So there's this country in Asia that loves wrestling... I arrived home today after a lovely 3 week tour for Pro-Wrestling NOAH. To say I had a great time would be a massive understatement. It was absolutely amazing. Anyone that knows me understands that I am utterly fascinated with the Japanese culture and wrestling scene. My third trip to Japan (#1 - BJW, #'s 2 & 3 - NOAH) turned out to be rather successful both personally and professionally. Here are some of the highlights of my trip.
- Wrestling in Korakuen Hall for the second time. The first was 3 1/2 years ago for BJW. The crowd was really kind and I think they were a bit partial to "Sharp Dressed Man."
- Getting to wrestle NOAH stars such as Misawa (twice), Akiyama, Taue, KENTA (twice), Marufuji (twice), Sugiura, Kotaro
- Wrestling the young guys of NOAH. Aoki, Ishimori, Ito, Taniguchi all of which are going to be great, especially Aoki and Taiji.
- Teaming with the Briscoes. I *much* prefer teaming with them to wrestling them. We amassed a 3-1 record over 4 matches. We have some pretty nifty triple teams if I must say...
- Meeting the members of Kensuke Office, especially Kensuke, Hokuto & Nakajima.
- Seeing my non-NOAH wrestling friends, MIYAWAKI, Milano, KUDO, Ricky Marvin, Milanito, Shun the Kabuki Kid, Aaron, Antonio and seeing and meeting many non-wrestling friends Macky, Stone Cold, Udou, Hidehiko, Masa, Yuki Kasai, Kaede, Naomi, Hiro.
- Seeing two shows live. El Dorado @ Korakuen & AJPW @ Sumo Hall which included the following: *seeing a kick ass match between Kagetora & Kota v. Kondo & Oyanagi (Yep!) *seeing Kawada wrestle, live, in a good tag match *seeing one of my trainers, Dory Funk, Jr., for the first time in 8 years and watching him wrestle. *seeing and talking with SUWA, MEN'S Teioh, Onryu, Nosawa, TARU, Silver King *meeting the following: Kondo, Kagetora, Kota, Owashi, Tanisaki, Kishiwada, Mazada, Mutoh, Tanahashi, Taiyo Kea (super cool), Fuchi, TENRYU, Hase, MASA SAITO & Kojima
- Meeting Kenta Kobashi
- Sharing a locker room with Takayama on a handful of occasions.
- Getting an AJPW roster towel (95/96) with a Baba autograph and getting it signed later by Misawa, Kobashi, Akiyama, Taue, Kikuchi, Honda, Kanemaru, Shiga, Inoue, Izumida, Momota, Asako, Mighty and Eigen. Check the photos.
- Running the length of the stage at Budokan whilst attempting a spaceman springboard attempt. Instead, Taue caught me with a Nodowa Otoshi on said stage. Ergh
- NBA 2K8
- Bill Sacho
- Enjoying various Asian cuisine such as yakiniku, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, yuke, ramen and plenty of mochi and anko.
- Daily Yamazaki
- Shaka Shaka Chicken @ McDonald's
- Accidentally happening upon Delfin Arena and browsing around the cafe inside
- Unko Man & Hashi Man
- TARU's Bar
- The Odaiba Onsen and my kick ass Yukata
- Getting an interview and a page of coverage in Weekly Pro Wrestling
- Lupe Fiasco's 'The Cool'
- My awesome new gear/ring jackets from Kondou!
- Calorie Mates. Not for me, for the other guys...
- Any and all gifts from the fans. I appreciate every last bit.
I figure that I could sit here and type for hours about all the amazing things about my trip to Japan. I could write mini novels on all the fantastic things I've been fortunate enough to experience thanks to wrestling. However, this will do for now. To anyone taking the time to read this right now, do yourself a favor. Figure out what it is that you want in life and go for it. Focus and concentrate with everything you have. If you start small and give it your all, you would be surprised at the things you're capable of. The power of positive influence is incredibly strong.
I don't discount the hard work that I've put forth, but I'm smart enough to realize all the luck that I've happened upon over the years. Thanks for the support and remember: hard work and luck go a long way. Until next time.
NOAH 2/15 – Korakuen Hall drawing 2,100 fans (G+) Semi-Main Event 7.Jun Akiyama & Kentaro Shiga beat The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero& Double C) in 12:59 when Shiga used a backslide on Hero.
NOAH 2/17 – Zepp Nagoya drawing 1,200 fans 5. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa beat Chris Hero & Doug Williams in 13:52 when Ogawa used an inside cradle on Hero.
NOAH, 2/21/08 (NTV/G+) Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium #2 Drawing 1,700 Fans - Super No Vacancy 5.Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe & Chris Hero beat Akitoshi Saito, KENTA & Taiji Ishimori (13:54) when Jay Briscoe pinned Ishimori after the Doomsday Device.
NOAH 2/23 – Kyoto KBS Hall drawing 1,400 fans 4.The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Double C) defeated Akihiko Ito & Akira Taue in 13:42 when Hero used the Hero’s Welcome (KOW Edition) on Ito.
SEM 2/25 – Differ Ariake in Tokyo drawing 420 fans Semi-Main Event 4.The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Double C) defeated Naomichi Marufuji & Shuhei Taniguchi in 17:28 when Hero used the Hero’s Welcome on Taniguchi.
NOAH 2/26 – Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji 5th Floor Hall drawing 1,300 fans 5. Jay & Mark Briscoe/Chris Hero beat Atsushi Aoki/KENTA/AkitoshiSaito in 18:07 when Jay pinned Aoki after an avalanche-style Cut-Throat Driver on Aoki.
NOAH, 2/28/08 Odawara Arena, Drawing 1,500 (No Vacancy) Main Event 7. Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki defeated Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Chris Hero in 16:23 after Ogawa used a Backdrop-hold on Hero.
NOAH 2/29 – Mito Citizen Gym drawing 1,000 fans 5. Jay& Mark Briscoe/Chris Hero beat Atsushi Aoki/NaomichiMarufuji/Takashi Sugiura in 14:40 when Mark pinned Aoki after the Doomsday Device.
NOAH, 3/2/08 (NTV/G+) Tokyo Nippon Budokan 14,000 Fans - Super No Vacancy 4. Akira Taue & Junji Izumida beat Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli (10:59) when Taue used the Dynamic Bomb on Castagnoli.
