WWE news: John Bradshaw Layfield will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year

The rumoured class of 2020 for the WWE Hall of Fame looked to be pretty stacked, and it seems as though the speculation was all true.

That’s because another one of the names that had been talked about as heading to Tampa for the ceremony has been confirmed as entering.

WWE Backstage advertised that they would be welcoming the latest entrant into the Hall of Fame onto their show, and it was none-other than John Bradshaw Layfield.

JBL’s WWE career started in 1995 as Justin ‘Hawk’ Bradshaw, but it wouldn’t be until he formed a close bond with veteran Ron Simmons – then known as Faarooq – where he would get a chance to show what he could really do.

As part of The Acolytes, which went on to be re-named the APA, Bradshaw and Faarooq turned from a dark duo with occult messages on their chests to beer-drinking, poker-playing fan favourites, and they won the Tag Team Championships three times.

But his best moments were still to come, as in 2004 Simmons stepped away from the ring, leaving Bradshaw to step into the role of the top heel superstar on SmackDown, which was vacated by Brock Lesnar.

JBL became perhaps one of the most hated stars in years, and held onto his first WWE Championship for eight months, before he put John Cena over at WrestleMania 21.

Layfield would of course retire in 2009 and made a move into full-time commentary, but he’s also been busy outside of WWE, working with various charities around the world.

His former nemesis Cena appeared on WWE Backstage last night via video package to congratulate JBL, and stated that he was grateful for the things he did to help elevate his career.

With JBL now officially in, that means four of the rumoured six inductees have been announced – along with the Bella Twins, Batista and the nWo.

We are just Jushin Thunder Liger and The British Bulldog away from getting a whole class confirmed, and that’s a pretty strong line-up.

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