Ex-WWE Wrestler Hailed As “True Ambassador”

June 8, 2012 | 12 Comments

Minister of Business Development and Tourism Wayne Furbert joined dignitaries in New York City to honour the charitable work of American John “JBL” Layfield.

Mr Layfield, best known as a former WWE professional wrestler, entrepreneur and host of the Fox Business Network’s “Cashin’ In” programme, helped found the charitable Beyond Rugby Bermuda organization to benefit children on the island, and can often be seen out coaching the young players and is also known to help them with their homework and other matters.

Director of Tourism Billy Griffith, Mr Layfield, Minister Furbert:

His latest effort will be the “Seven Summits Bermuda Challenge” in which the 45-year-old athlete will be attempting to plant a Bermuda flag on the top of the highest peak of every continent in an effort to raise money for kids in Bermuda through the Family Centre. This will take place over a 2 year period.

TMZ reported that the WWE is sponsoring the trip — which could cost upwards of $250,000 — and will help get the word out across their social media platforms.

Mr Layfield told TMZ that he “hopes conquering legendary peaks like Everest and Kilimanjaro inspires the kids in Bermuda to know anything is possible.”

A video compilation from Mr Layfield’s WWE wrestling days:

According to Minister Furbert, Mr Layfield’s efforts are truly inspirational. “John Layfield is a strong man,” said Minister Furbert. “However, his is not only a physical strength, but a strength of heart and character.

“He has become both an advocate for the families of Bermuda and an ambassador for the island itself. His love and passion for Bermuda is inspiring and we are proud to honour him for his efforts.”

Minister Furbert, Mr Layfield, Mr Griffith:

Minister Furbert presented Mr Layfield with a plaque that commemorated his accomplishments while celebrating his upcoming journey during a special event held at Marsh & McLennan Companies in New York City.

The plaque reads: “The Bermuda Department of Tourism Honours John Layfield: A true ambassador for his Advocacy, Passion and Love for the island of Bermuda.”

“We hope John’s efforts and advocacy on Bermuda’s behalf not only inspire Bermudians, but the entire world,” said Minister Furbert.

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  1. Liars! says:

    jeez any excuse for a free trip away Pee L Pee?

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  2. Um Um Like says:

    I think Wayne should participate in the Seven Summits Bermuda Challenge.

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    • True! says:

      You better look around Bermuda. He's not the only one, half of the country needs to get in shape. Stand out by KFC tonight and see how many enter. You sure you're not one of them?

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  3. Serious says:

    How many days has Min Furbert spent in Bermuda since being appointed? The solutions to tourism problems are here.

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  4. LMAWTFO says:

    Sound stuff, a little late for theatrics though..................Still, getting the WWE involved will get us that long sought after world wide publicity. Even if the Ministers got another free trip, its not a total loss.

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  5. LOL says:

    Bradshaw! Where's Farooq?

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  6. Puzzled says:

    Seriously everyone above...

    Thank you Mr. Layfield for doing more for the children of Bermuda than these absentee fathers and immature mothers.

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  7. letshaveit says:

    Wayne Furbert hasn't done a damn thing but travel . ..

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  8. Watcher says:

    Isn't it a shame that such a great role model for our kids, and someone willing to put in countless time and effort to try and make things better is a "foreigner"!!!
    We should be following this mans inspiration not villifying those that have come to the island.

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  9. coffee stock is low says:

    Trying to order some coffee, but he is away so much, I can't even get my order in.

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  10. too bad says:

    Give this man Bermudian status. I'm a Bermudian and I care about people that care about us.

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  11. Jim bob says:

    The worst part is that the government do very little to support the rugby inBermuda. They fail to realize that rugby is keeping a lot of young black bermudians off the street and instilling the importance of discipline which young people sometimes fail to get at home. If only half the budget that is given to football or cricket was given to rugby so many great things cold be done! The fact remains that rugby is probably the most successful sport in Bermuda! The only time that we see any support for rugby from the government is when they want to create the impression they have done something good.

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