Joe E. Legend

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Joe E. Legend
Joesolo.jpg
Born (1969-09-02) September 2, 1969 (age 45)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Billy Johnson[1]
Bluto Belushi[1]
Dragon[1]
Joe E. Legend
Joe Sampson[1]
Just Joe[1]
Legend[1]
Master Joe Storm[1]
Nord[1]
XL-Legend[1]
Joe X-Legend[1]
Joe Ace[1]
Joe Megalodon[1]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 252 lb (114 kg)
Billed from Toronto, Canada
Glasgow, Scotland (as Nord)
Parts Unknown (as Dragon)
Trained by Ron Hutchinson[1]
Sweet Daddy Siki[1]
Debut 1992

Joseph Edward "Joe" Hitchen (born September 2, 1969) is a Canadian professional wrestler and trainer, better known by his ring name, Joe E. Legend.

Career[edit]

Canadian independent circuit[edit]

Joe Legend began wrestling in Canada before becoming a part of the successful tag team Sex and Violence with Sexton Hardcastle (popularly known as "Edge") in the Detroit area. His debut match was against Zakk Wyld (Keith Assoun) in Brampton. Ontario in 1992. During 1997, Sex and Violence were a part of a bigger gang which was known as THUG Life, which was composed of Legend, Hardcastle, Christian Cage, Zakk Wyld, Bloody Bill Skullion and Rhino Richards. Among his catchphrases used was "Heroes come and heroes go, but legends live forever!"

Europe[edit]

Hitchen later competed under XL Legend in the Catch Wrestling Association which is based in Germany. He later teamed with Rhino Richards to win the vacant World Tag Team Championships by defeating Rico de Cuba and August Smisl on October 10, 1998 in Hanover, Germany. The title were vacated in October 1998 when Rhino Richards left the promotion after signing with Extreme Championship Wrestling. After his departure from the WWF in the spring of 2001, Legend found success in Germany and England.

In April 2005, he was one of the lead trainers of Celebrity Wrestling in the United Kingdom on ITV. This Saturday evening reality show saw celebrities learn wrestling and compete in challenge matches. After a few weeks the program was set to be cancelled, but instead was moved to Sunday morning to finish its final episodes.

He can now be found wrestling in and around the United Kingdom for promotions such as All Star Wrestling, working regular shows at Butlins holiday parks after throwing out an open challenge to potential rivals for his Pan Pacific and GSA heavyweight titles. He has also toured Wales for both Orig Williams and Alan Ravenhill.

During his time in the now defunted Frontier Wrestling Alliance he wrestled for the FWA British Heavyweight Championship in a five-way match at The Champions Series Final on January 5, 2006 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England, but was defeated by Hade Vansen.

Hitchen also has wrestled in many other countries around the continent, countries such as Denmark, Poland, Italy, France, Portugal, Austria, Russia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium. Overall he wrestled in more than 24 countries around the world.

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

After a few try-out matches, Joe got signed in early 2000. He made his TV debut on the July 2, 2000 episode of Heat. He competed as Just Joe in the WWF before he was released from his contract in March 2001. When he was in the WWF, his gimmick was that of a messenger who tried to stir the pot.[2]

International Wrestling Association and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

During his time in the Puerto Rican International Wrestling Association Hitchen wrestled under the ring name Nord. On March 8, 2003 he captured the IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship by defeating Glamour Boy Shane in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. He lost the championship to Chicano in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on April 19 the same year.

Legend making his way to the ring.

He returned to America in 2004 to compete in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. During his time in TNA as part of the Red Shirt Security, he won the NWA World Tag Team Championship with Kevin Northcutt. They held the belts from January 28, 2004 to February 4 of the same year.

World Wrestling Professionals[edit]

Joe E. Legend tours annually with World Wrestling Professionals (WWP), a South African promotion currently airing on a nationally broadcast network. He also acts as their scouting agent, having been responsible for bringing Mikey Whiplash, Angelico and Murat over to WWP. Joe Legend worked for WWP in 2007 and 2008, and returned in 2009. The January 10, 2009 episode of WWP saw Joe Legend defeat PJ Black (current WWE superstar Justin Gabriel) to capture the then vacant WWP Heavyweight World Title for the first time.

Independent Wrestling Federation[edit]

Hitchen competed at Independent Wrestling Federation's Wrestliada 2007 in Moscow, Russia, under the ring name Joe Legend. At this event July 28, 2007 on he defeated Volcano to become the first IWF World Champion. During his reign he defeated Raven to retain the championship.

