Wrestling: New Jack

"Like his wrestling style or not, you have to respect a guy like New Jack, who has stabbed people in the ring and, from his past career as a bounty hunter, allegedly has several justifiable homicides to his name. Wait, is “respect” the word I’m looking for?"

"AND HERE COMES NEW JACK!"

Born Jerome Young in 1963, New Jack is a retired African-American Professional Wrestler from Atlanta, GA. He is said to have been a bounty hunter before becoming a professional wrestler, though this has not been unconfirmed. He debuted in 1992 in the North Georgia Wrestling Alliance and the USWA in Memphis, TN., but didn't make his name until joining Smoky Mountain Wrestling as a member of the tag team the Gangstas (with Mustafa Saied) in 1994. Their original gimmick was of two militant black men from South Central Los Angeles... in a territory (eastern Tennessee) with an almost entirely white audience, sucka!

The Gangstas then went on to ECW in mid-1995 in Philadelphia, where they eventually dropped the race angle and focused on the other half of their gimmick: Taking people apart. This being the mid-nineties, they also turned face.

New Jack has been at the centre of some truly stomach-churning incidents in wrestling, such as: the Mass Transit Incident where he mangled a backstage handnote ; the Living Dangerously 2000 accident (a.k.a. the Danbury Fall) where he and Vic Grimes botched a stunt and fell 20 ft onto concretenote ; a 2003 match with one Gypsy Joe that devolved into a real-life brawl when Joe refused to sell Jack's moves (bad idea); and, in 2004, shanking another wrestler in the middle of a match for "stiff shot"-ing him (ie. hitting him too hard, rather than fake-hard)...and the list goes on. He also claims that WWE Diva Tammy Lynn Sytch approached him to help assassinate her boyfriend, amongst other lurid stories.

The Other Wiki has a good writeup on his life and career.

He is a 1x SMW Tag Team Champion with Mustafa and a 3x ECW World Tag Team Champion, holding the belts twice with Mustafa and once with former enemy John Kronus of the Eliminators. He has also competed in XPW, TNA, CZW, IWA Mid-South and several other promotions.

"AND HERE COME NEW JACK'S TROPES!":

