|Ring name(s)||Ric Blade|
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|Billed from||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Trained by||John Zandig
CZW Wrestling Academy
Ric Blade is an American former professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenure in Combat Zone Wrestling, where he was a one time Junior Heavyweight Champion and a one time World Tag Team Champion with Nick Mondo. Blade has wrestled in such companies such as Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling and Jersey All Pro Wrestling. Blade was one of the original CZW Wrestling Academy graduates alongside Lobo, Nick Gage, Justice Pain and T.C.K.
Combat Zone Wrestling (1999-2003)
In addition to a background martial arts, Blade was trained by CZW owner John Zandig. He would feud to the likes of "Mr. Meaner" Russ Redmon, Mr. Arrogance, and Quicksilver. At CZW Down In Flames, June 19, 1999 in Mantua Township, New Jersey. Ric Blade and Reckless Youth went on a three way against Mike Quackenbush in a 3 way dance, which he lost. Ric captured his first championship - the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship against Justice Pain at Street Fight 99 on July 19, 1999 in Mantua, NJ. At Pyramid Of Hell on August 21, 1999 in a brutal Pyramid Of Hell match, Nick Gage and Zandig defeated Lobo and Ric Blade, Ric turned on Lobo and jumped off an open roof to Lobo into the stack of tables.
Early 2000, Ric feuded with Lo Ki or Mercury, and still retained his CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship, at A Night of Main Events on February 5, 2000, he would have a brutal match with Mercury, still retaining the title by leg dropping Mercury into a table below. Then lost the title to Justice Pain on CZW Winner Takes All, the World Junior Heavyweight battle between two CZW original graduates; Ric Blade and Justice Pain was taking poll position. A stretcher match hadn't brought the hatred to an end the month before at CZW Living Hell, so it was time for both men to come through again with another insane and brutal match up to settle it once and for all; a Scaffold Cage match. At They Said It Couldn't Been Done, Blade fought Trent Acid for the CZW Junior Heavyweight Championship. During the match, Blade went for a swan dive off the top of a rental truck, but he misjudged his jump and only the top of his head made connection with his opponent. However, Blade won the match as well as the title. A few months later he teamed up with Nick Mondo and fought the Backseat Boys (Trent Acid and Johnny Kashmere), which saw Blade at the end of the match after a Senton bomb off the Champs Arena wall through two stacked tables with Acid on top, and Kashmere under. Mondo would turn on his partner.
The feud would still go on as at CZW Crushing The Competition on February 10, 2001 in Sewell, NJ, Blade would team up with Super Crazy to take on Mondo in a Handicap 3-way ladder match. The feud would end in a "Barbed Wire Ladder Match" as well a huge swanton a off the Champs Soccer Arena wall on to Mondo through a table, As well as breaking Mondo's nose during the match. Blade was involved in a gauntlet match against Johnny Kashmere, Ruckus & The Briscoes in Destruction in Dover. At Un F'N Believable, Blade would at be in a 3-way dance against Trent Acid and Reckless Youth, Reckless Youth was eliminated when Z-Barr and Hurricane Kid interfered, Trent Acid and Ric Blade brawled to the parking lot where Blade did a Swanton off the truck on Acid through a table, Neither man made it back to the ring and it was declared a Double Count Out, At Stretched In Smyrna, he would be in tag match with the The Briscoes and defeated The S.A.T. and Amazing Red. He competed at Best of the Best but eliminated in the first round by Amazing Red and The Winger.
Blade was injured at CZW's first TV Taping Take 1 On June 8, 2001. In the main event, a four way match between Lobo, Justice Pain, Nick Gage and Blade, Ric Blade attempted a senton from one of the walls of Champs Arena. (He has performed this move many times before of the same wall). Ric overshot the table that Pain was lying on. He landed straight on his leg, and his shin bone actually protruded through his ankle, letting out a blood curdling scream, as paramedics worked on him on the floor, fans in attendance wondered if they would ever see Blade in a wrestling ring again. The story however didn't end there as Ric Blade displayed some anger towards the man who had trained him John Zandig. He felt there was no support from the CZW owner, and took his anger out in a way that wouldn't help his case; on the internet. Ric Blade blasted Zandig, the man he had helped build CZW with, but Blade felt when he needed help there was none.
Blade returned at CZW Beyond The Barrier on October 12, 2002, with Nick Mondo defeating Johnny Kashmere, At CZW Cage of Death IV, in 2002 he competed in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match, vs. the Backseat Boys with Mondo as his partner. But ended up losing, The Backseats won in the end with the Acid Bomb with Blades head in the ladder. Blade in early 2003 he would feud with Johnny Kashmire, during the match with Ric Blade defeating GQ, After the match, Johnny Kashmere reappeared and attacked Ric Blade with a baseball bat. During the Junior Heavyweight Championship match with Ruckus defeating Trent Acid, Johnny Kashmere repeatedly interfered and eventually was banned, and dragged out by Blade. He competed in Best of the Best 3 on April 12, 2003, but was beaten by Trent Acid, on CZW Then And Now on May 10, 2003, Ric Blade defeated Sonjay Dutt to become the #1 Contender for the Junior Heavyweight Championship. His last match with Ruckus in 2003, and was defeated by Ruckus and left the company, well as Ruckus retaining the Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling (2002-2003)
Blade took part of the first ever Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling show dubbed 3PW Inaugural Show in February 2002, teaming up with Christian York and Joey Matthews to take on CM Punk, Colt Cabana and Paul E. Normus in the main event. He returned one year later at 3PW A Funkin' Classic, losing to Trent Acid on May 3, 2003.
Blade had working weekly in independents throughout the Northeast over the last two years, including Combat Zone Wrestling, Pennsylvania Wrestling Federation, Liberty All-Star Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, and the Eastern Wrestling Federation. He retired in CZW in 2004, a year after his last match at CZW Truth or Consequences against Ruckus. Blade made an appearance at Cage of Death X as a guest with Wifebeater, Nick Gage, Lobo and Zandig. He had also who refereed the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship ladder match at CZW Cage of Death X.
- Best of Ric Blade- Extreme Air Master. Perf. Ric Blade. 2001. DVD. RFVideo.com
- Finishing moves
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Combat Zone Wrestling
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- "CZW History". Retrieved 2007-04-24.
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- "Down in Flames". Retrieved 2009-04-11.
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- "August 21, 1999 - CZW Pyramid of Hell - Results from Mantua, NJ". Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- "Night of Main Events at Champs Soccer Arena wrestling results". The Internet Wrestling Database. February 2, 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- "Combat Zone Wrestling - CZW The Night of Main Events". OWoW. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
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- "They Said It Couldn't Been Done at Champs Soccer Arena wrestling results". The Internet Wrestling Database. June 10, 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
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- Evilempirewrestling.com (2001-02-19). "Break on Thru , February 19, 2001". Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Take 1 at Champs Soccer Arena wrestling results". The Internet Wrestling Database. June 7, 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- Online World of Wrestling. "Combat Zone Wrestling - Beyond the Barrier". Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Cage of Death IV at ECW Arena wrestling results". The Internet Wrestling Database. December 13, 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- CZWrestling.com (2003). "CZW 2003 Show Archives". CZW Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "3PW Results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
- "3PW A Funkin' Classic". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
- "Combat Zone Wrestling's Cage of Death 10 at Blogspot.com". Blogspot. Retrieved 2011-04-07.
- Cage of Death X Anniversary thread Retrieved 2011-01-09. Wrestlingforum.com
- CZW Cage of Death X Results on CZWrestling.com Retrieved 2011-01-09.