Nicholas Dinsmore known by his World Wrestling Entertainment ring name Eugene, is an American professional wrestler and promoter. He is a former World Tag Team Champion, with William Regal. Under his real name, he is best known for his time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, as a wrestler and trainer, he is an eleven-time OVW Southern Tag Team Champion. Dinsmore debuted in 1996, soon began wrestling in the United States Wrestling Association. In Ohio Valley Wrestling, he formed a successful tag team with Rob Conway, called The Lords of The Ring; the team had a record ten reigns as Southern Tag Team Champions. Dinsmore held the OVW Heavyweight Championship a record ten times. While still in OVW, Dinsmore made some appearances as a jobber in the World Wrestling Federation, first on an episode of Shotgun Saturday Night in 1999, he wrestled in the WWF as Doink the Clown on two occasions, as one half of Los Conquistadores. Dinsmore appeared in World Championship Wrestling from August 1998 to January 1999 used as a jobber on WCW Saturday Night he worked on two episodes of Thunder, on two episodes of Nitro.
On the April 5, 2004 episode of Raw, Dinsmore made his World Wrestling Entertainment debut as Eugene. He was portrayed as the "special" and overly excited nephew of Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, who had savant-like wrestling ability from watching his favourites on TV. Bischoff soon placed him under the care of the newly returned William Regal. Although Regal was dispirited at having to manage Eugene, he would grow fond of him and the two would become firm friends. In May 2004, Eugene began a feud with Jonathan Coachman, who attempted to banish him from WWE; the feud culminated in Eugene's pay-per-view debut. Eugene feuded with Triple H, which led to match at SummerSlam, which Eugene lost. Two weeks on Raw, they fought a no disqualification match, which Eugene won after interference from Randy Orton; the next week, they had a steel cage match, which Eugene lost and suffered a kayfabe dislocated shoulder, ending the feud. After taking a few weeks off to sell his injuries, he feuded with Eric Bischoff.
This led to a match at the first-ever Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view on October 19. The fan-chosen stipulation for the match was. Eugene subsequently shaved Bischoff's head. With Regal, Eugene won his first and only championship in WWE, taking the World Tag Team Championship from La Résistance on the November 15 episode of Raw. Eugene suffered an injury at New Year's Revolution on January 9, 2005, in a match with Christian and Tyson Tomko, after botching a dropkick. Although they won the match, he suffered a ruptured left patellar ligament, which required surgery and sidelined him for six months; this cost him the World Tag Team Championship, which Regal lost to La Résistance when forced to defend at a house show on January 16, teamed with Jonathan Coachman as a substitute. During recovery, Eugene made a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 21, delivering a promo until being interrupted and attacked by Muhammad Hassan and Daivari, he would be saved by returning Hulk Hogan. Eugene returned to wrestling on the July 25, 2005 episode of Raw, taking part in Kurt Angle's regular "Kurt Angle Invitational" challenge.
Eugene defeated Angle, winning his cherished Olympic gold medal, starting a feud between the two. The feud culminated at SummerSlam. Eugene briefly teamed with Tajiri; the team lasted until Tajiri's release in December 2005. At Taboo Tuesday, Rob Conway teamed with Tyson Tomko to face Eugene and a "WWE Legend", to be chosen by the fans. "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka was chosen over Kamala and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, pinned Conway with his Superfly Splash to win the match. On November 18, 2005, WWE.com reported Dinsmore was rushed to the hospital the previous night, after passing out in a hotel lobby in Manchester, was suspended indefinitely. Days WWE.com stated Dinsmore admitted to taking prescription drugs, including somas. This coincided with the announcement of WWE's new drug policy. Eugene made his return to WWE in the Royal Rumble match on January 29, 2006, as the eighteenth entrant, he was eliminated by Chris Benoit. At WrestleMania 22, Eugene competed in a preshow battle royal, won by Viscera. Eugene feuded with Matt Striker, after appearing in the "Matt Striker's Classroom" segment of Backlash on April 30, 2006.
