Hartley Jackson

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Hartley Jackson
Born (1980-04-17) 17 April 1980 (age 34)
Adelaide, South Australia
Resides Adelaide, South Australia
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) JAG
Hartley Jackson
Brett James
Jacko Kerrigan
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)
Billed from Adelaide, South Australia
Trained by Col Dervany
Debut 10/4/1999

Hartley Jackson an Australian professional wrestler who is known under the name JAG.[1][2][3][4][5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Jackson began wrestling training in 1998 under former Australian wrestler[citation needed] Col Dervany. Jackson helped open the first official pro wrestling school in South Australia called the Monster Factory, with Dervany as the head trainer. Hartley made his official debut on 4 October 1999 against Bruce ‘Havok’ Mills at the Octagon Theatre in Elizabeth, South Australia.[6] Jackson quickly rose to become one of the top ranking Australian wrestlers[citation needed] becoming the first ever Pro Wrestling South Australia Champion defeating Bruce ‘Havok’ Mills in a Ladder Match at Thebarton Theatre on 24 March 2000[citation needed]. Hartley has competed domestically and internationally, particularly in Japan.[7]

Trainer[edit]

In 2002, a group of aspiring wrestlers from Perth – where there was no wrestling school at the time - travelled to South Australia and trained under Col Dervany, Bruce Mills and Hartley Jackson. The group from Perth eventually went on to open their own wrestling school become Explosive Pro Wrestling which is regarded as one of the top promotions currently in Australia[citation needed]. In 2003, Jag and Havok ventured to Perth on multiple occasions to wrestle for EPW, as well as become guest instructors and help further train the EPW roster and train wrestlers like Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste (TMDK).[8] Hartley Jackson later opened a new training centre in Adelaide called Pro Wrestling Dojo.[9]

NJPW[edit]

In 2005, Hartley Jackson made his first trip to the USA which was sponsored by Rick Sanders, a founder of EPW in Perth, and took Mikey Nicholls with him. Hartley and Mikey lived and trained at the NJPW Dojo located in Los Angeles, California where they trained pro wresting with Kendo Kashin, Rocky Romero, Antonio Inoki and Terry Taylor and also trained in MMA which was coached by UFC referee Herb Dean[citation needed]. Also present at the school when Hartley and Nicolls arrived was Fergal Devitt, Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov. A few months later Karl Anderson soon joined them and the 5 became a tight group that always trained together and became a part of the team ‘6 against the World’ from the LA Dojo[citation needed].

Hartley’s hard work at the NJPW Dojo paid off to an appearance with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2006 where he and fellow Australian, Mikey Nicholls, wrestled Minoru and Hiroki Goto at the famous Korakuen Hall[citation needed]. Jackson and Nicholls lost the encounter, but Jackson swore that he would return to Japan in the future, bigger and better, to once again represent his country and would take Antinio Inoki’s advice and become a heavyweight wrestler. Hartley Jackson stayed at the NJPW apartments and Dojo and trained with the NJPW Roster.

Zero1[edit]

In 2010, Hartley Jackson signed for a 6 week tour with Zero1 Japan and formed a tag team with Steve Corino. Both Hartley and Corino faced Akebono and Otani in a World Tag Team Title Match in April, narrowly losing the encounter. During the course of the tour, Hartley Jackson feuded with Kanemura and they faced off in a Strap Match at Korakuen Hall.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Australian Wrestling Alliance
    • AWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time) [10]
  • Pacific Pro Wrestling
    • Pacific Tag Team Championship (w/ Havok - 1 time) [12]
  • Wrestle Rampage
    • Wrestle Rampage Australian National Championship (1 time)
    • Meltdown World Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Jonah Rock

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