How tall is John Layfield

John Layfield's Height

6ft 5 (195.6 cm)

American former Wrestler JBL. During his football days he was listed as 6ft 5 and 278 pounds. John himself claimed on twitter to stand tall at "6'6".

How tall is John Layfield
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Average Guess (91 Votes)
6ft 5.18in (196cm)
rikashiku said on 11/Jul/20
During his football days he was listed as 6ft 5 and 278 pounds

Unfortunately, unless it was a Combine measurement, Football listings can be very wrong too.

He was probably one of the few guys in Pro Wrestling to be billed at his legit or near his legit height, rather than adding 2" on top of it. Then again he was called 6'7" and 6'8" a lot in the 90's.

I'd say peak he was 6'6". Today he still has a great posture and towers over most people. 6'5.5" I would say today, but not 6'5" flat.
Michael186 said on 1/May/20
197cm peak
Hanov said on 20/Mar/20
He looked most the time like a solid 6'5 guy, 6'5 1/8 is pretty sure .
edwards said on 2/Feb/20
@ mortuza

are you troll? have i ever said taker is 6.its better if you think before you speak and post something.i was saying the guy was saying gonzalez was only 7 feet given that he looks almost a feet taller than taker .gonzalez being 7 would place taker around 6 which is impossible as he looks foot taller than undertaker.get this
wrestlingfan186 said on 20/Jan/20
At he’s peak he was never under 196 cm he has always looked very tall, very similar height to late wrestler Test, anyway today he seems 193 - 194 cm
Murtuza said on 18/Jan/20
@edwards are you dumb how can undertaker be 6’0” he’s 6’7” right now and giant Gonzalez is 7’7”
Rick90 said on 24/Dec/19
Considering Angle was never over 5'10, I'd say JBL was never over 6'4 without trainers.
Bazza said on 9/Nov/19
Genuine 6'5 guy giving a shoe height of 6'6. That's as honest as it gets in WWE
Jagraj Singh said on 21/Sep/19
I want this website to find out that how tall is Ron Simmons actually.
Riccardo 5'7" said on 7/Sep/19
He always gived me a tall impression at first hand. I agree on 6'5", but now I think 194cm is a possibility.
edwards said on 6/Sep/19
@double g
how can peak taker be 6'7.75-6'8 and jiant gonzalez only 7'0 when there was easily foot difference.if gonzalez was only 7'0 then taker should be 6'0 that makes no sense honestly.
edwards said on 6/Sep/19
@christian
he was a foot taller than undertaker.if he was 7'0 feet than taker obviously should me 6'0 feet lol.how can he say that peak taker was 6'8-6'8.5 and say gonzalez is 7'0 when there was easily 1 foot difference between them lol
edwards said on 6/Sep/19
@christian
yeah dude,that's the most insane and hideous claim i've even .LMFAO
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 5/Sep/19
@Edwards
What's actually insane though is that he only puts Giant Gonzalez at 7'0" tall, lol.
edwards said on 5/Sep/19
@double g
no way in hell is taker 6'6.5-6'6.75 now
LOL
miko said on 3/Sep/19
JBL was a 6'5 guy who in cowboy boots could look a 6'6 guy, he could certainly push Undertaker close in them, outside of the big footwear Taker had a solid 2' on him (prime).

Today he could be 6'4.5, but he's still a very big guy.
Xpac99 said on 2/Sep/19
Do you think was taller between jbl and test?
Jagraj Singh said on 1/Sep/19
Some say his billed height is 6'7, Show Ron Simmons real height too.
Sotiris Gravas said on 4/Aug/19
Fan w/ JBL... (1993) Click Here , (1994) Click Here

Same fan w/ 7'6" Giant Gonzalez (1990)... Click Here

W/ Giant Baba (1989)... Click Here
K.A 188 said on 20/Jul/19
I remember JBL, but he never gave me a tall guy impression i guess probably due to his gimmick fighting dirty and opportunistic all the time. But now i realize that he is pretty tall.
Dan Trojan said on 27/Jun/19
Double g just to clear this up giant gonzalez was a legit 7'6" he was measured by the guinness world book of records at that 7'0" or just a little bit over ia absurd
rawdshaq said on 26/Mar/19
Tbh he wasn't even "overbilled". He was probably a solid 6'5" and little more and just got rounded up to 6'6".
Double G said on 3/Feb/19
@Zampo I agree Simmons' height to be 6'0.5" or so, maybe 6'0.75" at his prime, that is to say 1.84-1.85cm, while Bradshaw was 1.95-1.96cm. So there was a 10-12cm difference between the two of them in my estimation, as the APA.

@Sotiris First of all, there is a huge difference in height between Ron Simmons and Giant Gonzalez in that pic. Simmons seems a solid 6 footer, while Gonzalez is probably a bit over 7 foot, but probably he was 7 foot tall, more or less.