Striker defeated Eugene to end the feud. After appearing at One Night Stand, Eugene formed a tag team with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, he challenged Umaga to a match at Vengeance and lost, despite having Duggan, Doink the Clown, Kamala in his corner. He defeated Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon in a handicap match on the July 10 Raw, after interference from D-Generation X. On the September 3 Raw and Duggan challenged World Tag Team Champions the Spirit Squad for the title, but were unsuccessful; the team split up on the November 6 Raw. After losing a rematch to The Spirit Squad, Eugene attacked Duggan, turning heel for the first time in his WWE career. However, the ang
Robert Thomas Conway Jr. is an American professional wrestler. He is known for his work with World Wrestling Entertainment, where he performed under his real name and as Robért Conway. Post-WWE, he is known for his work with the National Wrestling Alliance, where he is a former two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, he is a seven-time Tag Team Champion, becoming a three-time World Tag Team Champion with Sylvain Grenier as part of La Resistance in the WWE and four-time NWA World Tag Team Champion once as part of The IronGodz with Jax Dane and three-times as part of The Iron Empire with Matt Riviera in the NWA. He is the only wrestler to have held the NWA World Heavyweight and NWA World Tag Team Championships simultaneously. Rob Conway began his career in Memphis Championship Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, teaming with Nick Dinsmore under the names Limited Edition, the Borkcin Brothers, the Lords of the Ring. While in OVW, he and Dinsmore were members of Kenny Bolin's Bolin Services along with The Prototype, Bull Buchanan, Mark Henry.
As the Lords of the Ring and Dinsmore won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on 10 occasions and captured the MCW North American Tag Team Championship once. On April 28, 1999 Rob Conway defeated his partner Nick Dinsmore to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship, but lost it back to him the next week. Conway won the OVW Heavyweight Championship a second time on August 1999, pinning Damaja, he lost the title to Rico Constantino on November 10, regaining it on September 6, 2000, with another victory over Dinsmore. Conway had dark matches with Kurt Angle and Headbanger Mosh known as Beaver Cleavage. Conway's TV debut in the World Wrestling Federation was on the May 20, 2000, episode of Jakked, where he was defeated by Bull Buchanan. Over the next three years, Conway appeared in tryout matches on Velocity and Sunday Night Heat, losing to wrestlers such as A-Train, Randy Orton, The Hurricane. In a match taped for the July 17, 2003 episode of SmackDown!, Rob Conway and Nick Dinsmore appeared under masks as "Los Conquistadores", losing to Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman.
On July 27, at Vengeance, Conway once again competed as the masked Conquistador, this time with Johnny Jeter as his partner, as part of the APA Bar Room Brawl. Conway made his proper debut for the company on the August 18, 2003, episode of Raw, planted in the audience dressed as an American airman. After Conway was "harassed" by the heel tag team La Résistance, he was invited into the ring by The Dudley Boyz, who were feuding with La Résistance. While "celebrating" with the Dudley Boyz and waving the American flag, Conway hit them both with the flagpole, revealing himself to be a member of La Résistance; the trio feuded with several tag teams, including the Dudley Boyz and Rosey, Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak. When Grenier suffered a back injury in October 2003, Dupree and Conway held the group together until the March 15, 2004 edition of Raw when Grenier returned; the trio did not last long after that, however, as Dupree was drafted to SmackDown! on March 22, 2004 during the Draft Lottery.
Grenier and Conway, continued to team together as La Résistance on Raw. With American-Franco hostility subsiding, the WWE ceased billing the team as being from France and instead promoted them as being haughty French Canadians who carried the flag of Quebec to the ring, with Grenier singing the Canadian national anthem and Conway becoming known as Robért Conway, the French version of his name; the team held the World Tag Team Championship three times. Their first title reign came when they defeated Chris Benoit and Edge on the May 31, 2004 edition of Raw in Grenier's home town of Montreal, Quebec; the team dropped the belts to the same team of Benoit and Edge at Taboo Tuesday on October 19 when though Edge walked out on Benoit, Benoit was able to defeat La Résistance by himself. It was not long before La Résistance reclaimed the tag team gold for the second time on the November 1 edition of Raw, defeating Chris Benoit after Edge walked out on Benoit again; this time La Résistance did not hold the title as long as their last reign.