  • Angry Black Man: Especially in SMW.
  • Arch-Enemy: Jim Cornette, the Public Enemy, the Eliminators (Perry Saturn and John Kronus), The Dudley Boys, Jack Victory, Da Baldies, Terri Runnels, Tammy "Sunny" Sytch. He seems to go looking for trouble by posting online rants about people.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is very enthusiastic about his violence and clearly not in complete touch with the way the world works. Most noteable is him slicing open untrained 17-year-old Mass Transit's forehead with an Exacto knife (A wound which required 100 stitches to close), stabbing a Florida wrestler with a jagged piece of metal 14 times for no real reason, and giving veteran wrestler Gypsy Joe a skull fracture with a baseball bat. Not to mention him and Mustafa beating the hell out of indie team the American Gangsters for "stealing their gimmick".
    • Crazy Awesome: Why else would his matches get "this is awesome" chanted during them?
  • Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil: A cutup bald head to boot
  • Bash Brothers: Mustafa, John Kronus, Little Spike Dudley, Tommy Dreamer.
  • Best Served Cold: After the Danbury Fall, New Jack was willing to let bygones be bygones until he reunited with Grimes in the XPW, where Grimes was supposedly overheard boasting that he hurt New Jack. Unsurprisingly, New Jack took exception to that, saying (and restating it over and over again in interviews) that it wasn't Grimes who hurt New Jack: New Jack hurt New Jack (that is, agreeing to put his life in Grimes' hands in the first place). The two faced each other in a Scaffold Match, where New Jack lifted Grimes over his head and sent him plummeting into a pyramid of tables. In shoot interviews New Jack claims that he had intended to kill Grimes by overshooting the throw and impaling him on the turnbuckle. But the scaffold had been moved back a few feet, so he missed. Or is it all a work? We will never know.
  • Blood Knight: He did not need much encouragement to run down to the ring to fight someone.
  • Bounty Hunter: In Real Life. Or so he claims.
  • Breakup Breakout: A much bigger name than Mustafa
  • Bullying a Dragon: There is no excuse for what Jack did to that sad sack Mass Transit. But listening in on interviews with Meanie, Kid Kash, and others who were witness to it, it must have been like like a car crash in slow-motion. Transit cons his way into the back, flops down next to Tazz and Paul E., lights one up and starts playing armchair booker, telling everybody which spots to do and how to put him over (He's got it all planned, this whiz kid). The final insult: he tells Jack to give him some "color" (colloquialism: bleed). He didn't specify how much.
    Jack (recounting): Sure, I'll do it for you. Gladly.
  • Climbing Climax: Meet New Jack — He falls off things.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: At times in his promos. See the Quotes Page
  • Comedic Sociopathy: During the "Respect" match between AJ Styles and Homicide at the International Wrestling Cartel, New Jack said that instead of following the stipulation and admitting they respect the winner, the loser should instead rob the winner and kidnap his children.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : His gimmick in Smokey Mountain Wrestling, where he and his partner would play the role of fearsome gang bangers (New Jack was on law enforcement's side in real life)
  • Dented Iron: Sleep deprivation and memory loss from the Danbury incident still plagues him, and that doesn't even touch on the various other injuries he's sustained.
  • Determinator: Will work through incredible pain and injuries and will sacrifice himself (see his balcony dives) to beat his opponents.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: As he said once during a "Pulp Fiction" montage (quick promos from various wrestlers with "Miserlou" playing over them) on ECW Hardcore TV in 1998, "Jerome Young. On the streets, it's New Jack."
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: He is implied to have raped Jeremy Borash during the first TNA Hardcore Justice PPV. It was completely played for laughs.
  • Enemy Of My Enemy: After Perry Saturn left for WCW and Mustafa disappeared, teamed with John Kronus, formerly an enemy as a member of the Eliminators, to defeat The Dudley Boys for the ECW World Tag Team Titles at ECW As Good as It Gets, September 20, 1997.
  • Expy: His style could be best compared to that of "The Madman from the Sudan" Abdullah the Butcher, albeit a smaller, lighter, faster version.
  • Finishing Move: The 187 (top rope chairshot), flying guitar shot
    • He used the Diving Headbutt at first in SMW.
      • The Artifact: His diving chairshot was originally part of the Gangstas' finisher, which was Mustafa slamming an opponent and Jack coming off the top with the chair.
  • Flanderization: In the beginning, Jack improvised a few high spots as a way to get himself over. It worked—too well. All of a sudden, the office was excitedly asking, "What're you gonna dive off tonight?", and it became a handicap. A lucrative one, but a handicap nonetheless.
  • Gangsta Rap: Along with "Natural Born Killaz," the Gangstas also used Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Murder Was the Case" as entrance music.
