Blue Peter is a British children's television programme, first broadcast in 1958. The programme, which has had continuous seasons since it was first aired, is now the longest-running children's TV show in the world, it is shown live on the CBBC television channel. The show's content, which follows a magazine/entertainment format, features viewer and presenter challenges, celebrity interviews, popular culture and sections on making arts and crafts items from household items; the longevity of Blue Peter has established itself as a significant part of British culture. It was broadcast from BBC Television Centre in London until September 2011, when the programme moved North to MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester; the show has had a garden in both locations, known as the Blue Peter Garden, used during the summer and for outdoor activities. The programme has always featured a number of pets that became household names, such as dogs Petra and Goldie, as well as other animals such as tortoises and parrots.
The programme, which used a nautical title and theme, was developed by a BBC team led by Biddy Baxter. In 1965 she became the programme editor until relinquishing the role in 1988. Throughout the show's history there have been many presenters; these are Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya. Blue Peter's content is wide-ranging. Most programmes are broadcast live, but include at least one filmed report. There will often be a demonstration of an activity in the studio, or a music or dance performance. Between the 1960s and 2011 the programme was made at BBC Television Centre, came from Studio 1, the fourth-largest TV studio in Britain and one of the largest in Europe; this enabled Blue Peter to include large-scale demonstrations and performances within the live programme. From the September 2007 series, the programme was broadcast from a small fixed set in Studio 2. However, from 2009 the series began to use the larger studios once more; the show is famous for its "makes", which are demonstrations of how to construct a useful object or prepare food.
These have given rise to the oft-used phrase "Here's one I made earlier", as presenters bring out a perfect and completed version of the object they are making – a phrase credited to Christopher Trace, though Marguerite Patten is another possibility. Trace used the line "And now for something different", taken up by Monty Python. Time is often given over to reading letters and showing pictures sent in by viewers. Over 5,000 editions have been produced since 1958, every episode from 1964 onwards still exists in the BBC archives; this is unusual for programmes of that era. Editor Biddy Baxter ensured that telerecordings and, from 1970, video recording were kept of each episode. Many items from Blue Peter's history have become embedded in British popular culture moments when things have gone wrong, such as the much-repeated clip of Lulu the elephant who urinated and defecated on the studio floor, appeared to tread on the foot of presenter John Noakes and proceeded to attempt an exit, dragging her keeper along behind her.
Although it is assumed to have been broadcast live, the edition featuring Lulu was one of the rare occasions when the programme was pre-recorded, as the presenters were en route to Ceylon for the summer expedition at the time of transmission. Other well-remembered and much-repeated items from this era include the Girl Guides' campfire that got out of hand on the 1970 Christmas edition, John Noakes's report on the cleaning of Nelson's Column, Simon Groom referring to a previous item on the production of a facsimile door knocker for Durham Cathedral, displayed alongside the original, with the words'what a beautiful pair of knockers'. Blue Peter was first aired on 16 October 1958, it had been commissioned to producer John Hunter Blair by Owen Reed, the head of children's programmes at the BBC, as there were no programmes for children aged between five and eight. Reed got his inspiration after watching Children's Television Club, the brainchild of former radio producer, Trevor Hill, who created the latter show as a successor to his programme Out of School, broadcast on BBC Radio's Children's Hour.
It was subsequently televised about once a month Hill relates how Reed came to stay with him and his wife, Margaret Potter, in Cheshire, was so taken with the "Blue Peter" flag on the side of the ship and the programme in general, that he asked to rename it and take it to London to be broadcast on a weekly basis. The "Blue Peter" is used as a maritime signal, indicating that the vessel flying it is about to leave, Reed chose the name to represent'a voyage of adventure' on which the programme would set out. Hunter Blair pointed out that blue was a child's favourite colour, Peter was the common name of a typical child's friend; the first two presenters were Christopher Trace, an actor, Leila Williams, winner of Miss Great Britain in 1957. The two presenters were responsible for activities; as broadcasting historian Asa Briggs expressed it in 1995: "Leila played with dolls. They were supported on occasion by Tony Hart, an artist who designed the ship logo, who told stories about an elephant called Packi.