In a 3-Way Elimination match, they dropped the title to Eugene. Their third, final, Tag Team Title reign began at a Raw brand house show on January 16, 2005 in Winnipeg, Manitoba when they defeated Regal and Jonathan Coachman—Regal's actual partner, had been injured and Coachman was selected to be his fill in partner, though Regal never tagged him in—to win the belts. La Résistance dropped the belts again a few weeks on the February 7, edition of Raw, from Tokyo, Japan, to William Regal and his new tag team partner Tajiri. La Résistance attempted to regain the gold from Regal and Tajiri in a number of different matches but fell just short each time. During their "last shot" the team thought they had won back the title only to have the decision reversed by referee Mike Chioda due to La Résistance not pinning the legal man; the match was restarted but La Résistance lost the match and their last chance against Regal and Tajiri in a normal tag team contest. The team was given one more chance at Regal and Tajiri, only this time during a Tag Team Turmoil match including five teams—La Résistance and Tajiri, The Heart Throbs, Simon Dean and Maven, Rosey and The Hurricane, at Backlash.
During the match La Résistance managed to eliminate the champions, but were defeated by the last remaining team Hurricane and Rosey. The team split in mid
Christopher Michael Benoit was a Canadian professional wrestler. During his 22-year career, Benoit worked for numerous promotions including the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Industry journalist Dave Meltzer considered him "one of the top 10, maybe the top 5, all-time greats". Benoit held 22 championships between WWF/WWE, WCW, NJPW, ECW, he was a two-time world champion, having been a one-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time World Heavyweight Champion in WWE. Benoit was the twelfth WWE Triple Crown Champion and seventh WCW Triple Crown Champion, the second of four men in history to achieve both the WWE and WCW Triple Crown Championships, he was the 2004 Royal Rumble winner, joining Shawn Michaels as the only two men to win a Royal Rumble as the number one entrant. Benoit headlined multiple pay-per-views for WWE, including a victory in the World Heavyweight Championship main event match of WrestleMania XX in 2004.
Benoit murdered his wife on June 22, 2007, his son on June 23, 2007, hanged himself on June 24, 2007. Research suggests depression and brain damage from numerous concussions are contributing factors leading to the crime. Benoit was born in Montreal, the son of Michael and Margaret Benoit, he grew up in Edmonton, from where he was billed throughout the bulk of his career. He had a sister living near Edmonton. During his childhood and early adolescence in Edmonton, Benoit idolized Tom "Dynamite Kid" Billington and Bret Hart. Benoit trained to become a professional wrestler in the Hart family "Dungeon", receiving education from family patriarch Stu Hart. In-ring, Benoit emulated both Billington and Bret Hart, cultivating a high-risk style and physical appearance more reminiscent of the former. Benoit began his career in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling promotion. From the beginning, similarities between Benoit and Billington were apparent, as Benoit adopted many of his moves such as the diving headbutt and the snap suplex.
According to Benoit, in his first match, he attempted the diving headbutt before learning how to land and had the wind knocked out of him. His debut match was a tag team match on November 22, 1985 in Calgary, where he teamed with "The Remarkable" Rick Patterson against Butch Moffat and Mike Hammer, which Benoit's team won the match after Benoit pinned Moffat with a sunset flip; the first title Benoit won was the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship on March 18, 1988 against Gama Singh. During his tenure in Stampede, he won four International Tag Team and three more British Commonwealth titles, had a lengthy feud with Johnny Smith that lasted for over a year, which both men traded back-and-forth the British Commonwealth title. In 1989, Stampede closed its doors that year, with a recommendation from Bad News Allen, Benoit departed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Upon arriving in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Benoit spent about a year training in their "New Japan Dojo" with the younger wrestlers to improve his abilities.
