Stephen Jacobson, better known by his ring name Justus, is a Christian preacher transformed into a psychotic clown and e-wrestler, formerly signed to Lords of Pain Wrestling (LPW) performing on its Pyromania brand. He is apart of the Watchmen with tag team partner, Black Reaper, where they are two-time and current LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Champions and the 2009-2010 LPW Tag Team of the Year.
Stephen Jacobson was a family man, a good neighbor, and a preacher who dressed up like a clown to entertain his church’s youth group. Stephen was the living embodiment of the American dream. Good, clean, sane, even looked up to.
Everything changed for Stephen with a simple dream. In this dream, Stephen was confronted with a being that claimed to be the angel of vengeance. The angel told him that the world had been corrupted to the point that something had to be done about it. The angel told Stephen that he had been chosen to fix this corruption by any means necessary. Now in a modern time, a time of unbelieving, the sight of angel is more than a man’s mind can bear. The sight of the angel from his dream caused Stephen’s mind to fracture.
Over a week’s time Stephen transformed from the ideal person he once was into a psychotic wreck. Unable to stand his family asking so many questions about his well being, while not being satisfied when he told them about the angel he gathered up his Bible and his clown materials and left his family behind and has never looked back. Traveling from town to town and applying his clown make-up, or as he now calls it his "war paint", in gas station bathrooms Stephen became a sort of deranged vigilante armed with his Bible and a mission. Eventually he received what he believes to be a revelation, Stephen was dead and he needed a new name. Searching the only reference material he had he found a name that suited his mission perfectly, Justus.
With a new name, Justus became even more consumed with the mission the angel had given him. Several unexplained and unsolved assaults made the evening news across several states with the world never being any the wiser to the existence of the psychotic holy avenger in their midst.
Contract signing and Ash Strife feud
In March 2009, while walking the streets looking for the next sinner to punish he saw a part of a Lords of Pain Wrestling (LPW) broadcast and what he saw sickened him. He saw drug addicts revered as heroes, he saw money worshipers cheered, he even saw one man who claimed to be g()d. Immediately, he determined that these people needed to be punished in the most extreme way possible, and started on his way towards the LPW offices to demand a contract. No one is really sure how he got signed to a contract, maybe it was his "colorful" appearance, maybe it was his unique personality, but nonetheless he acquired a contract. When the officials were deciding which brand to send Justus to, they decided to send him to the brand that best suited him, Insanity. Now there is a psychotic, violent clown who justifies his carnage by labeling it a holy mission on the LPW payroll and turned loose on national television.
On April 22, 2009, Justus made his in-ring debut at LPW Insanity LIVE from Sydney when he teamed with Genocide in a tag team match against Joey Sosa and Shock. The individuals from the winning team would add +2 to their Body Count for a chance of entering the DeathCube Match at the upcoming pay-per-view. Despite an impressive debut, Justus would be on the losing end when Sosa pinned Genocide after a spinebuster.
Justus disappeared from LPW programming for several months until resurfacing as the 18th entrant during the Royal Beanstalk match at Insanity LIVE from Glasgow on July 19. With Ash Strife's demon-possessed alter-ego Crazy Ash Killa eliminating several superstars from the elevated ring, Justus successfully exorcised the CAK demon, if only temporarily. His work finished, Justus eliminated himself.
Despite only having one match under his belt, Justus returned to the ring to fight Ash Strife at the Body Count pay-per-view. With the hope of permanently removing the CAK demon from Ash, CAK would have none of it and unleashed a barrage of power moves. During the match, Black Reaper came out to assist Justus with a giant scorpion inside a fish tank. Justus connected with the Last Laugh to score a near-fall, but CAK was too strong and finished Justus by smashing his head with the fish tank.
- Main article: Watchmen
Despite the unsuccessful bid to defeat Strife, Justus and Reaper announced that their intentions to form a tag team, naming themselves the Watchmen, a name inspired by a Bible passage and comic graphic novel made famous by Neil Gaiman.
The Watchmen made their tag team debut at Insanity LIVE from Woodstock against Villiano 187 and Killswitch on September 15, 2009, gaining a victory in their debut match when Reaper positioned Villiano in The Repentance while Justus bounced off the ropes for a variation of the Last Laugh, slamming the back of Vil's head to the canvas to pin the Hall of Famer.
The following Insanity LIVE from Manhattan telecast saw Justus revisit Phantom Lord, who was masked as Genocide at the time, put up minimal effort in a tag team match in Justus' debut. Upset over Phantom's approach to the Word of God and his disregard of teamwork in his debut match, Justus teamed with Reaper against Phantom and his student Dr. Wagner. Despite a strong effort from Justus, Wagner was able to catch Reaper in the Providence and gained the victory for himself and Phantom.
