YMMV: John Bradshaw Layfield

  • Dude, Not Funny!: At a house show in Germany in 2004, JBL, in an attempt to get heel heat, did the Nazi salute while goose-steeping in the ring. That act resulted in his firing from his MSNBC commentary role.
    • During his 2012 return to commentary, he made false comments about Carlos Colon (father of Carlito and Primo, uncle of Epico) owing him money that deeply offended the Colon family. He has since apologized and refrained from making similar remarks about other wrestlers. Interestingly enough, an earlier, more scathing attack on Mil Mascaras (uncle of Alberto Del Rio haven't brought up as much controversy, though other stars such as WWE Hall of Famer "Classy" Freddie Blassie, Mick Foley and Chris Jericho all slammed Mascaras in their books, saying they hated working with him.
    • In a moment of this trope directed at someone else, the Ultimate Warrior in 2005 once called former wrestler Droz a cripple, due to him being left quadriplegic after a truly horrible botch. In response, JBL called him a "piece of shit".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Both as an Acolyte and as a color commentator, especially his current run using his old-school knowledge and having him take the heel-sympathizing role that has long been missed since Jerry Lawler abandoned it in favor of being neutral in the 2005 and face-leaning later on. note 
  • Fridge Horror: You know how JBL used to hate Tully Blanchard for bullying him in the earlier years of his career, yet he would justify the hazing he visited upon young wrestlers and non-wrestling veteran newcomers to WWE? Now look up studies correlating abuse suffered in one's formative years with likelihood of becoming an abuser later on in life.
  • Memetic Molester: Edge mentioned in his autobiography, Adam Copeland on Edge, that Bradshaw soaped his ass in a shower. The fandom picked up on this and took this out of context, implicating that Bradshaw might have raped some wrestlers.
  • Memetic Mutation: SHUT UP!
    • Do you remember <event>? JBL was there.
    • "Maggle": Popular online spelling of JBL's pronunciation of Michael Cole's name. Has turned into an Ascended Meme as JBL will sometimes spell it that way on Twitter.
  • X-Pac Heat: A lot of fans felt his title reign went on for too long. Hell before that a lot of fans thought his title reign should not have happened and before that called the breakup of the APA premature. Thankfully, Vince later bumped him to the commentary desk and allowed him to hone his rapport with Michael Cole — until he wore out his welcome there, too.
    Wrestle! Wrestle!: When Booker T isn't the worst one at the table, set the table on fire.