  • Garbage Wrestler: If not the codifier, he may be the best pure example, since he would actually bring garbage cans full of weapons to the ring for his matches. He even provides the trope's page quote. His whole offense was built around hitting people with weapons and sometimes diving off of a balcony or some other high place to put someone through a table. However, at PWX he said that he wrestled before he began swinging chair and at the end had to start wrestling again as swinging chairs was not getting him paid enough.
  • Genre Savvy: Of wrestling and music
  • I Have the High Ground/Death from Above: From the top rope, balconies, even a van
    • More than once, he has set up for a balcony dive or from some other high place in an arena (to put his opponent through a table) and announcer Joey Styles has said, "No way, not even New Jack is that crazy," and been proven wrong, since New Jack not only pulled off the dive from some impossible height or improbable angle, but was even able to get up from it.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: According to Devin Sturgis, New Jack really is a nice guy, in defiance of what his peers had to say on the matter.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood and ECW's Hardcore Revolution and ECW Anarchy Rulz video games.
  • Leitmotif: Dr. Dre and Ice Cube's "Natural Born Killaz", which would play when he made his entrance and continue playing through the match.
  • Made of Iron: Even by the standards of ECW, New Jack absorbed an absolutely insane amount of punishment.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Villain: The Mass Transit debacle was one of the two incidents, the other being Raven's Nest crucifying the Sandman at High Incident, that nearly killed off ECW's chances at a PPV deal.
  • Odd Friendship: With Chris Candido, in Real Life. He acknowledged it during his online feud with Tammy "Sunny" Sytch, Candido's widow.
  • Off on a Technicality: Claims to have four justifiable homicides on his record, and has been arrested MANY times in his career.
  • Once per Episode: The number of his matches that don't include blood (either his own, his opponent's, or both) is very short.
    • When he would face the Dudleys, Big Dick Dudley would inevitably get hit with the guitar.
  • Only in It for the Money: Once cut a promo about how he and Mustafa needed to win the ECW World Tag Team Titles because he needed the money to get members of his family out of the bad community they were living in at the time.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The Gangstas were intended to play upon the racial fears of SMW's very white audience, with the expectation that people would buy tickets hoping to see them lose. It backfired, as they did not turn out to be the box office draws Cornette expected, basically scaring people away from the shows instead.
  • Popularity Power: As soon as the opening gunshot in "Natural Born Killaz" hit, you'd see everyone raising their fists above their head in the "X" sign.
  • Positive Discrimination: From the Gangstas' formation on, he annihilated this. There may not be a definite number of subversion/inversions/etc. to properly describe how much he beat up this trope.
  • Power Stable: Extreme Revolution in TNA, with Raven, the Sandman, Justin Credible and Perry Saturn.
  • Red Baron: "The Original Gangsta"
  • Salt and Pepper: While, following the Gangstas' split, he did team with a variety of white partners (Kronus, Little Spike Dudley, etc.), he subverted this, since, with the probable exception of Kronus, his white partners generally tended to be the more reasonable half of the team.
  • Scars Are Forever: Like a lot of wrestlers who frequently bladed in order to bleed during a match, New Jack's forehead has a massive patch of scar tissue from years and years of razor blade cuts.
  • Scary Black Man: It's an essential part of his character, and he provides the example for this a few times on this site.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Gangstas abandoned SMW for ECW without really giving notice
  • Shout-Out: Name taken from the movie New Jack City.
    "So I went to your room and read your diary:
    'watching Grungenote  leg-drop New-Jack through a press table...' and then my heart stopped"
  • Something Completely Different: He was definitely that when the Gangstas started, and likely because he never made it to WWE or WCW, he may potentially avert Seinfeld Is Unfunny.
    • His heel mic work in SMW qualifies as well. In one promo, he drew the proverbial line in the sand to separate himself from wrestling's past, saying "The Junkyard Dog days is over."
  • Take That: The pre-match promo before the Gangstas-Public Enemy card at ECW House Party 96, January 5, 1996. This would be TPE's last before going to WCW, home of their PG-rated equivalent Harlem Heat.
    "Public Enemy, I'm not one to ask to do me a favor, but if you do this, I won't ask another thing from ya'. If you see those pussy bitches Harlem Heat, tell them 'I invented this'. (Fans cheer.) In fact, I asked Santa Claus what he thinks of Sensational Sherri and he said, 'A ho-ho-ho'."
  • Weapon of Choice: Garbage can, Chair, table, guitar, Fork, Chain, vacuum cleaner, nightstick, loaf of bread, bus stop sign, telephone, staple gun, crutch, prosthetic leg, a Nintendo Entertainment System. Cord and all... The list never ends.
  • Wolverine Claws: One of his favorite weapons.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry/Disproportionate Retribution/Unnecessary Roughness: Has a reputation for legitimately beating up opponents who cross him.