Jay Lethal is best known for his time with Ring of Honor.
82 Facts About Jay Lethal
Jay Lethal is well known for his time with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Jay Lethal was a record-setting two-time and longest reigning ROH World Television Champion, holding the title for 567 days, and the only man to hold the World Television Championship and the World Championship at the same time, and a former ROH World Tag Team Champion with Jonathan Gresham.
Jay Lethal is recognized by ROH as a Grand Slam Champion, and is the only man to have held the ROH World, World Tag Team, World Television and Pure championships.
Jay Lethal is known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he was a six-time TNA X Division Champion and a former TNA World Tag Team Champion with Consequences Creed as The Lethal Consequences.
Between ROH and TNA, Jay Lethal has won 13 total championships.
Jay Lethal is the middle child of Ronald and Shirley Shipman, with two brothers and two sisters.
Jay Lethal spent six months training there, at the end of which the school closed down.
Jay Lethal then began training under Extreme Championship Wrestling alumni Mikey Whipwreck and Dan Maff.
Jay Lethal won his first Championship, the JAPW Television Championship, on September 13,2002, in Bayonne, New Jersey, at Never Forget, defeating the champion, Ghost Shadow, and Rain in a three-way match.
Jay Lethal's reign lasted an unprecedented and unreplicated eleven months, with Lethal finally losing to Crazy Ivan on August 22,2003, in Rahway, New Jersey at Counter-Strike.
Jay Lethal held the JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship, defeating the champion, Azrieal, Insane Dragon and Jack Evans on February 28,2004, at Revolution, in a four-way match.
On January 29,2005, at Wild Card, Jay Lethal pinned Maff in a title match, but the decision was overturned by crooked referee Sean Hanson.
On January 7,2006, at Wild Card II, Jay Lethal lost the JAPW Heavyweight Championship to Rhino, who won the bout after giving Jay Lethal a Rhino Driver through a table from the top rope.
Jay Lethal tried twice to regain his title, first on February 18,2006, in a three-way match which included Teddy Hart, and then on May 20,2006, but was unsuccessful both times at regaining the title.
At the beginning of 2009 Jay Lethal proclaimed that it was his destiny to win back the JAPW Heavyweight title, held by Kenny Omega.
On February 28,2009, in Jersey City, at Jersey City Rumble Jay Lethal won a 21-person Jersey City Rumble to earn the right to challenge for Omega's title that same night.
Jay Lethal was eliminated from the tournament after Doug Williams pinned him in a four-way match using the Chaos Theory.
Low Ki easily defeated Jay Lethal, then mocked him after the match.
Jay Lethal defeated both WMDs at All-Star Extravaganza 2 on December 4 and Final Battle 2004 on December 26 respectively, in both cases ending the match with his signature flipping release dragon suplex.
Pure Champion and Embassy member R J Brewer, who had control over when to wrestle his title matches, chose to have the title defense immediately after Lethal's match, defeating the exhausted Lethal to retain his title following a trifecta of Lung Blowers.
Jay Lethal was scheduled to face Walters for the title in a re-match at Trios Tournament 2005 on March 5 in Philadelphia, but was attacked by an unknown assailant backstage, resulting in Jay Lethal's eye swelling shut.
Jay Lethal was stretchered from the arena, wearing a neck brace, ostensibly seriously injured.
Jay Lethal went on to defeat Low Ki later that night in a standard singles match to end their feud.
Jay Lethal defeated Sal Rinauro to advance to the finals of the 2005 Survival of the Fittest tournament on September 24, but was eliminated by Roderick Strong.
On December 3,2005, at Steel Cage Warfare, Jay Lethal wrestled Joe in an exhibition match.
On January 27,2006, Jay Lethal teamed with Bryan Danielson, losing to Austin Aries and Roderick Strong in a match for the Tag Team Championship.
