When thinking of the greatest workers of the past 20 years, a lot of names come to mind: Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, and many others. However, there is one name I think is overlooked time and time again. His name is Jerry Lynn.
Lynn got his start in wrestling in WCW as a masked cruiserweight. He was fired while injured from WCW after only two years, but better things where on the horizon for Lynn.
Lynn made a name for himself in ECW with notable feuds with Justin Credible, Lance Storm, and of course, Rob Van Dam. His matches with RVD would go on to become some of ECW's most notable encounters.
Lynn would win the ECW television title from Rob Van Dam after the referee declared Lynn the winner after the time limit expired, but he only held it for around five minutes after the match was given a extension and Van Dam hit the Five-Star Frog Splash to reclaim his title.
Lynn, however, would go on to become the ECW Champion in late 2000. He would not hold the title for long though. Lynn had one last amazing match with Van Dam in the main event of ECW's last PPV event, Guilty as Charged, he lost.
After ECW went bankrupt in 2001, Jerry Lynn spent a couple of months in WWE and after his talent was wasted there, he was sent packing. (In my mind, this is proof that the WWE cannot recognize good talent even when it is setting in there freaking lap.)
From there he left the WWE Jerry Lynn would join a small promotion in Tennessee that would become known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Lynn would do well for himself in TNA. He held the NWA Tag Team Championship and the X Division Championship twice in his five-year tenure with the company.
However, it would be Lynn's efforts to make X Division stars that he would be most remembered for. He helped elevate AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, and feuded with many other smaller wrestlers who usually would not get a shot at "the spotlight" in other promotions.
After a shoulder injury in 2004 Lynn stepped out of the ring and became a road agent for TNA and made occasional appearances on screen.
However, the veteran could not stay away from the ring and returned to active wrestling in 2007 where he had a notable feud with the X Division Champion Chris Sabin. He even held the title for several months after defeating Sabin.
His last notable match was a three-way dance at Final Resolution for the X Division Championship with Christopher Daniels and Chris Sabin.
Lynn asked for his release from TNA in mid-2007 and got his wish.
However, the wrestling career of Jerry Lynn would not come to an end yet. In late 2007 Jerry Lynn would participate in the Super 8 Tournament. A contest that is usually won by young up and coming stars. Such winners of the tournament include: Paul London, Petey Williams, Christopher Daniels, and many more.
In the finals Jerry Lynn would defeat Sonjay Dutt to become the oldest winner of the Super 8 Tournament at the age of 44.
In 2008 Lynn would join ROH and become a full time roster member for the promotion in September of that same year. He is still wrestling for the promotion. We may see more of Lynn with ROH's growing fan base and it's TV deal HDNET.
To date Lynn is the only wrestler in the world to have worked for WCW, ECW, WWE, TNA, and ROH. That is every major wrestling promotion in the United States. He has wrestled around the world and had terrific matches with the likes of many.
His talents were never used to their full potential in WCW and the WWE, however, companies like ECW, TNA, and now ROH have seen what Lynn has to offer and welcomes him with open arms.
Jerry Lynn will never become a 16 time World Champion, he will never be inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame, and he may never get his own DVD telling the story of his career, but Jerry Lynn will be remembered by me and his true fans as one of the hardest working underrated talents this business has ever taken for granted!!
Jerry Lynn deserves credit for helping make Rob Van Dam, TNA's X Division, and being a big reason TNA survived the first few years.
Thank you Jerry Lynn. Your impact on this business will not be forgotten.