-->''[[BadassBoast I am who I say that I am! And I am a wrestling.....]] [[AGodAmI GOD!]]''
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'''John Bradshaw Layfield''' is a retired [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]], who wrestled in Wrestling/{{WWE}} from the mid-90s, up until 2009, when he announced his retirement after ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXV''. He made various one off appearances, one of them being on the [[MilestoneCelebration 1000th episode of RAW]], and would take Wrestling/JerryLawler's place at commentary when the former recuperated from a heart attack, and then moved to be a permanent commentator on both Raw and Smackdown.

Outside the ring, he is a successful stock broker and a financial analyst, first for {{MSNBC}}, and later, FoxNewsChannel. He wrote a book called "Have More Money Now" (released in 2003), which is about him being involved in the stock market trade. And he, along with Wrestling/MichaelCole, also hosts two shows, one is a (mostly) political podcast, [[TheEponymousShow The John Layfield and Michael Cole Show]] and another that's more comedy oriented called the JBL and Cole Show.

You can learn more about his career at TheOtherWiki.
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!!'''We about to have us a flying trope, Maggle!:'''

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: When he lost the WWE Championship, JBL hired MNM's image consultant, Wrestling/JillianHall, to turn his fortunes around. She boosted his confidence by changing his entrance to include what she thought would get the biggest CheapPop in the whatever area Smackdown was in. This was taken to its extreme when JBL beat Chris Benoit for the United States Championship. Jillian brought in what was supposedly the Charlene High School marching band, upgraded JBL's limo to a ''hummer limo'', showered him with a ludicrous amount of balloons and played pomp em circumstance instead of his usual theme! But ''champion'' JBL was harder to please. He demanded horns, strings, tenors, champagne and the New York Philharmonic, deriding the band she got as inner city refugees from a Big Brother program. Then berated her for accidentally hitting him with a cage door when she helped him win that championship, fired her, scolded himself for trusting a woman to think and told the audience they were whipped but he could handle his property.
* AffablyEvil: During his GloryDays of 2004-2005, the JBL character was actually pretty likable for a heel, with colorful gimmicks and still enough of his [[BoisterousBruiser old Bradshaw persona]] to seem funny and cool. Definitely as a color commentator, although there he's more a DesignatedVillain.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/{{Batista}} and [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]].
** Arguably, Wrestling/TheMiz in RealLife.
** The Godwinns, in his New Blackjacks phase
* TheArtifact: The "Bradshaw" in John Bradshaw Layfield comes from his early days in the WWF as Justin Hawk Bradshaw and later when he was just Bradshaw in the Acolytes. Likewise his finishing move the Clothesline From Hell, comes from his day in the satanic themed Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness. The move has been renamed to "...from Texas" or "...from Wall Street" occasionally but reverts back to the original name shortly thereafter, probably because neither "...from Texas" nor "...from Wall Street" seem particularly intimidating.
* BackToBackBadasses[=/=]BashBrothers: With [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq/Ron Simmons]], in the ring and in RealLife.
* BadassMustache: From the New Blackjacks run until he became JBL.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: JBL said he hoped to make history at WrestleMania 25 against ReyMysterio. Cue JBL losing the Intercontinental Title in record time and quitting in anger, being the first man in WWE history to quit at WrestleMania.
* BerserkButton: Don't ''ever'' tip or spill the APA's beer.
** As a commentator, he delivered what was ironically some of his ''funniest'' work by ranting and raving against Vito [=LoGrasso's=] crossdressing gimmick.
** He also went off on long rants against Wrestling/TheMiz during Miz's early days in WWE, where he insulted everything from Miz's reality-show background to the haircut that, in JBL's words, "makes him look like a [[Series/LandOfTheLost Sleestak]]!"
** Apparently, he also doesn't like it when a Heel's car is trashed. When he sees this, he roars that the person who trashed the car should be arrested.
* BestBeerEver: During his APA days.
* BigDamnHeroes[=/=]TheCavalry: Frequently as a member of the APA.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Temporarily as JBL, although he was always more of a dark blond.
* BreakupBreakout: After the APA's second breakup in 2004, Bradshaw reinvented himself as John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL).
* 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).
** Hell, Edge mentioned JBL soaping his ass before. He said that JBL did stuff like this to weed out any drama queens in the locker room; Edge said he was fine with it, because at least "no knuckles disappeared".