At the Fourth Anniversary Show on February 25,2006, in Edison, New Jersey, Jay Lethal lost cleanly to Samoa Joe to end their short-lived feud.
Jay Lethal departed from the promotion following this, but subsequently returned three times for one-night appearances, losing to Pure Champion Nigel McGuinness on May 13, teaming with Colt Cabana on July 15 in a losing effort against Jimmy Rave and Sal Rinauro, and losing a four way survival match against Claudio Castagnoli, Christopher Daniels, and the match winner, Nigel McGuinness on August 5,2006.
Jay Lethal made his pay-per-view debut at Against All Odds in 2006 on February 12, defeating Matt Bentley, Alex Shelley and Petey Williams in a four-way match by pinning Williams.
The next week, Jay Lethal challenged Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated following interference from Scott Steiner.
Two weeks later, Jay Lethal took part in a five way X Division match to determine the number one contender for the title.
Jay Lethal was pinned by Senshi after Williams hit him with his Canadian Destroyer.
The series included a push-up contest, musical chairs, Limbo contest, Texas Hold'em and a few others, although Jay Lethal did not win the tournament.
At the Lockdown pay-per-view on April 15,2007, Jay Lethal nearly won the X Division title from Sabin in a five-person Xscape match.
However, Jay Lethal subsequently expressed doubt over whether he had really spoken with Savage as the Macho Man's trademark voice is easily imitated.
At Slammiversary, Jay Lethal defeated Chris Sabin in a singles match for the X Division Championship, his first title in TNA.
At Victory Road Lethal competed in an Ultimate X gauntlet match in a losing effort after Christopher Daniels retrieved the X At Hard Justice Lethal and Sonjay Dutt, who had made peace with Lethal after coming up with the gimmick of a guru, defeated Triple X's Christopher Daniels and Senshi and The Motor City Machineguns in a three-way tag match when Lethal pinned Daniels.
At Genesis Lethal successfully defended his X Division Championship against his best friend, Sonjay Dutt, who during the match began showing signs of annoyance towards Lethal and his mannerisms.
Jay Lethal proposed to Val again, but found that her ring was missing, as Dutt had stolen it.
At No Surrender Val turned on Jay Lethal by giving him a low blow, which allowed Dutt to climb the ladder and get the wedding ring.
At Bound for Glory IV Jay Lethal won the Steel Asylum match to become the number 1 contender to the X Division title.
At Destination X, Jay Lethal competed in an Ultimate X match for the X Division Championship, along with Consequences Creed, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley and Suicide, who ended up winning the match and the Championship.
When Jay Lethal, now imitating Flair, was confronted by Flair himself, he claimed that he meant no disrespect and out of respect towards Flair, returned the ring to him.
Jay Lethal regained the title two days later at a live event in Rahway, New Jersey.
At Bound for Glory, Jay Lethal successfully defended the X Division Championship against Douglas Williams.
At Turning Point, Jay Lethal lost the X Division Championship to Robbie E, after another interference from Cookie.
At Final Resolution, Jay Lethal faced Robbie E in a match for the X Division Championship, during which Cookie was suspended above the ring in a shark cage.
Robbie retained the title via disqualification, when Jay Lethal was caught using Cookie's hairspray on him.
On January 9,2011 at Genesis, Jay Lethal lost the X Division Championship to Fortune member Kazarian.
On May 2,2011, ROH announced that Jay Lethal would be making his return to the promotion on June 26 at the Best in the World 2011 internet pay-per-view.
On December 3, Jay Lethal defeated nineteen other men in the Honor Rumble to earn a shot at the ROH World Championship in 2012.
On December 23 at Final Battle 2011, Jay Lethal successfully defended the ROH World Television Championship in a three-way match against El Generico and Mike Bennett.
At the January 7,2012, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Jay Lethal successfully defended the title against Bennett in a No Time Limit match.
On June 24 at Best in the World 2012: Hostage Crisis, Jay Lethal failed in his attempt to regain the World Television Championship from Strong in a three-way elimination match, involving Ciampa.
