Heavy Metal (wrestler)
|Birth name||Erick Francisco Casas Ruiz|
|Ring name(s)||Heavy Metal
|Billed height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Billed weight||82 kg (180 lb; 12.9 st)|
October 4, 1970 |
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
|Billed from||Mexico City, Distrito Federal|
|Trained by||Pepe Casas
|Debut||February 14, 1988|
Erick Francisco Casas Ruiz is a Mexican professional wrestler currently working under the ring name Heavy Metal for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA). He is the son of referee Pepe Casas and the brother of Negro Casas and Felino.
Professional Wrestling Career 
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre 
Erick Casas started his professional wrestling career as Canelo Casas wrestling for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). As Canelo Casas he was able to win the Naucalpan Tag Team Champion with Mr. Cid and even the Mexican National Welterweight Champion defeating Ciclon Ramirez in 1990.
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración 
Erick Casas left CMLL when he decided to go to the newly created promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in 1992. He changed his gimmick to Heavy Metal where he was a rudo and had a rock-star look which was based on heavy metal music. His first championship won as Heavy Metal was the Mexican National Welterweight Champion defeating Rey Misterio, Jr. in 1993. He retained his title against Rey Misterio twice and El Hijo Del Santo. Santo and Metal would rival over Santo's WWA Welterweight Championship and over Metal's Mexican National Welterweight Champion. Both wrestlers would put both of their titles on the line in the same match where winner takes all. Heavy Metal lost his title to Santo in the Fall of 1993 when both of them put both of their titles on the line. After the loss of the title, Metal turned into a tecnico. He formed a team with Latin Lover where both of them feud with Rocco Valente, Tony Arce and Vulcano. Rocco Valente and Tony Arce was the Mexican National Tag Team Champion at the time. Heavy Metal and Latin Lover had a shot for the title and won the title in 1994. After Metal and Lover won the title, Arce challenged Metal in a luchas de apuestas (bet match) match which Metal accepted. The match took place just after two weeks when Metal and Lover won the title. Metal was able to beat Arce and so Arce hair was shaved.
On November 6, 1994 the event When Worlds Collide Metal teamed with Rey Misterio, Jr. and Latin Lover to face Fuerza Guerrera, Madonna's Boyfriend, and Psicosis in a tradition lucha libre six-man tag match. The final saw that Fuerza Guerrera making Heavy Metal submit. Fuerza Guerrera and his son Juventud Guerrera later started a feud with Heavy Metal and Latin Lover over there tag title. Heavy Metal and Latin Lover lost the tag title to them in late 1994. The teamed later had a rematch in 1995 but Metal turned on his partner when he turned rudo again. The duo as a team ended after that. Later in 1995 Metal became a tecnico again. In early 1996, AAA announce that they were creating a new championship call AAA Americas Trios Champion, there was a tournament held for it too with a block A and block B. Heavy Metal teamed with Latin Lover and Winners for the block A tournament. The team was able to beat El Mexicano, Torero and Tornado on the first round. In the semi-final, the team defeated Blue Demon Jr., Principe Zafiro and Volador. In the finals, the team lost to Los Villanos (Villano III, Villano IV and Villano V). Heavy Metal teamed with Latin Lover and Cien Caras and making Caras the leader of the team on block B. On the first round they beat Frisbee, La Parka, and Rey Misterio Jr. On the next round they defeated Killer, Vegas, and Yeti. In the semi-finals they beat Cibernetico, Jerry Estrada, and Pierroth. In the finals the team was close to win but lost to Los Villanos (Villano III, Villano IV and Villano V).
Heavy Metal later appeared in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) because of AAA and WWF having a free exchange talent agreement. His first appearances was at the Royal Rumble where he teamed with Jerry Estrada and Fuerza Guerrera to face Héctor Garza, Perro Aguayo, and El Canek. The results saw Perro Aguayo pinned Heavy Metal for the win. In 1997 at the event of Rey de Reyes, Heavy Metal participated in the first ever Rey de Reyes tournament. Heavy Metal defeated Blue Demon, Jr., Maniaco and May Flowers to qualify for the final. In the final Metal was close to win but lost to Latin Lover making him the first winner of the Rey de Reyes. Heavy Metal was later involve in a Lucha De Apuestas match at Triplemanía. Heavy Metal teamed with Leon Negro and was able to defeat the teams of Latin Lover and Perro Aguayo, Jr., Jerry Estrada and El Picudo and May Flowers and Halcón Dorado, Jr. Halcón Dorado, Jr. got his hair shaved off when he got pin by Leon Negro. AAA later had another Triplemania event in 1997 this time Heavy Metal was feuding with Sangre Chicana. At the event, Chicana defeated Metal by disqualification. In the fall AAA had a new event called Verano de Escandalo. Heavy Metal was in a Steel Cage Elimination Luchas de Apuestas Match teaming with Perro Aguayo and Perro Aguayo, Jr. against Sangre Chicana, El Picudo and El Cobarde. The final saw El Cobarde getting his head shaved. By winter, AAA had another new event called Guerra de Titanes. Heavy Metal was involve in a Steel Cage Luchas de Apuestas "hair vs. hair" match which also included Perro Aguayo, Jr., El Picudo, and Sangre Chicana. Perro Aguayo beat El Picudo making him getting his head shaved.
