Ortiz in 2009.
|Birth name||Richard Young|
May 12, 1975 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Atlas DaBone
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||246 lb (112 kg)|
|Billed from||Paradise Valley, Arizona|
|Trained by||Ohio Valley Wrestling
Florida Championship Wrestling
|Date of birth:||May 12, 1975|
|Place of birth:||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Richard "Rich" Young (born May 12, 1975) is an American professional wrestler and former professional American football player best known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment performing under the ring name Ricky Ortiz.
- 1 Football career
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Other media
- 4 Personal life
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Young spent two years at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. He then transferred to the University of Tulsa and played for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. He was a two-year letter winner. He played 22 career games and was credited with 177 tackles as a linebacker.
After college, Young spent training camp of the 1998 season with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and was on the team's practice squad during the season. After the year, he went to the Canadian Football League (CFL) and played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons in the Arena Football League with the Milwaukee Mustangs. In the AFL, Young played both fullback and linebacker. Following the AFL, Young joined the short-lived XFL with the Orlando Rage. After the league folded, Young attempted to make the Jacksonville Jaguars roster, but was waived during training camp. He rejoined the AFL, this time with the Indiana Firebirds, in 2002. He would spend the next two years in Indiana before joining the Colorado Crush in 2004. In 2003, he led all AFL middle linebackers with 4.0 sacks.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment
Developmental territories (2006-2008)
Young made his professional wrestling debut with Ohio Valley Wrestling in late 2006 as "Atlas DaBone". DaBone was billed as one of the most charismatic superstars in OVW. DaBone was expected to be called up to the main roster soon after with Ashley Massaro as his valet. On January 12, 2008, DaBone became the number one contender to the OVW title after beating Mike Kruel in a best of 3 series. On March 3, 2008 it was reported that DaBone suffered a torn ligament in his knee, but returned to action in Florida Championship Wrestling on April 17.
ECW, SmackDown, and departure (2008-2009)
On July 1, 2008, Young made his WWE debut as a face under the name "Atlas Ortiz" on the ECW brand, winning his first match against Armando Estrada. The next week on ECW, Tazz and Mike Adamle referred to him as "Ricky Ortiz". He acknowledged the name change in an interview segment on the same show; Lena Yada called him Atlas and he responded by saying, "My friends call me Ricky". On the July 15 edition of ECW, he used the nickname, "The Latin Assassin". Ortiz defeated Chavo Guerrero by disqualification on the July 29 edition of ECW. The next week he beat Guerrero and Bam Neely in a tag team match with Evan Bourne.
Although enjoying a streak of 5-0, on October 7, Ortiz would team with Kofi Kingston, CM Punk, and Evan Bourne against John Morrison, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase in an 8 man tag match losing effort. After a distraction from Manu, Morrison would then perform a Moonlight Drive on Punk and pin him for the victory. This would be Young's first televised loss since debuting on ECW, although he was still undefeated in singles competition. On the December 2 episode of ECW, he suffered his first pinfall loss at the hands of Jack Swagger, who was also undefeated at the time.
On April 15, 2009, Ortiz was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft. On the May 15 episode of SmackDown, Ortiz made his debut for the brand as a heel, losing to Jeff Hardy. His last match for WWE was the August 7 episode of SmackDown, where he was squashed by The Great Khali. He was released from his WWE contract on August 8, 2009.
A week after his WWE release, on August 15, 2009, Young appeared at a World Wrestling Council show, using the name 'Ricky Ortiz' and challenging Shane Sewell for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship. He failed to win, and attacked Sewell after the match. In early 2010, Ortiz appeared for the Combat Championship Wrestling promotion, wrestling against Shawn Spears and Sinn Bodhi. He then began competing for Florida-based promotions, including I Believe in Wrestling and WWA. On January 14, 2011 Young appeared at Vintage Pro Wrestling's Wrestlebrawl 2 event with Scott Hall, using the NWO Wolfpac theme for his entrance, to face Kennedy Kendrick. Despite originally winning the match, Young would lose when the referee reversed his decision and disqualified him due to refusing to release a hold.
In 2011, it was revealed that Ortiz 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. On December 28, 2013, Ortiz debuted in Extreme Rising, defeating Homicide.
Young appeared on the November 25, 2008 episode of Cha$e as a hunter. Young also appeared on Scott Hall's web show "Last Call with Scott Hall". Young trains at Team 3D Academy of Professional Wrestling.
- "The Latin Assassin"
- "Ricky O"
- "The Ultimate Superstar"
Championships and accomplishments
- "Ricky Ortiz profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- "Extreme Mismatch". World Wrestling Entertainment.
- "Official WWE Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- "Ricky Ortiz released". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
- Rich Young - ArenaFootball.com — The Official Web site of the Arena Football League AFL
- Waldman, Jon (2009-08-08). "Ricky Ortiz the latest WWE release". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- WWE House Show Results from Jacksonville, Florida 1-11-08
- Ohio Valley Wrestling - Tomorrow's Superstars...Today!
- Medalis, Kara A. (2008-07-29). "Proof of Strength". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Burdick, Michael (2008-08-05). "The Dirt Spat". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- DiFino, Lennie (2008-10-08). "Wild West". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- Burdick, Michael (2008-12-02). "Wild Half man ... not so amazing". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
- "2009 WWE Supplemental Draft results". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- Waldman, Jon (2009-05-16). "Smackdown: re-writing a good show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Bishop, Matt (2009-08-07). "Smackdown: Returning superstar makes big impact on World Title match". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- Martin, Adam (2011-05-06). "UWF roster update and hip hop stars involved". WrestleView. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
- Medalis, Kara A. (2008-11-25). "‘CHA$E’ with Ricky Ortiz". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- "WWE Diva Layla Dating A Former WWE Wrestler In Real-Life, Itami's WWE NXT Live Event Debut". E Wrestling News. September 30, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
- El, Layla (July 28, 2015). "Aawwwww who woulda thought .... @iamrichyoung2 richandlay #love #engagement #future #young 💖💕". Twitter. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- DiLiegro, Phil (2008-09-02). "Phil DiLiegro's ECW TV report for September 2". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2008-09-09.