10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About JBL

Be a STAR? Not in any sense of the term...


John Bradshaw Layfield had a rather improbable rise to the upper echelon of WWE.

For years, he played a cowboy character; then, he was paired with Ron Simmons and the two became The A.P.A., satanic minions turned muscle for hire. In neither of those roles did JBL particularly thrill anybody or turn any heads, but in 2004, he was repackaged as a rich Texan and immediately levelled Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship. Many fans resented the quick turn of fortune, and his 10-month reign with the belt severely hurt interest in what had been a white-hot Smackdown product. Eventually, JBL settled into a cushy job as a color commentator, where he remains today.

This article is about none of that.

Though there are undoubtedly a good deal of embarrassing and better-off-forgotten moments in JBL's career, this article focuses solely on John Layfield the man - the man who has been at the center of much controversy over the course of the past 15 years, to put it politely. A more accurate statement would be that JBL has been derided repeatedly for bullying and hazing coworker after coworker, making WWE a miserable working environment for many...

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Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried. *Best Crowd of the Year, 2013