is a Professional Wrestling Fan 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
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
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
- 2. NO Dusty Finishes, "Montreal Screwjob finishes," no WrestleMania IX/MITB run-in finishes, NO Fingerpoke Of Doom finishes.
- 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.
Tropes Associated with The JWL (In-Universe):
- 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.
- Action Girl: (Currently active): Jacqueline, Melina Perez, Natalya Neidhart, Victoria, Aksana, Amber O'Neal
- Acrofatic: Bam Bam Bigelow, Big Van Vader, The Blue Meanie, Hugh Morrus
- Alliterative Name:
- Arn Anderson
- Bam Bam Bigelow
- The Franchise Foundation, which included Scott Steiner
- Anyone Can Die: Ur Example: "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig
- Author Avatar: In the service of a Take That, Paul E. Dangerously, on "Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I'm Episode 64?". 911 had just Squashed Mr. World Cup (Ken "Kenny Dykstra" Doane, aka Kenny from the Spirit Squad, in generic soccer gear with his face painted like a soccer ball). After the match, the fans chanted "One more time! One more time!"
- Badass: Meng, The Barbarian, Masato Tanaka, Big Van Vader, Taz, Bam Bam Bigelow...
- Bald of Awesome: Perry Saturn, New Jack, Bam Bam Bigelow
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Shane Douglas, Jeff Jarrett, Christian
- Break the Haughty/Humiliation Conga: Triple H
- Episode 44: Norman Smiley not only did his "Big Wiggle" dance to HHH, he made him submit to his Finishing Move, the Norman Conquest.
- Episode 48: Al Snow made HHH tap out to a nose hold!note
- Episode 64:The Boogeyman pinned HHH and then tried shoving the worms down his throat.
- 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
- 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.
- Cool Mask: Kane, the Hurricane, Rey Misterio Jr.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: Khosrow Daivari, currently the manager of Daivari International, which includes "The Moscow Mauler" Vladimir Kozlov w/"The Lithuanian Sensation" Aksana and Trevor Murdoch, who was 1/2 of the JWL World Tag Team Champions with the late Lance Cade.
- Garbage Wrestler: (current) Balls Mahoney, The Nasty Boys, The Dudley Boys
- The Giant: Yes, Paul Wight himself.
- Gimmick Matches: Hell in a Cell, hardcore/street fights, casket matches, three-way-dances and a Royal Rumble have all been featured.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Molly Holly, Beckie the Farmer's Daughter
- Improbable Weapon User: Al Snow, for his mannequin head
- In Memoriam: Started with "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig on Episode 9 and, sadly, many times since.
- The Dead Have Names: As an example, Episode 63 started with 24 wrestlers' faces/names appearing on the screen.
- These kinds of long lists can also be due to how long it can take me to put together a show.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The Clique segment on Episode 3.note
- Loads and Loads of Characters: FIVE Character Pages so far, and that's without listing those people who were only used as Jobbers.
- Never Send an X to Do a Y's Job: On Episode 46, Francine said that the Franchise Foundation had been failing because she had been "sending BOYS to do a WOMAN'S job," leading her to call out JWL Women's Champion Molly Holly because she wanted a shot at the title. It didn't work out too well for her.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Twice on Episode 53.
- The show featured the debut of the Rock's "The Smackdown Hotel." The Rock ran down various Real Life wrestler interview segments, with the mention of Mike Awesome's note WCW 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 , 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.
- Parts Unknown:
- The Blue Meanie, from "Pepperland"
- The Boogeyman, from "The Bottomless Pit"
- The Dudley Boys, from "Dudleyville"
- The Hurricane, from "The Hall of Justice"
- The Giant and the Stranger were billed from there, as is Kane today.
- Persona Non Grata: The following have all been fired for different reasons: Bradshaw, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Chyna, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Triple H, Lita, Rhino, Gangrel and X-Pac.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The deaths of Bam Bam Bigelow, Mike Awesome, Chris Benoit, Crush and Lance Cade.
- 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.
- Jack Swagger being fired and stripped of the JWL World Heavyweight Title due to his pot/speeding/DUI arrest.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: JWL Commissioner Mick Foley
- Ring Oldies: Lawler, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, Ric Flair, the One Man Gang, Kamala...
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: Used by Leo Kruger and CJ Parker to determine which one would have to start against Festus Dalton on Episode 67.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Stephanie McMahon walked out after the Clique segment (see Leaning on the Fourth Wall above) near the end of Episode 3. She was later brought back as a masked Jobber named Miss X, though never identified as such.
- 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.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mr. Bob Backlund, Damien Sandow
- Shout-Out: The (non-existent) dark (non-televised) "match" before Episode 35 was the Festrunk Brothers defeating the Butabi Brothers.
- 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.
- Spanish Announcers Table: Meng put Bubba Ray Dudley through it during the Faces of Fear vs. the Dudley Boys JWL World Tag Team Titles Tables Match at JWL The Great American Bash I.
- 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.
- Take That: Using Shane McMahon as "Aldo Montoya," Eric Bischoff as "Kwang"note , Vince Russo as "Doink the Clown"note , Jonathan Coachman as "The Gobbledy Gooker", and Diva Search Idiots Christy Hemme, Carmella DeCesare, Joy Giovanni and Michelle McCool as total Jobbers.
- Talk Show with Fists: The Rock's "The Smackdown Hotel"
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: The Boogeyman, of course.
- Tournament Arc: Currently on the third one. The first was the JWL World Tag Team Title Tournament which ran from Episode 24 through JWL WrestleMania I. The second was the JWL World Heavyweight Title Tournament which ran from Episode 54 through JWL Vengeance I. The JWL World Heavyweight Title Tournament that was created in response to Jack Swagger getting fired started on Episode 76.
- Translator Buddy: Bryan Knobbs of the Nasty Boys, for manager Dusty Rhodes, at the start of Episode 39.
- Unrelated Brothers: The Undertaker and Kane, The Dudley Boys, the Dalton Brothers (Jesse and Festus)
- Wrestling Family: The Hart Dynasty, Cody Rhodes as a member of Dusty's Dream Team
- Wrestling Monster: (current): Kane, the Burmese Python
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Blue Meanie, of course.
- You Have Failed Me: A Yo Yo Plot Point:
- Episode 45 started with Trish Stratus firing everyone from her Power Stable Stratusfaction Inc. (Test, Albert, Val Venis, Kanyon and Lance Storm) for their lack of success against the Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and manager Terri Runnels).
- 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).
- You Have to Have Jews: Barry Horowitz, Paul E. Dangerously, Raven, Dean Malenko
Tropes Associated with The JWL (out of-universe):
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Using Bret Hart, Arn Anderson, Christopher Nowinski and Earthquake as active competitors despite their career-ending injuries/health problems.