John Bradshaw Layfield has proven to be a great ambassador for the WWE.
Who would’ve thought the beer drinking, brawling Bradshaw of the Acolytes/APA would turn out to be such a great ambassador? Who would’ve guessed his Wall Street gimmick would stand the test of time?
JBL retired after WrestleMania 25, losing the Intercontinental title to Rey Mysterio in a short match. Due to various injuries piling up, JBL called it quits. He did return to the WWE to call matches for Ohio Valley Wrestling. He also returned sporadically for appearances, including furthering the Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler feud and reuniting for one-night-only with Farooq of the APA.
It wasn’t until Lawler’s unfortunate heart attack that brought Layfield back to the WWE’s announcer team. Since then, all three men work together to broadcast WWE Monday Night Raw. Layfield also does double duty with Cole and Josh Matthews for SmackDown.
It’s not what JBL has done inside the WWE that’s made him great. It’s what he’s done outside.
JBL went on a summit to climb the tallest mountains for charity. He started climbing the Seven Summits in July of 2012 to raise money for the Family Centre in Bermuda. This charity provides supportive intervention services for children who suffer from abuse, neglect and other emotional challenges. ESPN.com covered JBL’s trip as well.
Among the mountains he scaled were Mount Elbrus in Russia and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. JBL put the flags of the WWE on top, showing his heart will always be in the WWE.
It’s hard to believe a man who had a reputation as a bully would become a charitable person. He’s a guy that doesn’t need to climb mountains. JBL’s made his money with the WWE and as a part-time analyst for FOX News. This is a man that WANTS to do this.
John Bradshaw Layfield is a great ambassador who exemplifies what the WWE hopes every wrestler can become: a man who gives back to charity.