Former WWE wrestling Champion in Zimbabwe

Former World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Champion, John Bradshaw Layfield, popularly known as JBL, is in Zimbabwe for a two day visit that will see him visiting three communities in Harare with the sole aim of developing sport in the country.

Affectionately known as JBL, former WWE champion John Bradshaw Layfield who touched down at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, visited Mabvuku grounds before embarking on a similar journey to Mufakose and Glen View where multitudes of young basketball players were showcasing their talent.

The former American football player and wrestler, who is already developing sport facilities in Rwanda and Malawi is set to add Zimbabwe on the list.

“I am here in Zimbabwe for the love of sport and I hope that we will work together and develop the abundant talent that is in this country. These kids need support and that is what we are trying to do,”said JBL.

Hoops4Hope Director, Ngoni Mukukula, whose organisation is hosting the former WWE superstar, says JBL’s assistance will go a long way in helping athletes realise their full potential.

“I am very grateful for the visit by JBL this is a once in a lifetime opportunity where such people of great magnitude take their time out to come down to Africa especially Zimbabwe to help these youngsters,” said Mukukula.


The 52 year old JBL rose to prominence in WWE during its Attitude Era under the ring name Bradshaw and became a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Ron “Farooq” Simmonsas, part of the Acolyte Protection Agency (APA).

A month before his retirement at the 2009 WrestleMania XXV, JBL became the Intercontinental Champion, which made him the 20th Triple Crown Champion and the 10th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.-zbc