. Elburs, Russia, June 12, 2012.
** The latter might be considered a RealLife CallBack, since in 2005 he - or, rather, the JBL character - voiced his admiration for UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, who also liked to climb mountains.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Layfield is currently [[https://twitter.com/#!/JCLayfield working in Bermuda,]] putting on the final touches for his Seven Summits for Kids tour: hikes up [[VideoGame/{{SSX}} deadly descents]] to raise money [[FriendToAllChildren for children around the world.]] He plans to finish in 2014. First is Mt. Elburs, Russia, June 12, 2012.
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2012. The latter might be considered a RealLife CallBack, since in 2005 he - or, rather, the JBL character - voiced his admiration for UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, who also liked to climb mountains.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: As JBL, he's incredibly misogynistic (albeit in the mostly harmless, leering sort of way [[AllMenArePerverts most men tend to be guilty of]]) and racist against Asians and Latinos, Luchadores in particular. Ironically, his partner in APA was a former Black Muslim.
** Over the years he's [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] the ''hell'' out of this trope, siding with almost all the heels, even the nonwhite or foreign ones. Then again, he despised Sylvan Grenier for being French-Canadian, despite Grenier being a heel. Then ''again'', he was a big fan of (also French-Canadian) Maryse Ouellet, and was even inspired to learn French by his adoration of her (of course, she ''was'' smoking hot). And he was sexually titillated by Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez despite Melina being Mexican-American and looking it. When Michael Cole pointed out that he disliked Mexicans, JBL rationalized this by retorting: "JohnWayne had a Mexican wife; why couldn't I?" Basically, depending on the situation, he's whatever will make him out to be a StrawHypocrite.
* PowerStable: The Cabinet

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: As JBL, he's incredibly misogynistic (albeit in the mostly harmless, leering sort of way [[AllMenArePerverts most men tend to be guilty of]]) and racist against Asians and Latinos, Luchadores in particular. Ironically, his partner in APA was a former Black Muslim.
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Muslim. Over the years years, however, he's [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed the ''hell'' out of this trope, siding with almost all the heels, even the nonwhite or foreign ones. Then again, he despised Sylvan Grenier for being French-Canadian, despite Grenier being a heel. Then ''again'', he was a big fan of (also French-Canadian) Maryse Ouellet, and was even inspired to learn French by his adoration of her (of course, she ''was'' smoking hot). And he was sexually titillated by Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez despite Melina being Mexican-American and looking it. When Michael Cole pointed out that he disliked Mexicans, JBL rationalized this by retorting: "JohnWayne had a Mexican wife; why couldn't I?" Basically, depending on the situation, he's whatever will make him out to be a StrawHypocrite.
* PowerStable: PowerStable:
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The CabinetCabinet.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After losing the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship]] to [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXV'', Bradshaw announced that he had quit WWE.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After losing the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship]] to [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]] at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXV'', Bradshaw announced that he had quit WWE.



* * ShownTheirWork: JBL is a veritable gold mine of old school wrestling knowledge, and will often make note of a wrestler's success outside of WWE, such as his referencing the Primo & Epico's success as multi-time tag champs in Puerto Rico, Tensai being a highly accomplished tag team star in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, and whenever someone goes for a lariat, he'll mention Wrestling/StanHansen (its innovator) and will make mention of Wrestling/BruiserBrody when someone hits a big running knee drop to the chest. This has helped his reputation as one the great color commentators of the modern era.

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* * ShownTheirWork: JBL is a veritable gold mine of old school wrestling knowledge, and will often make note of a wrestler's success outside of WWE, such as his referencing the Primo & Epico's success as multi-time tag champs in Puerto Rico, Tensai being a highly accomplished tag team star in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, and whenever someone goes for a lariat, he'll mention Wrestling/StanHansen (its innovator) and will make mention of Wrestling/BruiserBrody when someone hits a big running knee drop to the chest. This has helped his reputation as one the great color commentators of the modern era.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: With gusto. If he sees an opportunity to verbally eviscerate someone, he will. A recent example was during his 2012 commentary stint when, before a ''Smackdown'' show, the referees were taking their sweet time to set up the ring ropes. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X9qgp4mYvk Fear JBL's wrath.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: With gusto. If he sees an opportunity to verbally eviscerate someone, he will. A recent example was during his 2012 commentary stint when, before a ''Smackdown'' ''[=SmackDown=]'' show, the referees were taking their sweet time to set up the ring ropes. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X9qgp4mYvk Fear JBL's wrath.]]
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