ACH (wrestler)

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ACH
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ACH in February 2013
Birth name Albert C. Hardie Jr.[1]
Born (1987-12-07) December 7, 1987 (age 27)[2][3][4]
Austin, Texas[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) ACH
AC Leroy[1][2]
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1][3][4][5][6][7]
Billed weight 190 lb (86 kg)[4][6][8]
Trained by Jerry Reyes[3][5][7]
Scot Summers[5]
Kobra Kai Dojo[1][5]
Debut February 2007[3][4][5]

Albert C. Hardie Jr.[1] (born December 7, 1987),[3][4][5][6] is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name ACH. He is currently signed to Ring of Honor (ROH) and has also worked for promotions such as All American Wrestling (AAW), Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW, Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG).

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Hardie was trained by Jerry Reyes and Scot Summers and made his professional wrestling debut in February 2007.[3][4][5] After two years of working for small promotions on the independent circuit under the ring name ACH, Hardie began considering retiring from professional wrestling, before getting an offer to work for Anarchy Championship Wrestling (ACW), based in his hometown of Austin, Texas.[3][4]

Anarchy Championship Wrestling (2009–2012)[edit]

ACH made his debut for Anarchy Championship Wrestling on August 23, 2009, starting a storyline rivalry with Robert Evans.[4] He won his first title in the promotion on August 22, 2010, when he defeated Evans for the ACW U-30 Young Gun Championship.[4] He lost the title to Akira Tozawa on May 15, 2011.[9] On November 12, ACH first defeated Bolt Brady and Colt Cabana in the first round, then Gary Jay in the semifinals and finally JT LaMotta in the finals to win the 2011 Lone Star Classic and become the ACW Heavyweight Champion.[4] ACH held the title until July 22, 2012, when he was defeated by Jaykus Plisken.[10]

Chikara (2012)[edit]

On July 29, 2012, ACH made his debut for the Chikara promotion, entering the Young Lions Cup X tournament and defeating Aaron Epic, J.T. Dunn and Vinny Marseglia in his first round four-way match.[11] He followed that up by defeating Jakob Hammermeier in the semifinals on August 17.[12] The finals of the tournament took place the following day and saw ACH lose to Mark Angelosetti.[13] ACH returned to the promotion on December 2 at the Under the Hood pay-per-view, where he unsuccessfully challenged Angelosetti for the Young Lions Cup.[14]

Ring of Honor (2012–present)[edit]

On September 15, 2012, ACH made his debut for Ring of Honor (ROH), facing Kyle O'Reilly in a losing effort at the Death Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency internet pay-per-view.[1][15] He returned to the promotion on January 5, 2013, losing to Matt Taven in the first round of the Top Prospect Tournament.[1][16] On February 21, ROH announced that the promotion had signed ACH to a long-term contract.[8][17] This was followed by ACH picking up his first win in ROH on March 2 at the 11th Anniversary Show, where he defeated Adam Page, Mike Sydal, Q.T. Marshall, Silas Young and TaDarius Thomas in a six-way match.[1][18] Afterwards, ACH began teaming regularly with TaDarius Thomas,[1][19][20][21] with the two forming a tag team named "Adrenaline Rush".[22] On July 27, ACH entered a tournament to determine the new ROH World Champion, but was eliminated in his first round match by Karl Anderson.[23] On February 8, 2014, Adrenaline Rush earned a future shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championship by defeating the reigning champions, reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly), in a non-title Proving Ground match.[24] Adrenaline Rush received their title shot on February 21 at the 12th Anniversary Show, but were defeated by reDRagon.[25] Adrenaline Rush broke up two months later with TaDarius Thomas joining The Decade.[26] On June 6, ACH received his first shot at the ROH World Championship, after winning a six-way match, but was defeated by the defending champion, Adam Cole.[27] On June 22 at Best in the World 2014, ACH won another six-way match to earn a shot at the ROH World Television Championship.[28] ACH received his title shot at the August 9 Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings, but his match with Jay Lethal ended in a thirty-minute time limit draw.[29] On November 15 at Glory By Honor XIII, ACH received a shot at the ROH World Championship in his home state of Texas, but was defeated by Jay Briscoe.[30]

Other promotions[edit]

On June 10, 2011, ACH defeated Bolt Brady to win the NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight Championship.[31] However, just a month later he was stripped of the title.[31] On April 14, 2012, ACH made his debut for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), entering the Best of the Best 11 tournament and losing to AR Fox in a three-way first round match, which also included Lince Dorado.[32][33] On June 2, ACH defeated Dan Walsh and Neil Diamond Cutter in the finals of an eight-man tournament held by Metro Pro Wrestling (MPW) to become the new NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion.[34] He was stripped of the title on November 1, when MPW withdrew from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), however, the promotion recognized him as the first MPW Central States Champion.[34] On November 2, ACH made his debut for Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), teaming with Cima and Rich Swann in a six-man captain's fall tag team match, where they defeated the Gentleman's Club (Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak and Orange Cassidy).[35] On January 25, 2013, ACH entered Berwyn, Illinois based All American Wrestling's AAW Heritage Championship tournament, defeating Prince Mustafa Ali in his first round match.[1] On February 10, ACH defeated Mat Fitchett in the quarterfinals of the tournament.[1] On March 1, he first defeated Juntai Miller in the semifinals and then Samuray del Sol in the finals to win the tournament and become the new AAW Heritage Champion.[36][37] On February 2, 2013, ACH took part in the National Pro Wrestling Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, entering the Rey de Voladores tournament. After defeating Bolt Brady, Lukas Sharp and Mitch Thompson in his first round match during the afternoon show,[38] ACH was defeated in the finals of the tournament by 2 Cold Scorpio during the evening show.[39] On August 30, ACH made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), when he entered the 2013 Battle of Los Angeles and defeated Anthony Nese in his first round match.[40] The following day, ACH was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by eventual tournament winner Kyle O'Reilly.[41] In March 2014, it was reported that ACH would be taking part in a WWE tryout camp later in the month.[42] At the conclusion of the camp, he was not offered a contract.[43] On May 24, 2015, ACH made his debut for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), when he formed a trio with Brian Cage and Moose for the Lucha Libre World Cup in Mexico City. After defeating Team AAA (El Hijo del Fantasma, Psycho Clown and El Texano Jr.) in their opening match, they were defeated in the semifinals by the Dream Team (Myzteziz, El Patrón Alberto and Rey Mysterio Jr.).[44] They later claimed third place in the tournament over Team MexLeyendas (Blue Demon Jr., Dr. Wagner Jr. and El Solar).[44]

In wrestling[edit]

ACH performing the Free Bird Crossbody on 2 Cold Scorpio

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Anarchy Championship Wrestling
  • High Risk Wrestling
    • HRW High Risk Championship (1 time)[50]
  • New School Federation
    • NSF Central Texas Championship (1 time)[3]
    • NSF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Pro Wrestling Epic
    • Epic 8 Tournament (2013)[51]
  • VIP Wrestling
    • VIP Championship (1 time)[53]
  • World of Wrestling
    • WoW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[3]

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