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Frederick Marty Jannetty (born February 3, 1962) is an Americanmarker professional wrestler, best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation as part of tag team The Rockers with partner Shawn Michaels, and later as a singles competitor. While in the WWF, he became a one-time Intercontinental Champion and one-time Tag Team Champion with the 1-2-3 Kid. With Michaels, The Rockers became two-time World Tag Team Champions in the American Wrestling Association.


National Wrestling Alliance (1984–1986)

Jannetty began his wrestling career in April 1984, wrestling in the National Wrestling Alliance's Central States division. He wrestled in singles and tag team competition with various partners, including "Bulldog" Bob Brown and with Tommy Rogers as the Uptown Boys, until joining forces with fellow rookie Shawn Michaels in late 1985. The two teamed as The Midnight Rockers and quickly won the Central States Tag Team Championship from The Batten Twins.

American Wrestling Association (1986–1988)

In 1986, the duo left the NWA for the American Wrestling Association. In the AWA, Jannetty and Michaels quickly built a reputation as a talented tag team, performing many acrobatic moves in tandem and electrifying crowds with their athleticism. The two won the World Tag Team Championship twice, first defeating Buddy Rose and Doug Somers and then Original Midnight Express for their second and final reign. They also won the Southern Tag Team Championship twice after defeating the Rock 'n' Roll RPMs on two separate occasions before jumping to the World Wrestling Federation in 1988.

World Wrestling Federation (1988–1992)

Now called simply The Rockers, Jannetty and Michaels popularity carried over from their stint in the AWA and the team was often called "tag team specialists" by commentator Gorilla Monsoon. They made their WWF debut at a TV taping on June 18, 1988 and they faced tag teams such as Demolition, The Hart Foundation, and the Brain Busters for the rest of 1989.

Despite their previous success, The Rockers never officially won the Tag Team Championship during their three-year run together in the WWF. In October 1990, The Rockers were scheduled to win the titles from The Hart Foundation due to Jim Neidhart, one-half of the championship team, being in the process of negotiating his release from the company. The match was taped with The Rockers fairly winning the belts, but soon after, Neidhart came to a stop-gap agreement with management and was rehired. The belts were returned to the Harts a week later, while the change was never broadcast or even acknowledged on TV. When news spread, WWF explained that the original result was void due to a collapsed turnbuckle in the ring during the bout.

Charles Austin controversy

In a Rockers tag team match at the USF Sun Domemarker in December 1990, Jannetty executed his Rocker Dropper finishing move on jobber Charles Austin, who had been teaming with Lanny Poffo. Austin's neck was instantly broken as a result of tucking his head during the move, rather than "pancaking" flat on the mat, and many wrestlers watching backstage thought he had died. Austin was severely injured and sued Jannetty, Michaels, and Titan Sports (WWF). When the case finally came to court in early 1994, Charles Austin was awarded $26.7M.

End of The Rockers and departure

In a 1991 angle, Michaels was "accidentally" kicked in the face during a maneuver initiated by Jannetty on one of The Nasty Boys, which clipped Shawn in the face and resulting in an elimination at Survivor Series in Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker. Michaels got up after being pinned and began screaming at Jannetty, blaming him for being eliminated. Attempting to help settle their differences, Brutus Beefcake invited both on his interview segment "The Barbershop". Michaels and Jannetty appeared to reconcile, but then Michaels hit Jannetty with his Sweet Chin Music finishing move and soon threw him through the set's plate glass window.

Jannetty was initially meant to work the injury (thus missing the opportunity to win the vacant WWF Championship at the 1992 Royal Rumble) before returning to start a feud which would culminate at WrestleMania VIII. However, personal issues would prevent this, and Jannetty was released from the company in March 1992.

Return to the WWF (1992–1994)

Jannetty returned in October 1992, challenging Michaels to a match at the 1993 Royal Rumble. Jannetty lost after interference by Sensational Sherri backfired. It was planned for the two to continue their feud, but Jannetty was released again after appearing under drug influence the following night on Monday Night Raw.

Intercontinental Champion and Tag Team Champion

Jannetty returned once again in May 1993, challenging Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship after appearing out of the crowd on Monday Night Raw. Jannetty won the title that night, but lost it back to Michaels just a few weeks later due to interference from Michaels' bodyguard Diesel. Throughout the summer of 1993, Jannetty feuded with Doink the Clown, eventually winning the program with a final best of three falls match on Monday Night Raw. Jannetty then formed a tag team with the 1-2-3 Kid, with the two being the winners and survivors of their match at Survivor Series.

Jannetty would win the Tag Team Championship with the 1-2-3 Kid from The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre) on the January 10 edition of Monday Night Raw. However, they lost it back a week later at Madison Square Gardenmarker at a non-televised event when 1-2-3 Kid was pinned following an assisted senton. A clip of the finish of the match aired on the 1994 Royal Rumble video.

In the lead up to WrestleMania X, the court case brought forward by Charles Austin was heard. While neither the WWF or Jannetty admitted that it was the outcome of this case which resulted in Jannetty's sudden disappearance from the promotion, it has never been denied either. Jannetty then vanished from the mainstream wrestling scene until mid-1995 when he made several appearances in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).

Return to the WWF (1995–1996)

Later that year, just months after Michaels made a shocking face turn that got him over, Jannetty returned to the WWF in September 1995. He continued to wrestle as a face, despite bad blood between he and Michaels that had carried over in the storylines. Jannetty teamed with Razor Ramon during November and December in a feud with Sycho Sid and the now heel 1-2-3 Kid. It was a popular, but short-lived, feud and once it had ended Jannetty seemed to lose his way.

