Trent Acid

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Trent Acid
Trent Acid.jpg
Birth name Michael Verdi
Born (1980-11-12)November 12, 1980[1]
South Philadelphia[1]
Died June 18, 2010(2010-06-18) (aged 29)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Trent Acid
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Billed weight 180 lb (82 kg)[2]
Billed from The Vatican in South Philadelphia (JCW)[3]
Debut May 20, 1995[1]

Michael Verdi (November 12, 1980 – June 18, 2010) was an American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Trent Acid. Verdi had worked as a tag team wrestler for most of his career, primarily as part of The Backseat Boyz with Johnny Kashmere, in several independent promotions in America, including Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Unplugged, and Ring of Honor. Acid also worked a singles career with several promotions, including Juggalo Championship Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Combat Zone Wrestling (1999-2002; 2008-2009)[edit]

Acid debuted in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) in 1999 and competed mostly in singles matches. At the first Cage of Death, he teamed with White Lotus to face the Kashmerinoes (Johnny Kashmere and Robbie Mireno). Acid wrestled many matches against Kashmere before teaming up with him to form The Backseat Boyz. The Backseat Boyz won the CZW Tag Team Championship. While part of this team, Acid still wrestled in the singles division and won the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship three times, competing against the likes of Ruckus and Justice Pain for the title. He also became the second Best of the Best winner by defeating Jody Fleisch in the final match at Best of the Best 2. In September 2003, Acid won the vacant CZW Iron Man Championship by defeating Nick Gage and Jimmy Rave in a three way match.

Around this time, Acid, along with Johnny Kashmere, joined the Hi-V stable and feuded with Zandig and his ultraviolent team. This feud came to an end at Cage of Death V in the Cage of Death match. However, before competing in the Cage of Death match, Acid first had to defend his Iron Man Championship against Jimmy Rave. The match went to a time limit draw with each man scoring one fall, but the match was ordered to restart and Rave won the title. Acid went on to the Cage of Death but was eliminated and his team eventually lost. The Hi-V broke up after this and The Backseat Boyz soon left CZW. Acid returned to CZW later in 2004 and feuded with Teddy Hart and Messiah. He left again shortly after.

On June 14, 2008, Acid made his return to CZW when he faced World Champion Nick Gage in a non-title match. At 'An Eye for an Eye' on April 11, 2009, Acid made his full-time return to CZW. It was the main event of the evening as Sami Callihan and Jon Moxley took on Brain Damage and Drake Younger.

Ring of Honor (2002-2004)[edit]

Acid joined Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2002, when he and Johnny Kashmere defeated Homicide and Steve Corino in an interpromotional match between ROH and CZW at the first Glory By Honor. The Backseat Boyz would go on to work for ROH permanently. They continued wrestling together and competed in many scramble matches against the likes of The SAT, The Carnage Crew and Special K. However, Acid is perhaps best known from ROH for his feud with Homicide which ended in a Fight Without Honor match on May 28, 2003, at Wrestlerave 03 which Acid would win.[4] After this feud, The Backseat Boyz won the ROH Tag Team Championship by defeating Special K in the final round of a gauntlet match for the vacant title.[5] This made The Backseat Boyz the first team to win both the CZW and ROH Tag Team Championships. Acid and Kashmere lost the title to Special K at the next show.[5] Later, Kashmere left ROH and Acid would continue as a singles wrestler. At ROH's Reborn: Completion, Acid fought with Jimmy Rave but he lost after Rave hit the Rave Clash on him. At Testing The Limit, he challenged Samoa Joe for the ROH World Championship, but did not win. He was also part of the Scramble Cage Melee main event in the scramble cage. Acid had his last ROH match at Final Battle 2004 against Jimmy Jacobs. After losing this match, he quit ROH.

Pro Wrestling Unplugged (2004-2005)[edit]

Acid joined Pro Wrestling Unplugged at its inception in 2004, eventually feuding with Homicide, 2 Cold Scorpio, and Devon Moore over the PWU World Heavyweight Title. In 2005, Trent feuded with his old friend and new rival, Hellter Skelter. The feud lasted a few months, starting with Hellter claiming that Trent turned his back on their friendship and made him the evil person he is today. After months of feuding, Acid defeated Skelter in a "Philadelphia Street Fight" match on August 20, 2005. The feud continued in 2007, with Hellter wanting a rematch, and recording disturbing promos on PWU Surge TV, calling out Acid and claiming he would "carve [Acid's] flesh". Finally on November 23, 2007, Acid accepted the rematch and lost to Skelter, who had outside help from Sunny.

