Jamar "Jay" Shipman[1] (born April 29, 1985), better known by the ring name , is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a former ROH World Champion.

He was also 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 Television title concurrently with the World title. Lethal is also known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he was a six-time X Division Champion and a one-time World Tag Team Champion with Consequences Creed. Between ROH and TNA, Lethal has won 11 total championships.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Jamar Shipman was born to Ronald and Shirley Shipman on April 29, 1985, in Elizabeth, New Jersey and is the middle child of three brothers and two sisters.[2] On July 7, 2001, at age sixteen, Shipman entered a contest held by Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) which entitled the winner to a lifetime of free training in the JAPW professional wrestling school.[2] Shipman won, and spent half a year training, at the end of which the JAPW school closed down.[2] Shipman then began training under Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) alum Mikey Whipwreck and Dan Maff.[3]

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016)[edit | edit source]

Through ROH's working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Lethal made his debut for the Japanese promotion on January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, where he successfully defended the ROH World Championship against Michael Elgin.[4] On February 20, 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. Afterwards, Lethal and Truth Martini joined Tetsuya Naito's Los Ingobernables de Japón stable.[5] Lethal and Naito knew each other from working together in TNA.[6] The following month, Lethal returned to NJPW, successfully defending the ROH World Championship against Satoshi Kojima on August 14.[7] On August 19 at ROH's Death Before Dishonor XIV, Lethal lost the ROH World Championship to Adam Cole,[8] ending his reign at 427 days.[9]

Other media[edit | edit source]

Shipman, under his ring name, had a brief appearance in the critically acclaimed 2008 film The Wrestler.[10] In November 2010, he was a contestant on an all TNA week of Family Feud, teaming with Matt Morgan, Mick Foley, Mr. Anderson, and Rob Van Dam against Angelina Love, Christy Hemme, Lacey Von Erich, Tara, and Velvet Sky.[11]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Shipman was previously in a relationship with former WWE Diva AJ Lee, whom he also trained.[12]

In wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
    • Diving Dynamite (Diving headbutt)[3][13] – adopted from Dynamite Kid
    • Diving elbow drop[3][14][15][16][17] adopted from Randy Savage
    • Lethal Combination[18] (STO backbreaker followed by a reverse STO)[3]
    • Lethal Injection (Pumphandle sitout powerbomb[3][19] or a belly-to-back suplex lifted and dropped into a neckbreaker[20][21] or a handspring cutter)[22][23]
    • Lethal Injection II (Diving DDT)
    • Release dragon suplex
  • Signature moves
    • European uppercut[3]
    • Hip toss followed by a cartwheel followed by a dropkick to the opponent's face[3]
    • Inverted suplex lifted and dropped into a sitout wheelbarrow facebuster[24]
    • Koji clutch[25][26]
    • Leg lariat,[3] sometimes from the second or top rope[3]
    • Multiple kick variations
      • EnzuFury (Discus enzuigiri)[3]
      • Springboard drop[3]
      • Super[27]
    • Running vertical suplex[3]
    • Snap suplex[3]
    • Spinning spinebuster[3]
  • Managers
  • Entrance themes
    • "Scorched Ops" by Scott Reinward

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #5 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[29]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2006) TNA Reverse Battle Royal on Impact![30]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bio at Slam! Sports
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Habina, Joe 2010-08-01. No struggle for this wrestler to maintain family ties . The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved on 2010-08-03.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Jay Lethal's Online World of Wrestling Profile . Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on 2009-05-13.
  4. Meltzer, Dave 2016-01-03. Wrestle Kingdom 10 live results: Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2016-01-04.
  5. 2/20 ROH vs. NJPW "Honor Rising Night 2" Results – Lethal defends ROH Title in Tokyo, Bullet Club members win gold & say farewell, Strong-Ishii fall-out . Pro Wrestling Torch (2016-02-20). Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  6. Honor Rising:Japan 2016 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  7. Meltzer, Dave 2016-08-13. NJPW G1 Climax 26 finals live results: Hirooki Goto vs. Kenny Omega . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  8. Caldwell, James 2016-08-19. 8/19 ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV Results – Caldwell's Live Report . Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved on 2016-08-19.
  9. The results are in from the history making Death Before Dishonor . Ring of Honor (2016-08-20). Retrieved on 2016-08-20.
  10. "ECW Original And Lots Of Other Stars In New Movie". Wrestling-edge.com. 2008-01-22. Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  11. Martin, Adam 2010-09-06. Air dates for TNA Wrestling stars on "Family Feud" . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2010-11-03.
  12. Meltzer, Dave (September 6, 2010). "Sept. 6 2010 Observer Newsletter: UFC 118 in-depth, early Luna bio, WWE responds to Cade, Tony Borne". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, CA: 11. ISSN 1083-9593. April Jeanette, 23, started wrestling independently in New Jersey after graduating high school. While doing independents, she attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. She's got by far the most wrestling experience, and will be far and away the best in-ring worker. She's small and has the cute look, and was at one time the girlfriend of TNA's Jay Lethal. 
  13. Jay Lethal . Southside Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved on 2013-05-30.
  14. Jay Lethal's TNA Profile . Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2008-08-03. Retrieved on 2011-04-21.
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  16. Namako, Jason 2012-02-27. ROH on Sinclair Results - 2/25/12 . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2012-06-28.
  17. Wood, Darren 2012-03-04. ROH 10th anniversary show mixes new blood with old . Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved on 2012-06-28.
  18. Slammiversary PPV Results - 6/21/09 . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2009-09-02.
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  21. Boutwell, Josh 2010-06-11. Impact Results - 6/10/10 . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2010-06-18.
  22. Namako, Jason 2012-02-06. ROH on Sinclair Results - 2/4/12 . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2012-11-02.
  23. Namako, Jason 2012-06-26. ROH in Sinclair Results - 6/23/12 . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2012-11-02.
  24. Caldwell, James 2009-02-14. Caldwell's TNA Impact report 2/12: Mega-Mafia explodes, Mafia talks, Mafia wrestles, Mafia ties its shoes, Mafia skips rope, Mafia does jumping jacks . Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  25. Trionfo, Richard 2012-11-04. Ring of Honor Road Rage television report: Footage from Glory by Honor including Lethal vs. Richards . PWInsider.com. Retrieved on 2015-01-14.
  26. Csonka, Larry 2015-12-19. Csonka’s ROH Final Battle Review 12.18.15 . 411MANIA. Retrieved on 2015-01-14.
  27. Martin, Adam 2009-04-24. Slammiversary PPV Results - 6/17 - Nashville, TN (New TNA Champ...) . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2010-01-03.
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  29. Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
  30. Meltzer, Dave (January 22, 2007), "2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–12, ISSN 1083-9593{{#if:|
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