Joel Gertner

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Joel Gertner
Ring name(s)Joey Jaguar
Studley Dudley
Joel Gertner
Billed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Billed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Born(1975-09-20) September 20, 1975 (age 37)
Debut1995
October 1, 2000 (In-ring debut)
 
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Joel Gertner
Ring name(s)Joey Jaguar
Studley Dudley
Joel Gertner
Billed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Billed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Born(1975-09-20) September 20, 1975 (age 37)
Debut1995
October 1, 2000 (In-ring debut)

Joel Gertner (born September 20, 1975) is an American Professional wrestling announcer and manager best known for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling.

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Career

Early career

Gertner was barely 17 years old when he began making wrestling appearances at a local wrestling federation as a heel announcer under the nickname Joey Jaguar. He would threaten the wrestlers and usually get beat up for his actions. Gertner attended Poly Prep high school in Brooklyn, New York and started attending Cornell University in 1993. He began working for ECW over the summer of 1995, and after his bookings started to interfere with his schoolwork, he dropped out of Cornell in the spring of 1996. Gertner also worked for the Cornell radio station.

Extreme Championship Wrestling

Joel Gertner started out as a ring announcer in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Soon after, Shane Douglas influenced Gertner to become a heel and Gertner started taunting and making fun of the babyface wrestlers during their introduction to or in the ring and as a result, the face wrestlers usually made Gertner pay for his insults. He was then given the position of a color commentator by Taz and Bill Alfonso to counterbalance the influence of announcer Joey Styles, who they regarded as being biased against them. He also hosted a segment on ECW's weekly television program entitled Gertner Vision. During this time, Gertner became popular with the fans for his introductions, which would consist of limericks containing multiple sexual innuendos.

The Dudley Boyz

Gertner later became the manager and ring announcer for the Dudley Boyz, even going as far as to be called "Studley Dudley". At Barely Legal, the Dudleys faced The Eliminators for the ECW World Tag Team Championship. During the match, Gertner was hit by The Eliminators finishing move, the Total Elimination, and as a result he began wearing his now infamous neckbrace and continues to do so. The Eliminators would go on to win the match and the titles as well. Joel involved himself in a six man tag team match at Heat Wave 98, between Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman and Spike Dudley taking on D-Von, Big Dick and Bubba Ray, insulting head ECW referee John Finnigan. Later in the match Joel is hung in the tree of woe and Finnigan baseball slide a steel chair into his face. Despite the 'injury', Joel led the Dudley Boyz to a record eight ECW Tag Team Title reigns until they left for the World Wrestling Federation.

Broadcasting and feuding with The Network

Upon the Dudleys departure, Gertner then became a broadcaster on ECW on TNN alongside Joey Styles. Upon doing so, Gertner turned face and began feuding with The Network's representative Cyrus, and got unlikely support from broadcast partner (and former nemesis) Joey Styles. The feud came to a head at Anarchy Rulz in which Gertner faced Cyrus in a one on one match. Gertner won the match and ended the feud after assistance from The Sandman. Gertner remained with ECW until its closure on April 4, 2001. Gertner showed up on ECW's last PPV Guilty As Charged where he began to cut a promo before being attacked by Cyrus and Da Baldies. He returned later during the main event attacking Cyrus and helping Rob Van Dam perform a Van Termintor on Jerry Lynn.

Post-ECW

In August 2001, Gertner was invited by former employer Paul Heyman to participate in Heyman's new promotion, Main Event Championship Wrestling at the Viking Bingo Hall, the "home" of ECW. Gertner, along with several other ECW alumni, appeared at the event. Although the show was filmed for a possible TV airing, the promotion itself never got off the ground.

Gertner made his Total Nonstop Action Wrestling debut on June 26, 2002 to introduce the a new tag team called the Rainbow Express (Bruce and Lenny Lane). However, he left TNA shortly after this and did not make any appearances for the company until 2010. He was also a part World Wrestling Entertainment's first-ever ECW One Night Stand reunion pay-per-view during which, in the course of two separate interviews with SmackDown! and Raw, he was pie-faced by John "Bradshaw" Layfield and begged on his hands and knees to then-Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff for a job. Gertner also appeared at Hardcore Homecoming and faced former enemy Cyrus. After Cyrus seemingly made amends, he insulted Gertner and Gertner subsequently attacked him before being pulled off by Joey Styles.

Gertner is also the promoter for Connecticut's MXW Pro Wrestling independent organization. On August 8, 2010, Gertner returned to TNA to take part in ECW reunion show, Hardcore Justice, where he accompanied Team 3D to the ring.[1] In 2012, Gertner began announcing for Shane Douglas' Extreme Rising promotion.

In wrestling

  • "The Quintessential Studmuffin"
  • "The Lyrical Miracle"
  • "The Sexual Intellectual"

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