|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2007)|
Cannon at a Chikara show in April 2010.
|Ring name(s)||Arik Cannon|
|Billed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Billed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
December 23, 1981 |
Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Trained by||MPW Training Camp
Sheik Adanan Al-Kaisey
Arik Cannon (born December 23, 1981) is an American professional wrestler known for competing in companies such as Chikara, Dragon Gate USA, IWA Mid-South, All American Wrestling and Wrestling Society X.
Arik Cannon was trained at Midwest Pro Wrestling and is known for wrestling in IWA Mid-South. There, he became the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion by defeating Petey Williams in the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament. He defended it against Roderick Strong and Austin Aries, but was forced to give it up due to injury in 2004.
He returned to wrestling in 2005 and entered Chikara's Tag World Grand Prix 2005 with partner Claudio Castagnoli and made it to the finals to face Superfriends, Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush. That night, Hero turned on Quackenbush and joined Cannon and Castagnoli, leading Cannon and Castagnoli to win the Tag World Grand Prix. The three began calling themselves the Kings of Wrestling. The began feuding with Quackenbush, but Cannon left the group in 2005. Cannon competed in the Tag World Grand Prix 2006 with Jigsaw as his partner, but lost in the second round. During June 2006, Arik Cannon wrestled in Chikara's fourth annual Young Lions Cup tournament. In the final round, he defeated Cheech to win the tournament. At Chikara's Cibernetico Forever event in October 2006, however, Max Boyer managed to beat him for the Cup.
In the Spring of 2007 Arik began his own promotion known as F1rst Wrestling. Most cards for F1rst Wrestling are held at First Avenue. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. F1rst Wrestling has also partnered with the Duluth based promotion Heavy on Wrestling which Cannon has also wrestled for in several of their events.
In October 2007, Cannon went to Japan for a tour with Dragon Gate and was brought into the Muscle Outlawz faction by Naruki Doi along with fellow gaijins Kevin Steen and Jimmy Rave. April 26, 2009 Arik was at Anarchy Championship Wrestling he was in a six man elimination match for the ACW/IWA Texas Young Guns Championship where he was last eliminated by Super Electro.On October 15, 2009 Cannon was pinned by Benny Blades in a match for the Northern Outlaw Wrestling T.V Title.On November 15, 2009 Cannon competed in the 2009 "Lone Star Classic" for Anarchy Championship Wrestling, but was eliminated in the first round by Matthew Palmer. On May 22, 2010 Cannon defeated Hype Gotti at the Pro Wrestling Phoenix 5th Anniversary show. On that same card he filled in for Mark Sterling in a 5 on 5 War Games Cage match with Jayden Draigo, #1 Brett Young, Joey Daniels and Jeremy Wyatt in a losing effort to the team of Jaysin Strife, Chris Havius, Donnie Peppercricket, Abu Colussus, and PWP Heavyweight Champion "Babyface" Tony Cortez.
In April Cannon wrestled against PTW champion Ariya Daivari in a losing effort.
Arik Cannon wrestled for WFX Wrestling with his tag team partner Darrin Corbin. The first match with the company they wrestled in a 4 way tag team match but lost. Arik Cannon and his partner set up the match for Bushwacker Luke to wrestle "The Human Massacre" Keith Walker.
Dragon Gate USA (2009-Present)
On September 6, 2009, Cannon made his debut for Dragon Gate USA at the tapings of the promotion's second pay-per-view titled Untouchable. He would wrestle in an eight-way dark match, which was won by Johnny Gargano. After making several appearances for the promotion in 2010, Cannon was entered into the Breakout Challenge tournament on April 1, 2011. After defeating AR Fox, Facade and Shiima Xion in his first round match, Cannon defeated Jimmy Rave in the finals to win the tournament. Two days later at Open the Ultimate Gate, Cannon and Sami Callihan wrestled in a six–way match, before deciding to walk out on the match. Later in the event, Cannon and Callihan announced they would be forming a tag team named the D.U.F. (Dirty Ugly Fucks) and defeated the Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Kory Chavis) in their first match together. On June 5 at Enter The Dragon 2011, Cannon and Callihan were joined by Pinkie Sanchez, before picking up a major win over the tag team of Open the Dream Gate Champion Masaaki Mochizuki and Susumu Yokosuka.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- 3X Wrestling
- 3XW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- All American Wrestling
- Midwest Pro Wrestling
- MPW Cruiserweight Championship (3 times)
- MPW Universal Championship (1 time)
- Northern Impact Wrestling
- NIW Impact Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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