"An Official Update on my Injury" or "I got on a plane, WITH MY BAD KNEE...." It's about time that I posted something, regarding my knee. I would like to thank everyone for their support. There were a few days where I had no clue how things would unfold. Having everyone on my side definitely made the stress easier to manage. I will make it though this and I will be better for having done so. This is just one of the many speedbumps I will have to navigate through, as I become the Greatest of All Time.
The whole situation has been amazingly frustrating. Allow me to walk you through the events surrounding and following my injury. On Sunday, January 6, at PWG's All Star Weekend, I wrestled that goon, Eddie Kingston. As usual, he and I were taking out our dislike for one another in that always-entertaining fashion. I flew across the ring to hit one of my signature moves, the flip neckbreaker. I flipped with a little extra velocity, so when I landed, I felt something very wrong happen inside my left knee. As I got up, I felt like I couldn't put any weight on it but it wasn't necessarily painful. I continued the match, favoring my left leg. Queenston rolled to the floor and I attemped to pull myself out of the ring and when I did, my leg got caught on the bottom rope bending it back completely. That was it for me. Fortunately, when I got back into the ring, I managed to duck the Uraken and transitioned my way into a tight Skayde schoolboy to get the victory.
I hopped to the dressing room in great pain and packed my stuff so I could make an immediate trip to the ER. Up next was Candice LeRae's first singles match in PWG and it was against her biggest antagonist, Human Tornado. As I watched from the curtain, Candice completely held her own. However, when Tornado attempted to pull an "R. Kelly", I had seen enough. I foolishly made my way back to the ring where the Queen of Diamonds attacked me and only furthered my injury. Blah.
After Candice recovered, she took me to the ER. After waiting awhile they took X-Rays and informed me that there was no bone damage. I got crutches, an immobilizer, a prescription and they urged me to make an appointment with an Orthopedist when I got back.
Travelling through the airport with all my bags on crutches wasn't quite the definition of fun but, hey, it builds character, Right? I made my connection in Minneapolis and landed on time in Dayton. From there I managed to spend a little time with my Mom before making the 8 hour drive back to PA. Imagine driving yourself over 500 miles with one of your legs completely straight. You should try it sometime! Yeah, even more character building.
I got back, went to the Orthopedist on Wednesday, got an MRI on Thursday and was told that I would get my results on the following Tuesday (the 15th). So that meant I went into the last ROH weekend not really knowing what was up. This wasn't a comforting feeling in the last. I took Friday off and Saturday, in Edison, Larry Sweeney presented Sara Del Rey and myself a pair of beautiful belts. We are now the Official Ring of Honor Undisputed Intergender Heavyweight Tag Team Champions of the World. We defended the belts against Ernie Osiris and 'Lexa Thatcher and defeated them with ease. With only one leg I'm still the Greatest of All Time. Respect.
So this past Tuesday, I met with my Orthopedist and went over the MRI results. I have a partial-thickness tear in my MCL. Fortunately my ACL and Meniscus are both healthy. The Doctors made a pretty badass brace to help keep my knee in place and it will help me as I work through this injury. They gave me 2 months for a full recovery, provided I don't do anything worse to it. The Doc said, as long as I'm careful, I should be fine. I guess we'll see!
This weekend will be a huge test. Friday the 18th I travel to Dayton, Ohio for HWA for a rematch with Kingston. HWA is where we had our first singles match and I can extract some of my revenge on him for kicking me when I was down. I'm going to say this right now: If he goes for my leg ONCE, I will do everything in my power to grab the same ankle he broke at CZW and I WILL send him back to the ER.
On the 19th I head to Jersey City for JAPW where I will do battle Black Machismo, Jay Lethal and later that night I have a flight from Newark, NJ to Germany. I make my return to wXw and will team with my student Marc Roudin and defend the wXw tag team titles against Swiss Money Holding, Claudio Castagnoli & Ares.
So, after I survive the weekend and recover, I plan on pulling the ROH World title from McGuinness in Dayton next Friday. It's my belt anyway, so it's time for it to end up back in the hands of it's rightful owner, Chris Hero.
CHIKARA Wrestle Factory Hey everyone. As most of you know, it's been a hectic few weeks for me. I've endured a lot of travel as well as plenty of shows and wild matches (ROH Champion what?!). As I take a look at things, I've come to realize that there really is no letting up in sight. We find ourselves approaching 2008 and that, to me, is just mind boggling. It seems like only yesterday that I'd met, for the first time, Mike Quackenbush. In reality it was over 6 years ago, September 7, 2001, to be exact. IWA Mid South held the 2nd annual Sweet Science 16 Tournament (the following year, the name would be changed to the TPI) and both Mike and myself found ourselves ousted from the tournament by BJ Whitmer and Adam Pearce, respectively. The next night, the 'Superfriends' were formed as the two of us teamed up against American Kickboxer and Colt Cabana. Mike didn't prove to be much of a super friend when his turn on me led to the three of them pinning me simultaneously.
A little over 9 months later, I was absolutely thrilled to have been invited, along with CM Punk and Colt Cabana, to represent the Midwest at CHIKARA's inaugural show in Allentown, PA. We came up on the losing end of a 6-man tag with Quack, Don Montoya and Reckless Youth, but a good time was had, not only by us, but by the fans in attendance. Over the next 2 years, I had built up a pretty strong, professional relationship with Mike, as evidenced by my appearances in the '03 Tag World Grand Prix and Anniversario in '04. Shortly thereafter, Mike invited me to come to the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory, not just as a guest trainer, but indefinitely, as a head trainer. I jumped at the opportunity and eagerly made my move to the East coast.
Here we are, nearly 3 and a half years removed from my relocation to the East coast. In that time, many wonderful things have transpired in my career, thanks to CHIKARA. I've had the pleasure of training and living with Jorge "Skayde" Rivera. I've been so fortunate, as to share a ring with some amazing international talents (Oriental, Milano Collection AT, Pantera, MIYAWAKI, Yago, Amigo Suzuki, Brute Issei, Magno, Incognito) as well as make a few trips, myself, to Japan and Mexico. I've watched CHIKARA rise from the Emmaus and St. John's days and I've seen the Wrestle Factory move from a back room in Allentown, to the former ECW Arena in South Philadelphia. As much time as I've spent making Mike Quackenbush's in-ring life a living hell, I will never take anything away from his abilities or his training methods. The opportunity he gave me at the school helped motivate me and turn me into a well rounded wrestler.