It was broadcast every Thursday for fifteen minutes on BBC TV (which becam
Heath Wallace Miller is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Heath Slater. After debuting in 2004, Miller began wrestling for WWE in 2006 and competed in its developmental territories Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling before appearing on the first season of NXT in 2010, he debuted on the main roster that same year as part of The Nexus and The Corre, becoming a three-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Justin Gabriel. In 2016, Slater entered a storyline which included him forming a partnership with Rhyno, where they became the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions, he is the first wrestler to hold both SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Heath Wallace Miller was born in Pineville, West Virginia, on July 15, 1983, he was raised by his mother and grandparents. Miller was trained at World Wrestling Alliance Wrestling School and began to wrestle in WWA4 events, in numerous Georgia-based wrestling federations.
In December 2006, Miller signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling, a WWE developmental territory. When the WWE ended its relationship with DSW in the spring of 2007, Miller was one of over twenty developmental wrestlers to be sent for further training at the new Florida Championship Wrestling territory. At a June 2007 FCW show, Miller appeared as the manager of fellow developmental talent Shawn McGrath under the name Heath Wallace Miller Esq. but he reverted to using his real name and resumed his singles career while continuing to manage McGrath. In 2007, Miller was given. During one segment, Billy Kidman was the guest; this led to a series of matches between the two. In January 2008, Miller started defending the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship on behalf of the champion Ted DiBiase, Jr., injured. DiBiase soon forfeited Miller was declared the champion. Miller and his tag team partner Steve Lewington lost to John Morrison and The Miz for the WWE Tag Team Championship on February 15, 2008 at an FCW show.
Miller and Lewington advanced to the finals of a tournament for the inaugural Florida Tag Team Championship in February 2008. Miller and Lewington defeated Brandon Groom and Greg Jackson and The Thoroughbreds to reach the finals. On February 23, 2008, Miller and Lewington lost to The Puerto Rican Nightmares in the finals. On September 11, teaming with Joe Hennig, he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship; as champion, he changed his ring name to Sebastian Slater. On October 30, 2008, Slater and Hennig lost the title to The New Hart Foundation in Florida, he returned from injury and defeated Justin Angel. On August 13, 2009, at the 50th FCW TV taping, Miller defeated Tyler Reks to become FCW Heavyweight Champion. Slater lost the FCW Heavyweight Championship to Justin Gabriel in a two out of three falls match at the September 24, 2009 TV taping. On February 16, 2010, now using the ring name Heath Slater, was one of eight FCW wrestlers to compete on the first season of the new NXT show, with Christian as his storyline mentor.
On the inaugural episode of NXT, Slater debuted as a face as he and Christian defeated Carlito and Michael Tarver in a tag team match. Two weeks Slater defeated Carlito, becoming the first NXT rookie to defeat a WWE pro. On the March 30 episode of NXT, he came fourth out of eight rookies in the first Pros' Poll. On the April 6 episode, Slater won a keg-carrying contest against all other rookies; this resulted in him being in a match against Kane, which he lost. In an upset victory on April 20, Slater defeated Chris Jericho in the main event of NXT. However, Slater remained at fourth in the second Pros Poll, revealed on May 11, he was eliminated from NXT on May 25. On the June 7 episode of Raw and the other season one NXT rookies established themselves as heels by interfering in the main event match between John Cena and CM Punk, attacking both competitors, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Justin Roberts before dismantling the ring area and surrounding equipment. On the June 14 episode of Raw, the rookies attacked General Manager Bret Hart, when he refused to give them contracts.
