2 Cold Scorpio

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2 Cold Scorpio
Too Cold Scorpio CHIKARA.jpg
Too Cold Scorpio in September 2012.
Birth name Charles Bernard Scaggs[1][2]
Born (1965-10-25) October 25, 1965 (age 48)[1]
Big Spring, Texas[1]
Resides Celebration, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) 2 Cold Scorpio[1]
Too Cold Scorpio[1]
Black Wazuma[1]
Flash Funk[1]
Flyin' Scorpio
Flying Wazuma[1]
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Billed weight 229 lb (104 kg)[1]
Billed from Denver, Colorado
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Decatur, Georgia
Celebration, Florida
Debut 1985[1]

Charles Bernard Scaggs [1][2] (born October 25, 1965)[1] is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name 2 Cold Scorpio (or Too Cold Scorpio). He worked for World Championship Wrestling in the early 1990s, Extreme Championship Wrestling in the mid-1990s, the World Wrestling Federation in the late 1990s (as Flash Funk) and Pro Wrestling Noah in the early to mid-2000s. He currently wrestles on the US independent circuit.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1985–1992)[edit]

Charles Scaggs made his pro wrestling debut in 1985. He wrestled in various independent promotions in the United States, until, on the recommendation of Big Van Vader, he decided to go to New Japan Pro Wrestling. He also wrestled in Europe and Mexico.

World Championship Wrestling (1992–1994)[edit]

He debuted in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as Ron Simmons' mystery partner at Clash of the Champions XXI, on November 18, 1992. He had a brief reign as World Tag Team Champion with Marcus Bagwell in October 1993.[3] Although he was released in 1994, Scorpio competed on the WCW-promoted pay-per-view AAA When Worlds Collide later that year, and the WCW/New Japan produced pay-per-view Collision in Korea in 1995.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1994–1996)[edit]

Scaggs debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1994, where he had four reigns as World Television Champion and one reign as World Tag Team Champion with The Sandman.[3] During his simultaneous reign as Television and Tag Team Champion, he insisted on being referred to as 2 Gold Scorpio.[citation needed] He had feuds with wrestlers such as Taz, Shane Douglas, Sabu, and Mikey Whipwreck.

Following his departure for the WWF, Scorpio returned to ECW for one night as a mystery opponent for Taz. Originally introduced by Lance Wright under his WWE name Flash Funk, he corrected Joey Styles and had himself announced as 2 Cold Scorpio, then beat up Wright. Scorpio lost the match, and was jumped afterwards by Doug Furnas and Lance Wright's bodyguard, Brakkus. Taz returned to make the save, and give a speech, saying: "I don't do this a lot. I ain't never heard of anybody named Flash Funk but I know someone named 2 Cold Scorpio and tonight 2 Cold Scorpio showed up. The wrestler, the athlete, the superstar I admire. Now brother I'm done blowing smoke up your ass and don't go off on me either, but if you want to wrestle for a real promotion you're welcome in my locker room." Taz raised Scorpio's arm and left the ring, as Scorpio's music played and he danced. On June 10, 2005, Scorpio wrestled at the ECW reunion event Hardcore Homecoming, defeating Kid Kash.[4][5]

World Wrestling Federation (1996–1999)[edit]

Scaggs made his WWF debut on November 17, 1996, at Survivor Series, under the name Flash Funk. His gimmick involved dancing, wearing a zoot suit, and being accompanied to the ring by his "Fly Girls" or "Funkettes".[6] Towards the end of his first WWF run, Funk reverted to the name Scorpio, and began teaming with former WCW teammate and friend Ron Simmons, as well as Terry Funk through most of 1998. He soon after became a member of Al Snow's J.O.B. Squad. In mid-1998, he competed in the WWF's Brawl for All tournament, replacing Ken Shamrock. He lost in the quarterfinals to The Godfather. In early 1999, Scorpio requested time off due to personal problems, but was instead released from the WWF.[6]

Pro Wrestling Noah (2000–2006)[edit]

Scaggs next made sporadic appearances for Extreme Championship Wrestling, which included a challenge against then-champion Mike Awesome for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on the December 10, 1999 edition of ECW on TNN. Scorpio competed for All Japan Pro Wrestling until native members of its roster defected to form Pro Wrestling Noah in 2000, and both Scorpio and Vader followed. During his tenure in Noah, he won the GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship, as well as the GHC Tag Team Championship with both Vader and Doug Williams.[3]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006–2007)[edit]

In 2006, Scaggs signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. Upon joining the promotion, he returned to using his Flash Funk character in the WWE developmental promotion Deep South Wrestling until he was released on May 11, 2007, without ever appearing on WWE television.[7] On the 15th anniversary of WWE Raw on December 10, 2007, Flash Funk participated in a battle royal, eliminating Steve Blackman while eliminating himself in the process.

