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Born Frederick Marty Jannetty on February 3, 1960, Marty Jannetty is an American professional wrestler whose name is, unfortunately, best known as a byword for a wrestler who's left behind by a Breakup Breakout (and even the former Trope Namer for Breakup Breakout itself). He debuted in 1984 and worked for various National Wrestling Alliance territories and for the American Wrestling Association. His most famous work was him teaming with Shawn Michaels as The Midnight Rockers, later renamed The Rockers in WWE. That ended when Shawn infamously threw Marty through the window of the set of Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake's "The Barber Shop" on the January 12, 1992 (taped December 3, 1991) WWF Wrestling Challenge. He would drift in and out of WWE every few years, starting in 1993. He also appeared for WCW, ECW and numerous independent promotions.

Along with his IC Title reign, he and The 1-2-3 Kid held the WWE World Tag Team Titles, he is a former NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion, a former NWA Central States Television Champion, a former 4x NWA Central States Tag Team Champion (2x w/Tommy Rogers as The Uptown Boys, 1x w/Bob Brown and 1x w/Shawn as The Midnight Rockers), he and Shawn were 2x AWA Southern (Memphis) Tag Team Champions and they were 3x AWA World Tag Team Champions.

"Rocker Troper":

  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Well, Shawn, of course. Marty never forgave Shawn for the dissolution of the Rockers, and even briefly won the Intercontinental Title from him in an act of revenge.
    • Also, in the AWA, The Midnight Rockers had a big feud with "Playboy" Buddy Rose and "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers.
  • The Bus Came Back: Every year and a half or so after WCW folded. He's usually on the wrong end of a match involving someone with a grudge against Shawn Michaels or a young superstar with a push or winning streak.
  • Butt-Monkey: Naming the less successful person of a Tag Team after they break up as "The Jannetty".
  • David Versus Goliath: Played straight when The Rockers defeated Haku and The Barbarian at WrestleMania VII in 1991. Inverted two years earlier at WrestleMania V when they lost to The Twin Towers (The Big Bossman and Akeem).
  • Finishing Move: Rocker Dropper, which he later renamed The Showstopper in WCW as a Take That! to Shawn, who used that as one of his Red Barons.
  • Ring Oldies: Now 60 and still wrestling, and he's not half bad.
  • Tag Team:
  • Theatrics of Pain: Being a former tag partner of Shawn Michaels in a team modeled on The Rock 'n' Roll Express, it's no surprise he was really good at this.
  • Unrelated Brothers: To his trainers Ted and Jerry Oates, as Marty Oates.


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Shawn Michaels Heel Turn

Shawn Michaels betrays his tag team partner, Marty Jannetty.

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