At the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view, the seven rookies interfered in the WWE Championship match, as a result costing Cena the championship to Sheamus. The following week on Raw, Vince McMahon fired Hart and installed the Anonymous General Manager, who signed the seven season one NXT rookies to contracts; the following week, the group was named The Nexus. On the July 12 episode of Raw, The Nexus competed in their first match together, without Darren Young, a six–on–one handicap match against John Cena, which they won when Gabriel pinned Cena; the Nexus continued to feud with Cena and the Raw roster, resulting in a seven-on-seven elimination tag team match at SummerSlam. Slater eliminated both Chris Jericho and Edge but was eliminated from the match by Daniel Bryan, with Team Cena winning the match. In October 2010, Cena was forced to join The Nexus as a result of losing to Barrett at Hell in a Cell and at Bragging Rights and David Otunga won the WWE Tag Team Championship. On the October 25 episode of Raw, Barrett made a tag team match, with Gabriel and Slater facing Otunga and Cena for the championship.
Gabriel and Slater won when Barrett ordered winning the title. Ga
Rebecca Quin is an Irish professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE under the ring name Becky Lynch, where she is the current Raw Women's Champion in her first reign and SmackDown Women's Champion in her third reign. Quin began training as a professional wrestler in June 2002. Working in Ireland and teaming with her brother using the ring name Rebecca Knox, she soon expanded her career into the rest of Europe and North America on the independent circuit, wrestling for various promotions, she most notably competed in Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling and became the inaugural SuperGirls Champion in June 2005. In September 2006, Quin suffered a severe head injury during a match in Germany which kept her away from professional wrestling for several years, she returned in late 2012 and signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in 2013, reporting to the developmental territory NXT. Following her arrival on WWE's main roster in July 2015, she became the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion at Backlash 2016 and since held the title three times as of April 2019.
Late summer of 2018 marked a turning point for Lynch, as her transition towards a more aggressive character started at SummerSlam when she attacked Charlotte Flair after their match with Carmella, which perceived herself as an unfairly-treated underdog and dubbed herself "The Man", saw a large increase in her popularity and fan support. In January 2019, she won the Women's Royal Rumble match, becoming only the second winner of the match. On 7 April, at WrestleMania 35, in what was the first time women headlined a WrestleMania event, Lynch won both the Raw Women’s Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship in a Winner takes all match against Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, making her a double champion and the only woman to hold both titles simultaneously. Lynch is now an overall four-time women's champion. Quin was born in Limerick and grew up in Baldoyle, Dublin, her parents separated. She started watching professional wrestling from a young age with her brother, who wrestled under the ring name Gonzo de Mondo.
She was involved in horse riding and basketball. However, she claimed to have failed P. E. in school. Quin attended university to study philosophy and politics, but said she "really hated it" and dropped out, she planned to return to college to study exercise studies. Prior to beginning to train as a wrestler, she stated that she had been "going down a bad path" involving alcohol, but wrestling helped her give it up; as a teenager, Quin heard that Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey were opening a wrestling school in Ireland. She began training there along with her brother in June 2002, she made her professional wrestling debut five months using the ring name Rebecca Knox. She teamed, she trained at British professional wrestling promotion NWA UK Hammerlock. Knox joined the Canadian promotion SuperGirls Wrestling, an all-female offshoot of Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling in May 2005. Following her arrival at an ECCW show in Surrey, British Columbia, Knox feuded with Miss Chevius and defeated her, but lost to her in Port Coquitlam a month later.
The following night, Knox teamed with Calum Macbeth to defeat Miss Chevius and Tony Tisoy in a mixed tag team match in Vancouver. On 24 June, Knox defeated Miss Chevius at an ECCW show in Surrey to become the inaugural SuperGirls Champion. Knox defended the championship on several occasions before losing it to Lisa Moretti in April 2006. In late 2005, Knox participated in All Pro Wrestling's third ChickFight tournament in Hayward, California. Knox won an eighteen-person battle royal at an event in Tokyo, Japan. Knox began working for the all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes in early 2006. In her debut match for the promotion, she defeated Allison Danger, established herself as a heel by faking an injury. Following that, she began feuding with Daizee Haze. In June 2006, Knox defeated Sweet Saraya to win the vacated World Queens of Chaos Championship at an event in Chouilly, France, she held the championship for few months before dropping it to Saraya in September. In September 2006, while wrestling in Germany, Knox sustained a legit head injury, following which she claimed to had been "suffering from painful headaches, loud buzzing in her left ear and vision as a result," and was diagnosed with possible damage to her eighth cranial nerve.