It pains me to say this, but I have stepped down as head trainer at CHIKARA. With my busy schedule, I am just unable to completely dedicate myself in the way that I know I should. This does not mean I will no longer wrestle for CHIKARA and it certainly does not mean there is any ill will between us. We will both continue moving forward only in different directions.
I want to thank Mike, from a professional standpoint, for the initial opportunity. I'm sure there were numerous occasions where Mike found himself lying on the mat, looking up at the bottom of my boot and asking himself why on Earth he brought me here. Of all the battles he and I have had, whether I won, or whether Mike won, the real winners were the fans and the students. I am proud to have worked with so many respectful and talented young wrestlers. There have been many that couldn't suck it up and stick it out. However, the ones that did know, in their hearts, that they have accomplished something and they are better off because of it. I am proud to have been able to watch the rise of CHIKARA, first hand.
If you're Mike Quackenbush, just because I'm no longer at the school does NOT mean you're safe from my wrath. If you're one of my many students, know that I am proud of everything you have and will accomplish, regardless of whatever successes you may or may not have. I will always be around if you need guidance in any way. If you're someone wishing to break into the wrestling business, do yourself a favor, check out the most well-rounded wrestling school in the US, the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory in South Philly.
Top of the Pops! This evening, some friends of mine and I decided to take in a show. A British Rock/Pop show. And who better to put on said show than Art Brut? Anyone that really knows me knows the love I have for Art Brut's music.
Last fall, Bryce, Pineapple and myself headed to the District of Columbia to see Art Brut play alongside Tokyo Police Club and The Spinto Band. It was wonderfully energetic show and if I hadn't already been hooked by the first album, this show would have made me a fan for life. Unlike a lot of bands, Art Brut and especially their lead singer, Eddie Argos, do not take themselves too seriously. Eddie usually ends up jumping rope with the mic cord and can be spotted easily thanks to a pair of thick eyebrows and dress socks (no shoes). He urges his listeners to "Form A Band," which could mean any number of things as long as you're out having fun and doing what you love. Earlier this year, I found myself in Liverpool, England with Bryce Remsburg on what so happened to be a free night(?!?!). It just so happened that a 20 minutes of walking, from our hotel, would lead us to an Art Brut/Maximo Park show! As luck would have it, the show had been sold out for weeks. Piss.
That brings up to October 23, 2007. I enlisted then accompaniment of my Ring of Honor agent, Larry Sweeney, referee Bryce Remsburg and everyone's favorite bum Pineapple Andy to head toward the TLA in downtown Philly. Demander opened and The Hold Steady headlined but the middle act is what got our money.
I happen to have a few students that work the Philly area concerts. I boxed up some shirts, DVDs and pins in hope that, somehow, the package would make it's way backstage. I definitely had some good luck tonight.
As Art Brut took the stage, one of my shirts was hung on a speaker, most of the band members had my pins on and the drummer Mikey actually wore one of my shirts. They went on to put on yet another wonderfully fun show. I took some pictures and went to check out what kind of merch they had. They were kind enough to throw me some shirts and met with us for a bit of conversation. They said that they enjoyed wrestling and went on to mention the likes of Macho Man, Jimmy Snuka, the Bushwhackers and the unforgettable duo of Doink and Dink (?!?). We got some pictures and they were extremely friendly. The band went out of their way to make sure that each of us had a good time. I really hope they achieve the fame and fortune that I believe they deserve. What a fun night. Demander was surprising and The Hold Steady were wonderful
If you haven't heard of them, I recommend the tracks Emily Kane, Good Weekend, Bad Weekend, Nag Nag Nag Nag, Post Soothing Out and Modern Art.
Hey everyone. Although it's been awhile since I last posted, I haven't forgotten that people come here and check out what's on my mind every now and again. Words cannot express how appreciative I am of the support that I've been given throughout the years. September 12, 2007, marked 9 years since my first wrestling match. It's been a long wonderful trip thus far and I don't plan on slowing down or taking a break anytime soon. I truly believe that my best years are ahead of me.
I started out in a small garage in Middletown, Ohio shortly after graduating High School. I nudged my way onto some local shows and the contacts I made along the way proved invaluable. I'm thankful toward all that were kind and accepting of me when I first broke in. I often made mistakes, but my elders and peers alike were patient with me and led the way. The Internet proved itself a commodity by allowing me to branch out to other states, work for new promotions in front of new fans and meet and socialize with other, more experienced wrestlers. I spent time training with a handful of different people and I never looked back.
New opportunities led to situations where luck and being in the right place at the right time were all that mattered. At twenty years old I found myself in a Dutch airport catching a connecting fight to Germany. I didn't speak Dutch. I didn't speak German. I was just wandering around and trying to wrap my head around how this could have happened. Seven years since then, I've been around the world so many times that I often lose track. I've made friends that I will have for the rest of my life. From Ohio to Pittsburgh. From Louisville to Philadelphia. From Germany, to Japan, to England, to Los Angeles, to Chicago. I don't get to keep up with everyone as much as I would like to, but when I do have the opportunity, it's almost like no time was lost. We pick up right where we left off and I'm reminded of all the good experiences I've had. There are so many fun memories that I would need to write them all down to keep from confusing them.
Right now, things are amazing for me. I have a full schedule, a contract with Ring of Honor, I'm healthy and I'm surrounded by people that support me and drive me to do things I never thought were possible. I don't feel that there's anything that can stand in the way of my dreams and aspirations.
For those of you that believed in me and gave me a chance to prove myself, I thank you. To my fellow wrestlers that have pushed me beyond my limits both in the ring and out, I thank you.
If, at any time, you've looked up to me for advice, I hope that I was receptive and worthy of your admiration. I'm fortunate to have some of the most respectable, talented and humble students in the business. I am proud of you all. Many of you have and will continue to surpass me in different ways and there are many more on their way. If you think that doesn't push me to give it my all, every single time, you're crazy :-)
To my Mom, you've always supported me, right or wrong. Many things have changed since the Hara Arena days in the late 80's but I will continue to do my best to make you proud. I have an amazing girlfriend and although things aren't always exactly rainbows and puppy dogs, the good far outweighs the not-so-fun. I honestly believe that there isn't anything we can't do. Thank you for being you and being there for me.
