JBL TRYOUT
Name
JBL
Real Name
John Layfield
Date of Birth
November 29, 1966
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1992
Davey Richards
"I never really wanted to go to WWE. The tryout there was awesome. It was really fun and I can't say enough good things and I learned a lot, but I told a few of the guys during the initial tryout with Eddie that this was not for me just because moving down to Orlando is not what I wanted to do and wrestling is not the only thing I want to do with my life. To give up everything and just live in that world is not my idea of a great life or a perfect life. TNA offered me to be able to wrestle with some of the best wrestlers in the world, I could be on television, I could go and entertain crowds but I could still come home and be Wes. I could be Davey, then I could be Wes. It was just better for me and I couldn't be happier in TNA it's been great." - Davey Richards on choosing TNA over WWE
April 14, 2014
Dixie Carter
Earlier this year, Shanna was given a tryout by TNA and many were under the belief that the independent wrestler was going to be signed by the company. While that has yet to happen, Shanna has let everyone know that she is still interested in showing up on Impact Wrestling some day. Dixie Carter has been signing several performers over the last few months.
March 16, 2014
Bill DeMott
Over the last couple of months, Joey Ryan has grown increasingly vocal about his tryout and dealings with WWE. While he does harbor some resentment towards Bill DeMott, he showed gratitude and respect towards William Regal, who asked him to move to Florida and work as a trainer in the developmental system for the company.
March 5, 2014
Kevin Steen
Earlier this year, it was reported that Kevin Steen, the longtime ROH star, would be doing a tryout for WWE, and it has now been confirmed that he will be doing so at the WWE Performance Center from March 24 to March 26. Several other independent wrestling stars are scheduled to be doing tryouts that week as well.
February 28, 2014
Great Khali
Despite having a lot of charisma, Joey Ryan was not signed to a developmental contract by WWE after his tryout match against Great Khali last year. He has now revealed that management informed him that they were not picking him up because he had recently left TNA. It was too soon for them to bring him on board, despite the fact that he would not be on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown for a while.
February 20, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
Kevin Steen
While everyone in the company is fully aware of his reputation as a performer on the independent wrestling circuit, WWE is said to be very curious as to what type of shape Kevin Steen will show up in for his tryout with the company. The belief is that if he does not show up in the best shape of his life, then management will more than likely pass on a contract.
February 15, 2014
Kevin Steen
Long viewed as one of the more talented performers on the independent wrestling circuit, it now appears that Kevin Steen will be getting his chance at a WWE contract. The former ROH heavyweight champion has been invited to do a tryout for the company. If all goes well, then he will join the developmental program.
February 13, 2014
Bobby Fulton
While most fans have probably never even heard of him, Bobby Fulton did get a brief stint in WWE. It was during the summer of 1997 when he was given tryout matches against Tommy Rogers, whom he teamed with as the Fantastics. He stated that Jim Cornette used them to convince Vince McMahon to start a light heavyweight division.
February 8, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

From the sounds of thing, Kenta Kobayashi doesn't seem like he is going to be signing a developmental contract with WWE after all. He has given the impression that he will be sticking with Pro Wrestling NOAH for the time being. Kobayashi has also downplayed the tryout by stating that it was informal.

February 5, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

After doing a tryout with WWE this week, Kenta Kobayashi is headed back to Japan, where he will be making a big announcement at the next Pro Wrestling Noah show, in regards to his future plans in the industry. Many believe that he will be signing a developmental deal and moving to the USA.

January 31, 2014
Davey Richards

On the Kevin Steen Show, Davey Richards was asked about his tryout with WWE. The newest TNA star stated that he did not want to sign the developmental deal because he was not keen on moving to Orlando. He also revealed that he turned down the contract, as opposed to being rejected as rumored.

January 31, 2014
CM Punk

Colt Cabana, a good friend of CM Punk in real life, was given another tryout not too long ago with WWE, but the company opted not to sign him to a contract just yet. It now appears that he is being considered for a possible role on the upcoming WWE Network.

January 29, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

Japanese star Kenta Kobayashi, the wrestler who made the Go 2 Sleep finisher internationally famous, could be signed to a developmental deal with WWE soon. He was recently spotted at the WWE Performance Center, where he was given a tryout by officials.

January 28, 2014
Colt Cabana

Since it has been a couple of months now since his tryout to be a commentator, it does not appear that Colt Cabana will be picked up by WWE anytime soon. Some are even speculating that the courtesy was extended as a favor to CM Punk.

