JBL has expressed his desire at running for public office and says he may well throw his cowboy hat in the ring to run for Governor one day.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield was answering questions on his YouTube channel as part of a Q and A with fans. One viewer simply asked the WWE Hall Of Famer if he had any interest in running for Governor one day.
For JBL, the answer was easy, as long as he felt he could make a difference in the role:
“Yeah, I’d love to run for Governor if I feel I can make a difference. I would love to run for office if I thought I could make a difference and I really would do it because I wanna do stuff with prison reform. I wanna do stuff with low-income education, schools, education themselves, inner cities but that’s to be determined.”
Should the ‘Wrestling God’ ever make a run for elected office, he would join a select list of people from the world of professional wrestling to do so.
Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura was a star of the territory scene in the 1970s before joining the World Wrestling Federation in the early eighties. Following the end of his in-ring career, Ventura had a successful stint at the commentary desk alongside Gorilla Monsoon. Ventura left the company in 1990 and in 1991 was elected Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. In 1999 higher office came calling as he was remarkably elected as the 38th Governor of the state of Minnesota. This marked the first time in over sixty years that a Governor not affiliated with the two major parties in the US took this office. Ventura served one term as Governor as he did not seek re-election in 2002.
More recently Glenn Jacobs, best known as Kane was elected as Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. After scraping through his Republican primary Jacobs was elected Mayor with two-thirds of the vote in August 2018. In March 2021, the WWE Hall Of Famer announced his intention to run for a second term as Mayor.
During his Q and A, JBL also told the story of nearly getting into a fight with Vampiro about wrestling gear in Mexico.