Former WWE star John Bradshaw Layfield was interviewed on this week’s episode of “After The Bell with Corey Graves.” JBL was on to talk about his early days with Skandor Akbar and Stan Hansen, his rivalries with The Undertaker and Eddie Guerrero and much more.
Here are some highlights:
JBL talked about his time as part of the New Blackjacks tag team: “Jack Lanza was the agent on the road. I have the utmost respect for Jack Lanza to this day. I didn’t know Barry (Windham) very well and I never met his dad, Blackjack (Mulligan). Barry told me it was ok with him. Apparently, it wasn’t ok with Blackjack Mulligan. There was a real problem there. He didn’t want me and Barry to be the New Blackjacks. Lanza was all for it. Lanza did the promos for us. They asked Lanza to be our manager and he refused. He didn’t want to be on the road. He didn’t want to be in the ring anymore or on television. He just enjoyed being backstage. I had a lot of trepidation especially because I didn’t want to insult Lanza.”
JBL told us how the APA came about: “It was my birthday. We were in Baltimore. I wanted to go get something to drink. Godfather was riding me along with Teddy Long and Ron Simmons. They are feeding me everything I could ingest. Ron said he’s going to bed. At the TV hotel bar, I ran into Vince and Shane. They bought me some drinks. They put me in their car and sent me back to the Red Roof where we were staying. Ron asked how did I get back and I said Vince’s limo. He thought we were screwed. The next day, Vince called me. He said, see me early in the day. I went in thinking he will ream me out for being drunk at the TV hotel. He said, ‘I want to put that on television.’ I said, ‘put what on television?’ He said, ‘you and Ron BS’s sitting around having beers.’ He said that’s good stuff. He said he had it all figured out, the Acolyte Protection Agency, the APA. You’re going to beat people up for money.”