A 60-minute Iron Woman match against Haze at Shimmer's Volume 7 taping was cancelled as a result. Following her injury, Quin took a six-year hiatus, wrestling only on three occasions for Irish promotion Fight Factory Pro Wrestling in 2008, 2012 and 2013. In April 2013, Quin signed a two-year developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment and moved to Florida to report to their developmental territory NXT. On 29 August, her new ring name was revealed as Becky Lynch. Lynch made her televised in-ring debut on the 26 June 2014 episode of NXT; the next week, Lynch teamed up with Bayley in a losing effort to the BFFs: Beautiful Fierce Females in a tag team match. Lynch spent the next few months competing in non-title matches against Charlotte, losing three in a row. On the 23 October episode of NXT, after being told to make herself relevant, Lynch aligned herself with Banks by attacking Bayley, turning heel. Known as Team B. A. E; the alliance sta
Terrance Guido Gerin is an American professional wrestler and politician signed to WWE performing on the Raw brand under the ring name Rhyno. He has worked in Extreme Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Ring of Honor under the ring name Rhino. Rhyno held the ECW World Heavyweight Championship and NWA World Heavyweight Championship once each, was the final ECW World Heavyweight Champion within the original ECW promotion, he is a one-time WCW United States Champion, two-time ECW World Television Champion, three-time WWF Hardcore Champion, a one-time and inaugural WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion with Heath Slater. Gerin was born on October 1975, in Detroit, Michigan, he is of Italian descent. Gerin trained as a wrestler at the Can-Am Wrestling School located in Windsor, Ontario under Scott D'Amore, with whom he reunited in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, he began training on September 24, 1994, had his first match on March 10, 1995. Gerin made four appearances in World Championship Wrestling as enhancement talent under the ring name Rhino Richards.
Richards lost to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan on the August 1994 edition of WCW Saturday Night. WCW Television Champion The Renegade defeated Richards on the September 9 edition of WCW Pro. Richards and Johnny Swinger lost to the Nasty Boys on the September 16 edition of WCW Saturday Night, his final appearance was a loss to Road Warrior Hawk on the September 24, 1995 edition of WCW WorldWide. In the World Wrestling Federation, Gerin lost to Henry O. Godwinn on the November 6, 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw, he was part of the losing team in a six-man tag team match against The Truth Commission at the June 23, 1997 WWF Shotgun Saturday Night taping. Gerin adopted the ring name Rhino Richards and began wrestling in Canada, where he formed a stable known as "THUG Life" with Joe Legend, Zakk Wyld, Christian Cage, Bloody Bill Skullion, Brett Kimball, Sexton Hardcastle, he wrestled a dark match at the June 29, 1998 WWF Shotgun Saturday Night taping, defeating Breyer Wellington. In 1997, Gerin relocated to Hanover, where he began competing for the Catch Wrestling Association under the ring name "Rhino Richards".
On October 10, 1998, he teamed with XL Legend to win the vacant CWA World Tag Team Championship, defeating Rico de Cuba and August Smisl. The titles were vacated in October 1998 when Gerin left the promotion after signing with Extreme Championship Wrestling. Gerin debuted in ECW in 1999 as Rhino. Rhino joined forces with Steve Corino and Jack Victory. Rhino and Corino challenged Tommy Dreamer and Raven for the ECW World Tag Team Championship at Anarchy Rulz, but were defeated. In late 1999, Rhino began feuding with The Sandman, at November to Remember he teamed with the Impact Players to defeat Dreamer and Sandman. On March 12, 2000, Rhino lost to Super Crazy in the finals of a tournament for the World Television Championship at Living Dangerously, he won the title on April 22. He lost the title to Kid Kash on August 26, but regained it a little over two weeks on September 9. Throughout mid-2000, Rhino continued to feud with The Sandman, defeating him in title matches at Hardcore Heaven and Heatwave.
