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Hartley Jackson

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Hartley Jackson
Born (1980-04-17) 17 April 1980 (age 41)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia[1]
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Hartley Jackson
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight260 lb (120 kg)
Trained byCol Dervaney

Antonio Inoki

Kendo Kashin
DebutOctober 4, 1999

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Hartley Jackson (born 17 April 1980)[2] (Name in Japanese: ハートリー・ジャクソン)[2] is an Australian professional wrestler. He is currently signed to Pro Wrestling Zero1 as a pro wrestler and head coach of their training dojo.[3][4] The main body of his career has taken place in Australia, USA and Japan. In 2018-2019, he served as an official coach and producer for WWENXT at WWE Performance Center,[5][6][7] before returning to Japan to wrestle for Pro Wrestling Zero1 in 2020.[8]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Australian Career (1998–Current)[edit]

Hartley Jackson began wrestling in Adelaide, Australia, training under retired regional champion Col Dervaney. Jackson made his in ring debut on 4 October, 1999.[9] In 2001, he became the first Australian to be ranked in the PWI Top 500, who solely wrestled in Australia.[10] Jackson went on to capture the MPW and WrestleRock Championship and continued to wrestle across the country. Some of the highlights from his early years include wrestling on the Australian Wrestling Supershow event, which was broadcast on Fox Sports, [11] a 60 minute Iron Man match [12] and the start of his first international excursion overseas.

After his international excursion to the United States, Jackson returned to Australia and became EPW Tag Team Champions with Davis Storm. In 2007 he began his rise to a heavyweight wrestler and teamed with Shane Haste to take on NWA Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Karl Anderson and Joey Ryan[13] in a set of matches for NWA Pro, which took place in Australia.[14][15] Jackson got involved in an altercation with Australian sports journalist and news presenter, Mark Aiston, where the two would eventually square off in a pro wrestling match.[16][17]

In 2011 Jackson would simultaneously hold the Zero1 UN Heavyweight Championship, PWA Heavyweight Championship and the EPW Australian national Championship titles.[18] In 2014, Jackson wrestled NJPW's Shinsuke Nakamura during his first tour of Australia for Wrestle Rampage.[19][20] Jackson continued to travel across Australia, winning the NWA Australian National championship [21] and joining the The Mighty Don't Kneel wrestling stable.[22] Tagging with TMDK stable mate Jonah Rock,[23] known at the 'South Australia Serial Killers',[24][25] they went on to capture the MCW Tag Team Championship and WR Meltdown Tag Team Championship.[26]

In his career in Australia, Jackson has earned a number of accolades. He is a former two-time Wrestle Rampage Australian National Champion, former one-time AWA Heavyweight Championship, former two-time WrestleRock Heavyweight Champion, former one-time Professional Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Champion, former two-time MPW Heavyweight Champion, a former one-time Melbourne City Wrestling Tag Team Champion, former one-time Explosive Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champion, former one-time Pacific Tag Team Champion and former two-time PWSA Hardcore Champion.[27]

International Career (2005-Current)[edit]

In the later half of 2005, Hartley Jackson travelled to the USA on his first international excursion with Mikey Nicholls where they were a tag team known as The Kerrigan's in All Pro Wrestling.[28] In Los Angeles, Jackson continued to further his pro wrestling training under WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki at the NJPW LA Dojo.[29][30] Jackson wrestled on the NJPW Dojo events, co-produced with NWA Pro, that took place at the LA Dojo in Santa Monica[31], with the highlight being a match for the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship against Fergal Devitt.[32] After his time at the LA Dojo, Jackson was recruited into the ranks of Japan's wrestling scene, where he toured with New Japan Pro Wrestling.[33][34]

In October 2008 Jackson returned to Japan to take part in the “PROWRES EXPO 2008” in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.[35] In 2010 Jackson participated in his first tour for Zero1, where he would remain a fixture for the company.[35] He formed a tag team with Steve Corino where they battled Akebono Tarō and Shinjiro Otani for the Intercontinental Tag Team Championships.[36][37] Between 2010 and 2016 Jackson split his time competing in his home country of Australia, along with locales like Nepal, New Zealand and Myanmar.[38] Myanmar held their first ever pro wrestling event at the Thein Phyu Stadium. The Myanmar Martial Arts Wrestling show drew 6,500 fans and the event featured Hartley Jackson up against Masato Tanaka in a singles match where people went crazy when they brawled outside the ring.[39]

