During his time in WWE, John Bradshaw Layfield earned a reputation for bullying his fellow stars, but comeuppance once came in the form of a punch to the face by ECW announcer Joey Styles.
Speaking in a new interview with The Hannibal TV, former ECW ring announcer Stephen DeAngelis heaped praise on Styles, calling him one of the most prepared people in the business.
“I love Joey. Joey is one of my most consistent holiday cards. I get one from Joey still to this day. Joey was one of the most prepared people I’ve ever seen. He did so much research coming in, he’d have other people do research. He’d spend time talking to the talent. I always admired Joey’s ability to want to do everything he could to contribute to the storytelling of the athletes.”
“Everybody Had A Bradshaw Story” – Stephen DeAngelis On WWE Hall Of Famer JBL
Continuing DeAngelis recalled an incident in 2008 that saw Joey Styles punch JBL in the face during a tour or Iraq. According to DeAngelis, Bradshaw was well-deserving of the comeuppance for his behavior toward fellow stars.
“We all know that Bradshaw bullied everybody. So everybody had a Bradshaw story. So the fact that he got his comeuppance, people couldn’t wait to share the story. And I don’t know if it had so much to do with Joey as it did the fact that Bradshaw no longer could operate with the same mystique. I mean he still tried, but the mystique was gone, the idea of ‘He’s the bully. He’s the locker room enforcer,’ not so much. And I was happy for Joey because he got him off his back.”