In 1996, Jannetty made a heel turn by joining Leif Cassidy (a portmanteau of the names of teen idols Leif Garrett and David Cassidy) and the two formed "The New Rockers", but were not successful in gaining the Tag Team Titles. Jannetty interfered unsuccessfully in a singles match between Michaels and Cassidy, then challenged Michaels for his WWF Title with Michaels emerging victorious. Jannetty left the WWF following Survivor Series after asking for a contract release as he was unhappy with the team's lack of success and management's refusal to split them up.

WCW, return to ECW, and Independent circuit (1997–2004)

After his run with the World Wrestling Federation, Jannetty joined the New York-based independent promotion Ultimate Championship Wrestling in 1997 along with other WWF alumni.

He resurfaced in World Championship Wrestling in January 1998 to little fanfare and success in the cruiserweight division, before being released in March 1999, due to a nagging shoulder injury.

Save a brief return to Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2000, he continued working in independent promotions, including a stint in Jimmy Hart's XWF promotion.

Part–time WWE appearances (2005–2009)


On the March 14 edition of Raw, Jannetty returned for a one-time-only reunion with his former tag team partner Shawn Michaels against La Résistance (Sylvain Grenier and Rob Conway). Jannetty scored the win for his team after he used his signarure Rocker Dropper.

This was preparation for Jannetty's match with Kurt Angle on that week's SmackDown!, as Angle had challenged Jannetty prior to his WrestleMania 21 match with Shawn Michaels. Angle claimed that since Jannetty had taught Michaels "everything he knows" while part of the Rockers, he could teach Michaels "how to tap out" by forcing Jannetty to submit on SmackDown! Angle made good on his promise and forced Jannetty to submit to his ankle lock submission hold, but only after a nearly twenty minute match and an impressive showing for Jannetty which saw him nearly pin the Olympic champion. WWE soon signed him to a new contract. Due to a domestic incident, however, he was arrested and unable to meet the commitments of his WWE contract, leading to his release on July 6.


On the February 20 episode of Raw, Shawn Michaels was pitted against four of the five members of the Spirit Squad in their in-ring debut. After he had used Sweet Chin Music, Michaels was attacked by all five members until an unknown man came storming in to the ring to defend Michaels. During the melee, it was revealed that it was Marty Jannetty coming to defend his former tag team partner. Later on Raw, Vince McMahon came out to mention that he would offer Jannetty a full-time contract. McMahon added a stipulation, however, as Jannetty had to join Mr. McMahon's "Kiss My Ass Club" the following week on Raw.

Jannetty refused, and McMahon instead offered Jannetty the possibility of breaking Chris Masters' signature submission hold, the Master Lock. Jannetty appeared to almost break the hold, but Mr. McMahon (who was officiating) delivered a low blow. Unable to break it, he was only released from the hold when Michaels ran in to save him. Shortly after Michaels had saved Jannetty, Shane McMahon ran in the ring with a steel chair and knocked out Michaels. The former Rockers were supposed to continue a program with the McMahons, but Jannetty was absent from the next edition of Raw and instead Triple H and Shawn Michaels reunited as D-Generation X. On March 3, WWE announced that it had severed all professional ties with Jannetty without further explanation.

On September 15, it was announced on that Jannetty had signed a new contract and would be returning as a veteran to work with younger talent. also stated that Jannetty, along with Brad Armstrong and Rodney Mack, could also be granted a full-time contract pending the success of this initial venture.


However according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Jannetty was rumored to have been released yet again on September 29. Jannetty himself countered this rumor on his MySpace page, stating it was untrue. The January 2007 issue of WWE Magazine, however, stated that Jannetty had indeed been fired. On December 22, Jannetty replied through his MySpace website, stating that it was The Boogeyman who had been fired and not returned WWE's phone calls and insisted that the article in WWE Magazine was false. In a blog on his website, Jim Ross stated that Marty Jannetty was no longer with WWE on December 24 due to a court order in Florida preventing him from traveling on the road.

On the December 3 edition of Raw, Mr. Kennedy, who was feuding with Shawn Michaels at the time, said that he would speak to three individuals who knew Michaels very well as part of a feud between him and Michaels. The three were imposters dressed as Razor Ramon, Diesel, and Jannetty. Along with a fake Michaels, they were all hit with Sweet Chin Music by the real Michaels. The next week on the 15th anniversary of Raw, Jannetty appeared along with Michaels in an interview. Michaels wanted to see what would happen when Kennedy fought the real Jannetty. In the end, he was defeated by Kennedy.


On October 19, 2009, Jannetty made an appearance on Raw, losing in a match against The Miz.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

*AWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Shawn Michaels

*NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
*NWA Central States Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Tommy Rogers (2), Bob Brown (1) and Shawn Michaels (1)
*NWA Central States Television Championship (1 time)

*AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Shawn Michaels

  • Michigan Wrestling Alliance
*MWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

  • Midwest Territorial Wrestling
*MTW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

  • New Breed Pro Wrestling
*NBPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

  • Southern Wrestling Alliance
*SWA Television Championship (1 time)

  • United Wrestling Council
*UWC Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Purple Hooter

  • World Wide Wrestling Alliance
*WWWA Intercontinental Championship (1 time)

*WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
*WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with the 1-2-3 Kid

*PWI ranked him #13 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1993
*PWI ranked him #33 of the Top 100 Tag Teams of the "PWI Years" with Shawn Michaels in 2003
*PWI Match of the Year (1993) vs. Shawn Michaels on Monday Night Raw on May 17

*Tag Team of the Year (1989) with Shawn Michaels


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