* CallBack: As a wrestler, his finisher was the vicious Clothesline From Hell (later renamed "Clothesline From Wall Street" to fit his stock-trader character), a simple yet crushing maneuver that floored EVERYONE that it hit. As a commentator, when a wrestler in a match hits a big clothesline, expect JBL to lose his shit with a "WOW!" and/or "WHAT A CLOTHESLINE!". It's by far the one move that amps him up the most on commentary.
* {{CatchPhrase}}: See above quote, and also, since becoming a commentator:
** For Friday Night Smackdown: "We fight on Friday nights!"
** "This doesn't end well..." - Pretty much his version of ThisIsGonnaSuck, when a superstar is caught in an unfavorable situation.
** "Ball game!" - When a wrestler hits their FinishingMove - usually (at least on weekly TV) signals the end of a match.
** "'''SUPERMAN PUNCH!'''" - Whenever [[Wrestling/TheShield Roman Reigns]] use this particular move.
** "GOOD GRIEF!" - Usually for a particularly impactful strike, mostly big clotheslines or kicks
* CombatPragmatist: Was ''definitely'' one in his in-ring career, which is probably why he usually condones these types of actions on commentary, if not applauding them outright.
* CoolCar: As John "Bradshaw" Layfield.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: As John "Bradshaw" Layfield.
* DirtyCoward: As JBL.
* EraSpecificPersonality: During his first years in the WWF and in Japan, Bradshaw was known as Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw. During the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, he was part of the [[BashBrothers Acolytes]] with Faarooq and managed to be upper midcard {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s and tag team favorites. During the Brand Extension Era, he shifted into JBL and was a ''massively'' hated heel.
* [[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.
** While he normally supports wrestlers, especially the heels, 'make a statement' with an attack, if a guy appears to go out of his way to injure or maim outside of a match, JBL will call him on it. For example, even he felt Wrestling/{{Ryback}} puting Wrestling/KofiKingston through ''three'' tables for that reason was going too far and stated there's no reason for it.
** 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.
** After Wrestling/KofiKingston defeated Randy in a match and Randy blew up and took out his frustration on John Cena's ''father'', JBL was flat out disgusted by Randy's actions.
** During [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar Brock Lesnar's]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Wrestling/JohnCena at Summerslam '14, 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 [[ButtMonkey 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.
** When he went from Bradshaw to JBL.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Though it should be noted he actually ''is'' a millionaire in real life.
* 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.
* FunWithAcronyms: Fans would hold up signs reading "Just Born Loser" whenever JBL appeared.
* GeniusBruiser: By his own admission, waving around his book as proof when he was the challenging Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship.
* 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.
* HesBack: As a commentator filling in for Wrestling/JerryLawler for a while before Wrestling/JimRoss filled that role. He then started commentating on Smackdown alongside Josh Matthews. Also has a [=YouTube=] show.
* HiddenDepths: Yes, the redneck professional wrestler has worked for both MSNBC and Fox Business as a financial advisor.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** As a commentator, he scolds Michael Cole and Josh Matthews for complaining about whatever heels do, but then HE complains about what the faces do.
** 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!
* IHaveManyNames: John Hawk, Texas Hawk, Death Mask, Justin Hawk Bradshaw, Blackjack Bradshaw, Bradshaw, John "Bradshaw" Layfield.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: [[NoSell No-sold]] [[Characters/WWEDivas Terri Runnels]]' flashing him during the APA-Radicals (Wrestling/DeanMalenko and Wrestling/PerrySaturn) match on the May 21, 2001 Raw where the APA beat up Saturn as his punishment for stiffing {{Jobber}} Mike Bell on the May 12 episode of ''[[{{BShow}} Jakked]]''.
* InsaneTrollLogic: His usual rants that support heels are this.
** Some of his best arguments as a commentator have been:
*** Claiming Alberto Del Rio has supported Ricardo Rodriquez his entire life. (Rodriquez started working in the WWE in 2010.)
*** Claiming that if the Shield attacked someone, then they MUST have done something unjust.
*** Alternatively claiming Alberto Del Rio is and isn't an illegal immigrant.
*** During the Raw episode on December 2nd, 2013, he said that Daniel Bryan was wrong to turn down the Wyatt Family's (a band of cultists, mind you) 'kind offer' to join them. Said offer was delivered by the Wyatts ''kidnapping him'' during the last Raw.
* 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.
