Just when it felt like there had been no news on the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2020 for quite a while, no less than four new inductees have reportedly been announced.
WWE fans already knew who the two headline acts were as they were confirmed back in December, those being ‘The Animal’ Batista and the collective foursome of the nWo, consisting of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and X-Pac.
And in the last week, more names have been reported to have been confirmed to be inducted in Tampa on April 2, including The Bella Twins and Jushin Thunder Liger.
And just yesterday Dave Meltzer reported that The British Bulldog’s place in the Hall of Fame was finally going to be made official this year after years of being overlooked by WWE.
The sixth reported inductee to this year’s class could make it collectively the best inducted group of all time.
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As reported exclusively by WrestlingInc, John Bradshaw Layfield is set for his induction this year.
Layfield joined WWE in 1995 but only really started to become prominent over three years later, when he teamed up with Faarooq as The Acolytes and ended up joining Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness.
His rise in popularity started though when the pair became rebranded babyfaces in 1999 as the beer-drinking, poker-playing APA.
When Faarooq stopped wrestling in 2004, Layfield became the biggest heel on SmackDown as he was re-branded as JBL – a move which replicated his real-life financial success and he became much more arrogant and controversial in the process.
JBL was the top heel on SmackDown for many months before being dethroned by John Cena, and he would continue to compete until 2006, where he took nearly two years out of the ring due to a back injury and started commentating for the blue brand.
Layfield became the 20th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history when he won the Intercontinental Championship in 2009, but after losing to Rey Mysterio in 21 seconds at WrestleMania 25, he retired from the ring for good.
JBL returned to commentary years later and made sporadic special appearances, but allegations of bullying due to then-SmackDown commentator Mauro Ranallo leaving WWE almost ruined his legacy that he built with the company.
They were never proven and his legacy remains intact, but for his in-ring work and accomplishments alone, JBL is very deserving of his apparent place in the Hall of Fame this year.