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Jerry Lynn
Ring name(s) Gorgada Cross[1]
Jerry Lynn[1]
Mr. J.L.[2]
Sultan Gargola
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Billed weight 212 lb (96 kg)[3]
Born June 12, 1963 (1963-06-12) (age 46)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Billed from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Trained by Francisco Abarca
Brad Rheingans[2]
Eddie Sharkey
Debut March 1988[1]

Jeremy "Jerry" Lynn[3] (born June 12, 1963) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Lynn is a two-time world champion, having won the ROH World Championship once in Ring of Honor and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once in Extreme Championship Wrestling. He is currently signed to Ring of Honor (ROH).

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Professional wrestling career

Early years (1988–1995)

Lynn started wrestling in March 1988 in various independent promotions in the Minnesota and Michigan areas, one being Pro Wrestling America, and a brief stop in the Tennessee-based Smoky Mountain Wrestling. After the PWA folded, Lynn wrestled for the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF) based in Dallas, Texas. While in GWF, Lynn captured the GWF Light Heavyweight Championship. Lynn also engaged in a two year feud with The Lightning Kid which gave both men considerable exposure.[2][3]

World Championship Wrestling (1995–1997)

Lynn first became known to a larger wrestling audience in World Championship Wrestling as the masked Mr. J.L.[3] The high-flying Lynn joined the WCW cruiserweight division, where he competed against the Mexican luchadores and a variety of wrestlers from around the world such as Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Sabu, Chris Jericho and Alex Wright. He also wrestled a couple of matches on Saturday Night as himself, most notably wrestling Lex Luger. One of his last major matches took place at the Clash of the Champions XXXV, where he suffered a six-man tag team loss while teaming with Konnan and La Parka against Chris Jericho, Super Calo and Chavo Guerrero, Jr.. While he was injured, Eric Bischoff fired him from WCW.[2]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1997–2001)

After leaving WCW, Lynn joined Extreme Championship Wrestling. Upon arriving, Lynn was involved in a "respect" feud with Justin Credible, resulting in the two being booked in a series of matches, which saw Credible winning the last match at the Heatwave '98 pay-per-view. After this, Lynn was involved in a feud with Lance Storm and Mikey Whipwreck, a feud that was shortened when Whipwreck left for WCW.

Once the feud with Lance Storm was ended, Lynn was booked in a match for the ECW World Television Championship with Rob Van Dam at Living Dangerously in 1999. The finish saw Lynn win the title from Van Dam (the time limit expired and Lynn was awarded the title by referee decision instead of by pinfall or submission). Despite this win, he asked for a five-minute time extension, in which he was pinned by Van Dam after a Five-Star Frog splash. Though Lynn did not win the match, he from then on refer to himself as "The New F'N Show", mocking Van Dam's nickname, "The Whole F'N Show", as well as claiming he would be the wrestler to deprive Van Dam of the ECW World Television title. Though Lynn received several more title opportunities with Van Dam, he was not successful in winning the World Television Title before Van Dam was stripped of the title after suffering a legitimate broken ankle. Around the same time, Lynn also suffered a broken ankle, taking him out of action.[4] On his return to ECW TV, Lynn challenged Van Dam to one more match at Hardcore Heaven, which Lynn won.[3]

On October 1, 2000 at the Anarchy Rulz, Lynn defeated Justin Credible for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.[3] He held the title for one month, making a successful title defense against Steve Corino, to whom he lost the title to in a re-match. At the last ECW pay-per-view, Guilty as Charged in 2001, Lynn was in the main event, losing to Rob Van Dam via a Van Terminator.[3]

World Wrestling Federation (2001–2002)

Following the bankruptcy of ECW in April 2001, Lynn was hired by the World Wrestling Federation. Lynn made his TV debut on the April 29, 2001 episode of Sunday Night Heat, where he defeated Crash Holly for the Light Heavyweight Championship in his debut match.[3] He eventually lost the title to Jeff Hardy and had a notable match with Rob Van Dam on an episode of WWF Sunday Night Heat before being released in February 2002.[3] He then had a brief stint in the World Wrestling All-Stars promotion, where he won its Cruiserweight title.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–2007)

In 2002, Lynn signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), taking part in the first ever TNA match as part of a six-man tag match against the Flying Elvises. He won the TNA X Division Championship twice, as well as the NWA World Tag Team Championship twice (once with A.J. Styles, once with Amazing Red).[3] He feuded with A.J. Styles[5] and Don Callis, and was an X Division mainstay. However, in February 2004 he suffered a severe shoulder injury, tearing the tendon from the bone in his rotator cuff, when Juventud Guerrera botched a Juvi Driver. Lynn became a TNA road agent, planning matches and coaching younger talent.[3]

Lynn made his return to the ring on June 10, 2005 when he faced Justin Credible at Hardcore Homecoming, an ECW reunion show organized by ECW alumnus Shane Douglas. On July 17 at No Surrender, Lynn refereed a match between Sean Waltman and A.J. Styles, refusing to allow Waltman to cheat in the course of the match. This led to a match between Lynn and Waltman at Sacrifice on August 14, which Lynn won. After the match, Waltman initially celebrated with Lynn before attacking his former partner. The following week on Impact!, it was announced that Lynn had re-injured his shoulder (this is believed to be an angle designed to fuel the feud between Lynn and Waltman rather than a legitimate aggravation of the existing injury).