** He was also right to side with Damien Sandow against Cody Rhodes after Sandow supposedly "screwed" Rhodes out of a Money in the Bank Ladder Match victory, since Sandow indeed won fair and square (within the parameters of the match, that is) and Rhodes ''was'' a massively poor loser despite getting cheered by the fans for this. (Of course, Sandow ''did'' claim that he would be happy to see Rhodes win the match, but that isn't necessarily a lie.)
*** To be fair, the announcers were largely the ones claiming it was theft, Rhodes himself said his actions were because it was the final straw in dealing with Sandow's condescending and conceited nature.
* 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.
** There are also accusations that Bradshaw, alongside with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/BobHolly, were stiffing the rookies, and that his most vocal critics refer to him as a bully.
** His massive hazing of WWE rookies was verified by Wrestling/TheMiz.
** According to Wrestling/{{Edge}}'s autobiography, Bradshaw's hazing was a test to "weed out the prima donnas", and to see if they really are committed to the business. Edge has experience; Bradshaw once soaped Edge's ass in the shower, but Edge said he took it in stride.
** TheDogBitesBack: When Bradshaw tried hazing Wrestling/SteveBlackman, Blackman (who was a legitimate black belt in karate) [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments roundhouse kicked him in the head and knocked him unconscious]].
*** Another case took place in 2006-2007, when former Wrestling/{{ECW}} announcer Wrestling/JoeyStyles punched out a ''drunken'' JBL during a tour.
* LegacyCharacter: Briefly packaged as "Vampiro Americano" in Mexico to capitalize on the at-the-time massively popular Vampiro Canadiense.
* LightIsNotGood: Wears a white hat as JBL, his most overtly {{Heel}} persona.
* 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.
* NiceHat: Black cowboy hat as Blackjack Bradshaw of the New Blackjacks, white hat as JBL.
* TheNicknamer: At ''No Mercy'' 2006, JBL, then a Smackdown color commentator, called Montel Vontavious Porter or MVP (in his debut match) a "Franchise/{{Power Ranger|s}}" due to his costume design. The fans picked up on what JBL said, and began chanting "POWER RANGER!" at MVP.
-->'''JBL''': I wanna slap that smile right off his face. He hasn't busted a grape. He comes here, calling himself MVP, dressed like a Bud Light can, stole that outfit from a damn Power Ranger, and he walks around strutting IN A RING THAT I'VE BLED, SWEAT, AND BUSTED MY ASS IN!
* NouveauRiche: Since 2004, and with all the negative connotations that trope brings.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: As part of the APA - They didn't give a crap about ''why'' you hired them, only if you paid them.
* 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
** In his early years in Texas, he was a member of the GWF version of Devastation Inc. and of the International Playaz Club.
** The Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness and [[Wrestling/TheCorporation the Corporate Ministry]].
* PowerTrio: Seems to be part of one on the usual three-man Smackdown commentary team, taking the role of TheId whilst Cole plays TheSuperego (no jokes, please) and Josh Matthews plays TheEgo.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: He's become this to Wrestling/TripleH, Zeb Coulter, and other heels he likes.
* 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.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Before his retirement, Layfield was very close to [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Again, JBL.
* SharpDressedMan: From 2004 onwards
* * 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.
* SimpleYetAwesome: The Clothesline From Hell.
* 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
* SmugSnake: Was [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Champion]] for almost a year, and reportedly the worst-drawing champion since [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]], and could not win a match clean to save his life. It didn't stop him from bragging at every opportunity.
* StealthInsult: Gives one to Josh Matthews often.
* TagTeam:
** The Texas Mustangs, w/Bobby Duncum Jr. in the GWF in Dallas.
** The New Blackjacks, w/Barry Windham
** The Acolytes/APA, w/Faarooq.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: his hair is a lighter shade of brown though
* 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.]]
* TroubledAbuser: Possibly; it could be that whatever Blanchard (and perhaps others) did to him when he was a rookie contributed to him later becoming a locker room bully himself.
* WorthyOpponent: Wrestling/EddieGuerrero.
* [[AGodAmI A Wrestling God Am I]]
* WrestlingDoesntPay: Averted, as his "JBL" persona is based on his real-life job as a stock broker.
** Implied during his time as an announcer, talking about how guys like Wrestling/WilliamRegal, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, and himself wrestled more for the art than for "chicks or TV."
* WrestlingFamily: His uncle is 2006 WWE Hall of Famer [[Wrestling/TheBlackjacks Blackjack Lanza]].
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