In the course of the match with The Sandman at Hardcore Heaven, Rhino performed a Rhino Driver to the Sandman's wife and valet, Lori. At Heatwave, Rhino attacked the couple before his match and attempted to force Lori's head into a toilet. Rhino won the World Heavyweight Championship on January 7, 2001 at Guilty as Charged, defeating Sandman in a squash match after The Sandman had won the title from Steve Corino in a three-way tables, ladders and canes match, he defended the title twice afterwards, defeating The Sandman on January 12 and Spike Dudley on January 13, 2001 on the last two ECW shows before becoming both the final World Heavyweight Champion and World Television Champion due to the company folding in April. Following the closure of ECW, Gerin signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation, he debuted on the March 19, 2001 episode of Raw, in Albany, New York at the Pepsi Arena, under the ring name Rhyno as a heel, aligning himself with Edge and Christian. Rhyno went on to help Edge and Christian defeat The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz for the WWF Tag Team Championship in a Tables and Chairs match at WrestleMania X-Seven.
On the April 17 edition of SmackDown, Rhyno defeated Kane to win the WWF Hardcore Championship. At Backlash, he defeated Raven to retain the title. At Judgment Day, Rhyno and Christian formed a stable with Kurt Angle known as Team RECK, with all four members reaching the semi-finals of the King of the Ring. Rhyno was eliminated from the event by Edge, he won the Hardcore Championship a total of three times in mid-2001. On the July 9 episode of Raw, Rhyno "invaded" the WWF along with other ECW wrestlers; the group, led by former ECW owner Paul Heyman, went on to merge with rival organisation WCW that night, forming The Alliance. At Invasion, Rhyno competed in the main event the Inaugural Brawl match. One notable moment during the feud saw Rhyno Gore Jericho through the SmackDown! Stage set on the August 9 episode of SmackDown!. at SummerSlam, Rhyno faced Chris Jericho in a losing effort
Eric Young (wrestler)
Jeremy Fritz is a Canadian professional wrestler and television personality. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Eric Young. Young competed in WWE's developmental territory NXT, where he was a former NXT Tag Team Champion, he is best known for his 12-year tenure working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2004 to 2016, where he was a one-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time X Division Champion, a three-time Legends/Global/Television/King of the Mountain Champion, a four-time world tag team champion, having held the NWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bobby Roode, the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice once with Kaz, once as a member of The Band with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, the only male to co-hold the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, winning the title with female wrestler ODB. He is one of only five men to win TNA's Grand Slam Championship. All together, Young won 11 championships during his career in TNA, is considered a "TNA Original".
After graduating from high school, Young began training with veteran wrestler Waldo Von Erich in Cambridge, Ontario. After training for ten weeks he wrestled his debut match on October 14, 1998 in Benton Harbor, facing his friend "Suicide" Sean Ball, he received supplementary training from Scott D'Amore and Chris Kanyon. After four months, he had wrestled ten matches and was promoted to head trainer. After his training was complete, Young began working on the independent circuit; when wrestling infrequently, Young subsidised his income with a number of other jobs, including working in a pizza parlour, manufacturing brass horse harnesses and sand casting. During his time in the Ontario independent scene, Young owned and operated the Wrestleplex training facility out of Cambridge. Notable wrestlers to come out of the gym include Jake O'Reilly, Ontario mainstay Crazzy Steve and World Wrestling Entertainment signee Shawn Spears. On June 30, 2007, Eric secured the APWF Light Heavyweight Championship defeating former four-time NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion "Luscious" Rocky Reynolds in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
Young appeared on WWE television three times. The first was on an WWE Velocity; the second appearance was on WWE Velocity in which he was announced as "Showtime" Eric Young. He appeared the next day on WWE Sunday Night Heat. In January 2004 Young debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a member of Team Canada, he took part in the World X Cup event, defeating Jerry Lynn, Mr. Águila and Taichi Ishikari in a ladder match. Team Canada were a regular feature on Impact! Throughout mid-2004, feuding with the 3Live Kru. On the October 15, 2004 Impact!, Young and Bobby Roode defeated Christopher Daniels and "Cowboy" James Storm for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. They held the titles until November 7, they regained the titles a month at Turning Point on December 5, defeating B. G. James and Ron Killings. Young and Roode began feuding with America's Most Wanted in early 2005, lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship to America's Most Wanted on January 16 at Final Resolution. Young began teaming with Team Canada member Petey Williams, on April 24, 2005 they unsuccessfully challenged America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Lockdown.
