Chris Candido

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Chris Candido
Candido Working the Fans.jpg
Chris Candido in 1998.
Birth name Christopher B. Candito
Ring name(s) Chris Candido[1]
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Billed weight 225 lb (102 kg)[1]
Born (1972-03-21)March 21, 1972[1]
Spring Lake, New Jersey
Died April 28, 2005(2005-04-28) (aged 33)[1]
Matawan, New Jersey
Billed from Spring Lake, New Jersey
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Trained by Larry Sharpe[1]
Debut 1986[1]

Christopher B. "Chris" Candito[2] (March 21, 1972 – April 28, 2005)[1] was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Chris Candido.

Candido was a two time World Heavyweight Champion, having held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once and the LWE World Heavyweight Championship once. In addition, he held several championships in professional wrestling promotions such as Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

Early life[edit]

Candito was the grandson of "Popeye" Chuck Richards, a wrestler for the World Wide Wrestling Federation, a precursor to the WWF. He started training at age 14 with Larry Sharpe and wrestled for Sharpe's World Wrestling Association. He began using the alternate spelling of "Candido" for his ring name.

While in high school, he met and fell in love with Tammy Lynn Sytch, and the two began a lifelong relationship. Sytch would later become his valet.


In the early 1990s, Candido was a part of Eastern Championship Wrestling (later Extreme Championship Wrestling). While in ECW, he was part of a stable called "The Suicide Blonds" with Johnny Hotbody and Chris Michaels. The trio had two stints as the Tag Team Champions; the first from April 2, 1993 to May 15 after winning them from Tony Stetson and Larry Winters.[3] They lost the titles to the Super Destroyers, only to regain them the same day.[3] They later vacated the titles when Candido left the promotion.

Candido became famous in Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW), alongside his manager and girlfriend Tammy Lynn Sytch.[4]

On November 19, 1994, Candido won a 10-man tournament, defeating Al Snow, Dirty White Boy, and Tracy Smothers to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which had been won and immediately vacated by Shane Douglas and ECW that August.

Candido's reign came at a time when national exposure for the National Wrestling Alliance was at an all-time low, as there was no national television outlet for the organization. His title defense matches were mostly held in small independent federations and SMW. Candido dropped the belt to Dan Severn on February 24, 1995, whose subsequent reign lasted over four years.

Candido and Sytch moved on to the WWF where Sytch was dubbed "Sunny" and Candido "Skip", the fitness fanatics The Bodydonnas.[4] On March 31, 1996, Candido won the WWF Tag Team Championship with Zip from The Godwinns during the finals of a tournament for the vacated titles.[4][5] They lost the title on May 19, 1996, at a house show.[6] According to Tammy Sytch in interviews post Candido's death, Candito and Sytch had a brief separation behind the scenes while working for the WWF.

Candido in ECW in 1998

After leaving the WWF, Candido joined ECW again, becoming part of the revived Triple Threat stable alongside Shane Douglas.[4] While in the Triple Threat with the nickname "No Gimmicks Needed", he developed a rivalry with fellow member Lance Storm, who was soon replaced by Bam Bam Bigelow. However, Candido teamed with Storm to win the ECW Tag Team Championship.[4] They won the tag title on December 5, 1997 from Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon.[3] Despite being a reluctant team who hated each other, Candido and Storm had a lengthy championship run. The duo held the titles for approximately six months until they lost them on June 26, 1998 to Sabu and Rob Van Dam.[3]

He also had a brief run in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which started when he was cleared to compete on March 16, 2000.[7] During his stint there, he won the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.[4] He won the title on April 16, 2000 in a six-way match at Spring Stampede against The Artist, Juventud Guerrera, Shannon Moore, Lash LeRoux, and Crowbar.[8] He lost the title on May 15 of that same year.[8] Later, the Triple Threat reformed in WCW, with Candido, Douglas, and Bam Bam Bigelow. However, the reformation was short lived, after Tammy was released from WCW due to backstage problems with Kimberly Page.[citation needed]

Candido had two runs with Xtreme Pro Wrestling. The first was in 2000, and he won the XPW World Heavyweight Championship before leaving for WCW. The second run was from late 2002 until the company's final show in 2003.

Candido debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in January 2005, and wrestled with them throughout 2005, until he died from a post-surgery blood clot. Because his last performance was taped to air later in the week, he was featured on an episode of TNA Impact! after his death.

In addition to wrestling, Candido also trained new wrestlers, including his brother Johnny Candido.


At Lockdown on April 24, 2005, Candido fractured both his tibia and fibula and dislocated his ankle during a steel cage match with Lance Hoyt against Apolo and Sonny Siaki.[4] He underwent surgery the next day to have titanium plates and screws inserted into his leg. He was at the following Impact! tapings managing The Naturals to defeat America's Most Wanted to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[4] On April 28, 2005, Candido felt ill and his condition worsened during the day. He collapsed in the evening and was rushed to the hospital.[4] He was diagnosed with pneumonia. Doctors drained his lungs, but Candido died soon afterwards. He was 33 years old. According to his brother Johnny, Candido died due to a blood clot, a complication from surgery.[4] Both TNA[4] and Ring of Honor acknowledged his death on their websites,[9] and TNA subsequently held the Chris Candido Memorial Tag Team Tournament in his honor in late 2005.

In wrestling[edit]

Candido performing a delayed vertical suplex on Jerry Lynn in 1998.
Candido performing the New Jersey Jam on Lance Storm.

Wrestlers trained by Candido[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Candido's Hardcore Hall of Fame banner in the former ECW Arena.
  • California Creative Wrestling
    • CCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[20]
  • Legacy Wrestling Enterprises
    • LWE World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[25]
  • Mid-American Wrestling
    • MAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[26]
  • United States Extreme Wrestling
    • USEW United States Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[36]
  • USA Pro Wrestling
    • USA Pro United States Championship (1 time)[37]
  • World Wrestling Association
    • WWA Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[20]
    • WWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Chris Evans[20]

1Candido defended the championship with either Hotbody or Michaels under the Freebird Rule.


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  22. ^ "The Suicide Blonds' second ECW Tag Team Championship reign". 
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  25. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - December 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  26. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - November 2004". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  27. ^ "NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign". 
  28. ^ "NWA New Jersey Heavyweight Championship history". 
  29. ^ "NWA Midwest Heavyweight Championship history". 
  30. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners - Inspirational Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  31. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 1998". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  32. ^ "SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship history". 
  33. ^ "SMW Heavyweight Championship history". 
  34. ^ "SMW Tag Team Championship history". 
  35. ^ "SMW United States Junior Heavyweight Championship history". 
  36. ^ "United States Extreme Wrestling title histories". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  37. ^ "USA Pro United States Championship history". 
  38. ^ "WWC World Television Championship history". 
  39. ^ "XPW World Heavyweight Championship history". 
  40. ^ "Awards". 

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