Ricky Reyes

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Ricky Reyes
Reyes at JAPW in April 2012
Birth name Rick Diaz[1]
Born (1978-08-28) August 28, 1978 (age 36)[2]
San Bernardino, California
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brian Edwards [3]
Cortez Castro[1]
Ricky Reyes[2]
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Billed weight 192 lb (87 kg)[2]
Billed from Havana, Cuba
Trained by Antonio Inoki[2]
Kevin Quinn[2]
Shinya Makabe[2]
Negro Casas[2]

Rick Diaz[1] is a MexicanPuerto Rican[4] professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Ricky Reyes.[2] (born August 28, 1978)[2] Known for his appearances in Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and various other independent promotions, he is currently primarily working for the World Wrestling Council.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Havana Pitbulls[edit]

Main article: Havana Pitbulls

Reyes is one half of the Havana Pitbulls with Rocky Romero. At Ring of Honor (ROH)'s Reborn: Stage One, the Havana Pitbulls made their ROH debut against then tag champions The Briscoe Brothers in a non title match, which they lost. They later joined Homicide's alliance, The Rottweilers. The group also featured Julius Smokes, who would manage Reyes along with the rest of the members.

Reyes and Romero wrestled for the ROH Tag Team Championship at Testing The Limit against the champions CM Punk and Colt Cabana. They won the match and became the new champions.[5] They eventually lost the title to Maff and Whitmer.[5]

Reyes took part in the Trios Tournament in 2005 with partners Romero and Homicide. They won the tournament defeating Generation Next in the final match. The three winners of this tournament got to choose any match they wanted. While Homicide and Romero went after the World Title, Reyes wanted a tag title shot against Tony Mamaluke and Sal Rinauro. He picked Homicide as his partner, but they did not win.

In late 2005, Reyes began fighting students from the ROH Wrestling School. They were no challenge for him, and he defeated them all quickly. He claimed that no one could escape his Dragon Sleeper. These actions angered then head trainer Austin Aries of Generation Next.

At Hell Freezes Over, Austin Aries of Generation Next challenged Reyes to a match. After Aries pinned Reyes, Reyes would not release a sleeper hold and Roderick Strong, a fellow Generation Next member, came out to break things up. A return match was held at Best in the World. The feud came to an end at the 100th Show when Aries and Strong defeated Reyes and Homicide to retain the tag title.

Independent circuit[edit]

Reyes wrestling against Super Hentai.

On September 9, 2006, Reyes debuted in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and joined The Blackout by helping Eddie Kingston win the CZW World Heavyweight Championship. Reyes left CZW on October 21, 2006 to join Pro Wrestling Unplugged, teaming with Joker at the Pitbull/Public Enemy Tag Team Memorial Cup.

Currently he is working in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council (WWC). He has been having a feud with "Los Aerios".[6] He won the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship winning an X match against Hiram Tua, Tommy Diablo, Carlitos, Johnny Styles and Angel. He lost the title to Angel on April 18, 2009.

In Spring of 2010, Ricky Reyes became the head trainer of Long Island wrestling promotion Victory Pro Wrestling's wrestling school,[7] as well as, an active member of the roster. He soon formed a group with three students of VPW - E.J. Risk and Eclipse (Jay Delta and Xander Page), calling themselves "Conflux".

In 2011, it was revealed that Reyes would take part in a new hiphop/pro wrestling collaboration, the Urban Wrestling Federation, with taping of the first event "First Blood" taking place on June 3.[8]

On the May 25, 2012 episode of WWE SmackDown, Reyes competed in a handicapped match along with Kevin Bendl on the losing end of a two-man team versus Ryback. Reyes competed under the name Brian Edwards.[3]

In September 2014, it was reported that Diaz had signed with El Rey network's new show Lucha Underground, that began airing on October 29.[9] He worked the tapings under the ring name Cortez Castro.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

Reyes in 2013.
  • Nicknames
    • "The Havana Pitbull"
    • "The Cuban Crippler"

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Reyes as IWA Mid-South Tag Team Champion
  • Blackball'd Wrestling Organization
    • BWO Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Entertainment
    • EPWE World Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
  • Funkdafied Wrestling Federation
    • FWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Johnny Gunn
  • International Wrestling Cartel
    • IWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
  • National Championship Wrestling
    • NCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Unplugged
    • PWU Tag Team Championship (1 time)[2] – with Joker
  • SoCal Uncensored
    • Tag Team of the Year (2001) with Rocky Romero[12]
  • Victory Pro Wrestling
    • VPW Championship (1 time, current)[13]
    • VPW New York State Champion (1 time)[14]
    • VPW Tag Team Champion (1 time)[2][15] – with E.J. Risk
    • 2010 Gold Rush Rumble winner


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