JBL is a veteran in the pro wrestling world, having started his journey during the Attitude Era in the late 90s. Bradshaw had a storied career, winning multiple championships along the way. He also has quite few interesting stories to tell. Legends about his backstage antics are infamous, and now it appears even Matt Hardy recalled JBL being abusive in the ring.

JBL had a very bad reputation for being an outright bully inside the WWE locker room, having often harassed several WWE Superstars over the years. Years later, Mauro Ranallo left WWE after JBL’s comments caused him distress.

While speaking on his Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Matt Hardy recalled he and his brother Jeff squaring off with the Acolytes (Bradshaw/JBL and Faarooq/Ron Simmons) in WWE.

Matt Hardy recalled JBL hitting him too hard continuously during their matches and constantly abusing him in the ring. It came to a point that Hardy finally retaliated with hard strikes of his own.


“I’ve never actually given anyone a receipt. There have been times where I’ve realized that I need to fight back. There was a time when we were working with The Acolytes, and they were beating the s**t out of us.

“They dropped the titles to us, we were the tag team champions, and we worked a couple of times after that, and I’m like, ‘Holy s**t, they can have these titles back. We’re in the record books – I’m good’.

I was like, ‘I don’t know how much longer I can take this. This is like abusive!’

“And then when were in there, Bradshaw beat me down in the corner. I remember beating him as hard as I could in the face, and the next thing I had was just a very soft (jab to the face).

“So, it’s one of those things where the old-timers — where guys would beat you up and take advantage of you .. until you didn’t let them. Until, like, you stood up for yourself. I think that was kind of a case of that.”

JBL continues to have a bad reputation for being a bully backstage and in the ring and that is unlikely to ever stop. Regardless, he is still a WWE Hall Of Famer and that won’t be changing.

What’s your take on this interesting story? Do you think JBL was the biggest bully in WWE? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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