Lastly, to all of you that love wrestling and appreciate what we do, no matter how flawed it may be at times, thank you. Without your continued support, we will falter and cease to be.
Here's to another 9 years. Not just for me, but wrestling in general. Let's keep this business thriving. By 2016, I hope that we all still love the sport and are reminded often of why we fell in love with it to begin with.
CA - Hollywood IN - Hammond, Highland, Holton, Lafayette, Plymouth, Valparaiso, Vincennes IL - Beryn, Midlothian, Morris, Peoria, Streamwood IA - Burlington, Muscatine OH - Cleveland, Mt. Healthy MI - Climax MN - Maple Grove NY - Buffalo PA - Allentown, Collegeville, Emmaus, Hanover, Hellertown, McKeesport, Monroeville, Newville, Philadelphia, Pittston, Reading, Uniontown WV - Dunbar, South Charleston WI - Milwaukee
Marek Brave - 3 "The Anarchist" Arik Cannon - 8 "Double C" Claudio Castagnoli - 4 Danny Daniels - 3 Equinox - 3 Deejay Hyde - 3 Jigsaw - 9 "King of Diamonds" Eddie Kingston - 12 Mickie Knuckles - 4 Milano Collection AT - 4 Mister Zero - 3 "Lightning" Mike Quackenbush - 15 Sabian - 4 Skayde - 5 "Wonderman" Glenn Spectre - 5 Lance Steel - 5 Shane Storm - 8
Opponents wrestled twice during 2005:
"Trendsetter" Josh Abercrombie Tyler Black "Wildcat" Robbie Brookside Ryan Cruz Jon Dahmer "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels Trik Davis Jimmy Jacobs Jolly Roger Ruckus Sumie Sakai Tracy Smothers Kevin Steen Tank Brandon Thomaselli Vito Thomaselli Beef Wellington
Opponents wrestled once during 2005:
Afa Jr. Chuchiro Arai B-Boy JC Bailey Billy Ken Kid Blind Rage Chris Candido (R.I.P.) Orlando Colon Darin Corbin "Kind of Old School"Steve Corino "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson Delirious Jimmy Demarco El Drunko Ebessan Joey Envy Excalibur Frankie the Face Frankie the Mobster Marshall Gambino Mickey Gambino El Generico "Badass" Billy Gunn Nigel McGuinness Alex Pain Green Phantom Drew Gulak Hallowicked Chris Hamrick Heretic Kamala Vries Kastalein Cory Kastle "Mr. Insanity" Toby Klein "The Outlaw" Adam Knight Kid Krazy LA Smooth Brad Lamen "The Professional" Scott Lost Dave Moralez "Fabulous" John McChesney Necro Butcher Eric Priest Rainman Reckless Youth Marc Roudin Joey Ryan Chris Sabin Samoa Joe Samu Mike Santos Todd Sexton Shun the Kabuki Kid "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka Steve Stone Andy Sumner Super Dragon Sal Thomaselli "Spyder" Nate Webb BJ Whitmer Mark Wolf Zebra Kid
Tag Partners during 2005 and number of matches teamed:
Josh Abercrombie Bane Blind Rage Dr. Cheung Darkness Crabtree Sebastian Dark Shirley Doe Daizee Haze Deejay Hyde Jimmy Jacobs Kevin Matthews Bull Pain Corporal Robinson Axl Rotten Gene Snitsky Super Hentai Ultramantis Black
Managed By- Don Jakobi
Opposing Managers- Ed Chuman Jim Fannin
Types of matches:
2 out of 3 Falls - 2 3 Way Dance - 2 6 Man Tag - 12 8 Man Tag - 6 European Rounds - 2 Singles Matches - 60 Tag Matches - 17
Battle Royal Gauntlet Handicap Tag I Quit Last Man Standing Mixed Tag Six Way Ten Man Tag Torneo Cibernetico Ultraviolent Underground War Games
Tournaments, etc. - CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix '05, CZW Best of the Best, MPW's World Series of Wrestling, ICWA Title Tournament, IWA Mid South Revolution Strong Style Tournament
Titles Held - CZW Tag Team - w/ Claudio Castagnoli (The Kings of Wrestling) September 10th from The Tough Crazy Bastards (Necro Butcher & Toby Klein)
AL - Elkmont CA - La Habra, Hollywood, Reseda, San Francisco, Reseda, Santa Monica CT - East Windsor DE - Middletown IL - Harvey, Midlothian IN - Plainfield MA - Braintree, Somerset MI - Detroit NJ - Boonton, Edison NY - Albany, Buffalo, Long Island, New York City, Rochester OH - Cleveland, Dayton PA - Barnesville, Elizabeth, Hellertown, Philadelphia, Reading VA - Staunton WV - South Charleston
Austin Aries - 3 B-Boy - 3 Mark Briscoe - 3 Colt Cabana - 7 Claudio Castagnoli - 4 Darin Corbin - 3 Ryan Cruz - 3 Bryan Danielson - 3 Trik Davis - 3 Delirious - 5 Equinox - 4 Hallowicked - 4 Homicide - 3 Eddie Kingston - 7 M Dogg 20 - 3 Milano Collection AT - 3 Necro Butcher - 3 Adam Pearce - 3 Mike Quackenbush - 6 Quicksilver - 3 Ruckus - 4 Skayde - 7 Shane Storm - 8 Roderick Strong - 6 Super Dragon - 4 BJ Whitmer - 3
Opponents wrestled twice in 2006
Jay Briscoe Arik Cannon Christopher Daniels Dunn El Generico Human Tornado Hydra Jigsaw Low Ki Marcos John McChesney Justice Pain Ricky Reyes Davey Richards Sabian Samoa Joe Andy Sumner Matt Sydal Brandon Thomaselli Ultimo Vampiro
Opponents wrestled once in 2006
Josh Abercrombie Akuma Azrieal Batman Chris Bishop Tyler Black Black Sabbath Blade Jason Blade Marek Brave Robbie Brookside Brain Damage Kerry Cabrero Cheech Cloudy Crazy G Dave Crist Jake Crist Josh Daniels Darkside Disco Machine Dottor Dispiacere Deranged Il Drago Dragon Aisu Excalibur Jason Gory Drew Gulak Felino Frankenstein Shane Hagadorn Dan Head El Hijo de Pierroth Icarus Genki Horiguchi Jimmy Jacobs Joker Kid Mikaze Yoshinobu Kanemaru Sterling James Keenan Toby Klein Lionel Knight Brodie Lee Big Cat Lemmer Jay Lethal El Ligero Nigel McGuinness Maestro Manuel Majoli Il Marchese Maximo JD Michaels Robby Mireno MIYAWAKI Mr. Prime Time Nemesis Jimmy Olsen Onyx Payaso Tirantin Tank Toland JJ Perez TJ Perkins Pierroth Jr. Pelle Primeau Rainman Rey de Corazones Ranmaru Rocky Romero Ian Rotten Chris Sabin Sumie Sakai Alex Shelley Scorpio Sky Harry Smith Tracy Smothers Ace Steel Kevin Steen Takashi Sugiura James Tighe Dick Togo Matt Turner Ultimo Gladiador Hade Vansen John Walters Beef Wellington Shiima Xion Yoshiaki Yago