Second of all, Undertaker was in his prime 6'7.5"-6'7.75" in my estimation, but now he looks 6'6.5"-6'6.75", even 6'6" for him now is probably reasonable, but not as low as 6'5" in my opinion. In 2004-2005, Taker was easily a 6'7" looking person, so with that in mind, I think the height difference between JBL and Taker was at least 2 inches, max. 2 inches and half an inch. JBL adopted a tendency of indulgence towards standing in a bad posture, something that he wasn't doing at all as Bradshaw, so I assume that bad posture of his back didn't made JBL's height any favour. But Undertaker did as well in some point in time, he used to be in a bad posture too. That may explain why wrestlers seem to be shorter now that when he were on their prime. I agree JBL's height now must be a bit over 6'4", in my personal guess.
Phenom89 said on 31/Jan/19
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In ring...

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Outside ring, and even if this one is not even close to be a great picture, you can clearly "feel" who is taller and that its not about 0.5
Phenom89 said on 31/Jan/19
Sotiris

I dont think there is only half inch between Taker an Jbl, there where almost 2" actually. Let say 1.5".
Sotiris Gravas said on 15/Jan/19
@Zampo Here's Chris Klein looking the same height as 6'0.25" Freddie Prinze Jr. Click Here

Here's Klein next to Ron Simmons, who has him by an inch... Click Here

So, looks like Simmons might only have been 6'1", just like you say. (Rob still has Klein at 6'1".)
Sotiris Gravas said on 8/Dec/18
@Zampo Maybe you're right. I think he's not more than 6'4.5" now. Here he is w/ 6'9" Enes Kanter:
Click Here

I actually think Taker is as low as 6'5" now. Here he is w/ Kanter... Click Here

What do you think...?
Zampo said on 28/Nov/18
@Sotiris Gravas: If JBL is 6'5 flat, Ron Simmons has to be near 6'2 (based on the photo) and from what I've seen of Ron Simmons, I can't believe that he would measure almost 6'2. If that is the case then the Rock has a serious case for measuring near 6'4 in his prime.

Personally, I think there is roughly around a 3.5 inch difference between Ron Simmons and JBL (not just based on that photo). I genuinely feel JBL was in the 6'4.5 - 6'4.75 range in his prime. Anyone in this range could pull off looking 6'5.
Sotiris Gravas said on 24/Nov/18
Here's Ron Simmons and Gonzalez... Click Here

Compare w/ 6'5" JBL... Click Here
Zampo said on 7/Nov/18
@Double G:

I struggle to see farooq much over 6'1 personally. I see a big 2 inches (2.25, at worst a 2 inches) difference between The Rock and him during the 90s. I think the Rock was around 6'2.75-6'3 range, so that would put Farooq at 6'0.5-6'0.75 range. I think he was billed at 6'2 by the WWE. I can buy a 10 cm difference though between Bradshaw and Farooq.

On a side note. In retrospect, Farooq's Nation of Domination gimmick was an absolute masterclass. Fit him to a tee.
Double G said on 6/Nov/18
In my opinion, Faarooq looked 1,86-87cm to me, while my guess for Bradshaw is around the 1,96-97cm mark. Anyway, as time goes by they both look shorter nowadays. JBL looks around 1,94-95 now, and Simmons around 1,84 or so. That's my guess.
Zampo said on 23/Oct/18
@Ud191cm:

I believe Ron Simmons was listed at 6'1 by the USFL. The Rock looked a solid 2 inches taller though so it is likely he was in the weaker 6'1 category. I think Bradshaw (John Layfield) looked about 3.5 inches taller. So as a starting point I would say a solid 6'4.5. Undertaker (prime) seemed around 2.5 inches taller so if you believe Rob's listing, then that would put John at 6'5 although taker may have been nearer 6'7 flat, who knows. I would put John at 6'4.75 range prime personally or at least that is how I feel he would come across whether there is some height he could gain if standing for a measurement is another story.
Ud191cm said on 30/Aug/18
I guess his lame physique and non grappling moves made him not appear like a big guy in WWE, even though he was above average. Average Billed height of wrestlers in WWE is 191cm, if thats the case then even 191cm barefeet legit is considered tall in WWE which often gets billed at 6'4/5
Ud191cm said on 30/Aug/18
Defo 6'5 peak. Towered over ron simmons and had an edge on Billy Gunn too
Siddharth Dwivedi said on 24/Aug/18
He is definitely 6'5 /but man his legs ..those are knock knees..just look at em
Sid 186.1cm said on 6/Jun/18
Solid 6'5 guy no doubt
Dream(5'9.5") said on 31/May/18
A young John Cleese would be the taller 'John' than John Layfield.
joe### said on 24/Mar/18
Sid looks taller 6´5 is right.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 1/Feb/18
@Rampage