Acid made his return to PWU, following knee surgery, on March 16, 2008, at the event Haunted, wrestling Television Champion ZBarr to a time-limit draw. Since the departure of Tod Gordon, and subsequent handoff of sole ownership to tag-team partner Johnny Kashmere, Acid has been named co-owner of the company.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2007-2009)[edit]

Acid debuted in Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) in 2007 under the gimmick of an arrogant priest.[3] Acid, the self-proclaimed "Savior of JCW", cut a promo against the Juggalo fanbase, the company, and Insane Clown Posse (real-life owners of JCW) in the first episode of SlamTV!.[3] He continued to badmouth the company in the following weeks while having confrontations with several heroes.[3] On the fourth episode, Acid won a 10 Man Battle Royal to become the number one contender for Corporal Robinson's JCW Heavyweight Championship.[3] In their first match, Acid temporarily blinded Robinson with holy water, causing the referee to end the match.[3] Two weeks later at West Side Wars, Acid pinned Robinson after using Robinson's championship belt as a weapon, becoming the new JCW Heavyweight Champion.[3] Corporal Robinson received his rematch at East Side Wars in a Steel Cage match and regained the championship.[6] At Bloodymania, Acid and The Young Alter Boys lost a Six Man Tag Team match against the team of Insane Clown Posse and Sabu.[6]

Acid returned to JCW at Bloodymania III, where he teamed with the Alter Boys (Tim, Tom, Terry, and Todd).[7] The group lost to the Juggalo World Order (Corporal Robinson, Scott Hall, Shaggy 2 Dope, Violent J, and Sid Vicious) in the main event.[7]

Pro Wrestling Syndicate (2009)[edit]

Acid also worked for the new promotion Pro Wrestling Syndicate where he had matches with Alex Shelley, Human Tornado, Danny Doring, Justin Credible and Sabu. On May 29, 2009, Acid won a four-way match to win the PWS Heavyweight Championship.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On April 2, 2010, Verdi was arrested for possession of heroin. This charge combined with other previous charges, which included possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. On May 12 he was sentenced to a maximum of 23 months of confinement, in addition to court mandated rehab, after reaching a plea deal. He had another trial set for July 13.[8][9]

Death[edit]

On June 18, 2010, at approximately 9:00 AM, Verdi was found dead at his home by his mother.[9][10] It was later determined that Verdi had died because of a drug overdose.[11] At an ROH show in Buffalo, New York that night, ROH held a ten-bell salute to honor Verdi.[12] At CZW Tournament of Death show on June 26 in Townsend, Delaware, CZW honored him with a ten bell salute before the show. On June 28, it was announced that a tribute show, Acid-Fest: A Tribute to Trent Acid would be taking place at The Arena in Philadelphia on July 10. The show featured several of Verdi's friends within professional wrestling along with some of his students from PWU, which raised over $7,000 for the Trent Acid Memorial Fund, helping his family with his funeral costs.[13] During the event Verdi wited into the Hardcore Hall of Fame.[14]Verdi was featured in the documentary "Card Subject To Change" which documented the independent wrestling scene, primarily on the East coast. Verdi talked candidly about his addiction and waking up three days after his overdose. He died before filming was complete and the film was dedicated to his memory.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Eastern Wrestling Federation/Hardway Wrestling
    • HW Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Johnny Kashmere[citation needed]
  • Grande Wrestling Alliance
  • National Championship Wrestling
    • NCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Johnny Kashmere[21]
  • New Millennium Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Syndicate
    • PWS Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Pro Wrestling Unplugged
    • PWU Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
  • United States Xtreme Wrestling
    • UXW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[22]
    • UXW Xtreme Championship (1 time)[23]
    • UXW United States Championship (1 time)[24]
    • UXW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mike Tobin[25]
  • Urban Wrestling Alliance
    • UWA Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • UWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Billy Reil

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Trent Acid". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b PWI Almanac Staff. "Statistics for Professional wrestlers". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts (Kappa Publications). p. 38. 2007 Edition. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m JCW SLAM TV, Volume 1 (DVD). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Video. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  4. ^ http://www.gumgod.com/derek_roh_wrestlerave03.htm
  5. ^ a b c "Ring Of Honor Tag Team Championship". Ring of Honor. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  6. ^ a b JCW SLAM TV, Volume 2 (DVD). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Video. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  7. ^ a b The Rude Boy (Presenters) (28 July 2009). Bloodymania 3 Infomercial (internet production). Psychopathic Records. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Lash, Adam (2010-05-23). "Trent Acid pleads guilty, sentenced to maximum of 23 months". Indy Wrestling News. 
  9. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2010-06-18). "Other News: Former ROH tag champion Trent Acid reportedly found dead this morning at age 29". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  10. ^ Lash, Adam (2010-06-18). "Trent Acid passes away at the age of 29.". Indy Wrestling News. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  11. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2011-01-13). "Indy wrestler's death ruled accidental". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  12. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2010-06-19). "6/18 ROH Results: Buffalo, NY". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  13. ^ Martin, Adam (2010-06-28). "Trent Acid tribute event on July 10 in Philadelphia". WrestleView. Retrieved 201029.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ a b Csonka, Larry (2010-07-10). "Trent Acid Inducted Into The Hardcore Hall Of Fame". 411Mania. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  15. ^ Solie's Title Histories: ACW – Assault Championship Wrestling
  16. ^ Solie's Title Histories: Combat Zone Wrestling
  17. ^ Solie's Title Histories: Combat Zone Wrestling
  18. ^ Solie's Title Histories: Combat Zone Wrestling
  19. ^ Solie's Title Histories: ECWA – EAST COAST WRESTLING ASSOCIATION
  20. ^ Solie's Title Histories: JAPW – Jersey All Pro Wrestling
  21. ^ Solie's Title Histories: NCW – NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
  22. ^ Solie's Title Histories: USAP – USA PRO WRESTLING
  23. ^ Solie's Title Histories: UXW USA Xtreme Wrestling
  24. ^ Solie's Title Histories: USAP – USA PRO WRESTLING
  25. ^ Solie's Title Histories: USAP – USA PRO WRESTLING

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