July 23, 1957 |
Tampa, Florida, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Al Perez
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||245 lb (108 kg)|
|Trained by||Boris Malenko
Professional wrestling career
Perez began wrestling as an amateur in high school and was one of the top athletes in his home state of Florida. He started professional wrestling in 1982. He wrestled in Southwest Championship Wrestling in Texas and formed a team in ICW with Joe Savoldi known as the "New York Rockers". He then worked for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico where he teamed a lot with Joe Savoldi and later feuded with Invader l.
Mid South and World Class
In 1986 Perez wrestled for Bill Watt's Mid- South Wrestling, and teamed with "Wildcat" Wendell Cooley and defeated the team of Steve" Dr. Death" Williams and Bruiser Bob Sweetan for the Mid- South Tag Team Championship. Sweetan was substituting for Ted Dibiase while Dibiase was touring the Orient. Perez went on to make a name for himself as "The Latin Heartthrob" in World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987, where he was the top heel for several months. He was managed by Gary Hart and feuded with Kevin Von Erich, Kerry Von Erich and Dingo Warrior.
Jim Crockett Promotions (NWA) and PWF
In 1988, Perez moved to the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions with Hart and teamed with Larry Zbyszko along with feuding with Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes. In 1989 he wrestled for Dusty Rhodes' Professional Wrestling Federation based in Florida. He won the PWF Florida Heavyweight Title, defeating Mike Graham for the title. He would the lose the title to Dustin Rhodes. In September 1990, Perez competed as The Black Scorpion, wrestling Sting in a losing effort at Clash of Champions XII. According to Ric Flair, Perez was always meant to be The Black Scorpion but quit after finding out he was going to lose.
World Wrestling Federation
Al Perez signed with WWF in January 1990 and wrestled primarily in the undercard. While Perez did not appear on WWF Television a lot, he scored a great many victories at house shows. Despite losses to the likes of Hercules and Tito Santana, Perez had many wins over wrestlers such as Paul Roma, Jim Powers, The Red Rooster, Koko B. Ware, "Bullet" Bob Bradley, Paul Diamond/Kato, Jim Brunzell, and others. By the end of 1990 however, Perez had left WWF.
Over the next several years, Perez competed in several independent promotions around the United States, including a return to Liberty All-Star Wrestling (LAW) in 2001 Where he beat Jimmy Jannetty for the LAW Heavyweight title, before retiring from the business in 2002.
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA New Zealand
- Southwest Championship Wrestling
- Supreme Wrestling Federation
- SWF Tag Team championship (1 time) - with Paul Orndorff
- Texas Wrestling Federation
- TWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- World Class Wrestling Association
- World Wrestling Council
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 272 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
- Shields, Brian; Kevin Sullivan (March 2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
- "Goldust". SLAM! Wrestling. June 4, 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Al Perez at Online World of Wrestling