Former WWE Star Jerry Lynn's Retirement Show This Weekend in Minneapolis
Former WWE wrestler and former ECW and TNA World Heavyweight champion Jerry Lynn is set to end his career in the same place it started—Minneapolis.
Heavy on Wrestling is putting on the “The Last F’n Show” at the Minneapolis Convention Center with a 6:00 p.m. bell time on Saturday, March 23. The show is a pretty loaded one for an independent promotion. The card includes Rhino, Perry Saturn, Al Snow and ECW originals Tommy Dreamer, Blue Meanie and Sabu. The main event being advertised is a tag match with Jerry Lynn and Horace the Psychopath taking on JB Trask and X-Pac.
“It’s starting to feel like an independent pay-per-view,” said Heavy of Wrestling owner David Sabick. “Kind of a WrestleMania of independent shows.”
Sabick has promoted some big cards before, but tomorrow’s event is among his biggest to date, with an expected attendance of close to 1,000.
Lynn, a Minneapolis native, started his wrestling career in 1988, hopping around independent shows in Minnesota and Michigan.
Sabick pitched to Lynn the idea of having his final match back where it first began.
“When I started talking to him I said, ‘Why don't we have your final match in Minnesota?’” Sabick said. “We started snooping around the cities…and by chance, we went to the convention center…and we started to hammer it out.”
Putting on an independent show this large is no easy task. Sabick credits the connections he has made along the way for making this show a success.
“Part of it has to do with friendships I have formed over the years,” Sabick said. “I know a lot of guys in the business…so that’s usually how it starts. Plus, everybody in the wrestling business likes Jerry Lynn…so there were a lot of guys who wanted to be on this card.”
After seven years on the independent circuit, Lynn joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1995 and was a mainstay in the now infamous WCW Cruiserweight division. The division included future legends such as Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Sabu and Chris Jericho.
Following an injury, Lynn was released from WCW in 1997. After leaving WCW, Lynn landed in Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he would stay until ECW’s eventual bankruptcy in 2001. During his time in ECW, he would have feuds with Justine Credible, Lance Storm and Rob Van Dam, among others.
During his feud with RVD, Lynn began referring to himself as “The New F’n Show," a play on RVD’s nickname, “The Whole F’n Show.” On October 1, 2000, Lynn would win his first ECW World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Justine Credible. Lynn also had the distinction of being in the final ECW pay-per-view main event, losing to RVD at the Guilty as Charged pay-per-view in 2001.
Following ECW’s demise in 2001, Lynn made his WWE debut, winning the Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Crash Holly on an episode of Sunday Night Heat. He would have matches with RVD and Jeff Hardy before leaving the company early in 2002.
Since his departure from WWE, Lynn has spent time in both TNA and Ring of Honor as well as spending time on the independent circuit. The Last F’n Show will mark the end of his illustrious 27-year career.
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Matt Busch is a Correspondent for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.
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