While in the dojo, he spent months doing strenuous activities like push ups and floor sweeping before stepping into the ring. He made his Japanese debut in 1986 under his real name. In 1989, he started assuming the name The Pegasus Kid. Benoit said numerous times that he hated the mask, but it became a part of him. While with NJPW, he came into his own as a performer in critically acclaimed matches with luminaries like Jushin Thunder Liger, Shinjiro Otani, Black Tiger, El Samurai in their junior heavyweight division. In August 1990, he won his first major championship, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, from Jushin Thunder Liger, he lost the title in November 1990 back to Liger, forcing him to reinvent himself as Wild Pegasus. Benoit spent the next couple years in Japan, winning the Best of the Super Juniors tournament twice in 1993 and 1995, he went on to win the inaugural Super J-Cup tournament in 1994, defeating Black Tiger and The Great Sasuke in the finals. He wrestled outside New Japan to compete in Mexico and Europe, where he won a few regional championships, including the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.
He held that title for over a year, having many forty-plus minute matches with Villano III. Benoit first came to World Championship Wrestling in June 1992, teaming up with fellow Canadian wrestler Biff Wellington for the NWA World Tag Team Championship tournament, he did not return to WCW until January 1993 at Clash of the Champions XXII, defeating Brad Armstrong. A month at Superbrawl III, he lost to 2 Cold Scorpio, getting pinned with only three seconds left in the 20-minute time limit. At the same time, he formed a tag team with Bobby Eaton. After he and Eaton lost to Scorpio and Marcus Bagwell at Slamboree, Benoit headed back to Japan. In 1994, Benoit began working with Extreme Championship Wrestling in between tours of Japan, he was booked as a dominant wrestler there, gaining notoriety as the "Crippler" after he put Rocco Rock out. In August 1994, Benoi
William Charles DeMott II is an American retired professional wrestler and road agent. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling as Hugh Morrus and World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment under his real name. DeMott performed as Crash the Terminator in both Extreme Championship Wrestling and Japan, he was most the head trainer for WWE's developmental system NXT until his resignation in 2015 following allegations of misconduct, which he denied. Used as a jobber to the stars in WCW, he attained championship success during the promotion's dying days in late 2000 and early 2001, holding the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship twice. After an unsuccessful stint as a performer in WWE, DeMott retired from in-ring competition and transitioned into the role of a trainer for the company's Tough Enough program, on which he became known for using a rough, controversial style in handling trainees, as well as WWE's developmental territories Deep South Wrestling, Florida Championship Wrestling, NXT.
William Charles DeMott II was born on November 1966, in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He grew up in Paramus, New Jersey, graduating from Paramus High School in 1983. DeMott was trained by Johnny Rodz in his New York City wrestling school beginning in 1988. From there he began working at small independent promotions using the name Big Sweet Williams. In 1992 DeMott began wrestling for the American Wrestling Federation and started using the name Crash the Terminator. Under this name he found some success, first capturing the AWF Heavyweight title from Steve Strong in Puerto Rico, before moving on to the Japanese promotion W*ING and winning their World Tag Team Championship with Mr. Pogo. In 1993, while competing in W*ING, DeMott won a 16-man tournament to be crowned their World Heavyweight Champion; when DeMott returned to the United States, he wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling for a short time under his Crash the Terminator name. On February 21, 1994 DeMott received a tryout match with the World Wrestling Federation at a Monday Night Raw taping at Poughkeepsie, NY.
He had matches over the next two days at taping for WWF Superstars of Wrestling and Wrestling Challenge. He went to Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling, where won the latter promotion's World Heavyweight Championship upon winning a battle royal. Crash's final ECW appearance came on May 13, 1994, in a TV victory against AJ Powers, which aired on June 7. In 1995, DeMott was signed to a World Championship Wrestling contract at the behest of Kevin Sullivan, impressed by him, he debuted in dark matches as The Man of Question and The Laughing Man, a strange gimmick that saw him wearing a singlet covered in question marks and laughing frequently. He made his television debut as a member of The Dungeon of Doom as "The Laughing Man" Hugh Morrus on the November 18, 1995 episode of WCW Saturday Night in a vignette inside the Dungeon, where Kevin Sullivan told his father, The Master, that he was giving him something he never had: laughter, that he was giving him "the man from the Isle of Nowhere." Upon the dissolution of the Dungeon of Doom, Morrus was relegated to the undercard.