After defeating Apolo and Sonny Siaki at Hard Justice on May 15, Williams and Young challenged and lost to new NWA World Tag Team Champions The Naturals at Slammiversary on June 19. Team Canada began feuding with The Naturals and Lance Hoyt, with Young, Roode and A-1 defeating Hoyt and The Naturals at No Surrender on July 17. America's Most Wanted formed a loose alliance with The Naturals against Team Canada, with Young, Williams and A-1 defeating The Naturals and America's Most Wanted at TNA Sacrifice on August 14. After Williams renewed his pursuit of the X Division Championship, Young began teaming with A-1 on a regular basis. At Unbreakable on September 11, Young and A-1 faced America's Most Wanted, Alex Shelley and Johnny Candido and defending champions The Naturals in a four-way tag match. Young was able to pin both Candido and "Wildcat" Chris Harris, but Team Canada lost the match after Chase Stevens managed to pin A-1. At Bound for Glory on October 23, Young, A-1 and Bobby Roode defeated the 3Live Kru.
After the match, their attempt to attack Konnan was foiled by Kip James. That night, Team Canada stopped 3Live Kru from saving Rhino from an attack by Planet Jarrett, helped Jarrett place Rhino in a casket which they had brought to ringside; as Team Canada and Planet Jarrett celebrated together, Team 3D entered the ring and, with the help of the now recovered 3Live Kru, drove Planet Jarrett and Team Canada from the ring. Young, standing atop the casket, was hit with a 3D by Team 3D, he was thrown into the casket in the place of Rhino, who in turn stood atop the casket, celebrating his earlier victory for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship over Jeff Jarrett. As a result of the events of Bound For Glory, Roode and A-1 faced the 3Live Kru in a rematch at Genesis on November 13. Team Canada lost the match after Ron Killings pinned Young; the long-running feud between Team Canada and the 3Live Kru ended at Turning Point on December 11 when Young, Roode and A-1 defeated the Kru and Kip James after Konnan turned on his teammates.
After the debut of TNA on Spike TV in October 2005
Chad Allegra is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he competes on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Karl Anderson, is a former WWE Raw Tag Team Champion. Anderson is known for his work as a tag team specialist, most notably in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he is a former four-time IWGP Tag Team Champion, he holds the record for the longest reign and most defenses with the title, achieved on his first reign with former partner Giant Bernard. Anderson and Bernard held Pro Wrestling Noah's GHC Tag Team Championship, were voted tag team of the year by The Wrestling Observer in 2011. Anderson is a founding member and the second leader of the Bullet Club stable, a three-time winner of NJPW's top tag team tournament, the G1/World Tag League, having won it in 2009 with Bernard, in 2012 with Hirooki Goto and in 2013 with Doc Gallows, he wrestled for Southern California-based independent promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla between 2007 and 2009. Anderson spent the majority of his career in Japan, before signing with WWE alongside Gallows, A.
J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura in 2016. Allegra grew up in North Carolina with his younger brother and mother, he received a baseball scholarship to study at Mars Hill College in his home state before dropping out to pursue a wrestling career. Upon moving to Cincinnati, Ohio he began training for a short time at Les Thatcher's Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp, the school associated with the Heartland Wrestling Association. Shortly after beginning his training under Les Thatcher in 2000, he received a concussion at the hands of fellow trainee Derek Neikirk, which put Allegra on the shelf for over a year; when he felt he was able to return, he contacted Kirk Sheppard who worked for the Northern Wrestling Federation in Cincinnati, who introduced him to Roger Ruffen, the head trainer at BoneKrushers. Allegra trained for several months before debuting under his real name in his first professional match on May 10, 2002, in a loss with The Zodiac. In the early stages on his career, he had matches with Prince Justice, Jimmy Valiant, Chris Harris, Shark Boy, Jerry Lawler.