Tag Partners during 2006 and number of matches teamed:
Ape Atomica Chris Bosh Black Thunder Chad Collyer Danny Havoc Hydra Kaio Eddie Kingston Scott Lost Il Lupo Slacker Martin Rocky Romero Rocky Santana Chip Stetson Brandom Thomaselli Sal Thomaselli Vito Thomaselli Nate Webb
Managed By- Larry Sweeney
Opposing Managers- JJ Dillon Robby Mireno Julius Smokes
Types of Matches:
3 Way Dance - 4 4 Way - 2 6 Man Tag - 5 6 Way - 2 8 Man Tag - 5 European Rounds - 2 Lucha 6 Man - 5 Lucha Tag - 7 Singles Match - 43 Tag Match - 34
4 Way Tag Cage of Death Handicap Elimination Ironman Match Ladder Match No DQ Tag match Tag Team Scramble Torneo Cibernetico
CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix IWA Mid South Ted Petty Invitational CZW Tag Team Title Tournament
Titles Held - CHIKARA Campeones de Parejas - w/ Claudio Castagnoli February 26th from Skayde & Milano Collection AT (Tournament Final) to Team FIST (Akuma & Icarus) on November 17th
CZW Tag Team - w/ Claudio Castagnoli (2 times) to February 11th to Eddie Kingston & Joker (BLK Out) October 14 from Human Tornado & Justice Pain (Tournament Final) to BLK Out (Sabian & Robby Mireno) on November 11th
ROH Tag Team - w/ Claudio Castagnoli September 16th from Austin Aries & Roderick Strong to Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal on November 25th
A Homecoming of Sorts... This weekend is another BIG weekend for wrestling fans in Philly. But before I get into that I have a few other things I want to make mention of.
1 - Trik Davis is officially gone from IWA Mid South. His loss to me at this year's TPI was such a humiliation that he called Ian Rotten and informed him that he will not be coming back. Boo hoo. The saddest part, though, is that I genuinely enjoyed beating him senseless and crushing his spirit on a bi-monthly basis. Ah well, that's what DVDs are for!
2 - Congratulations go out to one of my students and proteges, Icarus. Last Saturday he outlasted 15 other wrestlers, including Claudio and myself, and pinned Eddie Kingston to win CHIKARA's 3rd annual Torneo Cibernetico. Icarus has come a long way I'm proud of the progress he's made thus far. The sky is the limit for he and Gran Akuma, otherwise known as Team FIST.
3 - I finally squared off with Low Ki and we wrestled to a 30 minute draw. Now don't get me wrong, he's tough. But he's not THAT tough. He's definitely no King of Wrestling. He sure hits hard for a little guy though! Ha.
4 - October 14th saw Claudio and myself plow through three tag teams to become two-time CZW tag team champions. You know what that means? CHIKARA, ROH and now CZW. The Kings of Wrestling hold Independent Wrestling's Tag Team Triple Crown and we don't plan on losing it any time soon. That means we're the best in the Independents and if you ask me, there isn't a better tag team in the WORLD than the Kings of Wrestling. Somebody, anybody, I'm beggin' ya, PROVE me wrong.
5 - Last Saturday I made my triumphant return to the area where I started wrestling 8 years ago, Dayton, Ohio. My 75 year old grandmother even came and sat front row to support me. Unfortunately, my talents were showcased not in a tag match or a singles match but in a four corner match. Lame! Of course Roderick Strong had to take advantage of the circumstances. After nearly overcoming the 3-on-1 odds I got trapped in the Strong Hold and instead of straining myself I decided to save it for another day. I'm smart like that. It's not over though. Roderick, you WILL pay for attempting to humiliate me in front of my own flesh and blood. That brings me to this Saturday....
The ROH "office" isn't too pleased with the KoW. We decided to put the ROH belts on the line at CZW and I see no problem with that whatsoever. WE won the belts so they're OURS. We can do with them as we please. If we want to defend them against DeeJay Hyde and Rick Feinberg, we will. We do what we want, when we want. Especially this weekend. We're in OUR home. Philadelphia.
Philly is where I made my ROH debut and brought the Necro Butcher through the front door. Philly is where Necro, Super Dragon and myself stole the show and destroyed ROH in their own main event. Philly is where Claudio Castagnoli swerved EVERYONE and shocked the Independent wrestling world. Philly is also where MY team was cheated out of a Cage of Death victory. It took a 6-on-5 advantage and, even then, they BARELY beat us. Philly is the home of CZW and Philly is where the Kings of Wrestling will embarrass Roderick Strong and Austin Aries in their rematch. Our September 16th title victory was NO fluke.
Philly wants to see the KRS-1 and who are we to let them down?
It's gonna be an electric atmoshphere that only WE can bring to ROH in Philly. Get your tickets, bring a friend. You don't wanna miss when the best tag team in all of wrestling delivers the best tag team finisher in the HISTORY of wrestling to Aries and/or Strong. Do yourself a favor, see it live.
Injury and Defeat I've had a few days to gather myself and recover from the weekend. I've been getting asked a lot of the same questions since Saturday night. I figure if I came on here, it might shed a bit of light on my current situation..