He gained the distinction of being the first wrestler to lose a televised match to Bill Goldberg during the September 22, 1997 episode of Nitro. As a part of the growing hardcore wrestling style in WCW, Morrus joined Jimmy Hart's First Family stable. Although the Family found success and received a push following a victory over their rivals The Revolution, the stable was disbanded. At this time, DeMott took some time off from WCW, he returned in early 2000, utilizing the same name and ring attire, but squashing a number of wrestlers as an angrier version of himself. The angry Morrus gimmick came to a halt when Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff took over and aimed to take WCW in a new direction. After getting on Russo's bad side, Morrus was fired from his New Blood stable along with a number of other wrestlers; these ex-New Blood members formed the comedic Misfits In Action stable, which saw its members adopt both military-themed names and attires. As the stable's leader, Morrus re-christened himself General Hugh G. Rection, led the group in a feud against The Filthy Animals.
The group's comedic nature and the workrate of some of the wrestlers made the group immediate favorites with fans. Upon the introduction of the heel Team Canada, the Misfits In Action began feuding with Team Canada, based over the patriotism both stables had for their respective countries; as the leader of the Misfits, Rection feuded with Team Canada's leader and United States Heavyweight Champion Lance Storm, with the two trading wins until Rection defeated both Storm and a turncoat "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in a handicap match on October 29 at Halloween Havoc to win the title. Rection would soon lose the title back to Storm on the November 13 episode of Nitro before defeating Storm to regain the title on November 26 at Mayhem. After his feud with Storm, the next night on Nitro, DeMott spoke to the fans. During this segment, the WCW locker room emptied and many wrestlers from backstage stood on the entrance way clapping for DeMott. At Sin on January 14, 2001, Rection lost the United States Heavyweight Title to Shane Douglas.
Following the title loss, the Misfits disbanded when Rection announced that they were honorably discharged, which led to Rection reverting to his Hugh Morrus name while the now former Misfits feuded amongst each other. DeMott would resume his pursuit
James Gibson is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name, Jamie Noble. He is signed to WWE as a producer. In addition to his appearances with WWE, Noble is known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling from 1999 to 2001 as Jamie Howard, Jamie-San and Jamie Knoble and with New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor in 2004 and 2005 under his birth name, he is ROH World Champion. Gibson was trained to wrestle by Bill Weaver, he debuted on the independent circuit in 1995. In 1999, Gibson joined World Championship Wrestling. After training at the WCW Power Plant, he made his first appearance with the promotion on July 11, 1999 under the ring name "Jamie Howard", teaming with Jet Jaguar in a loss to CG Afi and Jeremy Lopez in a dark match at Bash at the Beach, he made his televised debut on the September 28, 1999 episode of WCW Saturday Night, defeating Alan Funk. He went on to perform in the promotion's cruiserweight division. In February 2000, Gibson was renamed "Jamie-San" and reintroduced to WCW television as a member of the East Asian stable The Jung Dragons, with Gibson wearing a mask to conceal the fact that he was Caucasian.
The stable was made up of Jimmy Yang, Kaz Hayashi and their valet, Leia Meow. Throughout mid-2000, The Jung Dragons feuded with rival stable 3 Count. Gibson made his pay-per-view debut at New Blood Rising on August 13, 2000, with The Jung Dragons losing to 3 Count in a double ladder match. In November 2000, Gibson left The Jung Dragons and formed a tag team with former 3 Count member Evan Karagias. Gibson removed his mask and adopted the ring name "Jamie Knoble", with he and Karagias performing as "Noble and Courageous". Noble and Courageous feuded with the remaining members of The Jung Dragons and 3 Count. Gibson continued to wrestle for WCW until the promotion was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in March 2001. Upon the acquisition of WCW by the World Wrestling Federation in March 2001, Gibson was one of the WCW wrestlers to be signed by the WWF, he was assigned to the WWF developmental territory Heartland Wrestling Association for seasoning, where he won the HWA Cruiserweight Championship under the Jamie Knoble name.
