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Jillian Hall

Jillian Hall bends Michelle McCool at the Smackdown TV taping Tuesday, May 29, 2007 in London, Ontario. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

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REAL NAME: Jillian Fletcher
DATE OF BIRTH: September 6, 1980
HOMETOWN: Ashland, Kentucky

Jillian Hall, one of the more talented WWE divas, began her wrestling career in Fit Finlay's wrestling school. By the time she was 18 years old, she had debuted on the independent circuit under the moniker "Macaela Mercedes." Wrestling as Mercedes, Jillian Hall tore up the independent scene, winning many championships along the way.

Playing the role of a heel, Macaela Mercedes won the SWF Women's title, the SWF tag team titles on two occassions (once with Tiny Tim, once with Randy Allen), the HPW Cruiserweight title, the MCW Mid-American title, the WWA Women's title, the CIWindy Women's title, the SSW Women's title, the BWCW Women's title, the HPW Ladies title, and the PGWA title. For the benefit of those who aren't familiar with independent wrestling, women's wrestling on the indy scene involves an ability to actually wrestle -- it's not about skimpy outfits and being a "diva." This girl can hang with the best of 'em in the ring.

In 2005, Jillian Fletcher joined WWE's developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and transformed herself into the "chronically cute" babyface, Jillian Hall. She then underwent breast enhancement surgery, and was subsequently placed in a ridiculous storyline that involved her breast implants leaking into her brain and causing her to go psycho. Hall began her stint in OVW with a series of matches against Alexis Laree (Mickie James), before becoming a valet along with Melissa Coates for The Toland Brothers (aka The Dicks).

It wasn't long at all, less than eight months in fact, until Jillian Hall was called up onto the SmackDown! brand, debuting as MNM's publicist with one of the more ridiculous gimmicks of all time. She had a giant mole on her face -- not just ANY mole though, this was a mutant mole that covered the majority of her cheek. In any event, Hall's first order of business was to secure the cover of the September 2005 issue of SmackDown! magazine for MNM. She began cutting scathing promos and demanding the fans look into her eyes instead of her mole. She started to accompany MNM to ringside, and helped Joey Mercury and Melina secure a win over Booker T and Sharmell on the August 18, 2005 edition of SmackDown! when she tripped Sharmell.

JBL liked what he saw. After losing to Rey Mysterio, JBL asked Jillian Hall to work for him. She accepted. Thus began the next step in her career -- she was now managing a main eventer. On the September 23 edition of SmackDown!, Jillian Hall introduced JBL, who came out riding a horse in an attempt to suck up to the Texas fans. The following week, she sent him out with a donkey and tequila in the southern Texas town of Laerdo. The two were a brilliantly entertaining combination.

Jillian had a short program with Stacy Keibler in October of '05. Keibler was on Christian's "Peep Show," but was interrupted by Jillian Hall. The result was a slap across the face and a good old fashioned cat fight. Jillian subsequently defeated Keibler in a match taped for Velocity.


JBL then began a program with The Boogeyman. This resulted in Jillian having her mole bitten off and chewed up by the worm-eating Boogeyman on the January 13, 2006 edition of SmackDown! The program ended at the Royal Rumble, where JBL was defeated by The Boogeyman.

JBL then began a program with Chris Benoit, eventually wrestling him in a cage match for the United States title on the April 14, 2006 edition of SmackDown! During the match, Hall, attempting to slam the door on Benoit's head, accidentally slammed it on JBL instead, costing him the match. JBL wasn't too happy about it, and the following week he fired her during an in-ring promo in one of his "Great American celebration" segments.

The following week, Melina began to insult Jillian, which led to a backstage fight. Hall then aligned herself with Paul London & Brian Kendrick, feuding with MNM. At Judgment Day 2005, Hall defeated Melina. Hall was then relegated to "diva duty," participating in events like the bullriding contest on Saturday Night's Main Event, bra and panties matches, lingerie contests, the usual diva stuff. Of note is a match she wrestled against Trish Stratus at a WWE house show sometime in 2006, which has been described by some of the fans in attendance as the "Flair/Steamboat of women's wrestling."

In January of 2007, WWE saddled her with a new gimmick -- that of a wannabe pop star who thinks she can sing, but is actually quite terrible. This gimmick was designed to be a shot at Hulk Hogan's daughter, Brooke, as Hogan had fallen onto Vince McMahon's "bad side" after he drunkenly took a phone call from a WWE official while on live radio, and gave away the Hall of Fame inductees which were supposed to be kept a secret. One of the more entertaining segments was on the February 2, 2007 edition of SmackDown! where Jillian was entered into a bikini contest hosted by JBL, but instead of stripping down to her bikini, she opted to sing Oh Baby, Baby by Britney Spears. She began wrestling on SmackDown! against Michelle McCool on a weekly basis in the month of April. On the May 25 edition of SmackDown!, she began her American Idol routine, only to be interrupted by The Boogeyman, who spit worms on her.

On June 17, 2007, Jillian Hall was drafted to the Raw brand. This move was made as part of the WWE.com portion of the draft, and was not a part of the televised draft. The televised draft show ended with Vince McMahon's limo exploding and the Mr. McMahon character was "presumed dead." Jillian Hall gave a brief "memorial speech" on SmackDown!, and then made her first appearance on Raw. Before her match, she came to the ring and wanted to sing Amazing Grace in memory of Mr. McMahon. She was interrupted by Mickie James and Candice Michelle.

The move to Monday Night Raw was certainly a step up for Hall, who is now in contention for the Women's title. Without question, there will be some impressive women's wrestling in the near future.

-- compiled by Mark Xamin

JILLIAN HALL LINKS

  • Jillian Hall Photo Gallery
  • November 19, 2010: Pre-winter cleanup sees six releases from WWE