Independent circuit (2007–present)[edit]

2 Cold Scorpio making his entrance at a show in March 2013

In late 2007, Scaggs joined Booker T's Pro Wrestling Alliance promotion, based in Houston, Texas. He wrestled occasionally in Pasadena, Texas, at the city's convention center, and participated in a feud with heel wrestler and student Gustavo Mendoza. His last PWA match was in February 2008, at "Texas Tapout", against Mendoza.

On August 8, 2010, Too Cold Scorpio wrestled at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's ECW reunion show, Hardcore Justice, defeating C.W. Anderson.[8]

On April 28, 2012, Too Cold Scorpio wrestled Shane Douglas in the main event of Extreme Reunion (a wrestling event promoted by Douglas) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the match, two masked men got involved. One was Kevin Sullivan, who attacked Douglas. The other was former ECW owner Tod Gordon, who hugged Scorpio. Douglas pinned Scorpio with a twisting sunset flip.

On September 14, 2012, Scorpio made his debut for Chikara, when he, Jerry Lynn and Tommy Dreamer entered the 2012 King of Trios as "The Extreme Trio", defeating Team WWF (1-2-3 Kid, Aldo Montoya and Tatanka) in their first round match.[9][10] The following day, The Extreme Trio was eliminated from the tournament by Team ROH (Mike Bennett, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson).[9][11]

On February 2, 2013, Scorpio defeated ACH in the main event of the first ever National Pro Wrestling Day to become the 2013 Rey De Voladores.[12] On June 23, 2013, Scorpio was defeated by John Hennigan in a match for the FWE Heavyweight Championship at House of Hardcore 2.[13]

June 14, 2014, Scorpio was inducted into the 2300 Arena's Hardcore Hall of Fame, hosted by the documentary team behind Wrestling with Disaster. The induction ceremony was held and filmed for the documentary. Other inductees: The Pitbulls, The Blue Meanie and Shane Douglas (kinda).Scorpio will face Satoshi Kojima at Brixton Recreation Centre Dec 13th in England for Superstars Of Wrestling

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • All Star Wrestling Alliance
    • ASWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • German Wrestling Federation
    • GWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[15]
  • Pacific Championship Wrestling
    • PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Peach State Wrestling
    • PSW Cordele City Heavyweight Championship (1 time, last)[16]
  • Pro Wrestling Unplugged
    • PWU World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Intelius People Search". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Tello, C. (2006-09-21). "Too Cold for WWE". WWE. Archived from the original on 2007-06-24. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  4. ^ Lacroix, C. (2005-12-20). "Have a jolly Hardcore Homecoming Christmas". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  5. ^ Kapur, B. (2005-06-11). "Hardcore Homecoming a memorable night". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  6. ^ a b c Molinaro, J. (1999-05-19). "Scorpio to take flight in Japan". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Charles Scaggs released". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 13 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  8. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-08-08). "Caldwell's TNA Hardcore Justice PPV results 8/8: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of ECW-themed PPV headlined by RVD vs. Sabu". Pro Wrestling Torch. Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  9. ^ a b "Past results". Chikara. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  10. ^ Namako, Jason (September 15, 2012). "9/14 Chikara "King of Trios: Night 1" Results: Easton, PA". WrestleView. Archived from the original on September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ Namako, Jason (September 15, 2012). "9/15 Chikara "King of Trios: Night 2" Results: Easton, PA". WrestleView. Archived from the original on September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Johnson, Mike (2013-02-02). "Former ECW Arena to reopen". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  13. ^ Gee Schoon Tong, Chris (June 23, 2013). "Show results - 6/22 HOH in Philadelphia, Pa.: MVP vs. Sami Callihan, Dreamer vs. Storm main event, Steiners, J-Mo, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Molinaro, J. (May 19, 1999). "Scorpio to take flight in Japan". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  15. ^ "German Wrestling Federation Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  16. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  17. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 

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