I had a pretty terrible weekend. Saturday afternoon, at CZW, not only did I lose the heavyweight title to Eddie Kingston, but I also sustained an injury in the process. Since I'd rather die than give him the satisfaction of knowing he hurt me, I want to be sure to let everyone know HOW I hurt myself.
Kingston was leaning against the guardrail and I ran at him with a dropkick. I got him pretty good, but when I landed I felt an extreme amount of pain. Anyone that has seen my matches knows that I have a high pain threshold. Yes, it was stupid and I take full responsibility for my actions.
I landed on that concrete and, even with adrenaline pumping through my body, I didn't want to get back up. Well, I did get back up and I continued to have one of the most brutal matches of my life. Think about that.
Homicide, Arik Cannon, Necro Butcher, Samoa Joe, 93 minutes with Punk
Even after all of those matches, I think last Saturday was the hardest match of my career.
Hard on my body. Hard on my mind. Hard on my ego.
I threw everything I had at Eddie but I let my guard down. Of all people, Ricky Reyes slid into the ring and dumped me on my head. This allowed Eddie to take my head off with a clothesline and pin me to win the CZW heavyweight championship.
Eddie, I'm not done with you. Not by a long shot. You're a scumbag. You cost us the Cage of Death match and now you have my belt. Blackout's not going to be by your side forever. I will find you. I will get you in the ring and I will take what is rightfully mine. Your days as a champion are numbered.
Reyes, you might as well consider your death certificate signed and sealed. I'll be at the TPI later this month to deliver it personally. You will forever regret making an enemy out of Chris Hero.
Now back to my injury. Landing on the concrete at that angle, with that force, gave me a deep bone contusion that had me writhing in pain all night. I was schedule to wrestle on the evening show but I knew if I did that I would risk a more severe injury. I felt like a disappointment but I didn't think I had any other choice. Canceling a show because of an injury is not something I've done before and it's not something I want to do again. Who would have thought that one dropkick could be so painful?
I woke up Sunday morning and was barely able to roll out of bed.
I've been advised to take some time off but I wouldn't be me if I did that. If I took time off, Claudio and I wouldn't be able to take the ROH tag titles from Roderick and Aries this Saturday in NYC and trust me, we are taking those titles.
I'm not just pretty sure, I'm absolutely sure. I'm sick and tired of everyone talking about how I got punked out at Cage of Death. Yes, my team lost. I did not lose. Chris Hero will not go away that easily.
This Saturday the Kings of Wrestling show up in NYC.
After this Saturday, Ring of Honor will never be the same.
These Will Be Ours ***August 15th: ROH World Tag Team Champions Austin Aries & Roderick Strong had their belts mysteriously returned to them before the Liverpool show. They left their locker room and when they returned the belts were on their lugguge with a note that said "these will be ours." An investigation has been launched to find out who was behind this.***
Well boys, I guess the cat is out of the bag. No need for any further investigation. There's also no further need for underestimation. Claudio and myself are capable of doing whatever we put our mind to. We got the belts, snuck them over to the UK and returned them without a single, solitary soul being any wiser. Damn, we're good.
When I left that note, I wrote "These will be ours." It wasn't a threat. I would even go as far to say that it was a declaration of absolute truth. As a matter of fact, come September 16 in New York City, myself and Claudio Castagnoli, the "Kings of Wrestling" will be holding a pair of titles: CHIKARA's Campeones de Parejas and the Ring of Honor Tag Team Championship.
"How in the hell is that going to happen?", you may ask yourself. I can understand your curiosity, but it's quite simple really. I'm going to humor you and explain to you folks why things are falling into place the way they are.
Claudio and myself are former CZW tag team champions and this past February we defeated Skayde and Milano Collection AT in the finals of CHIKARA's Tag World Grand Prix. By doing so we become the first ever Campeones de Parejas (tag team champions, you morons). However, in the six months following that victory, we've only managed one defense. Why is that? Well, here at CHIKARA, to get a shot at the gold, you need to amass three consecutive victories. You get a point for each victory and if you lose, your point total goes back to zero. Three points equals a title shot. Thus far, only one team has been able to accumulate those three precious points.
This is unacceptable. We are not paper champions. We don't wear the belts for decoration. We are the hottest and BEST tag team of the last decade and we intend on proving it.
We contacted CHIKARA's "Director of Fun", Leonard F. Chikarason and he managed to pull some strings. You know those open contracts that Austin Aries and Roderick Strong have floating around? Well, through the CHIKARA front office, good ol' Leonard acquired one said contracts and delivered it to Claudio and myself. Like I said before, it was quite simple and it'll also be quite simple come September. Aries and Roddy are no match for Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli.
The Kings of Wrestling are the next Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions.
Hello everyone. There seems to be a bit of a backlash directed toward me after the events of last weekend. There was a CZW show and instead of showing up in Philadelphia, I decided to pop in and ruin ROH's United Kingdom debut show. Let me clear up one thing first. I wasn't "booked" for or by Ring of Honor. I was already in Europe and I decided to pull some strings so I could support Claudio Castagnoli, and with me, as you know, anything can happen. I was only "booked" for one ROH show and that was in January against Danielson. When I show up at ROH, it gives me GREAT pleasure to rub it in the nose of all those disrespectful ROHbots that can't stand to watch me wrestle. They're always going to hate me and I'm always going to hate them. I digress.
I feel that it's my responsibility to the fans, as the CZW heavyweight champion, to step forward and explain the situation. Otherwise, people will continue to talk, speculation will grow and a situation will arise. I don't want this to go any further and I'm sure you can't blame me.
I won the CZW title from Ruckus on May 13 at Best of the Best. Granted, it was not the fairest victory. I have since realized that and have worked my hardest to make my title reign a memorable one. Like I've stated before, I want to be the greatest champion in CZW history and I will do everything in my power to insure that it happens.
As most of you know, I go to Europe several times a year. I've managed to make a bit of a name for myself over there both among fans and fellow wrestlers. A typical trip has me performing on a number a shows and holding training camps and seminars for up-and-coming European wrestlers. Going to Europe so frequently has allowed for me to make a living as a professional wrestle for nearly 5 years now. That's something that every Independent wrestler aspires to achieve. This most recent trip had been planned out months in advance. I didn't know exactly what I would do on which dates, but before I had won the CZW title, I let CZW management know that I would be out of the country on August 12. I pride myself in being upfront with everyone and I always carry myself with the highest degree of professionalism. Allow me to state my case.