In January 2006, he began making on-screen appearances once more as a road agent. He came out at Final Resolution to watch a match which was Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and Matt Bentley taking on the team of Alex Shelley, Roderick Strong and Austin Aries. Lynn continued to make several other appearances throughout the rest of 2006, and even faced Bobby Roode in a losing effort during TNA's first house show in Detroit.

On January 14, 2007, Lynn made his return to regular in ring competition returning to TNA to compete for the TNA X Division Championship against Chris Sabin and then-champion Christopher Daniels at Final Resolution, in which he delivered his trademark cradle piledriver to Daniels and subsequently got pinned by Chris Sabin. Lynn carried on to feud with Sabin over the X Division title. On an episode of Impact!, Lynn won a ladder match to become the number one contender for the TNA X Division Championship. At Destination X, Lynn was defeated by Chris Sabin in a two out of three falls match. After the match, a masked man (later revealed to be Christopher Daniels) performed the Angel's Wings on Sabin, but also hit Lynn with the title belt. At Lockdown, Daniels defeated Lynn in a Six Sides of Steel match. At Sacrifice, Jerry Lynn won a four-way X-Division battle between himself, Alex Shelley, Senshi, and Tiger Mask IV (New Japan Pro Wrestling star also making his TNA debut). On June 17, 2007 at Slammiversary, Jerry Lynn teamed up with former NFL tight end Frank Wycheck to defeat the team of James Storm and Ron Killings. Wycheck pinned Storm after using Lynn's signature move, the cradle piledriver. At Victory Road in July, Jerry Lynn teamed up with former WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund against the tag team of The Motor City Machine Guns, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin, with Kevin Nash in their corner. Lynn wrestled the majority of the match and was knocked out cold by an interfering Kevin Nash, followed by a pinfall by Chris Sabin. In August 2007, Lynn asked for and received his release from TNA.[3]

Independent circuit (2003–Present)

Lynn worked for the All World Wrestling League presents Big Time Wrestling in late 2003/early 2004.

Lynn participated in the East Coast Wrestling Association's 11th-annual Super 8 Tournament, which he won, defeating Sonjay Dutt in the finals on November 10, 2007 in Newark, Delaware.

One of Amarillo's independent promotions, West-Texas Wrestling Association, announced January 12, 2008 at their second anniversary show that Jerry Lynn would face Kaos "The Rock Superstar" at WWA's Collision Course 3 on April 12, 2008 at The Nat "Brawl Room", hyping the fact they have two nationally known names facing off in a one-on-one match for Indy supremacy. Lynn would face local star, Mark Wilson, instead, due to a injury sustained by Joey Munoz. Jerry Lynn would return to WWA frequently to face local Amarillo stars. He would also face, and defeat, Justin Credible and Raven, in separate matches in WWA.

Lynn defeated Shawn Shultz on February 21, 2008 to become the UWA Heavyweight Champion in Seymour, Tennessee.

Lynn wrestled in Next Era Wrestling in Rochester, New York on March 29, 2008. Lynn and Jerrelle Clark lost to Al Snow and Johnny Swift.[6] On April 25, 2008, Lynn defeated Jason Gory, Shiima Xion, and Davey Richards to win the Super Indy VII Tournament that is held by International Wrestling Cartel. Traditionally, the winner of the tournament is awarded the IWC Super Indy Championship. However, Lynn refused to accept the belt and instead challenged the champion Larry Sweeney to a title match at the next show. On May 17, 2008, Lynn defeated Sweeney to officially become IWC Super Indy Champion. On September 13, 2008, Lynn lost the Super Indy title to kayfabe apprentice Johnny Gargano in a 3 Way Dance, which also included Super HENTAI. Since then, Lynn has not appeared in IWC.

On June 14 2008, Jerry Lynn competed in three way dance against Mike DiBiase and Mr. Showtime Scott Summers For Southern Championship Wrestling. Jerry Lynn wrestled against SCW Heavyweight Champion Spiro at the ACW show for the title and lost. Lynn also wrestled for F1rst Wrestling were he defeated Al Snow and Pete Huge.

On February 22, 2009 Jerry Lynn wrestled for IWF Premier Pro Wrestling facing Adrian Grimm " The Reaper" in a IWF Championship Tournament.[7]

On October 24, 2009, Jerry would return to West-Texas Wrestling Association in Amarillo, Tx to face off against WWA Champion El Gringo Loco in the main event of the WWA Dreadball 2009 event for the title. Earlier on in the night, Amarillo's Elite Wrestling and AEW President Willie Simple would win a 5-on-5 tag match against WWA and their president, Bill Barnett, to win complete control of WWA. Jerry Lynn would win his contest, and become the final WWA Champion.[8] He would lose the belt to Raul Torrez in a match in AEW on December 11th, but would then win the AEW Massacre Championship the next night. He would vacate the belt due to his limited schedule with AEW.