Knoble debuted on the main WWE roster on the June 6, 2002 episode of SmackDown! by attacking the Hurricane and was joined by Nidia in a trailer park trash gimmick. The spelling of his ring name was tweaked to "Jamie Noble" a few weeks afterwards, he feuded with Tajiri and Billy Kidman. Noble held the title for 147 days, until he lost the title to Billy Kidman at WWE Survivor Series on November 17, 2002. Noble got an inheritance, making both Nidia and Noble rich. Noble and Nidia both turned face by befriending Billy Gunn. Nidia left him after she was "blinded" by heel Tajiri's black mist, he lied to her about them. During that time he feuded with Rey Mysterio for the Cruiserweight Championship; the two would face off for the Noble lost. A Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend Blindfold Match was scheduled for Noble and Nidia at No Way Out. Noble came out on top after cheating to see, he left WWE on September 2004 when his steroid usage came to light following a staph infection. Gibson was released from his contract at his request to take some time off.
Upon leaving WWE, Gibson began performing under his birth name. In September 2004, he began wrestling for the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he formed a tag team with Daniel Bryan called American Dragon, he made his final appearance with NJPW in February 2005. In February 2005, Gibson began wrestling for Ring of Honor. On August 12, 2005, Gibson defeated CM Punk, Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels in an elimination four-way match to win the ROH World Championship, he held the championship until September 2005, when he was defeated by Bryan Danielson. Gibson made his final appearance with Ring of Honor in October 2005, rejoining WWE shortly thereafter. Noble made his return to WWE on the December 17, 2005 episode of Velocity and would frequently team up with fellow cruiserweight Kid Kash; the pair turned heel and were soon named "The Pitbulls". They entered the hunt for the WWE Tag Team Championship; the Pitbulls was disbanded after Kash was fired from WWE on September 27, 2006.
In 2007, Noble returned to competing in the cruiserweight division and performing as an enhancement talent against Rey Mysterio and Bobby Lashley. At No Way Out, Noble competed in a cruiserweight Gauntlet Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, he was eliminated by Jimmy Wang Yang. Noble returned to television on the June 8 episode of SmackDown!, teaming up with Chavo Guerrero and Daivari against Paul London, Brian Kendrick and Wang Yang in a losing effort. On the June 15 episode of Smackdown, Noble competed in a Fatal Four-Way number one contenders match for the Cruiserweight Championship, which he lost to Jimmy Wang Yang and involved Shannon Moore and Daivari. In July, Noble was unsuccessful in a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight Championship against Champion Guerrero and Funaki. Noble competed in the Cruiserweight Open at The Great American Bash but was pinned by Hornswoggle. Noble would begin a feud with Hornswoggle that would see him lose in various humiliating fashions by countout.
Moore would use his obsession with Hornswoggle to humiliate him as well. After his fe
Ian Richard Hodgkinson, better known by his ring name Vampiro, is a Canadian semi-retired professional wrestler working for Lucha Underground as a color commentator. Hodgkinson is member of the citizen crime patrol organization Guardian Angels, acting as head of the group's chapter in Mexico City, he is the current Director of Talent for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. Hodgkinson has wrestled for various wrestling promotions. In the United States, he is best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling, where he held the WCW World Tag Team Championship with The Great Muta. However, his greatest success was achieved in Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre during the 1990s. In his professional wrestling career, Hodgkinson is a three-time World Champion having won the NWE World Heavyweight Championship once, the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship once, the UWA World Heavyweight Championship once. Hodgkinson used to be a bodyguard for the pop group Milli Vanilli. Prior to wrestling, Hodgkinson was an ice hockey goaltending prospect, drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.