Between 2016 to 2018 Jackson moved to Japan full time to work for Zero1. During this time, he became a member of the Voodoo Murders,[40] where he went on to capture the United National Heavyweight Championship (Zero1) and the Intercontinental Tag Team Championship (Zero1) which he held with Voodoo Murders leader, Yoshikazu Taru. Also in this time, Jackson participated in a series of Exploding Bat matches, fighting against Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling legend Atsushi Onita.[41][42]

Jackson returned to Zero1 in 2020 on a permanent basis. Highlights so far for 2020 include fighting for the World Heavyweight Championship and being named as one of the participants in this years 2020 Zero1 Fire Festival.[43][44]

In his career in Japan, Jackson has wrestled for NJPW, Zero1, Hustle, BJW, IGF, SWF and Real Japan Pro Wrestling, along with earning championships to his name. He is a former two-time United National Heavyweight Champion and a former one-time Intercontinental Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Jackson competed in the 2013 Zero1 Tenkaichi Jr. Tournament,[45] dropping to 99.9kg to make the competing weight, competed in the 2017 Zero1 Furinkazan Tag Team Tournament and also competed in the 2018 Zero1 Fire Festival. In 2018 he also picked up an MVP award for his match against Yusaku Obata for the World Heavyweight Championship.[36]

Coaching (2006-Current)[edit]

In 2006 Jackson became head coach of what is now called the Wrestle Rampage Dojo in Adelaide, South Australia. Over the course of the next decade, Hartley Jackson became a key figure in Australian wrestling[46] and went on to train and mentor many of Australia's current top talents, in which some have reached the heights of WWE and international recognition, including the likes of Bronson Reed,[47] Brendan Vink,[48] Mikey Nicholls,[49] Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.[50][51] Jackson is regarded as Australia's top pro wrestling trainer. [52]

After a series of guest coach appearances, Jackson officially joined the WWE Performance Center as a part of the coaching staff in 2018.[53] Jackson taught classes at the WWE Performance Center.[54] Jackson helped recruit and scout wrestlers for the WWE both at the PC in Orlando and internationally.[55][56] This most notably included coaching at the first ever WWE Tryouts held in India, with over 70 participants.[57][58][59][60][61] The tryout in India led to large media coverage across the country, in which a few went on to be signed by the WWE.[62][63][64] Jackson also helped train the talent from local independent promotions for WWE's recruitment camps in search of the next crop of future stars.[65][66] In 2019 Jackson amicably parted ways with WWE to continue his pro wrestling career in Japan. [67][68]

In 2020 Jackson returned to Japan where he is once again an active wrestler, but also took over head coach duties for Pro Wrestling ZERO1 at their Dojo.[69]

Lethwei[edit]

On September 28, 2017, Hartley Jackson made his Lethwei debut at Lethwei in Japan 5: Nexurise for International Lethwei Federation Japan in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall. He fought by the Burmese bareknuckle boxing rules, known as Lethwei, against YABU, in the company's first 100kg heavyweight fight. Jackson lost to YABU via TKO at 0:53 of RD3.[70][71] The fight was broadcast on FITE TV.[72][73][74] Jackson has expressed interest in fighting again in the future.

Acting career[edit]

Acting Credits (2008-Current)[edit]

Hartley Jackson appeared as tough guy in the 2008 Bollywood produced movie, Love Story 2050.[75][76] In 2016, Jackson played the role of Connor in web series Runaway Moon[77] and was a guest on the full episode of Talkn' Shop Live in Australia Presented by Talk is Jericho.[78][79] In 2020 he appeared on WWE The Bump #36 [80] and has appeared in multiple episodes of Samurai TV's Battlemen in Japan.[81][82]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Explosive Pro Wrestling
    • EPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Davis Storm
    • State of Origin Champion 2016[83]
  • Melbourne City Wrestling
    • MCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jonah Rock
  • NWA Australian Wrestling Alliance
    • Pacific Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Havok[84]
    • AWA Heavyweight Championship
  • Pro Wrestling Australia
    • PWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[85]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 210 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2011[86]
  • Pro Wrestling Zero1
    • United National Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[87]
    • Intercontinental Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Yoshikazu Taru[88][89]
  • Wrestle Rampage
    • Australian National Championship (2 times)[90]
    • WR Meltdown World Tag Team Championships (1 time) - with Jonah Rock[91]
  • WrestleRock
    • WrestleRock Championship (2 times)[92]
  • Maximum Power Wrestling (MPW)
    • MPW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Pro Wrestling South Australia (PWSA)
    • PWSA Hardcore Championship (2 times)

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External links[edit]

  • Hartley Jackson on IMDb
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