Intresting. I'm thinking of going to a wrestling event myself soon. Maybe February 26 Raw at Anaheim CA (since I live near LA) with front row seat ticket of course since I want to see how tall some of the wrestlers are in person.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Jan/18
Christian, he walked right past me on the way to the ring, the ground was definitely even. This was in 2007 so possibly by now he has lost a fraction. With wrestling shows I've tried as subtly as possible to size the wrestlers up so I took note of the ground level. I mentioned that I saw Test on a separate occasion (about a year later at a TNA event). This was before the show (we got backstage passes) and he gave a similar impression. Both were just a little bit taller than me...I might just give JBL the edge though. But I didn't at all feel intimidated by him physically...he wasn't in good....while Test showed clear signs that he wasn't long for this world as sad as it is to say...
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 30/Jan/18
@Rampage

Did you meet him when he was still in his peak? Because today he looks about 6'4.5"
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jan/18
He definitely looked this in person but physique wise he was a slob. Big beer gut, flabby arms.
Alex 6'3 said on 2/Dec/17
194,5-195 cm
Ricky said on 2/Dec/17
He was never a bit over 6'5",not even in his prime.

Even today didn't lose much height.

Maybe still over 6'4.5".
Canson said on 22/Oct/17
194/195 today weak 6’5
Junior said on 14/Oct/17
6'5 a shout.
even said on 20/Sep/17
this gent is 196 cm in the morning and 195 cm in the evening .
Canson said on 27/Aug/17
I'm with Christian and Bobby on this. Weak 6'5. 194-195 today. Could've been a full 6'5 peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Aug/17
Looked about 6ft5 when I saw him at a live event 10 years ago.
Per189 said on 25/Aug/17
6ft 5.1 = 195.9 cm
Tyson said on 14/Jul/17
JBL 6'5.25 - 6'5.5
Test 6'5
Wade Barret 6'4.75
Scott Hall 6'4.5
even said on 8/Jul/17
6'5" exactly
joe### said on 5/Jul/17
jbl 6´5.5-25 peak
scott hall peak 6´4.5
test 6´4.75-6´4-5
barret 6´4.75
Christian-196.5cm (6ft5 3/8) said on 4/Jun/17
6'5.25" peak 6'4.5" today
Headbanger said on 14/May/17
He always used normal shoes
Mayfield said on 2/May/17
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Mugshot from 2002, listed at 6'7 and in this photo looks a hair below it, so it could have been possible he was over 6'5. Not at the 6'6 he was billed, but a solid 6'5 there
miko said on 12/Apr/17
He was a regular cowboy boot wearer in the 90's/00's which could make him look huge.
Canson said on 9/Apr/17
Agree with Bobby being the exact same 6'4" and change
Christian-196.2cm (6ft5.25) said on 8/Apr/17
bobbyh3342 said on 23/Mar/17
my height classic 6'4 and change saying hes 6'6 like every other 6'6 guy in the nba .. once again rob has him pegged at 6'4 and change today. good job rob!

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Rob didn't list Layfield at 6ft4 and change, what are you talking about?
Editor Rob: I had mentioned before that he could be under 6ft 5 and 4.5ish
heightchecker34 said on 5/Apr/17
"Shut Up Maggle Cole!" I love JBL as a commentator, but he was a great wrestler as well. One of the first truly great heels I remember watching, absolutely loved him as champion! He does look every bit a 6'5 guy (maybe more)... even without the cowboy hat! Nice guy in general, but truly could be an intimidating presence if he wanted. Looked similar to Wade Barrett in their YouTube clips.
bobbyh3342 said on 23/Mar/17
my height classic 6'4 and change saying hes 6'6 like every other 6'6 guy in the nba .. once again rob has him pegged at 6'4 and change today. good job rob!
starbee said on 23/Mar/17
Rob, how tall do you think his tag team partner Faarooq was at the time of APA? Could you guess his height with boots or his barefoot height? It's clear that Bradshaw has a few inches more than him. Simmons is billed as 6'2 but I think he is under that...
Editor Rob: sorry mate, don't have an estimate on him yet.
BBB said on 23/Mar/17
Almost 6'5 barefoot, but not at all. Maybe 6'4.5 or 4.75
He is 6'5.5 with boots, or even half an inch more than that. He is currently 6'5 with normal shoes, I guess.
As Blackjack Bradshaw he really can be seen as a 6'6, but since then JBL surely had lost some height. Not really as much as other competitors though.
Danimal said on 22/Mar/17
Close to 6'5" barefoot.
184guy said on 22/Mar/17
No way under 6'5 even nowdays is Hard to believe
RP said on 21/Mar/17
Peak:
Barefoot: 6'5.25"
Wrestling boots: 6'6.5"
Cowboy boots: 6'7"
Current barefoot: 6'4.75" to 6'5"
James B said on 21/Mar/17
Rob do you think it's not worth giving him a current and peak height?
Christian-196.2cm (6ft5.25) said on 21/Mar/17
Canson said on 19/Mar/17
Classic case of 6'4.5 barefoot claiming 6'6" like MJ Barkley etc