On March 13, 2010, Jerry would take part in AEW's "The Dimmitt Rumble" event, facing off against Premier World Champion A-Will. He would win, and become the NEW AEW Premier World Champion. He is scheduled to face off against indy star "Iron Man" Jerry One on a future date.

Ring of Honor (2008–present)

Jerry Lynn made several appearances for Ring of Honor, prior to becoming a full-time roster member. Lynn made an appearance for Ring of Honor, where he wrestled ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness in a non-title match, which he lost. [9] He has also wrestled in ROH's sister promotion Full Impact Pro on two occasions, wrestling Austin Aries and Roderick Strong in a Three Way Dance, before taking on Aries the next night in a singles match. Lynn has wrestled on ROH's PPV taping on September 19, 2008 in a losing effort to Chris Hero. Then next night Lynn returned to the ECW Arena for ROH's Glory By Honor VII by defeating Kenny King. On September 22, 2008 Lynn was named a full time member of the ROH roster.[10] Soon after, Lynn was a participant in the inaugural match of TV show Ring of Honor Wrestling on HDNet, pinning Delirious for the win.

At Supercard of Honor IV, he defeated Nigel McGuinness to win his first ROH world title. Jerry Lynn is the first person from the Original ECW to win the ROH title. At Manhattan Mayhem III, Lynn lost the ROH World Title to Austin Aries in a three way dance, which also involved Tyler Black, on June 13, 2009.

Personal life

Lynn is married and has two daughters, one was with his first wife and the second with his second wife, born August 28, 2006. "I don't think that she will ever date a pro wrestler" said Jerry Lynn.[11]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • All American Wrestling
    • AAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) [13][14]
  • Anarchy Championship Wrestling
    • ACW-IWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • ACW-IWA Texas Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Scot Summers
  • Continental Wrestling Association
    • CWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Gateway Championship Wrestling
    • GCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Hardcore Wrestling Association
    • HWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • HWA Championship (1 time)
  • Independent Wrestling Association East Coast
    • IWA East Coast Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • International Wrestling Cartel
    • IWC Super Indy Championship (1 time)
    • Super Indy Tournament (2008)
  • New Era Pro Wrestling
    • NEPW Triple Crown Championship (1 time)[18]
  • New Wrestling Society
    • NWS World Championship (1 time)
  • New York Wrestling Connection
    • NYWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[19]
    • NYWC Interstate Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Pro Wrestling America
    • PWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[20]
    • PWA Light Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[21]
    • PWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)[22] – with The Lightning Kid
  • Showtime Allstar Wrestling
    • SAW International Championship (1 time)
  • United Wrestling Association
    • UWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
  • United States Wrestling Organization
    • USWO Television Championship (1 time)[1]
  • West-Texas Wrestling Association/Amarillo Elite Wrestling
    • WWA Champion (1 time, final)
    • AEW Massacre Champion (1 time)
    • AEW Premier World Champion (1 time, current)

References

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  2. ^ a b c d Molinaro, John. "Going to work a blast for Jerry Lynn Days as Mr. J.L. in WCW happily behind him". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingBiosL/lynn_jul00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Molinaro, John. "Jerry Lynn career bio". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/lynn-jerry.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  4. ^ Molinaro, John. "Lynn ready to shine at Heat Wave". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingBiosL/lynn_14jul00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  5. ^ Clevett, Jason. "TNA a happy home for Lynn". SLAM Sports!. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2003/09/10/182288.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Al Snow and Jerry Lynn are on their way to N.E.W". New Era Wrestling. http://nexterawrestling.com/results/27.html. 
  7. ^ IWF Promotions Website 2/22/2009 IWF Promotions
  8. ^ WWA Title-Jerry Lynn vs. El Gringo Loco PART 2 of 2 WWA-Amarillo, TX 10/24/2009YouTube
  9. ^ web|url=http://rohwrestling.com/pastresults/|accessdate=2008-10-17|title=Past Results|publisher=Ring of Honor}}
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  15. ^ "Jerry Lynn's first ECW Championship reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/history/ecwchampionship/. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  16. ^ Duncan, Royal. "GWF- GLOBAL WRESTLING FEDERATIONGWF JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY". Solie. http://solie.org/titlehistories/jhgwf.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
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  18. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - November 2002". onlineworldofwrestling.com. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/other/2002-11.html. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  19. ^ "New York Wrestling Connection". onlineworldofwrestling.com. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/nywc/. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  20. ^ Palma, Richard. "PWA- PRO-WRESTLING AMERICA HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY". Solie. http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/pwahw.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
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