Xavier (wrestler)

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Xavier
Xavier2010.png
Xavier in 2010.
Birth name John Jirus
Born Queens, New York
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) John Jirus
John Xavier
Juan Xavier
Xavier
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Billed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Billed from Hartford, Connecticut
Trained by Tony DeVito
Debut 1997

John Jirus is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Xavier. He is perhaps best known for his appearances with Ring of Honor between 2002 and 2004, where he was the second ROH Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Jirus trained under Tony DeVito before debuting in 1997. He wrestled for various independent promotions in New York City, adopting the ring name "Xavier", before joining Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2002.

Ring of Honor (2002-2004, 2006, 2007)[edit]

Xavier appeared on the first ever ROH show, The Era of Honor Begins, on February 23, 2002, defeating Scoot Andrews. Throughout the following months, Xavier feuded with Andrews and James Maritato. He took part in the Road to the Title tournament, attempting to become the number one contender to the ROH Championship, but was eliminated in the first round by Amazing Red. After decisively defeating Andrews on several occasions, Xavier requested, and was granted, a shot at the ROH Championship. He faced the incumbent champion, Low-Ki, on September 21, 2002, and defeated Low-Ki in a match which saw extensive cheating on the part of Xavier and interference from Christopher Daniels.[1] Following his victory, the newly crowned champion joined Daniels' heel stable, The Prophecy. With the help of The Prophecy, Xavier successfully defended his title against Jay Briscoe, A.J. Styles and, on two occasions, Paul London, before losing to Samoa Joe at Night of Champions on March 22, 2003.[1]

Following his defeat, Xavier was absent for several months. He returned to ROH at Death Before Dishonor on July 19, 2003, and subsequently turned his back on The Prophecy. He lost to his former partner, Christopher Daniels, in a match for the number one contendership on August 16 at Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies. Throughout the remainder of the year, Xavier took part in the Field of Honor tournament, losing to Matt Stryker in the semi-finals, and feuded with John Walters, culminating in a "fight without honor" at Final Battle 2003 on December 27 which was won by Walters.

Xavier in 2007

In 2004, Xavier joined The Embassy, a heel stable led by Prince Nana. He remained in The Embassy until April 2004, when he was sidelined for six months with a shoulder injury. He recovered from his injury in December 2004 and returned to the independent circuit.

Xavier returned to ROH on February 11, 2006, challenging Bryan Danielson for the ROH World Championship after Embassy member Alex Shelley missed the event due to weather conditions. He lost to Danielson by disqualification following interference from Jimmy Rave, another member of The Embassy. On February 16, 2007 Xavier returned to ROH to replace an injured Davey Richards in a "four-way fray" match involving SHINGO, Jack Evans and Jimmy Jacobs. He was eliminated first.

Independent circuit[edit]

Xavier has competed for numerous independent promotions during his career, including USA Pro Wrestling, UXW, Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling (3PW), East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), MXW, Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW), New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC), Northeast Wrestling (NEW), and Chaotic Wrestling.

Xavier first appeared in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on January 18, 2003, losing to Chuck Palumbo on an episode of WWE Velocity. He made further appearances on Velocity on March 8 and June 28 of that year, losing to Bill DeMott and Spanky respectively. Over the following two years, Xavier made several appearances with WWE as an extra in angles. On the December 31, 2005 episode of Velocity, he lost to Paul Burchill in a match that saw him use the name "John Xavier". On May 11, 2007, Xavier teamed up with Scotty Charisma to take on Eugene and Jim Duggan.[2] On July 26, 2010, Jirus wrestled in a tryout dark match for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), losing to Douglas Williams.[3]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Xavier began competing in mixed martial arts in 2009, fighting under the name John Xavier.[4] He won his first fight via 14-second knockout. In his second (and, as of January 2013, final) fight he lost via decision. Both bouts were under amateur rules, thus he has never competed in a professional MMA bout.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Defiant Championship Wrestling
    • DCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Impact Championship Wrestling
    • ICW Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[8]
    • ICW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Christopher Daniels[9]
    • Impact Cup (2010) - with Christopher Daniels[10]
  • New York Wrestling Connection
    • NYWC Interstate Championship (1 time)
  • Northeast Wrestling
    • NEW Championship (1 time)[11]
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
    • UCW North Eastern Championship (1 time)[12]
  • USA Xtreme Wrestling
    • UXW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[7]
    • UXW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Low Ki[7]
    • UXW United States Championship (1 time)[7]
    • UXW X-treme Championship (2 times)[7]
  • Wrestling Superstars Unleashed
    • WSU Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ring of Honor Title". Ring of Honor. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  2. ^ "WWE Heat Video Xavier with Scotty Charisma vs Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Eugene". WWE. 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ Csonka, Larry (2010-07-26). "TNA Xplosion Taping Results (SPOILERS)". 411Mania. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  4. ^ "John Xavier Official MMA Record". 
  5. ^ a b c d "Jirus' Bodyslamming profile". Bodyslamming. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jirus' OWOW profile". Online World of Wrestling. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Jirus' OWOW profile". 
  8. ^ a b c d "Jirus' Bodyslamming profile". 
  9. ^ "ICW Tag Team Championship". Cagematch. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Impact Cup 2010". Cagematch. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  11. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - December 2006". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  12. ^ "Jirius' Bodyslamming profile". 
  13. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - May 2006". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 

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