Latest Name Announced For WWE Hall Of Fame

JBL was announced as the latest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame for 2020 during WWE Backstage tonight.

JBL joins Batista, The Bella Twins and nWo members Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman and Kevin Nash in the 2020 class.

JBL rose to prominence when he joined fellow WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons in a tag team known as The Acolytes. Bradshaw and Simmons served as enforcers for The Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness, ensuring The Phenom’s will was done and bulldozing anyone who stood in their way.

But when The Ministry disbanded, Bradshaw and Simmons stuck together, showing a little entrepreneurship in the process. The two opened The Acolytes Protection Agency, renting out their services as bodyguards to anyone who could pony up the cash to keep the cold ones coming. The APA always had a line out of their makeshift office door, whether it was Superstars looking for protection or someone looking to get in on their rowdy poker games. The two heavy hitters also racked up three reigns as World Tag Team Champions along the way.

After the APA disbanded, embracing his success on the stock market, John “Bradshaw” Layfield traded in his sleeveless tee and jeans for a white cowboy hat and suit, along with a limousine with bull horns attached to the hood. Though the WWE Universe was not thrilled with the shocking change, it proved to be the jolt that the Texan needed. The tycoon became an immediate contender for the WWE Championship, and defeated Eddie Guerrero at The Great American Bash 2004 in a Texas Bull Rope Match to win the title. JBL held onto the championship until WrestleMania the following year, where he was dethroned by John Cena.

JBL went on to capture the Intercontinental and United States Championships, becoming one of the few Superstars that can call themselves a Triple Crown winner. He hung up his boots after WrestleMania 25 in 2009, he did not stay away from WWE for long. He returned in 2012, this time as a color commentator, lending his expertise on the mat game to give the WWE Universe unique insight. After stints calling the action on Raw and SmackDown, as well as a turn as NXT’s General Manager, JBL left WWE to focus on his charity work with at-risk kids and communities through organizations like Beyond Rugby Bermuda and Beyond Sport, where he was named a Global Ambassador.

You can view the announcement in the tweets below.

 

S.A.M.’s Spiel: All the stuff you have heard about JBL backstage aside, his career is certainly one that is deserving of a WWE Hall of Fame nod. He was a top heel during his run on Smackdown and had great feuds with the late Eddie Guerrero and John Cena. JBL does join a rather decent class in 2020 and I am sure that JBL will want Ron Simmons to induct him given how close of friends they are and what each meant to each other’s respectful careers in WWE.