Wrestling By The Numbers: Jerry Lynn
Former 1-Time ECW Champion and former 1-Time ROH Champion Jerry Lynn has officially retired from active competition in the sport of professional wrestling. The 49-year-old Minneapolis Minnesota native wrestled his final match back on March 23rd at the Minneapolis Convention Center in a Fatal Four Way Match against Sean Waltman, Horace the Psychopath and J.B. Trask. This ended a successful 25-year professional career for Lynn which started back in 1988 after having been trained by Eddie Sharkey, Brad Rheingans and Francisco Abarca. During his quarter of a century competing inside the squared circle, Jerry Lynn also competed under the names Mr. J.L., Sultan Gargola, Jerry the Ram and Gorgada Cross.
Jerry Lynn started his career competing for various independent organizations in both Minnesota and Michigan. After briefing working for Smokey Mountain Wrestling, Lynn joined the Global Wrestling Federation and had a good run with the company becoming their Light Heavyweight Champion. He also had a memorable 2-year feud with Sean ‘The Lightning Kid’ Waltman in the GWF which helped both gain exposure early in their careers. Jerry Lynn signed with World Championship Wrestling in 1995 and spent 2-years with the organization mostly competing in the cruiserweight division.
Extreme Championship Wrestling signed Lynn in 1997 and he remained working for the company for 4-years until it’s closure in 2001. Jerry Lynn was pushed to main event status with the company and was apart of one of ECW’s most memorable feuds with Rob Van Dam. After ECW filed for bankruptcy, Lynn was signed by World Wrestling Entertainment in April of 2001 and won the company’s Light Heavyweight Championship in his debut match. Lynn was released by the WWE 10-months later and then worked briefly with World Wrestling All-Stars.
In 2002 Jerry Lynn signed with NWA:TNA and spent the next 5-years with the organization becoming one of founding fathers of TNA’s X Division. In addition to his in-ring work Lynn also worked for TNA backstage as a road agent. He asked and received his release from the organization in August of 2007. Jerry Lynn then spent 3-years competing for Ring Of Honor Wrestling where he became a former 1-Time ROH Champion and main evented numerous events. For the past couple years he had been mostly working for independent organizations along with short stints returning to TNA in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Below we look at the professional wrestling career of Jerry Lynn by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 2 Matches on WWE Raw.
* 3 Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 1 Match on WWE Superstars.
* 2 Matches on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.
* 3 Matches on WWE Wrestling Challenge.
* 7 Matches on WWE Heat.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE Heat.
* 1 Match on WWE Shotgun Saturday Night.
* 11 Matches on WWE Jakked.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE Jakked.
* 1 Match on WWE Friday Night’s Main Event.
* 87 Matches ( 12th Most All-Time ) on TNA Pay-Per-View. (First Match: June 19th 2002 Weekly PPV With A.J. Styles & Low Ki Vs Jimmy Yang, Sonny Siaki & Jorge Estrada Last Match: 2013 X-Travaganza Vs Rob Van Dam)
* 14 Main Event Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Matches Managed on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 14 Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
* 9 Main Event Match on TNA Impact Wrestling.
* 5 Matches on TNA Xplosion.
Ring Of Honor Wrestling:
* 4 Matches on ROH Pay-Per-View.
* 16 Matches on ROH on Sinclair Broadcasting / HDNet.
* 7 Main Event Matches on ROH On Sinclair Broadcasting / HDNet.
* 35 Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.
* 12 Main Event Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.
New Japan Pro Wrestling:
* 1 Match on NJPW Best Of The Super Junior.
World Championship Wrestling / Jim Crockett Promotions:
* 3 Matches on WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 10 Matches on WCW Monday Nitro.
* 1 Main Event Match on WCW Monday Nitro.
* 19 Matches on WCW Thunder.
* 3 Main Event Matches on WCW Thunder.
* 1 Match on WCW / JCP Clash Of The Champions.
* 22 Matches on WCW / JCP Saturday Night.
* 1 Main Event Match on WCW / JCP Saturday Night.
* 5 Matches on WCW / JCP Worldwide.
* 1 Main Event Match on WCW / JCP Worldwide.
* 6 Matches on WCW Main Event.
* 3 Main Event Matches on WCW Main Event.
* 5 Matches on WCW Pro.
* 1 Match on WCW Prime Time.
Extreme Championship Wrestling:
* 15 Matches ( 6th Most All-Time ) on ECW Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 1997 November To Remember With Tommy Rogers Vs Chris Candido & Lance Storm Last Match: 2001 Guilty As Charged Vs Rob Van Dam)
* 5 Main Event Matches ( 3rd Most All-Time ) on ECW Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Match: 1999 Heat Wave With Rob Van Dam Vs Justin Credible & Lance Storm Last Main Event Match: 2001 Guilty As Charged Vs Rob Van Dam)
* 17 Matches on ECW On TNN.
* 9 Main Event Matches on ECW On TNN.
* 29 Matches on ECW Hardcore Television.
* 16 Main Event Matches on ECW Hardcore Television.
United States Wrestling Association:
* 1 Match on USWA Television.
Smokey Mountain Wrestling:
* 1 Match on SMW Television.
Global Wrestling Federation:
* 11 Main Matches on GWF On ESPN.
* 1 Main Event Match on GWF On ESPN.
World Wrestling All-Stars:
* 3 Matches ( 10th Most All-Time ) on WWA Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 2002 The Eruption Vs Chuckie Chaos Last Match: 2003 The Reckoning Vs Chris Sabin, Kazarian & Johnny Swinger)