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John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) is reportedly set to be inducted into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame.

Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc first reported the news.

JBL is a former WWE Champion, Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion, and three-time Tag Team Champion alongside Faarooq (Ron Simmons). Simmons was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

JBL last wrestled in the 2014 Royal Rumble as a surprise appearance. His last singles match took place against Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 25. JBL lost the bout and announced his retirement the day after. He served as the special guest commentator for the 2019 Men's Royal Rumble match.

As of now, the only confirmed inductees into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame class are the New World Order (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, & Sean Waltman) and Batista. Other names reportedly set to be inducted include The Bella Twins (Nikki & Brie Bella), Jushin "Thunder" Liger, and "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is scheduled for April 2 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The ceremony is part of the WrestleMania 36 weekend festivities.

Mauro to induct him?
 

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Smackdown was abysmal during his championship run, but it wasn't his fault. He played a great heel and did great promo work. The problem was he jumped into the main event scene out of nowhere, without being built up at all and won the title. It felt like a lower mid carder was holding the belt. But I think his overall performance once he became JBL makes him deserving of a HOF induction.
 

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JBL's someone I appreciated a ton more watching the Ruthless Aggression Era for the second time over the last couple of years on the Network. He was a true heel, and the care they took in elevating him from tag wrestler to credible main event superstar had a level of depth WWE just don't have in their booking these days. People think he was just instantly crowned this big main eventer after being a midcard/tag guy for so long, and while yes, he got the belt quickly, there was a long on-screen maturation process for JBL as a character and main event wrestler.

He beat Eddie with some shenanigans in the Bullrope Match, he was the ultimate chickenshit against Undertaker running away and getting DQed. Then in the feud with Booker T, he was still cheating, using Orlando Jordan and whatever other fuckery he could get away with, but he started holding his own and getting the upper hand in some exchanges. Then at Armageddon 2004, in a Fatal 4 Way with Eddie, Booker and Taker, he got his moments to shine. This continued in the Big Show and Cena feuds- while he often won through shady means, he got credible offense as well. This meant that post-title reign, JBL was able to continue as an occasional main eventer and upper midcarder, holding his own with the likes of Lashley, Benoit and Finlay.

About time he goes in the Hall of Fame. The man behind the character by many accounts isn't a great person, but as a pro wrestler he did enough to earn the accolade, far more than many in there. The only real cut-off for the HOF from a real life human standpoint is Benoit- murdering people is a bit worse than some backstage hazing. Also, people that are really against JBL going in because he's a bit of a prick, I hope you kept that same energy for Stone Cold and Hulk Hogan- the former beat his wife and the latter was a racist (as well as being something of a backstage bully in the way he politicked to keep his top spot).
 

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Ehh.. This is a hard one.
The guy is a huge piece of shit and deserves zero recognition.
As a wrestler, he was okay but had a good enough character at the time to be a main figure of that Smackdown era.
 

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About the damn time, IMO he's one of the most underrated heels in WWE history, loved his role in JBL and Cole show
 
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