On September 22, Jay Lethal won the 2012 Survival of the Fittest tournament to earn another shot at the ROH World Championship.
At the January 5,2013, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Jay Lethal managed to coax Steen into accepting a title match with him, which led to McGuinness agreed to change his mind and make the match official.
In March 2015, Jay Lethal became the most successful World Television Champion of all time, with the most successful defenses as champion, more than doubling the previous record held by Matt Taven.
In May 2015, Jay Lethal debuted a new World Television Championship belt, which omitted the word "Television" and now read simply "ROH Champion".
Jay Lethal returned to the UK again to defend the ROH World Championship, this time defeating Mark Haskins at a sold-out show in York Hall, London for Revolution Pro Wrestling.
On February 20, Jay Lethal main evented the second night of the ROH and NJPW co-produced Honor Rising: Japan 2016 event in Tokyo, Japan, successfully defending the ROH World Championship against Tomoaki Honma.
At Field of Honor Jay Lethal was involved in a Four corner survival match for the ROH World Championship which was won by Adam Cole.
At Final Battle Jay Lethal was defeated by Cody after he hit a low blow, then proceed to attack Jay Lethal.
Jay Lethal defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in the first round of the Decade of Excellence.
Jay Lethal was defeated by Jay Briscoe in the second round.
Jay Lethal would stay with ROH until October 2021 when the promotion announced they would enter into a hiatus until 2022.
Shortly after the announcement, Jay Lethal joined All Elite Wrestling and was pulled from the Final Battle card.
However, after ROH World Champion Bandido was diagnosed with COVID-19, it was announced that Jay Lethal would be replacing Bandido in his Final Battle match against Jonathan Gresham.
At the event, Jay Lethal turned heel after using a low blow to defeat Lee Moriarty and then attacked crutch-donning Matt Sydal.
Jay Lethal would reunite with Sonjay Dutt, who restrained him as he was attacking Sydal, and the two began a feud with Samoa Joe after Joe won the ROH Television Championship.
On February 25,2012, Jay Lethal defeated Damien Darling at a Family Wrestling Entertainment event to win the FWE Tri-Borough Championship.
On March 22,2013, Jay Lethal made his debut for Southern California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, losing to Eddie Edwards in a singles match.
On May 25, Jay Lethal took part in English promotion Southside Wrestling Entertainment's Speed King 2013 tournament, eventually defeating Dean Allmark, El Ligero, Martin Kirby, Marty Scurll and MK McKinnan in a six-way final to win the tournament and become the new SWE Speed King Champion.
On July 30,2016, Jay Lethal defended the ROH World Championship against Denis Rivera for CWA in Puerto Rico where the CWA Heavyweight Championship was on the line.
Jay Lethal was victorious, retaining his ROH World Championship and gaining the CWA title in the process.
Jay Lethal made his What Culture Pro Wrestling debut on the second episode of WCPW Loaded in a match against El Ligero with the stipulation that if Ligero won he would get a shot at Jay Lethal's ROH Championship.
Later Jay Lethal was against Noam Dar for his ROH World Championship on July 25,2016 on the episode of WCPW: Built To Destroy, where Jay Lethal won.
Jay Lethal was set to face El Ligero at WCPW Refuse To Lose on October 6,2016.
Jay Lethal returned to the promotion on January 29,2017, where he took part of Triple Threat match for the ROH World Championship, which he lost.
Jay Lethal unsuccessfully challenged Bobby Sharp for the HIW Wildside Provincial Championship.
On November 13,2021, Jay Lethal made his debut for All Elite Wrestling at the Full Gear pay-per-view, challenging Sammy Guevara for the AEW TNT Championship on the November 17 episode of Dynamite, which Guevara accepted.
Jay Lethal would go on to lose the match, but got his arms raised by the Inner Circle post-match as a sign of respect.