January 16, 2014
Colt Cabana
On the Steve Austin podcast, Colt Cabana tried to downplay the fact that he has an announcer tryout with WWE in November.
October 27, 2013
JBL
A picture of WWE stars on the set of the Soup, a popular television show that makes fun of current events. Titus ONeil, JBL, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Dolph Ziggler, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella were recently guests on an episode.
April 12, 2014
Ron Simmons
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Vince McMahon
When word spread earlier this week that JBL was the one behind the Twitter account that mocks Vince McMahon, it bothered the former WWE heavyweight champion enough that he felt compelled to release a statement of denial. It has even gotten to the point where JBL has now started blocking fans on Twitter who are harassing him about it.
March 23, 2014
JBL
Yesterday, speculations arose that JBL was the man that was behind a Twitter account which frequently mocked Vince McMahon with backstage information that only people within the company would be aware of. The WWE commentator took to Facebook to post a long message, denying that he is involved in such a thing. Some still think it may be JBL.
March 20, 2014
Vince McMahon
For the longest time, people backstage in WWE have been trying to figure out who was behind a Vince McMahon parody account on Twitter, as a lot of the stuff being said was insider information. Speculations have arisen that JBL might be the culprit. If proven to be true, there could be massive backstage heat between the two, as McMahon is said to hate the account.
March 19, 2014
JBL
Even though they both participated in the public bashing of Jim Ross on Monday Night Raw, there is said to be no backstage heat towards JBL and Jerry Lawler because everyone is aware that they were only following orders from a vengeful Vince McMahon. Both JBL and Lawler really enjoy their jobs, so it made sense for them to do what McMahon demanded.
March 15, 2014
Vince McMahon
The relationship between Jim Ross and Vince McMahon has gotten worse. A lot of fans noticed recently that JBL and Jerry Lawler participated in a segment that bashed Ross. That was done because McMahon was upset with Ross for telling an embarrassing story about him that ended up being covered by TMZ. The jabs may continue in the coming weeks, depending on how McMahon feels.
March 14, 2014
CM Punk
"I don't know any facts on CM Punk. I had the honor of wrestling Punk in his first main events in WWE, including a cage match in Madison Square Garden. I have always enjoyed Punk and being around him. I certainly wish him the best. Hope he comes back, but whatever happens, my best to him." - JBL discussing the backstage heat situation involving CM Punk
March 8, 2014
JBL
On Monday Night Raw, the commentators were instructed to take a few verbal jabs at Jim Ross. Rather than being upset at his former cohorts, Ross took to Twitter to tell fans to ease up on JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. He stated that they were simply doing their jobs and saying what they were told to say. The belief is that the orders came from Vince McMahon.
March 4, 2014
Michael Cole
The friendship and business relationship between JBL and Michael Cole continues to grow, as the WWE commentators are now scheduled to compete in a fishing competition. On July 4, in Bermuda, where JBL has a residence, the two of them will be contestants in the world marlin championship. A television deal is being rumored for the event as well.
February 21, 2014
JBL
While fans across the country are trying to voice their opinions on the situation, JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler find it annoying. The commentating trio were heard on Monday Night Raw being agitated with a group of fans that were trying to get the chants going. They were basically telling those people to go away.
February 12, 2014
Michelle McCool
Over the weekend, several wrestlers, including Chris Jericho, Howar Finkel, Jim Ross, MVP, Diamond Dallas Page, Mason Ryan, Chavo Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Vickie Guerrero, JBL and others, noted the passing of Frank Bullock, a WWE employee who did audio for the company. He had been battling cancer before his death.
February 10, 2014
JBL

While it only seems like yesterday to some of his most loyal fans, it has now been a decade since Eddie Guerrero shocked the wrestling world by defeating Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship. JBL, the Monday Night Raw and Smackdown commentator who took the belt from Guerrero, noted the anniversary on Twitter.

February 9, 2014
JBL
As part of his weight loss challenge with Michael Cole, JBL needs to lose another two pounds by Sunday, or else he has to pay a fine by donating money to charity. The former WWE champion has lost 17 pounds thus far, and he needs to lose another 37 pounds before climbing another mountain.
February 7, 2014
JBL

Scott Armstrong, former WWE referee and the older brother of Road Dogg, provided some laughs today on Twitter when he posted this Tweet to mock referee and good friend Charles Robinson. It even got a rise out of JBL, who quickly retweeted the message on his own account.

January 30, 2014
Xavier Woods

Some last minute replacements were added to Royal Rumble 2014. Initially, Xavier Woods and Wade Barrett were given spots in the big match, but WWE officials decided to remove them and replace them with JBL and El Torito instead. The feeling backstage was that the fans would react better to those the latter two performers.

January 28, 2014
Antonio Cesaro

Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.

January 26, 2014
Josh Mathews

Michael Cole will not be on commentary for Smackdown this week. Instead, JBL will be joined on television by Josh Mathews. No word yet on why Cole did not work the event, but there does not appear to be any backstage heat from WWE towards their long time commentator.

January 22, 2014
JBL

While many within WWE, including JBL, are pushing for him to be called up to the main roster soon, management currently does not have any plans of bringing Adrian Neville up from the developmental program just yet. The plan is to keep him in NXT until at least Wrestlemania.

January 17, 2014
JBL

JBL is a pretty ambitious individual. The WWE commentator will be attempting to climb Mt Elbrus again in July. He had previous attempted the feat, but severe weather conditions in Russia forced him and his fellow climbers to give up on the trek before they made it to the peak.

January 17, 2014