Other Promotions (2003–present)
Throughout 2003 and 2004, Jacobs worked for Combat Zone Wrestling, where he was managed by then-girlfriend Becky Bayless. In May that year, in what would be his only televised appearance for WWE, he won a match against Eddie Guerrero via disqualification on SmackDown, followed by Guerrero giving Jacobs a follow up beating.
Jacobs was part of the first season of Wrestling Society X, a promotion that aired on MTV. He competed as part of an emo tag team with Tyler Black, known as D.I.F.H. (Doin' It For Her). They mainly competed on the WSX web show WSXtra, where they earned a place in the tag title tournament, which didn't take place as the company folded before it was set to happen in season 2.
Jacobs made his debut for Insanity Pro Wrestling in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 1, 2009 at Reign Of The Insane Stage 1 in a losing effort to local wrestler Aaron Williams. However, Jacobs would return to the company on March 6, 2010 at A New Age Of Punishment helping Aaron Williams defeat J.C. Bailey. Later that night he would win his first victory in the company, defeating local wrestler Billy Roc. After the match Bailey attacked both Jacobs and Williams however both gained the upper hand on Bailey. IPW Commissioner Brandon Prophet set up a match between Jacobs and Bailey on April 3, 2010 at Uprising however Bailey no showed the event and Jacobs faced Kyle Threat instead gaining his second win in the company. On June 5, 2010 at Desperate Measures Jacobs would go on to defeat Drake Younger. Later in the show after a title match between Aaron Williams and Jon Moxley, Jacobs would attack Moxley causing the locker room to separate both men. After the Show, Jacobs confronted Moxley saying that when he sees Moxley, he sees himself in a mirror. On August 21, 2010 at IPW 9th Anniversary Reign Of The Insane, Jacobs challenged Moxley for the IPW World Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort. On October 2, 2010 Jacobs would go on to defeat Scotty Vortekz at Shocktoberfest to face Jesse Emerson for the number one contendership of the IPW World Heavyweight Championship on November 11, 2010 at the 10TH Annual Super Junior Heavyweight Tournament in a losing effort. On January 1, 2011 at Showdown In Naptown, Jacobs defeated Jon Moxley to win the IPW World Heavyweight Championship in a dog collar match due to referee stoppage. Jacobs would go on to successfully defend the title against Jesse Emerson the next month at Untitled. After the match, The Messiahs of a New Age attacked Jimmy Jacobs until The Irish Airborne hit the ring to make the save. The next month at Uprising Jacobs would defeat Dave Crist for the IPW World Title by DQ when the Messiahs interfered in the match. On June 18, 2011 Jacobs had to vacate the IPW World Title due to a neck injury.
On December 15, 2009, the promotion Evolve posted a video on their YouTube page called "Unknown", hyping someone named "Abstract Wrestler". Over the next two weeks, more videos were posted, until a final video was posted on December 26, revealing that the wrestler was Jacobs. The video confirmed that Jacobs would appear on Evolve's first show on January 16, 2010 at Evolve 1: Ibushi vs Richards. At the event Jacobs defeated Kenn Doane. Jacobs would go on to defeat Johnny Gargano on March 13, 2010 at Evolve 2: Hero vs Hidaka and Brad Allen at Evolve 3: Rise and fall. He suffered his first loss on July 23, 2010, at Evolve 4: Danielson vs Fish, losing to Chuck Taylor.
In February 2012 Jacobs debuted in Pro Wrestling Ohio (since renamed Prime Wrestling), revealing his identity as the mystery man in the ski mask who had attacked and reinjured Johnny Gargano during the prior year. Since joining the Cleveland based promotion, Jacobs won the Prime Wrestling Heavyweight Championship from Matt Cross, only to lose it shortly after to a returning Gargano.
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