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Wrestlemania is the eighth episode of the third season of 6teen, and the sixtieth episode overall.
Jen gets a big surprise when Coach Halder promotes her to Assistant Coach (the Penalty Box's title for assistant manager) to reward her for her hard work and salesmanship at the store since being hired. With her spirits buoyed by the promotion, Jen goes to speak with a customer, who turns out to be a sports equipment salesman Jen becomes instantly attracted to when she notices his looks, and she daydreams about going skiing with him. Smitten by the salesman, a distracted Jen inadvertently orders 1000 sets of wrestling tights and boots and is shocked when she comes out of her daydream and realizes what she has done. Halder quickly finds out and tells Jen that her future at the Penalty Box now rests on her being able to sell all of the wrestling gear.
When Jonesy, Jude and Wyatt get word of Jen's blunder with the wrestling gear order, they head over to the Penalty Box with the initial intent of teasing her about it, but when Jen has trouble trying to sell the gear, the guys come up with an idea to help save Jen's job. Setting up a wrestling ring inside the store, Jonesy and Jude each don a set of tights (with Jonesy dubbing himself "The Stud" while Jude becomes "Mellowman") and put on a wrestling exhibition with Wyatt as the referee. When Halder orders the guys to get out of the ring and Jonesy refuses to budge, Halder comes into the ring off the top rope, catches Jonesy with a flying bodypress and takes him in a headlock, but Jonesy escapes and then easily defeats Halder when he forces the coach to tap out with a submission hold. The matches begin drawing a crowd to the Penalty Box and Jen starts selling some of the tights as a result, and Halder hires Jonesy to adopt his Stud ring persona and take on all comers to the ring in order to keep sales coming, while Jonesy asks for a percentage of the profits from the wrestling gear sales.
With Wyatt and Jude calling the play-by-play action, Jonesy (as The Stud) faces and defeats everyone who steps in the ring with him, including Yummy Mummy and two overconfident opponents in Ron the Rent-a-cop and Wayne. As sales of wrestling gear shoot up, Jonesy also scores sponsorship deals with Wonder Taco, Spin This and Super Terrific Happy Sushi, and Caitlin also lends a hand to Jonesy by massaging what he assumes is a muscle-relaxing cream into his shoulders, which has the unexpected side effect of preventing his opponents from getting a grip on him.
With Jonesy remaining undefeated and no new challenges coming, he is about to proclaim himself champion, but Halder reminds him that won't happen until all the wrestling gear is sold. Just then, a mysterious masked man comes into the ring and issues a challenge, then outwrestles and defeats Jonesy to claim the championship when Jonesy surrenders. During the match, Ron returns to the Penalty Box and, while watching on the mall Jumbotron, sees Wayne taking side bets for the match and runs in, ordering a stop to the wrestling matches by citing "illegal gambling on a sports event". After Jonesy's loss, the masked man unmasks to reveal himself as the geeky Darth, wearing a muscle suit; Jonesy protests the loss and accuses Darth of cheating, and Darth counter-accuses Jonesy of cheating by using the cream Caitlin gave him, which turns out to be a concoction called "Creep-Off" (which Cait explains she uses to keep unwelcome suitors away). Jonesy loses his sponsorships and gets fired by Halder as a result, but the record amount of sales netted by the Penalty Box, combined with Jonesy giving up his cut of the profits, allows a very pleased Jen to keep her job, although she is demoted back to sales associate for falling 100 sets of wrestling gear short of meeting her quota.
Meanwhile, Nikki is stressing over studying for a calculus exam, and the stress takes its effect as she becomes tired and disshevelled-looking and a zit breaks out on her forehead. Complicating matters is the return of her ex-boyfriend Stone, who comes by with a new girlfriend by his side and sees Nikki in her unkempt state, leading Stone to believe that Nikki never really got over him after he "dumped her". Caitlin finds out what happened when she goes to see Nikki at the Khaki Barn, and she offers to help her friend show Stone that she has indeed gotten over him and moved on, starting with tidying Nikki up, putting some concealer on Nikki's zit and giving her advice on how to appear confident and sexy and make Stone want to get back together with her so that she can then dump him as payback. However, Caitlin's advice backfires several times, much to Nikki's chagrin and embarrassment—the first time around while Nikki waits in the centre court for Stone to pass by, Stanley the brat, riding along on his skateboard, collides with Nikki and knocks her into the fountain moments before Stone shows up. The second time, Nikki is standing at the top of an escalator, wearing a formal dress while waiting for Stone, when the dress's hem catches in the escalator and the dress gets pulled off, leaving Nikki in just her underwear as Stone appears. A third attempt by Nikki to appear as sexy, made at the Gigantoplex lobby with some popcorn, also goes wrong and scares off Stone, causing Caitlin to realize that what would work for her is not working for Nikki. Finally, Nikki decides that Stone is not worth the effort and she goes to see Jonesy at the Penalty Box after the wrestling matches, but she slips down to his feet as she attempts to hug him (thanks to the Creep-Off cream Jonesy still has on him) and finds herself in a compromising position yet again as Stone and his girlfriend pass by.
- This episode marks the first time Yummy Mummy, Stanley's mother, is identified by that name when Nikki sees her wrestling Jonesy on the mall Jumbotron
- One of the spectators at the wrestling matches is the football jock who threatened to beat up Jonesy for asking his girlfriend out to a school dance in "Snow Job"
- The end of the ill-fated relationship between Nikki and Stone (which occurred in "Dirty Work") is mentioned, although Stone puts a spin on his side of the story to make himself look good; the truth is that Stone had paid Jonesy to dump Nikki on his behalf because he didn't want to do it himself, but Jonesy refused to do so and Nikki instead dumped Stone when she found out what he did
- Liza Loman, the Lindsay Lohan-based teen celebrity who appeared in "Over Exposed", is referenced by Caitlin when she tries to get Nikki to appear seductive for Stone
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- The episode title refers to the main pay-per-view event of World Wrestling Entertainment, WrestleMania
- Jonesy's defeat of Coach Halder in the wrestling ring at the Penalty Box
- Nikki accidentally losing her dress when the escalator catches it and pulls it off her as Stone comes up the escalator
- Darth's surprising defeat of Jonesy while disguised in a mask and muscle suit
- Nikki (to The Clones, as they attempt to wake her up by touching her with a coat hanger): Touch me and die.
- Coach Halder (to Jen and the guys in the wrestling ring): MASTERSON! And idiotic friends—out of the ring!
Jonesy: "The Stud" answers to no man!
Coach Halder: You are about to enter a world of pain, son!
Jonesy (taunting): Enter the Thunderdome, Tweety!