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You have to consider though, that Layfield used to be a bit over 6ft5 in his prime. But I agree, he's about 6ft4.5 now.
shelton64 said on 20/Mar/17
its john o clock, yes, he is around the 6'4 - 6'5 range. No more, no less!
seventhson said on 20/Mar/17
i guess his peak height was 6'5 (6'6 with boots on) and now he is 6'4, around 6'5 when with cowboy boots
James B said on 20/Mar/17
Rob honestly how tall do you think he currently is?
Editor Rob: possibly 6ft 4.5
Jordan87 said on 20/Mar/17
I would have thought he was at the very least around 6'4"
Canson said on 19/Mar/17
Classic case of 6'4.5 barefoot claiming 6'6" like MJ Barkley etc
cherokee said on 18/Mar/17
Rob, don't you think he slouches a lot? that may cost him some height, hope not though, despite age can be a height loss factor for everyone. JBL doesn't stand at full posture and I think it is because the majority of people he treat is shorter than him. He had a good posture as Bradshaw, but as JBL he started to take a bad posture.
Editor Rob: I'm sure at times he doesn't look much over 6ft 4, and this could be just a looser posture.
S.J.H said on 18/Mar/17
6'6 with his cowboy boots on
James B said on 18/Mar/17
Taker might have already lost a small fraction of height when he stood next to JBL in cowboy boots.

If you stood a 1992 undertake next to JBL in Cowboys there might have been a slightly bigger difference.

So taker was 6'7-6'7.5 range in the 90s and 6'7-6'7.25 by the early 2000s
Wrs567 said on 18/Mar/17
@Strong 5ft9: I wasn't saying Randy is the same height as JBL

I was just saying Randy looks taller than 6'4'' there, which he does.
miko said on 18/Mar/17
He could push Undertaker close in cowboy boots, then again Taker was never anything over 6'7.
Willy Grame said on 18/Mar/17
Wow, JBL is really tall. I noticed when he does his entrance and starts dancing that he often wears boots (like cowboy boots) that make him look even taller. And back on the day, as a heel, the cowboy hat make him a bit taller too. However, he doesn't need to wear any of that to "obtain" more height because he is tall enough!
Antonio said on 18/Mar/17
Hi Rob, love this site! Congrats. I notice you've been updating more frequently lately, keep it up. Any chance of having a tag for Nationality? As that is usually the first filter for people when judging heights
James B said on 17/Mar/17
Could have been 6'4.75 by the time he faced off with orton though
Willy Grame said on 17/Mar/17
Rob, how do you think a 5'11" or 6 ft person would look with someone who is 6'5" like JBL is?
Editor Rob: they might look roughly around big JBL's eyeline, well their hair would.
Mathew Robinson said on 17/Mar/17
He's obviously a tall guy. 6'5" is somewhat believable, although I definitely don't rule out 6'4.5" either.
Willy Grame said on 17/Mar/17
As a member of the APA, Bradshaw had a good few inches on his tag team partner Farooq, who is currently billed as 6'2" but he was 6'1" at that time and nowadays even less, around 6' or something. So I think Bradshaw was a weak 6'6" and the JBL gimmick looks like no more than 6'5" (and not really less than that either).
Sammy Derrick said on 17/Mar/17
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Here with STEPHEN AMELL WHOSE 6'1 AND HE LOOKS 6'5
Strong 5ft9 said on 17/Mar/17
@Wrs567 1st photo, Not only the camera is way shorter than them but also JBL is behind Orton so that's why he looks shorter and also the 2nd photo, JBL is slouching his neck to get to Randy's eyelevel. which you can see very clearly Randy's neck is standing straight while JBL's is more bended. So Randy is definitely not as tall as JBL there.
Wrs567 said on 17/Mar/17
If he is 6'5'', the Orton needs a bit of an upgrade from a flat 6'4''

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Christian-196.2cm (6ft5.25) said on 17/Mar/17
Strong 6ft5 (196cm+) in his prime, similar to Howard Stern.
James B said on 17/Mar/17
Rob is he 6'4.5 now?
Editor Rob: it could be the case, he still had a good few inches on booker in that clip the other week.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Mar/17
Looked 6ft5 when he stood in front of me in 2007.

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