In the NWF, Allegra started as part of the Young Lions, a four-man group of popular rookies who entered the promotion around the same time. First to leave the group was Matt Parks. Allegra joined Parks as a heel and began a feud with Ryan Stone and Jay Donaldson. In the summer of 2005, the NWF and the HWA began an interpromotional feud, it culminated in a one on one, title vs. title match between Allegra, the NWF Champion, Cody Hawk, the HWA champion. In October 2005, Allegra had the opportunity to wrestle at the National Wrestling Alliance's annual convention, where he was noticed by Dave Marquez of New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Los Angeles dojo. Allegra was invited to train at the dojo and so after losing the NWF title to Ryan Stone on January 1, 2006, Allegra began living and wrestling on the West Coast. On the West Coast, Allegra was repackaged as "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson, becoming a storyline member of the Anderson wrestling family and adopting the family's trademark spinebuster as his new finishing maneuver.
Over the years, the association with the Anderson family has been dropped. Before long, he won the NWA British Commonwealth Championship before losing it to Alex Koslov. In 2007, he began teaming with Joey Ryan, on NWA cards promoted by David Marquez, he appeared weekly on a small broadcast network, carried on limited stations. The team's first title match came against The Young Bucks in a losing attempt for the AWS Tag Team Championship. In April, Anderson won the EWF American Championship from Human Tornado. On July 8, 2007, he and Ryan won a 3-way tag match to claim the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship. Anderson lost his EWF American Championship to Mikey Nicholls on September 7, 2007, in a 30-minute Iron Man match, which included Ryan Taylor. Anderson and Ryan, now going as the Real American Heroes defend their championship on multiple occasions, but would lose it to Los Luchas on February 10, 2008. In early 2007, Anderson debuted for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, picking up big wins over established wrestlers such as Frankie Kazarian and Colt Cabana.
He would continue to appear for PWG over the year teaming with Joey Ryan's Dynasty faction. On February 24, 2008, he participated in a tournament for the PWG World Championship, defeating Kazarian in his first round match; that same day, he was defeated by Human Tornado in the final of the tournament, which included Roderick Strong. After an eleven-month break from PWG, Anderson returned on February 21, 2009, once again teaming with The Dynasty. On August 28, he and Joey Ryan unsuccessfully challenged The Young Bucks for the PWG World Tag Team Championship. Anderson made his final appearance for PWG on September 4, 2009, when he was defeated by Roderick Strong. In 2013, looking back at his time on the Californian independent circuit, Allegra stated "I hated my whole time in L. A. There were always great times, but I look back on it now, I wasn't happy there at all. I just didn't enjoy myself", he has however noted that he did not hate PWG, saying that they treated him well and gave him an opportunity when no one else would.
On October 19, 2007, Anderson made his debut for Ring of Honor, losing to Chris Hero in a Survival of the Fittest qualifying match. Two days Anderson was defeated by Adam Pearce in a singles match. After not appearing for ROH in over five years, Anderson returned to the promotion on April 5, 2013, at Supercard of Honor VII, defeating Roderick Strong. At the following day's tapings of Ring of
Máscara Dorada is a Mexican luchador enmascarado working for WWE under the ring name Gran Metalik, performing on their Raw and 205 Live brands. He is best known for his decade-long stint in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Dorada's real name has not been documented, a tradition in Mexican lucha libre where masked wrestlers' real names are not a matter of public record; the wrestler known as Gran Metalik made his debut in 2005 and has worked under other names, but achieved most success as Máscara Dorada, Spanish for "Golden Mask". In WWE he is part of a luchador trio consisting of himself, Lince Dorado, Kalisto known as the "Lucha House Party". At one time, Dorada was a quadruple CMLL champion, holding the Mexican National Trios Championship, the CMLL World Trios Championship, the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship and the CMLL World Welterweight Championship at the same time, he has held the CMLL World Welterweight Championship four times in total. After a decade of working for CMLL in his native Mexico, Dorada worked full-time for the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling from January 2015 until returning to CMLL a year in February 2016.