Hodgkinson got his start in the business working for International Wrestling out of Montreal, Quebec. He set up the ring before events and would train with the wrestlers before their matches, he made his debut as a jobber in 1984 at the age of 16 with little training, although he has credited Abdullah the Butcher as his trainer. After a few years in Montreal, in 1991, Hodgkinson headed down to Mexico City, looking for work in one of Mexico's premier wrestling promotions, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, he met with Paco Antonio Peña, who took him as a joke because of his unique look. They decided to throw him in the ring as Vampiro Canadiense. To their surprise, with his limited moveset that only consisted of punches and headbutts, he became an overnight sensation, as his rock star appearance and natural good looks caught on with the young Mexican women in the audience. In 1992, Vampiro would be part of multiple hair vs hair matches; the first of which would be on March 21 defeating Bestia Negra II.
Throughout the months Vampiro would beat Rick Patterson, Pirata Morgan, Aaron Grundy and Sangre Chicana in hair vs hair matches. In late 1992, Vampiro participated in the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship tournament and reached the semi-final before being defeated by Black Magic. In early 1993, Vampiro would team up with Pierroth Jr. to take part in the CMLL World Tag Team Championship tournament and progressed to the final where the two would take on Dr. Wagner Jr. and El Canek in a best two out of three falls match. Going into the last match between the two teams where drawing with one win each, Dr. Wagner Jr. and El Canek would win the last match and therefore the vacant CMLL World Tag Team Championship. In the first round of the Gran Prix 1994 he lost to Yamato in the first round. In mid to late 1994, Vampiro would begin to team up with Pegasus Kid, in the final of the Trios Tournament along with El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. the pair would lose to El Dandy, El Texano and Silver King. Vampiro and Pegasus Kid would lose to El Texano and Silver King in the quarterfinals of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship number one contendership tournament.
Vampiro would go on to team up with Apolo Dantés and lost to Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pierroth Jr. in the semi-final of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship number two contendership tournament. In July 1995, Vampiro reached the final of the Gran Prix 1995 before losing to Headhunter A. In what was the biggest matches of his career to this point, he took on Apolo Dantes in a best out of three falls match for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. In 1996, Vampiro would leave CMLL to join other top Mexican promotions such as International Wrestling Revolution Group, Lucha Libre AAA World Wide and Promo Azteca. However, in 1998 he would return to CMLL, he would take part in the CMLL World Trios Championship tournament and Gran Prix 1998 and would lose both, his last match for CMLL for many years would take place on December 11, 1998. While working in Mexico, Vampiro began a real-life feud with fellow CMLL headliner Konnan. Konnan had been the top star in the promotion prior to Vampiro's arrival and did not take well to his superstardom.
The feud stems from Vampiro being offered a part in a Mexican soap opera, but the producers changing their mind at the last minute when they learned that his command of the Spanish language was poor, went with Konnan, a fluent Spanish speaker, instead. Vampiro considered that Konnan had sabotaged his chance to parlay his ring success into mainstream stardom, as Konnan did become a mainstream star in Mexico as a result of the role; the rivalry lasted for several years until the two resolved their differences whilst working in WCW, where they became close friends and business associates. On October 19, 1991, Vampiro would team up with Villano III to defeat Dos Caras and El Canek in a CMLL and UWA joint promotion event. In 1991 he would continue to take part in CMLL and UWA joint promotion events and in 1992 he debuted for Universal Wrestling Association in a single promotion setting. On January 31, 1993, Vampiro defeated El Canek in a two out of three falls match to become the UWA World Heavyweight Champion.
He would defend his Championship over the course of 1993 in both single promotion and joint promotion events. He would lose the championship to El Canek on December 19, 1993, holding the championship for a year, this would be his last match for UWA. On October 3, 1993, Vampiro would debut for Wrestle Association R defeating Top Gun. In June 1994, Vampiro would start o
Christopher Keith Irvine, better known by his ring name Chris Jericho, is an American-born Canadian professional wrestler, musician and actor, signed to All Elite Wrestling. In professional wrestling, Jericho is best known for appearances in WWE between 1999 and 2018. Noted for his over-the-top, rock star persona, Jericho has been named by journalists and industry colleagues as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. During the 1990s, Jericho performed for the American organizations Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, as well as for international promotions in countries such as Canada and Mexico. In 2001, he became the first Undisputed WWF Champion, thus the final holder of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, having won and unified the WWF and World titles by defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night. Jericho has headlined multiple pay-per-view events during his time with the WWF/WWE, including WrestleMania X8 and the inaugural TLC and Elimination Chamber shows.
