JBL is the latest inductee of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The former world and tag-team champion will join The Bella Twins, Batista, NWO and Sean Waltman to take his place in sports-entertainment history the night before Wrestlemania 36 in Tampa, Florida. Also Read - WWE WrestleMania 36, Day 2 Full Results: Drew McIntyre Overcomes Brock Lesnar To Win WWE Championship
JBL began his WWE career in 1995 as the Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw and developed his finishing move The Clothesline From Hell, a version of a lariat that would take the head off his opponents. After the gimmick did not work out, Bradshaw joined fellow Hall of Famer Ron “Farooq” Simmons to become part of The Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness. Also Read - WWE WrestleMania 36, Day 1 Full Results: The Undertaker Beats AJ Styles; Braun Strowman Decimates Goldberg
However, once the faction was demolished, Bradshaw and Farooq created the force called the APA – The Acolytes Protection Agency and went on to win the three tag-team championships together. After Simmons ride into the sunset, Bradshaw’s character morphed into a more sophisticated, businessman-style gimmick – the one he would end his career with – John Bradshaw Layfield. Also Read - INTERVIEW - Extremely Thankful For My Connection With Fans: WWE Superstar Lana
Riding a Limousine decorated with a bull horn, Bradshaw went on to become Smackdown’s longest-reigning WWE champion when he defeated Eddie Guerrero in a strap match. He held the title for 280 days during which he defeated the likes of Undertaker, Big Show, Booker T and others before dropping the title to John Cena at WrestleMania 21. The “Wrestling God” also completed the Triple Crown by winning the Intercontinental and United States Championships during his nearly two decades before retiring.
He had his final wrestling match against Rey Mysterio before retiring from in-ring competition. Yet, despite walking away from the ring, JBL did not walk away from the WWE, serving the next few years as broadcaster along with Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. He may not longer be permanent on the announce table, JBL continues to be associated with the WWE and makes sporadic appearances.