After I'd become the CZW heavyweight champion, I was contacted by a group in Italy to wrestle on a 4 show tour. If I had accepted, I would have missed CZW's September 9 show. It's no secret that when guys go to Europe they make a great deal more than when they work in the US, but money was not an issue for me. I was grateful that CZW allowed me to honor my European commitments in August and felt that it would be a disappointment to both CZW management and CZW fans to cancel on their September show. That's not how I wanted to do business.
Think about it. Four shows in Italy. Four big paydays. Your have to ask yourself, how many Independent wrestlers would have just taken the money and canceled on their home promotion? Sure, there are always exceptions like Japan, where 99% of all wrestlers dream to wrestle. In this situation, I chose CZW over Italy and I would do so again.
After becoming champion, I was forced into a title defense against my best friend/tag team partner/protege by Maven Bentley. We could have made the match a joke, but we didn't. Claudio and I put everything we had into the match and laid into each other, partners or not. You won't see any fingerpokes of doom in that match. What you'll see is one of the most memorable unadvertised matches in CZW history.
The following month I wasn't scheduled for a title defense. Why? I have no idea, but I took it upon myself to challenge my friend and partner, Necro Butcher. What followed was a chaotic title defense that didn't *have* to happen. Who else would volunteer himself for some of Necro's wild punches? Who would allow themselves to get buried under chairs and headbutted by the Butcher when they could just be sitting in street clothes and doing commentary instead? I didn't decide to defend the title because I like the abuse. I did it to give something special to the fans. Maybe by taking on these challengers, it will make up for the cheap way that I won the title.
My start with CZW was rocky at best. Hell, I would even go as far as to say that at one point I never thought I would come back to CZW. But now, pick up any magazine. There's a good chance you'll read about how I led the charge against ROH. You'll see pictures of me wearing the CZW title and representing the Combat Zone. The CZW/ROH war may be over, but I still wear CZW colors on my back wherever I happen to go. I'm still a head trainer at the school and I'm still going to accept whatever challenges that arise. And even if there isn't a challenge, I'll go out and find one, much like I did against Necro.
To those fans that felt slighted by my absence this past Saturday, I apologize. To those that gave me the benefit of the doubt, thank you for your support. I will see you all in September and I will be wearing the gold proudly. When you see me, let me hear it. C-Z-W!
Time is on my side because my gameplan has been formulated for quite some time. Ring of Honor hasn't had that luxury. Ever since I threw my "fifth partner" curveball at them, they've been scrambling and trying to figure out what it is that I have up my sleeve. That's a real shame. It's just another thing for them to worry about and it's another thing for me to laugh at. You see, I've never been in an actual Cage of Death match before. But two of my partners have.
How many of the ROH team have fought under those exact circumstances?
And hell, the only wrestler on their entire roster that would have been a perfect fit for the Cage of Death environment is so pissed off at the company that's he turned his back on them!
Yeah, I'm talking about the Notorious 187, Homicide. The most violent and destructive wrestler in ROH won't be in the most brutal and sickening match in ROH history. Homicide will not be making an appearance in our Cage of Death.
At least not on their side. It certainly wouldn't be the first time I've gotten an ROH wrestler to jump sides. Last time we were in Philly, my man, Claudio Castagnoli shocked the world. What a beautifully executed plan that was. Hm, did I just give away my big secret? You wouldn't think that I would reveal my hand before all the bets were on the table. Maybe I would. Maybe I'm just feeling a little Homicidal right now. I'll tell you this much though, I would make a deal with the Devil Himself just to see Ring of Honor self destruct.
I guess you'll have to find out this weekend. See you Saturday.
It's time for Chris Hero to strike up the band. It's time for me to rally the troops. It's time to lead my troops into a battle so fierce that it can only be held within the confines of a STEEL CAGE. And no, not some lame cage with a chickenwire/chain link fence. We're talking about the CAGE OF DEATH.
Let's take a look at the opposition.
Adam Pearce. The blood gushing from his melon, on April 22nd, will look like a popped pimple in comparison to the head wounds he will sustain on July 15th. If he doesn't die from blood loss he will live a life as a brain damaged vegetable from there on out.
BJ Whitmer. A crown of barbed wire was driven into his skull in Chicago and now he's closer to paralysis than ever. With all the risks he's taken, I didn't figure BJ would have made it this far. He won't make it any further.
Ace Steel. Good wrestler, unproven fighter. There's no way he has any idea what's in store for him come July 15th.
Samoa Joe. The "captain" of the team just so happens to be the one I am worried about least. Is Joe going to go all out? Or is he going to make sure he doesn't break or bruise anything? One thing is certain, whenever Joe's on the card you can be sure to expect nothing but total nonstop action!
Oh and don't think I forgot about cowardly Jim Cornette. He was the first to call Claudio a deserter then he was the first to abandon ROH for "knee surgery." I know Mr. Cornette will be making his return in Philadelphia. It's a shame it'll be his farewell show as well. He'll have wished he stayed back in Louisville, living in Synn.
Now that I've given you my scouting report on the competition, it's only fair that I give you the names of my soldiers.
Yours truly, Chris Hero.
My best friend, Claudio Castagnoli.
My killer, the Necro Butcher.
The unpredictable, "Spyder" Nate Webb.
And I hate to disappoint all you Ring of Honor fans out there but I happen to have a little secret. You might even say that it's a mystery. Hell, you could even say that there's a mystery partner. Well, ROH, now that my secret is out, get off your ass and find a fifth partner because I swear to you that our fifth will not disappoint. The match hasn't even started and we already have the advantage.
You know, there was a time when Mr. Dangerous himself, Gabe Sapolsky, wouldn't have pissed on me if I was on fire. Now, I have caused so much chaos and disarray that everyone in the wrestling world has no choice, whatsoever, but to take notice. I will not be bullied any longer. I stand for those who have been held back by elitism. I oppose those who try to force their authoritarianism down our throats. Ring of Honor must be stopped. Thus far I've been amazingly successful in cracking their foundation and in a week and a half, the whole damn thing will come crumbling down to the ground. On July 15th, Cage will replace Ring and Death will replace Honor. Forever.