He made his in-ring debut in 2005 using the masked persona Plata II. He used the ring name Metalik, holding the local Occidente Welterweight Championship, but abandoned the championship when he adopted the Máscara Dorada character; the "Máscara Dorada" ring character was the first instance of a regular luchador being given a character based on a Mini-Estrella as he was introduced after CMLL introduced Mascarita Dorada in 2007. The luchador who would be known as Máscara Dorada made his professional wrestling debut on July 14, 2005, after training with Gran Cochisse and El Satánico, his initial ring persona was that of Plata II, a copy of the original Plata that wrestled in the early to mid-1990s. His run as Plata II was short lived as he was repackaged as Metalik, a variation of the "metal-based" look that he had used as "Plata II"; as Metalik he worked for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre's Guadalajara branch, getting experience while working on a local level. On April 13, 2008 the CMLL bookers had Metalik defeat El Depredador to become the Occidente Welterweight Champion.
About a month Metalik won his first Luchas de Apuestas match, winning the hair of Jeque. Metalik was entered in the 2008 Torneo Gran Alternativa, where a newcomer teams up with a veteran, he teamed up with Dos Caras Jr. to make it to the finals before losing to Último Guerrero and Dragón Rojo Jr. In 2007, CMLL signed Mascarita Sagrada 2000 but were not allowed to call him that as a rival promotion owned the copyright to the name. Instead CMLL chose to repackage the mini luchador as Mascarita Dorada; the gimmick and the wrestler proved so successful, that in the fall of 2008, CMLL announced that they were creating a "large" version of Mascarita Dorada. Traditionally the minis were patterned after existing Luchadors, but this time the mini was created before the "regular sized" luchador. On November 7, 2008 Metalik was repackaged and made his debut as Máscara Dorada, helping his team defeat the trio of Averno and Ephesto. CMLL stripped Rocky Romero of the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship and announced that a tournament to crown the new champion would take place on April 7, 2009.
On the night Máscara Dorada won a Tornero Cibernetico outlasting nine other wrestlers to become the CMLL Super Lightweight Champion. Since he held a CMLL title, Dorada was entered into CMLL's inaugural "Universal Championship" tournament but was eliminated in the first round by Black Warrior. On December 19, 2009 it was announced by the Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D. F. that Poder Mexica had been stripped of the Mexican National Trios Championship because Black Warrior had left CMLL. At the same time, they announced an eight-team tournament to crown a new trios champion; the top half of the bracket took place on December 22, 2009, the bottom half of the bracket took place on December 29. In the top bracket Máscara Dorada teamed with Stuka Jr. and Metro for the first time and defeated Los Guerreros Tuareg in the first round and Los Cancerberos del Infierno in the second round to qualify for the finals. The bottom bracket took place on December 29, 2009, the team of the new Poder Mexica qualified for the final.
Máscara Dorada, Stuka Jr. and Metro defeated Poder Mexica in the finals of the tournament to become the new Mexican National Trios Champions, making Dorada a double champion. That month Máscara Dorada teamed up with Atlantis to participate in CMLL's Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles, a tournament where CMLL teams up a Tecnico and a Rudo for a tournament; the two defeated Dragón Rojo and La Sombra in the opening round, Mr. Niebla and Máximo in the second round and Místico and Averno in the semi-final to earn a spot in the final of the tournament. During the tournament Atlantis wore his old Tecnico white mask and wrestling a tecnico style. Dorada and Atlantis defeated Negro Casas and La Máscara in the finals two weeks to win the tournament. On May 14, 2010, Máscara Dorada teamed up with La Sombra and La Máscara to defeat the CMLL World Trios Champions La Ola Amarilla in a non-title match to earn a shot at the titles the following week. One week the trio defeated Ola Amarilla again, ending the Japanese trios title reign after