Mike Rapada

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Mike Rapada
Ring name(s) The Colorado Kid
Billed height 6 ft 4 in
Billed weight 240 lb
Born (1964-08-28) August 28, 1964 (age 49)
Merced, California [1]
Resides Nashville, Tennessee
Billed from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Trained by Jeff Jarrett
Tojo Yamamoto
Debut 1994

Michael Rapada (born August 28, 1964) best known as "The Colorado Kid" Mike Rapada is an American professional wrestler.[2]

Early life[edit]

Career[edit]

Mike Rapada started out in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It took three months, but eventually he convinced Jeff Jarrett to hire him. After Jarrett left for the WWF, Rapada sought out training from the likes of Kenny Wayne, Buddy Wayne and others.

He also made several appearances on WCW Monday Nitro as a security guard during his career.

In 1994, he was named Rookie of the Year in the United States Wrestling Association promotion out of Memphis. He also had a reign as NAASW North American Heavyweight champion in Jonesboro, Arkansas, beating Cactus Jack, and as USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion, beating Jerry Lawler.

Until winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in September 2000, he had been the NWA North American Heavyweight champion, the top belt recognized by the NWA Worldwide promotion based out of Nashville.

He was the first American wrestler ever to win a match in China.[citation needed] His son, Mike Rapada Jr., is currently a wrestler on the independent circuit.

In 2001, Mike Rapada moved to San Diego, CA, where he began training local talent and in 2004, Rapada started Southwestern Alliance of Wrestling ("SAW"). SAW had the privilege of wresting at local elementary schools throughout the San Diego area helping to raise money for military and underprivileged children. SAW also performed at many of the street fairs every year in the local communities and yearly at the Christmas Party that The Nice Guys of San Diego sponsored for the children of San Diego and military families. The event attracted 50,000 people and was held at Qualcomm Stadium. Mike Rapada's vision was to create family friendly professional wrestling shows. Mike Rapada and his wrestling company was a huge success.

In early 2010, Rapada returned to Nashville where he works and continues to wrestle locally for independent wrestling companies.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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