As of 2019, he is one of the ten most prolific pay-per-view performers in WWE history. Among other accolades within the WWF/WWE, Jericho has won the Undisputed WWF Championship once, the WCW/World Championship twice, the World Heavyweight Championship three times, the Intercontinental Championship a record nine times. Jericho is the ninth Triple Crown Champion, as well as the fourth Grand Slam Champion in history. In addition, he was the 2008 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner and won the 2009 Tag Team of the Year Slammy Award—making him the only winner of both Superstar and Tag Team of the Year. Outside of WWE, Jericho was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2010. In music, Jericho became the lead vocalist of Fozzy in 1999, their eponymous debut album and Happenstance consist of original music. Jericho has appeared on numerous television shows over the years, including the 2011 season of Dancing With the Stars, he hosted the ABC game show Downfall, the 2011 edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, the UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2012 and 2017.
Christopher Keith Irvine was born on November 9, 1970, in Manhasset, New York, but grew up in Winnipeg. His father, ice hockey player Ted Irvine, had been playing for the New York Rangers at the time of his birth; when his father retired, the family moved back to Winnipeg. Irvine is of Scottish descent on his father's side, his interest in professional wrestling began when he started watching the local American Wrestling Association events that took place at the Winnipeg Arena with his family, his desire to become a professional wrestler himself began when he saw footage of Owen Hart appearing with Stampede Wrestling, performing various high-flying wrestling moves. In addition to Hart, Irvine cited Ricky Steamboat and Shawn Michaels as inspirations for his becoming a professional wrestler, his first experience with a professional wrestling promotion was when he acted as part of the ring crew for the first tour of the newly opened Keystone Wrestling Alliance promotion, where he learned important pointers from independent wrestlers Catfish Charlie and Caveman Broda.
He attended Red River College in Winnipeg, where he graduated with in 1990 with top honors, earning a bachelor's degree in Creative Communications. At the age of 19, he entered the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling, where he met Lance Storm on his first day, he was trained by local Calgary wrestler Brad Young. Two months after completing training, he was ready to start wrestling on independent shows, making his debut at the Moose Hall in Ponoka, Alberta as "Cowboy" Chris Jericho, on October 2, 1990, in a ten-minute time limit draw against Storm; the pair worked as a tag team called Sudden Impact. According to a February 2019 interview with Rich Eisen on The Rich Eisen Show, Jericho stated that his initial name was going to be "Jack Action" however, someone remarked to him that the name was stupid, they asked him what his name was, he got nervous and said "Chris Jericho", he took the name Jericho from Walls of Jericho, by German power metal band, Helloween. Jericho and Storm worked for Tony Condello in the tours of Northern Manitoba with Adam Copeland, Jason Reso and Terry Gerin.
The pair wrestled in Calgary's Canadian National Wrestling Alliance and Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling. In 1991, Jericho and Storm started touring in Japan for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling as Sudden Impact, where he befriended Ricky Fuji, who trained under Stu Hart. In the winter of 1992, he travelled to Mexico and competed under the name Leon D'Oro, Corazón de León, where he wrestled for several small wrestling companies. From 1993 to 1995, he competed in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. In CMLL, Jericho took on Silver King, Negro Casas, Último Dragón en route to an eleven-month reign as the NWA Middleweight Champion that began in December 1993. 1994 saw Jericho reunited with Storm, as The Thrillseekers in Jim Cornette's Appalachian Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion, where they feuded with the likes of Well Dunn, The Rock'n' Roll Express, The Heavenly Bodies. In late 1994, Jericho began competing in Japan for