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The JWL is a Professional WrestlingFan Fiction series written by JIKTV. It takes existing wrestlers, in some cases with new gimmicks, and sets them in the eponymous promotion. It has been running for a decade, give or take some gaps. It is available here. It has had 80 TV episodes and 6 PPVs. It is slightly Alternate Universe because, while it focuses on wrestlers/managers/valets from WWE, WCW, ECW and others, it features in some cases gimmicks or alliances that do or did not exist.The focus of The JWL is WRESTLING. This isn't Slash Fic/Lemon/Lime material, or storylines involving wrestlers with no ring in sight. It is written in a script format.At present, the JWL World Heavyweight Title is vacant due to Jacob "Jack Swagger" Hager being fired for his pot/speeding/DUI arrest, and the JWL Women's Title and the JWL World Tag Team Titles are also vacant.Also, some rules:
1.NO MEN HITTING WOMEN.note The closest I have come to this was on Episode 8, during the Perfect Team ("Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig and Kurt Angle, w/Mr. Bob Backlund) vs. the Misfits (Perry Saturn and Crowbar, w/Daffney Unger) match. Daffney had jumped onto Backlund's shoulders for the Frankenscreamer, and Backlund had shoved her down to the mat. As this was purely defensive rather than a deliberate attack, it did not violate the rule.
3.When a wrestler/manager/valet/etc. is released/fired, that's it. Said person can no longer return. If a character leaves of his/her own choosing, he/she could potentially return albeit in a different role. (See below under Screw This, I'm Outta Here! for the one time that this has happened.)
4.NO pregnancy/wedding/etc. angles.
5.NO hotshotted title changes (i.e., someone winning a title on a PPV and losing it on the following TV show.)
6.NO restraining order angles or anything that might involve a lawyer.
Finally, a warning: My personal biases toward/against certain people may come through at times. I really don't want to have to explain it all again.
Aborted Arc: The mysterious videos with anagrammed messages that began on Episode 68, inspired by the "SAVEUS.222" videos WWE aired in 2007 to hype the return of Chris Jericho, that would have led to the debut of the Kat. The full explanation can be found here.
Episode 71: The Brooklyn Brawler (w/Barry Horowitz) pinned HHH. He was released shortly after this. By this time, everyone else in the Clique had either walked out (Stephanie), had been forced out (Chyna), had been forced into retirement (Shawn Michaels), or had been canned offscreen (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws.)
Breather Episode: Being the first show after the Chris Benoit tragedy, Episode 54 was this, as all the Faces went over out of the need to send the crowd home happy.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Elijah Burke, who had a brief feud with Taz and then disappeared, never to be mentioned again.note The non-Kayfabe reason: Reading about an injury he had suffered that would have supposedly forced him to retire, followed by his debut in TNA as "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero. Truth in Television, since this tended to happen to people (Paul Varelans, Joel Hartgood) who faced Taz in ECW in Real Life.
Many wrestlers were either retired or released but did not receive in-universe explanations for their departures. This was partially due to there being Loads and Loads of Characters.
The show featured the debut of the Rock's "The Smackdown Hotel." The Rock ran down various Real Lifewrestler interview segments, with the mention of Mike Awesome's note Who had committed suicide on February 17, 2007 and was memorialized at the start of the showWCW segment "The Lava Lamp Lounge" being deleted.
Later that same night, there was a tag match that was originally scheduled as the Royal Assassins (Randy Orton and Dave Batista, w/manager Jerry Lawler) vs. Balls Mahoney and Mike Awesome. Before the match, Orton started cutting a promo about "killing legends"note Lawler's Power Stable the Royals were in a feud with the Hardcore Alliance, which included Mahoney and Awesome, and Batista had defeated Awesome at JWL The Great American Bash I, and Orton's mic went out and a "We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties" message came up on the screen. When the show came back, Mahoney said that what Orton had said "was a load of crap." He then brought out his replacement partner, Masato Tanaka.
JWL Women's Champion "The Female Fighting Phenom" Jazz having to vacate the title because she was pregnant.
The long delays between shows at times.
Scott Hudson replacing Jim Ross as lead announcer after JR's last health issue.
Jerry Lawler's heart attack led to the scrapping of an angle that would have involved his real-life ex-wife the Kat debuting and affiliating herself with the former Hardcore Alliance, Balls Mahoney, Masato Tanaka and 2 Cold Scorpio, against Lawler's Power Stable the Royals (The Rock, Christian, and the Royal Assassins [Randy Orton and Dave Batista]). See Aborted Arc above.
Serious Business: Everything. The focus is ultimately on the matches, not about interfering officials, love affairs, social media or any of the other nonsense that drags down current Real Life wrestling shows.
Episode 1 started with the entire roster coming out to the entranceway to KISS's "Rock N Roll All Nite," a reference to how IWA Japan would have their roster come out to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." This intro was ultimately abandoned, and, ever since Episode 9, with the ten-bell count for "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, the only times the show opens with the entire roster on the stage is to honor someone in wrestling who had passed away. Unfortunately, this tends to happen a lot.
Squash Match: These were featured a lot for a time, though they are used now for the purpose of introducing new characters.
Stranger Behind the Mask: Literalized, as Shawn Michaels DID have a feud with a masked wrestler called the Stranger. While it wasn't someone who had previously been part of the JWL, it was someone with a connection to Michaels.
Francine fired Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner and Sid from the Franchise Foundation (led by her and Shane Douglas and also including during its existence [Episode 3 through Episode 49] Tazz, Kane, Justin Credible and Steiner's valet Midajah) for much the same reasons for their failure against Benoit and against the Dungeon of Doom (JWL version: Kamala, Earthquake, The Giant, the Yeti, "The Laughing Man" Hugh Morrus and the JWL World Tag Team Champions the Faces of Fear [Meng and the Barbarian], with managers Kevin Sullivan, Jimmy Hart and the Master).