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Heartwarming / John "Bradshaw" Layfield

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  • JBL was the guy who thought of the annual WWE Tribute to the Troops, lobbying until Vince McMahon accepted the idea. During Tribute to the Troops 2012, this was finally acknowledged.
  • The immense warmth and respect with which he recalls his rivalry with Eddie Guerrero on the 2009 Viva La Raza DVD.
  • His induction speech for Heterosexual Life Partner Ron Simmons at the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame.
  • An in-character moment: his Cabinet encouraging him before his title defense against Booker T, Eddie Guerrero and The Undertaker at WWE Armageddon 2004. In return, JBL showed true gratefulness, especially to Orlando Jordan.
    Orlando Jordan: "Champ ... you've got this one, man."
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  • According to interviews, The JBL and Cole Show was specifically designed by JBL to provide a showcase for WWE talent he felt was underutilized, such as Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett and Heath Slater. While other backstage stories paint JBL very unflatteringly, it is impressive that at a stage of his career where he had nothing left to prove he still actively tried to help younger talent get over.
  • As a commentator JBL was a constant and vocal critic of Smackdown GM Teddy Long, often crossing over into Insane Troll Logic in doing so. So how does JBL react to Long returning on the 10/10/2014 Smackdown? With total delight (repeating "That's my man!" as Long came down the ramp), leaving the commentators' booth while imitating Long's signature dance, then crossing over to him and enthusiastically shaking his hand before he gets in the ring. Cole even comments he hasn't seen JBL that excited since the aforementioned induction of Ron Simmons into the HoF.
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  • When Dolph Ziggler superkicked Jerry Lawler on the January 17th 2017 episode of SmackDown, JBL didn't hesitate for a second to leave the commentary booth to check on him.
  • Outside the ring, JBL runs a Beyond Rugby Bermuda, a foundation that helps kids in Bermuda (where he resides now) by teaching them Rugby Union and using it as an alternative to gangs and gang violence.

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