By 1998, Metal feud with Sangre Chicana hadn't ended yet this time in a Lucha De Apuestas at the Rey de Reyes event. Heavy Metal won and Sangre Chicana's hair got shaved off. Heavy Metal then started a feud with Kick Boxer. At the Triplemania main event, Heavy Metal faced Kick Boxer but lost the match. At the Verano de Escandalo event, Metal teamed with Blue Demon, Jr. to face Abismo Negro and Kick Boxer in a Steel Cage Match. Heavy Metal and Blue Demon, Jr. defeated Abismo Negro and Kick Boxer. At the Guerra de Titanes event, Heavy Metal would team with Octagón to face Pentagón and Kick Boxer in a Steel Cage Match which they won. In 1999, Metal was still feuding with Kick Boxer. This time Kick Boxer had an ally name Thai Boxer. At the 1999 Rey de Reyes event, Antonio Silva, Carlos Gutierrez, Kick Boxer and Thai Boxer defeated Heavy Metal, La Parka, Jr., Mascara Sagrada, Jr. and Perro Aguayo Jr. in a Steel Cage Match. By the time of Triplemania, Metal's brother El Felino was there to ally Heavy Metal. El Felino and Heavy Metal both feuded with Kick Boxer and Thai Boxer and had a Luchas de Apuestas "Hair vs. Hair" match where Heavy Metal and El Felino defended their dad's hair while Kick Boxer and Thai Boxer defended El Tirante's hair at Triplemania. They won making their opponents referee El Tirantes hair shaved off. At the Verano de Escandalo event, Heavy Metal and Octagón together against Jaque Mata and Kick Boxer in a Steel Cage Match Luchas de Apuestas "loser loses mask or hair" match. Kick Boxer was unmasked due to his loss. After Kick Boxer lost his mask, the rival didn't end just yet. The event Guerra de Titanes, Heavy Metal teamed with Perro Aguayo, Jr. to beat Abidies Irison and Kick Boxer. Thus this finally ended there heated rivalry.
In 2000, Heavy Metal turned back into a rudo. Heavy Metal started to feud with Cibernetico over his AAA Campeón de Campeones Champion. In 2001 Heavy Metal defeated Cibernetico in a Steel Cage Match for the AAA Campeón de Campeones Championship. Two months later Heavy Metal lost the title back to Cibernetico. In 2002, Triplemania event saw Heavy Metal beat El Brazo, Electroshock, El Oriental, May Flowers, and Sangre Chicana in a Luchas de Apuestas "Hair vs. Hair" where each wrestler represented a referee. Sangre Chicana lost the match which results that El Tirantes get his head shaved. In 2003, Triplemania event saw Heavy Metal beat Pirata Morgan, El Texano and Sangre Chicana in a Luchas de Apuestas "Hair vs. Hair". As a result Pirata Morgan had his head shaved since he was pinned by Heavy Metal.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling 
Heavy Metal went to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) because AAA's working agreement with the company and also to replace Juventud Guerrera's place for the America's X-Cup. Along with Abismo Negro, Mr. Águila and Hector Garza, "Team Mexico" was successful in winning the America's X-Cup. They later retained it against Team Canada as well. After the America's X-cup was over, Heavy Metal returned to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración.
Return to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración 
After TNA, Heavy Metal returned to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. Since his return, he turned back into a tecnico. At the Verano de Escandalo event, Heavy Metal, El Intocable, El Zorro, beat Histeria, and Psicosis II and Mosco de la Merced II in a Steel Cage Match where the last man in the cage would lose his hair or his mask. Mosco de la Merced II was unmasked due to his loss. Heavy Metal later left Asistencia Asesoría y Administración in late 2004.