Despite the setback, the Watchmen paid for an announcement at the Insanity LIVE from Baltimore, instantly catching the attention of LPW fans. They were booked against Sudden Death (Black Ada and Son of Shockey and Phantom and Dr. Wagner in a Triple Threat tag team match to determine who would face the Madcore Misfits (Tromboner Man and Drew Michaels at Epic for the LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship. During the match, the Watchmen took out Sudden Death, but Justus found himself arm-locked by Phantom, who insulted Wagner to nail the clown with a chair. Wagner swung, but struck Phantom instead. The move allowed the Watchmen to finish Phantom to become the number one contenders, in the process having beaten two Hall of Famers in their only wins.
At Insanity LIVE from Atlantic City, the Watchmen faced the feuding Andy Savana and Hatchet Ryda, who reigned as the LPW World Heavyweight Champion, in the night's main event. In a shocking turn of events, the Madcore Misfits were stripped of the LPW Undisputed Tag Team Championship after Tromboner Man was enlisted to the Australian Army by LPW CEO, D. Hammond Samuels. As a result, Little Red was manipulated by Savana to make the match for the vacant Tag Team Championship. In the end, Black Reaper made the save to allow Justus to pin Hatchet Ryda and become the LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Champions, just months into the Watchmen's careers.
- Finishing moves
- Last Laugh (Springboard Bulldog, also known as the Acid Drop)
- Final Judgment (Delayed Razor's Edge)
- Walls of Jericho
- Theme music
- "Carnival Of Souls" by Saviour Machine
- Entrance Video
Championships and accomplishments
- Lords of Pain Wrestling
|Win||10-6||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper) (c)||Prophecy of Violence (Daniel Pleasant and Mike Stone)||Honor Roll (2011)||January 14, 2011||Retained LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship||4.02|
|Loss||9-6||Morpheus||Justus||Pyromania 17.1||December 9, 2010||Singles match||4.31|
|Loss||9-5||Tromboner Man||Watchmen (Black Reaper and Justus)||Homecoming (2010)||November 16, 2010||Handicap match||4.00|
|Win||9-4||Watchmen (Black Reaper and Justus)||The Misfits (Drew Michaels and Mass Chaos) (c)||Altered Reality V||October 22, 2010||Reclaimed LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship||4.13|
|Win||8-4||Justus||Drew Michaels||Redemption (2010)||August 22, 2010||Singles match||3.88|
|Win||7-4||Watchmen, Andy Savana, and Dante Odiah||Hatchet Ryda, Jason Gravis, and Revelations||Insanity LIVE from Boise||June 8, 2010||4-on-4 Tag Team Elimination Match||N/A|
|Loss||6-4||The Misfits (Drew Michaels and Mass Chaos)||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper) (c)||Inferno 16.2||May 15, 2010||Lost LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship||3.96|
|Win||6-3||Justus||Phantom Lord||Insanity LIVE from San Juan||March 16, 2010||Grudge Match||3.80|
|Win||5-3||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper) and Dr. Wagner||Joe Michaels, Son of Shockey, and Kafu||Epic||February 15, 2010||Six-Man Tag Team match||4.13|
|Win||4-3||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper)||Ash Strife||All-Stars||January 12, 2010||Handicap Casket match||4.20|
|Win||3-3||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper)||Andy Savana and Hatchet Ryda||Insanity LIVE from Atlantic City||December 12, 2009||Won vacant LPW Undisputed World Tag Team Championship||4.19|
|Win||2-3||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper)||Sudden Death (Ada and SOS) and Phantom Lord and Dr. Wagner||Insanity LIVE from Baltimore||November 11, 2009||Triple Threat Tag Team match to determine Number One Contenders' to LPW Undisputed Tag Team Championship||4.01|
|Loss||1-3||Phantom Lord and Dr. Wagner||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper)||Insanity LIVE from Manhattan||October 15, 2009||Tag Team match||4.15|
|Win||1-2||Watchmen (Justus and Black Reaper)||Killswitch and Villiano 187||Insanity LIVE from Woodstock||September 15, 2009||Tag Team match||3.93|
|Loss||0-2||Ash Strife||Justus||Body Count||August 17, 2009||Grudge match||4.04|
|Loss||0-1||Joey Sosa and Shock||Justus and Genocide||Insanity LIVE from Sydney||April 22, 2009||Tag Team match||3.55|
- † Promo score is a rating which ranges from 0.0 to 5.0, the latter being the highest. Promos are judged to determine the better promo between e-wrestling competitors.
LPW Undisputed Tag Team Championship
LPW Undisputed Tag Team Championship
LPW Western States Heritage Championship
September 4, 2011 - November 13, 2011
Tag Team of the Year
|The Witnesses (White Falcon and Sick Fixx) • MWA (Tromboner Man and RaTo) • Watchmen (Black Reaper and Justus) • The Wisemen (X and Ash Strife)|
Rookie of the Year
|Jaro • Krimson Mask • Eddie B. • Justus • Jason Gravis • Steve Storme|