The Bloodline’s Sami Zayn has paid a heartfelt tribute to a WWE veteran after he shared the ring with them for their final match at a WWE live event.
On the 11th of December 2022, Jamie Noble put a bow on his wrestling career as he competed in his final match in his home state of West Virginia. Noble had not competed in a WWE ring since 2015 when he was part of Seth Rollins’ J&J Security alongside Joey Mercury.
Jamie Noble teamed up with Braun Strowman, Butch, and Ridge Holland to take on The Bloodline quartet of Solo Sikoa, The Usos, and Sami Zayn in the Charleston Coliseum. Noble picked up the victory for his team after he dropped Sami Zayn with a Gibson Driver.
Taking to social media, the ‘Honorary Uce’ paid tribute to Noble, noting his often unsung contributions to the pro wrestling business:
“An emotional night. I’m humbled & honored to have had the privilege of sharing the ring with Jamie Noble tonight in his final match. Very few actually know how much Jamie has contributed to this industry. One of the great minds for the business & an unsung hero at @WWE. Grateful.”
An emotional night. I’m humbled & honored to have had the privilege of sharing the ring with Jamie Noble tonight in his final match. Very few actually know how much Jamie has contributed to this industry. One of the great minds for the business & an unsung hero at @WWE.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) December 12, 2022
Jamie Noble’s career stretches back to the late nineties but he first came to prominence in 2000 as part of The Jung Dragons alongside Kaz Hayashi and Jimmy Yang in WCW. He joined WWE in 2002 and captured the WWE Cruiserweight Championship just one month after his debut. His run is probably best remembered for his on-screen relationship with Tough Enough winner, Nidia.
Noble left WWE in 2004 and began competing in NJPW under the name James Gibson. He later joined Ring of Honor in 2005 and captured the ROH World Championship for the only time in his career at ROH Redemption when he won a four-way match that also featured Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, and CM Punk. His reign only lasted 36 days as he lost at Glory By Honor IV to Bryan Danielson.
Jamie Noble rejoined WWE just weeks after his loss to Danielson and competed regularly as part of the WWE roster until 2009. He made sporadic in-ring appearances after that until he re-emerged in a regular on-screen role as part J&J Security. In reality, Noble has been working as a backstage producer in the company since transitioning away from being a full-time competitor.