International Wrestling Revolution Group 
Heavy Metal and his brothers including Negro Casas and El Felino went to International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) in 2005. The duo teamed and was able to capture the IWRG Intercontinental Trios Champion by defeating Black Tiger, Pantera II, Pentagon Black. The team lost the titles to Scorpio, Jr., Veneno, and Cerebro Negro in early 2006. Heavy Metal defeated Scorpio, Jr. for the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion in 2005 but later lost back to him in late 2005.
Return to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre 
Erick Casas return to CMLL in 2005. Erick Casas remained under his Heavy Metal gimmick even though he have never been Heavy Metal in CMLL in the past. Heavy Metal participated in the Leyenda de Azul tournament in 2005. In the Leyenda de Azul first round he lost to Rey Bucanero. In the Torneo Gran Alternativa 2006, Heavy Metal was a veteran; teaming with El Texano, Jr. In the quarter final, the duo lost to Loco Max and Rey Bucanero. Heavy Metal participated in the Leyenda de Azul 2006. In the First Round, he lost to Black Warrior. In 2007, Heavy Metal teamed with Super Nova for the Torneo Gran Alternativa. In the first round, the team lost to the winners of that night La Sombra and Místico. In 2008, Heavy Metal lost his hair to Toscano in a Lucha de Apuesta. This was the first time Heavy Metal has lost in a Lucha de Apuesta match as Heavy Metal.
Return to AAA 
At AAA's show in Mexico City, an event competing directly against CMLL's major event Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, Heavy Metal made surprising return to AAA, attacking Konnan and joining forces with Cibernético in his fight against Konnan's La Legión Extranjera faction. After a four month break due to an injury, Heavy Metal returned to AAA on February 4, 2011, and entered a Best of Five Hair vs. Hair series with Electroshock, with whom he had feuded prior to his injury. The fifth match of the series, a Two Out of Three Falls Bull Terrier match, took place on March 18 at Rey de Reyes and ended with Heavy Metal defeating Electroshock, after a guitar shot, for his hair. After the match both Heavy Metal and Electroshock were attacked by members of La Sociedad, bringing the former rivals together to fight a common enemy. On June 18 at Triplemanía XIX, Electroshock, Heavy Metal and Joe Líder defeated Silver King, Último Gladiador and Chessman in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. On March 31, 2013 Heavy Metal teamed up with Danny Casas to represent the Casas family in IWRG's La Guerra de Familias ("War of the Families") tournament. The team lost to Los Junior Dinamitas (Cien Caras, Jr. and Hijo de Máscara Año 2000) in the first round.
Personal life 
In wrestling 
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments 
- Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
- International Wrestling Revolution Group
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #174 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1995
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- Universal Wrestling Association
- Other titles
- Naucalpan Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Mr. Cid
Lucha de Apuesta record 
|Hair||El Pantera II & Canelo Casas||Mr. Cid & Bestia Verde||Naucalpan, Mexico State||September 11, 88|
|Hair||Ultraman 2000||Canelo Casas||Tijuana, Baja California||February 3, 1989|
|Hair||Canelo Casas||El Mestizo||Mexico City, Mexico||August 1989|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||Barba Negra||Xochiaca, Mexico State||November 15, 1992|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||Jerry Estrada||Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes||April 26, 1994|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||Tony Arce||Jalapa, Veracruz||September 28, 1994|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||Sangre Chicana||Naucalpan, Mexico State||March 1, 1998|
|Mask||Heavy Metal||Kick Boxer||Mexico City, Mexico||September 17, 1999||Cage match that also included Octagon and Jaque Mate|
|Hair||Héctor Garza||Heavy Metal||Mexico City, Mexico||November 23, 2001||Match that also included Perro Aguayo Jr. & Latin Lover|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||Pirata Morgan||Naucalpan, Mexico State||June 15, 2003||Match that also included Sangre Chicana and Texano|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||El Brazo||Monterrey, Nuevo León||August 31, 2003||Cage match that also included Zorro, Chicana, Texano & O. Sevilla|
|Mask||Heavy Metal||Mosco de la Merced (AAA )||Orizaba, Veracruz||October 16, 2004||Cage match that also included Zorro, Incotable, Psicosis & Histeria|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||Toscano||Mexico City, Mexico||May 23, 2008||Match that also included Perro Aguayo Jr.|
|Hair||El Texano, Jr.||Heavy Metal||Mexico City, Mexico||June 13, 2008||Cage match that also included Alex Koslov, Damian 666, Marco Corleone, Mr. Aguila, Shocker, Terrible, Negro Casas & Perro Aguayo Jr.|
|Hair||Heavy Metal||Electroshock||Aguascalientes, Mexico||March 18, 2011||Two Out of Three Falls Bull Terrier match; Match #5 in a Best of Five series at Rey de Reyes.|
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