Japan[edit]

In August 2006, he worked for Pro Wrestling NOAH on their Shiny Navigation Tour, and in April 2007, he worked on the Spring Navigation tour.[3] From July to September 2010, he toured with Pro Wrestling Zero1 working the likes of Masato Tanaka, Shinjiro Otani, Ikuto Hidaka, and Sylvester Terkay.

UK Tour November 2012[edit]

It was announced on November 16, 2012, that Hitchen would be appearing for Manchester-based FutureShock Wrestling (as Joe E. Legend) on Sunday, November 18. Joe was called in as a late replacement for Davey Richards, who was originally booked for the show but pulled out at the last minute citing a back injury. Joe was also booked to take part in various training seminars in the United Kingdom throughout the weekend.

Joe also replaced Richards for Kent-based promotion International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom at their 8th Anniversary Show on Saturday, November 17. He wrestled in a losing effort to Rampage Brown.[4][5]

Zero1 Pro-Wrestling Spain[edit]

On December 28, 2013, Joe defeated La Pulga in Spain's wrestling promotion Zero1 Pro-Wrestling Spain.[6]

Other media[edit]

In December 2007, Joe E. Legend became the co-host of The Main Event Radio, which is the official podcast of TotalWrestling.net.

In May 2009, Hitchen was announced as one of the competitors on the Turkish version of "Gladiators", which began filming in September 2009.[7] Joe E Legend has also acted in several films in France and the UK as well as taking the role of "fight choreographer" for these features. Joe is currently scheduled to be featured in a major film from the USA called "Vampire Soul: Hidden in Plain Sight" scheduled to begin production in July 2012.Joe is represented by Jessica Soss of V.S Films and is actively pursuing further roles in film and TV.

Personal life[edit]

Hitchen is good friends with fellow professional wrestlers Terry Gerin, Don Callis, Jay Reso, and Adam Copeland. He is a lifelong New York Yankees fan. He and his wife, Svenia Hitchen, have twin boys named Connor and Maverick.

In wrestling[edit]

Joe E. Legend in a wrestling ring, ready to compete for a live event.
Legend locking Tatanka in a side headlock.
  • Nicknames

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Athletik Club Wrestling
  • ACW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[10]
  • Deutsche Wrestling Allianz
  • DWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Do or Die Wrestling
  • DDW International Champion (1 time)
  • German Stampede Wrestling
  • GSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[12][13]
  • German Wrestling Promotion
  • GWP WrestlingCorner.de Championship (1 time)[14]
  • Insane Championship Wrestling
  • ICW/MWCW Mid-West Unified Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Sexton Hardcastle
  • ICW Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time)
  • IWF World Championship (1 time, current)
Joe E. Legend as heavyweight champion in the independent circuit.
Legend signing autographs in 2009.
  • International Catch Wrestling Alliance
  • ICWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[15]
  • Outlaw Championship Wrestling
  • OCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Sexton Hardcastle
  • Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling
  • PCW America's Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Giorgio Foods Tag Team Tournament (1999) - with Jason Lee
  • Pro Wrestling Fighters
  • PWF Buckhorn Wrestling Cup (2009)
  • Pro Wrestling Xtreme
  • PWX Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[18]
  • Pan Pacific Wrestling Association
  • Pan Pacific Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Swiss Wrestling Federation
  • SWF Powerhouse Championship (1 time)[19]
  • World Wrestling Superstars
  • WWS Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling-Family-Germany Promotion
  • WFG Championship (1 time, current)
  • Other Titles
  • IMP Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • GPW Continental Championship (2 times)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Joe E. Legend « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2013-04-26. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  3. ^ "Matches « Joe E. Legend « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2013-04-26. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ "Futureshock Wrestling Official Website | Buy Futureshock Wrestling Tickets | Wrestling Training | Futureshock Wrestling DVD and Clothing". Futureshockwrestling.co.uk. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Home — IPW:UK". Ipwuk.com. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  6. ^ Joe E Legend vs La Pulga
  7. ^ Aldren, Mike (2009-05-25). "Daily wrestling news and gossip". The Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Joe E. Legend Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Entourage « Joe E. Legend « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2013-04-26. [unreliable source]
  10. ^ "Athletik Club Wrestling Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  11. ^ "catch Wrestling Association Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  12. ^ "German Stampede Wrestling". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  13. ^ "German Stampede Wrestling Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  14. ^ "German Wrestling Promotion Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  15. ^ "International Catch Wrestling Association Title Histories". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  16. ^ http://www.profightdb.com/pwi/joe-e-legend-864.html
  17. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/hallofame.html
  18. ^ "Pro Wrestling Xtreme". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  19. ^ "Swiss Wrestling Federation Title Historys". titlehistories.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 

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