WWE: JBL Reflects on Historic Career and Incredible Journey Ahead

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2012

JBL, WWE Smackdown Superstar during 'See No Evil' Premiere - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
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As one of the most polarizing figures in WWE history, former champion John Bradshaw Layfield’s journey to the top is not over. While the wrestling has come and gone, the adventure ahead for the future Hall of Famer will be just as rewarding.

JBL sat down with the boys of Ring Rust Radio to break down his illustrious career and what’s next for the man they called Bradshaw.

It’s been a few years since JBL was in the WWE, and his life after his wrestling career has been absolutely amazing. Not only is the man lucky enough to live in Bermuda year round, he has given his time and money to contribute to Beyond Rugby Bermuda.

Not only is he a major financial asset to the organization, he has taken on the role on mentor and is getting his hands dirty making differences in children’s lives.


The next quest for the veteran wrestler to tackle is the Seven Summits. His journey will take him to each of the tallest summits on all seven continents, with all the money raised going to the children that need it most.

Besides the great things that Bradshaw is doing for the kids in Bermuda, the talk during the interview quickly turned to the former WWE champion’s memorable career.

Starting from his time with Ron Simmons, the former WWE star talks about the hardships he faced along the way and the relationship it built with his best friend. Layfield calls his induction of Ron Simmons into the WWE Hall of Fame one of the greatest moments of his life.

Bradshaw was asked about the WWE and why they thrive, which launched the financial specialist into a conversation that exposes the truth about why companies like TNA will never be the major success the WWE has become.

Who knew something as simple as long-term planning could turn a little promotion into the biggest wrestling company in the world?

JBL went on to talk about how X-Pac was a great wrestler, how John Cena was going to be great before most others did and about Paul Heyman and his infamous jab. With Heyman’s surprise return to WWE, this is a topic of conversation you absolutely can’t miss!

To finish the show, JBL talked about a possible return to WWE and how both parties are open to the idea. While nothing is imminent, the possibility is there.

With WWE bringing back more and more veterans and JBL being in great shape for the Seven Summits, I know I speak for many fans why I say he would be a welcomed back addition, if only for his mic skills alone.

Layfield has full career of great wrestling history under his belt and a post-wrestling life that is making the world a legitimately better place, and there is no doubt that JBL should be a WWE Hall of Famer.


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