Following his departure from WWE Creative following his “controversial” selfie with the Bullet Club during their Raw Invasion in September, former indie superstar Jimmy Jacobs made a quick return to the indie circuit. Since he wasn’t signed to a performer contract, Jacobs didn’t have the same 90-day no-compete clause that most have when they depart – his first appearance was in the crowd at Ring of Honor‘s Global Wars: Chicago when he came out of the crowd at the end of the night to take another selfie with the group.
Pleasant surprise to see old friends in lovely Chicago. pic.twitter.com/5ss05ryASW
— jimmyjacobs.net (@JimmyJacobsX) October 16, 2017
He made his full return to the ring two weeks back with CZW, when he defeated Sami Callihan at CZW Night of Infamy on November 11, before teaming up with Callihan, AR Fox and Michael Elgin the following night for Beyond Wrestling in defeat to Team Pazuzu (Angel Ortiz, Chris Dickinson, Jaka and Mike Draztik). Last week he returned to IWA Mid South, one of the promotions that gave Jacobs his big break in the early 2000s, losing by DQ to Dale Patricks at IWA Mid South Harvest The Violence.
Last night, at IWA Mid South BloodFeast, Jimmy Jacobs won his first title since holding the Canadian Wrestling Elite (CWE) Championship back in 2015, defeating IWA Mid South World Champion Aaron Williams to become the new World Champion for IWA Mid South. This marks Jacobs’ second reign as IWA Mid South Champion, having previously held the title back in 2006. With Jacobs as Champion (and new funding in place), it looks like IWA Mid South has managed to stay afloat after Ian Rotten was on the verge of closure again this February.
— IG- @IWAMidsouth (@IWAMidSouth) November 24, 2017
Jacobs started his career in the Michigan independents in the very early 2000s, where he was part of the tag team The Revolutionaries with Michigan indie legend “Amazing” N8 Mattson, before moving on to IWA Mid South in 2002 and 2003. He became a 3x IWA Mid South Light Heavyweight Champion, amidst feuds with the likes of Chris Sabin, CM Punk, Alex Shelley and Colt Cabana. In 2004, he became a regular with Ring of Honor, becoming 2x ROH World Tag Team Champions with BJ Whitmer early on.
In 2007, he launched his most famous faction, The Age of the Fall, who ran amok throughout Ring of Honor. Featuring his frequent tag partner Tyler Black (now Seth Rollins in the WWE) and hardcore icon Necro Butcher, the trio debuted by viciously assaulting the Briscoe Brothers following the brother’s intense ladder match against Kevin Steen (aka Kevin Owens) and El Generico (Sami Zayn).
The Age of the Fall duo of Jacobs and Black would become 2x ROH World Tag Team Champions, as well as collect tag team gold in both PWG and AAW. Through the next few years, Age of the Fall would acquire many other members, including Joey Mercury, Brodie Lee (aka Luke Harper), Delirious, Lacey, and MsChief. Age of the Fall disbanded in 2009 when Jacobs departed ROH to work in other indie promotions, like EVOLVE and Insanity Pro Wrestling (IPW).
He returned to ROH in 2011, forming another popular heel faction, S.C.U.M. (Suffering, Chaos, Ugliness, and Mayhem) alongside Steve Corino and Kevin Steen, before reuniting with his old partner BJ Whitmer in 2013 to form The Decade, before heading to the WWE in 2015 to join their creative team. Jacobs worked on the creative team for Raw the past two years, and is credited by Chris Jericho as the man who created “The List” amongst other things.
Jacobs seems re-energized back in the indies after such a lay off from in-ring performing and this IWA Mid South title may not be the last gold he sees. He’s also become a new regular with Impact Wrestling, debuting a few weeks back on commentary, where he’s seemingly taken over as the new handler for Kongo Kong. He was also just announced as appearing on Border City Wrestling‘s upcoming Detroit show, which will include some taping for Impact Wrestling (the main event is for the Impact Global Championship between Eli Drake, John Morrison and Alberto El Patron), where Jacobs is being advertised as competing in an X-Division match. He’s also competing tonight (November 24) at AIW against long time foe Colt Cabana, and then challenges AAW Champion Rey Fenix this Saturday in Chicago. He’s also booked in the UK early next year, in a dream match versus Jimmy Havoc in IPW:UK in March. It appears that “The Zombie Princess” is back in full effect and making up for lost time.
SIGNED // 18th March @TheGrandClapham
— IPW (@IPWUK) November 14, 2017