Seems there's a bit of controversy going around again. This time it concerns a bogus ROH MySpace account.
I can't believe you people would be fooled into thinking that this was actually my doing. A terrible picture and cheap heat comments; this is way too tacky of a job for a Savior such as myself. Obviously someone is trying to ride the CH bandwagon.
This was NOT my work and I'm insulted that someone would make such a mundane attempt to leech off of my genuine controversy.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? I'm not flattered. I cause tidal waves. This isn't even a mere ripple in the ocean of chaos I've brought to the shores of Ring of Honor.
I have better things to concern myself with rather than "hacking" a fan site. Better things like formulating a strategic plan for Claudio and myself. We already told you we'll be there. Hell, we even know what's in store for us when we get there. But you don't know when we'll be there, where we're coming from or what we're going to do when we get there. My masterpiece continues.
The best tag team in the world is coming to ROH this weekend. Long live the Kings.
It's that time again folks. Time for me to address the masses. Everything I've typed in here, thus far, has been monumental in one way or another. Fear not, this entry is no different.
May 12th will mark the first time Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli have walked onto ROH turf together, as a team, nay, as THE team. The Kings of Wrestling will march into that building in Long Island and prove our supremacy. May 13th we'll return to Philadelphia, as bonafide heroes, for CZW's Best of the Best tournament. And after all that is wrapped up and the "Best of the Best" has been decided, Claudio and myself will be going back to New Jersey for seconds.
Last time I was in Edison, I sang my beautiful rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for everyone in attendance. However, this time around there will be no singing. Heads will be cracked, spirits will be crushed and if any ROHbots lay a finger on me, faces will be punched. You have my word. I assume you've all heard about what went down in Toronto...
The Kings of Wrestling are coming. Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, the best, bar none. Ring of Honor can no longer hold us back.
People like to claim that I'm all talk. They say all I do is run my mouth and I don't have what it takes to back it up. Well, actions speak louder than words, my friends, and last Saturday, my actions backed up every single thing I've said since this war began.
Whitmer: Still on crutches and now with a matching neckbrace. Sporting a broken neck thanks to Super Dragon's Psycho Driver through a table.
Pearce: The proud owner of twenty staples in his head thanks to a Necro Butcher chairshot. Oh, and he also got pinned right in the middle of the ring. Sucks to be him.
Joe: Left standing in the ring while we celebrated in our bleachers. Completely and utterly humiliated by our cleverly orchestrated swerve.
You didn't really think I'd allow my number one prodigy and best friend betray me, did you?
Ring of Honor, I would like you to meet the Kings of Wrestling, Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli. The current CHIKARA Campeones de Parejas and former CZW tag team champions. We don't think we're the best, we know it for a fact.
This weekend I'm wrestling for UWA in Toronto and then I'm headed to Virginia for a show. Ring of Honor returns to Dayton, Ohio on Friday and Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday. I know I'm pretty amazing and I know all my fans would love for me to be in two places at once, but it just isn't possible. Or is it? I'm a very powerful man and I have my ways of creating magic.
This weekend, my presence will be felt at Ring of Honor.
My presence will be felt through my prodigy, my tag team partner, my best friend, Claudio Castagnoli.
My presence will be felt though the fan abusing, ass kicking assassin known as Super Dragon.
And last, and definitely not least, my presence will be felt through the demented, self sacrificial King of the Deathmatches. Dayton, Cleveland, prepare yourself for the wrath of the NECRO BUTCHER.
This weekend will prove how influential and all-powerful I really am. I will continue to alter results and wreak vengeance upon ROH and all the while I'll be kicking up my feet and laughing all the way in another country.
So far, 2006 has been a rather magical year for Chris Hero. I made it to the finals of CHIKARA's Tag World Grand Prix for the second consecutive year. Here I sit, one half of the Campeones de Parejas (Tag Champions, to the uneducated). I spent nearly a month in Mexico, where I made my debut for Ultimo Dragon's famed Toryumon promotion and managed several successful defenses of said titles. And all the while I'm still the talk of the Indys.
From traveling across the country to California to compete for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, to defending the IWA East Coast Championship in a LADDER match against ex-Kaientai DX badass Dick Togo, to main eventing an IWA Mid South SuperCard against Milano Collection AT to causing any kind of disruptive chaos I can think of at whatever Ring of "Honor" events I care to attend. I'm the MAN. This is my year and I cannot be stopped.
I've hit fans with chairs. I've been smacked by Chicago gutter trash. I've roamed the countryside with my killer, the Necro Butcher, and we've put a hurtin' on anyone in our path. Adam Pearce: Put through a table, BJ Whitmer: Broken ankle, Jim Cornette: Damn near broken arm and blown out knee (again). Claudio Castagnoli? I'm not even going to taint my little speech by expressing my feelings on that situation. The way I see it, we started out with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Sure, we've been kicked out of a few buildings, hit with a few chairs, threatened with some lawsuits, but when the smoke clears, we're always the ones left standing. Necro Butcher and Chris Hero are SURVIVORS. We have made careers for ourselves. We live on reputation alone and we sure don't need any self-righteous assholes making shit up in "newslines" or spending hours trying to splice together the perfect music video to accentuate our "talents."
We are wrestling. People pay to see us. Think it's a coincidence that the last four ROH shows drew so well? It's not. You will all find out firsthand on April 22nd in Philadelphia. It's our home, our turf and our war. I'm the General, Chris Hero and my Lieutenant Generals, come April 22nd, will be the Necro Butcher and Super Dragon. We are challenging three men. One, Adam Pearce, a man with no friends whatsoever in Ring of "Honor," BJ Whitmer, a man with a bad leg, a bad arm and nearly a dozen concussions under his belt and Samoa Joe, a man who has felt our wrath many times before. Hopefully he can take his focus off of Bryan Danielson for one evening. Otherwise he's going to waltz right into a Psycho Driver and go down in ROH history as the worst team captain ever, Mr. Selfish, Samoa Joe.
This is WAR. I've started it, I'll finish it. I give you my word.
If anybody has anything to say to me, I'll be at Combat Zone this weekend. You know, the promotion I've carried on my back for two and a half years while a poor excuse for a champion and a self-proclaimed "King" choke each and every time the going gets tough. I don't choke. I'm a real King, I'm a real champion and I'm the best God damn wrestler in the world today. Prove me wrong.