Alex Silva (wrestler)
|Birth name||Alexandre Fritas|
January 23, 1990 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Alex Silva
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Billed from||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Trained by||Tommy Rose|
Alexandre Freitas (born January 23, 1990), commonly known as Alex Silva, is a Canadian professional wrestler. Silva was formerly signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), primarily wrestling in its developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling, and currently wrestles on the Canadian independent circuit.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 TNA Gut Check incident
- 4 In wrestling
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Freitas's father, Jean-Louis Freitas, was also a professional wrestler known as Tommy Rose.
Professional wrestling career
Training and independent circuit (2004–2009)
After being trained by his father, Freitas debuted in 2004 for Paul LeDuc's FLQ promotion. Initially, Freitas adopted the ring name Sean Simmons, but soon began wrestling under the name Alex Silva. He spent the next few years wrestling mainly in Quebec, but also ventured (at 16 years old) into the United States to wrestle in Hawaii, Atlanta, Wisconsin, and Chicago.
On March 15, 2009, Silva won the CRW Quebec Championship by defeating Twister. He lost the championship to Jeremy Prophet on July 26, 2009.
Ring of Honor (2010–2010)
On August 1, 2011, Silva was defeated by Brodus Clay in a dark match prior to World Wrestling Entertainment's Raw television show. The following night, he used the name Pat Silva in a second loss to Clay, which was taped for that week's episode of WWE Superstars.
Ohio Valley Wrestling (2010–2013)
Silva made his Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) debut on November 17, 2010. On December 11, Silva won the OVW Television Championship by defeating Mohamad Ali Vaez. His victory made him the youngest Television Champion in the promotion's history. He held the championship for 46 days before losing it back to Vaez on January 26, 2011. A weeks later, Silva left to return to Montreal.
Silva returned to the promotion in July 2011. On November 9, Silva defeated Rocco Bellagio to win the OVW Television Championship for the second time. He held the championship for only seven days, before dropping it to Adam Revolver on November 16. He returned to Montreal once again in early 2012, before returning to OVW on March 10, 2012. On September 12, Silva defeated Ryan Howe to win the OVW Television Championship for the third time. He lost his title against Cliff Compton on October 10.
After losing the Television Title, he began teaming with newcomer Sam Shaw. They began to feud with various tag teams in the coming weeks. On December 1, Silva and Shaw defeated Jessie Godderz and Rudy Switchblade for the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to Crimson and Jason Wayne on January 16, 2013. But defeated them on February 27, 2013 to regain the titles and have a second reign. However, they lost the titles to The Coalition on April 3, 2013 and it was revealed afterward on his Twitter account that Silva had suffered a Grade 3 Concussion. On June 5, 2013 Alex Silva was released from OVW due to release from TNA.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011–2013)
On the April 26, 2012, episode of Impact Wrestling, Silva made his televised TNA debut in a losing effort to Robbie E as part of the TNA Gut Check. On the following week's episode, Al Snow, Bruce Prichard and Ric Flair voted to give Silva a TNA contract after he cut a promo and he became part of the official roster. As a winner of TNA Gut Check, Silva was signed to a developmental contract with the promotion and assigned back to OVW. Silva returned to Impact Wrestling on November 22, losing to fellow Gut Check winner Sam Shaw.
On January 12, 2013, Silva took part in the taping of X-Travaganza, competing in a seven-man Xscape match (aired on April 5, 2013), which was won by Christian York. On January 12, 2013, Silva took part in the taping of Joker's Wild (airing on May 3, 2013), teaming with Hernandez in a loss to the Aces & Eights team of Devon & DOC.
On June 5, 2013, Silva's profile was removed from TNA roster page.
Return to the independent circuit (2013–present)
In December 2013, Silva made his debut for TOW Wrestling, an independent promotion based in Montreal, Quebec. He wrestled twice, defeating Volkano and "Surfer" Mitch Thompson. Since May 2014, Silva has made regular appearances for International Wrestling Syndicate. On July 29, 2014, Silva made his debut for Top of the World Wrestling where he defeated Buxx Belmar, followed by an appearance on August 2 at TOW Cage Fest 2 where he was defeated by Alextreme in a cage match. On November 27, 2014, Silva made his debut for Capital City Championship Combat where he was defeated by Sebastian Suave at their C4 Something Wicked This Way Comes event.
TNA Gut Check incident
On May 3, 2012, one week after losing to Robbie E in his Gut Check match, Silva had his in-ring segment to determine if he would receive a contract with the TNA main roster, with the decision being made by three judges. The script dictated that Ric Flair would say 'no,' Al Snow would say 'yes' and Bruce Prichard would ultimately say 'no.' However, after Flair and Snow made their decisions, Silva was given the opportunity to cut a promo explaining as to why Prichard should say 'yes.' After Silva cut the promo (in which he mentioned his recently deceased father), Flair (going off-script) changed his decision to 'yes.' This gave Silva the necessary two 'yes' votes, meaning that he had earned a main roster contract. By the time Prichard got to announce his decision, he chose to simply say 'yes,' changing his vote in response to Flair's actions.
The unexpected incident presented two major problems for TNA: first, the segment occurred on live television, meaning that it could not be edited; second, at the time, Silva had citizenship with Canada and Portugal, which meant that TNA had to go out of their way to acquire a U.S. work visa for Silva. Ultimately, Silva would wrestle only two matches while on the main roster and was released from TNA over a year later after (accidentally) winning Gut Check.
Championships and accomplishments
- Combat Revolution Wrestling
- CRW Quebec Championship (1 time)
- Montreal Wrestling Federation
- MWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mike Bailey 
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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- Trionfo, Richard (2013-01-12). "RVD vs. Jerry Lynn: Full TNA One Night Only X-Travaganza results". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- Caldwell, James (October 15, 2011). "Other News: Kevin Nash headlining AWE PPV debut Saturday night, 30 stars advertised, full line-up and preview (w/video)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
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- Turner, Scott (May 4, 2012). "Turner's TNA Impact Wrestling Results 5/3: Roode and RVD pick opponents for each other, Gut Check fall-out, Flair calls out Hogan". PWTorch.com. Retrieved 2012-09-29.