JBL was one of the most successful heel characters in modern WWE history. Layfield began his career in professional wrestling in the early 1990s, eventually signing a contract with the then World Wrestling Federation in January 1996.
During his long stint serving Vince McMahon, John won the WWE Championship once, the Intercontinental belt once, and the tag team title three times. He turns out to be the 10th all-time wrestler to have completed the Grand Slam in its original format.
Also for this reason, in 2021 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The highlight of his career was undoubtedly his 280 days as WWE Champion between June 2004 and April 2005. During a recent interview with 'Talking Tough', Bradshaw silenced the rumors of his possible return to the ring.
The 54-year-old, who hasn't played a match since 2009, worked for WWE as a commentator and analyst during PPV's pre-shows.
JBL will not return to the ring
“I strongly rule out my return to the ring, but I could re-enter the world of wrestling in a new way.
If I was offered to help some guy emerge, I would think about it very carefully and maybe I would accept. As for the possibility of seeing myself in the ring again, I have to answer with a sharp no, since the body does not allow me.
At the same time, I have always loved working with young talents. I really like to pass on my experience and my philosophy to superstars on the launch pad. If it were a heel character, it would fit perfectly” - explained JBL.
The role of manager would be problematic for John: “I'm too tall to be a manager. My height is higher than that of most wrestlers, so I could make my client look excessively small and run the risk of scaling him down." WWE is trying hard to put the huge crisis generated by the pandemic behind it.
John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) recently recalled that The Public Enemy was difficult to work with during their short spell in WWE. “They came in that day and they walked in the building at 5:30. The show started at like 6:30 or doors at 6:30.
They wouldn’t even come on time. They’d come late, they’d come walking in, they’d make a grand entrance coming in. They flaunted the rules. They didn’t show much respect at all when they came in. I think we kind of thought that was an outlier but we didn’t know because we didn’t see a lot of ECW because we were on the road every night,” JBL said.