JBL Discusses Eddie Guerrero’s Impact On His Career, Inventing WWE’s Tribute To The Troops, More

Arda Ocal sent in the following:

Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of The Score Television Network had a chance to speak to former WWE superstar John “Bradshaw” Layfield, in an exclusive interview. Highlights:

-JBL talks about Eddie’s role in getting him over in the WWE:
“Eddie and I were really good friends. Eddie wanted the JBL character to succeed very badly. When I first started, I had been a mid-card to an upper-mid card guy my whole career. I filled in a few main events, but I was not a main event guy. People just weren’t buying the JBL character, it was forced down on them. It was one day I was Bradshaw and the next day I was JBL, with a cowboy hat in a world title match- people just didn’t buy it. Eddie really took that personal and he took it upon himself to get me over… His brother [Chavo] was a huge instrumental piece of what we did during that time. That’s when we came up with the heart attack angle with his mother and that’s when we came up with the immigration, back and forth over the border. A lot of that was Eddie, Chavo and I sitting around in the dressing room talking. If it hadn’t been for Eddie I don’t think the JBL character would have ever worked.”

-JBL gives an update about his up coming climbs:

“I got Kilimanjaro next which is the easiest of the seven summits. It’s very high, 19,000 feet, but it’s the easiest of the seven summits…. Some of these mountains, Aconcagua and Vincent, when you’re climbing, you got to be climbing the whole time. At Russia, we had a little bit of down time, that’s why I chose it, so I could learn mountain skills. I didn’t even know how to put cramps on when I got there. I learned a lot.”

-How he pitched the idea of “Tribute to the Troops” to Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn

The video is embedded below:

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  • Dave Barton

    No matter how much he praises Eddy, how much charity he does, or how patriotic he is, I still can’t get past him being a locker room bully. He’s the last person WWE should ever send to their Be A Star events.

  • Mikey d

    I never heard that about being a locker room bully. What sort of things was he doing?

    • Richard

      He hazed Dave Barton’s favorite wrestler The Miz in the past.

      • Dave Barton

        Miz is far from my favorite wrestler…but to answer Mikey's question, feel free to google JBL and hazing, you'll get alot more info than I can write about.

      • Mikey d

        Hahaha

    • http://www.12ozprophet.com Dangerous Lee

      He also threw a cheap shot at Blue Meanie at One Night Stand 2005 that left him bloody.

  • Bogusstang

    He’s the best

  • David Snay

    Just ask Joey Styles about how to handle JBL when he gets so obnoxious, LOL. I would of loved to have seen that. In case you don't know what I am talking about, on one of the tours in Iraq (I believe it was in 2008) JBL had been giving Joey a hard time for a few days. A man can only take so much, so Joey threw a punch, knocked JBL on his keester, and gave him a black eye. From what I understand, JBL was pretty quiet the rest of the tour after that humiliation. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!