Fish in September 2013 as ROH World Tag Team Champion
October 27, 1976 |
Albany, New York, United States
|Residence||Colonie, New York, United States|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Bobby Fish
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Billed from||Albany, New York
Saratoga Springs, New York
|Trained by||Tony DeVito
Bobby Fish (born October 27, 1976) is an American professional wrestler, who is best known for wrestling with Ring of Honor, Evolve Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan. Fish is a three-time ROH World Tag Team Champion with Kyle O'Reilly as reDRagon and a one-time ROH World Television Champion.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2002–present)
Bobby Fish made his pro wrestling debut in 2002 after training with Tony Devito. He competed for several years in the Northeast under the names Jerk Jackson and Madden Fisher before settling on the name he continues to use, Bobby Fish. He made his debut for Ring of Honor on October 2, 2004 where he teamed with Scott Cardinal and lost to the Rebel's Army. He would be utilized as a jobber for ROH for the entirety of his early appearance. Fish wrestled for Pro Wrestling Unplugged for the majority of his early career making his debut in February 2005. He formed a partnership with Scott Cardinal, whom he had wrestled many times on the Northeast indie scene. On May 20, he and Cardinal defeated three other teams to win the vacant PWU Tag Team Championship before vacting them in September.
After returning from his first tour with Noah, Fish returned to the Northeastern independent circuit and continues to compete there when he returns from Noah tours. Fish wrestled for New England Championship Wrestling regularly between his early tours of Noah. In April 2007, he defeated DC Dillinger by disqualification in a match for the NECW Undisputed Triple Crown Championship, but failed win the title. Fish took part in Iron 8 2007, making it to the finals where he lost to Eddie Edwards. Fish returned to ROH at Reborn Again in a loss to Claudio Castagnoli, teamed with Matt Cross at Final Battle 2007 in a loss against the Vulture Squad (Ruckus and Jigsaw), and appeared in several matches on Ring of Honor Wrestling in 2009.
In 2009, he was announced as one of the participants scheduled to wrestle on the first Evolve Wrestling show. On January 10, 2010, he performed in the opening match at Evolve 1, in which he lost to Kyle O'Reilly via pinfall.
Pro Wrestling Noah (2006–2013)
Fish first toured Japan in 2006 with Pro Wrestling Noah, making his debut on May 19, 2006 defeating Atsushi Aoki. For a number of years Fish toured with Noah at least once a year, sometimes enjoying several tours a year. In 2010, Fish and Eddie Edwards lost to Ricky Marvin and Taiji Ishimori in the semi final of the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship tournament. Fish participated in 2011s Global League gaining only four points. In 2012, Fish and Edwards participated in NTV G Cup Junior Heavyweight League, once again gaining four points. From April 17 to 24, 2013, Fish and Edwards took part in the 2013 Global Tag League, where they won one of their four matches, failing to advance from their block.
Ring of Honor (2013–present)
On March 2, 2013, Fish and Kyle O'Reilly defeated the Briscoe Brothers for the ROH World Tag Team Championship. They successfully defended the championship against Alabama Attitude (Corey Hollis and Mike Posey) that same month, and retained it at Best in the World 2013 in June in a three-way match against the C & C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander) and S.C.U.M. (Cliff Compton and Rhett Titus). They lost the title to Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) on July 27. They regained the title from The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) on August 17. Throughout the remainder of 2013, reDRagon successfully defended the championship against teams including the C & C Wrestle Factory, the Forever Hooligans, Jay Lethal and Michael Elgin, and Outlaw, Inc. (Homicide and Eddie Kingston). In 2014, they retained the championship against Adrenaline Rush (ACH and TaDarius Thomas) at the 12th Anniversary Show in February, before losing the title on March 8 to The Young Bucks.
Fish and O'Reilly regained the tag team championship from The Young Bucks on May 17, at the ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) co-promoted pay-per-view War of the Worlds. They successfully defended the championship against The Briscoe Brothers on June 7 and against Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian at ROH's first live pay-per-view Best in the World 2014 on June 22. On November 23, 2014, reDRagon defeated ACH and Matt Sydal, The Addiction and The Briscoes to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship and win the Tag Wars tournament. They followed up their victory with successful defenses against the Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) at Final Battle 2014, The Young Bucks at the ROH 13th Anniversary Show, and The Kingdom (Michael Bennett and Matt Taven) at Supercard of Honor IX in March 2015. Fish and O'Reilly lost the tag team title to The Addiction (Daniels and Kazarian) at the Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings on April 4. On May 13, during the second night of War of the Worlds '15, Fish unsuccessfully challenged Jay Briscoe for the ROH World Championship. On December 18, 2015 during Final Battle, Fish unsuccessfully challenged Roderick Strong for the ROH World Television Championship.[unreliable source]
On May 8, 2016, at Global Wars, Fish defeated Tomohiro Ishii to become the new ROH World Television Champion. He lost the title to Will Ospreay on November 18. Fish was scheduled to compete in a four-way match for the Television title at Final Battle, against champion Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay and Dragon Lee, but was forced to pull out due to a family emergency. On January 3, 2017, it was reported that Fish had re-signed with ROH. Fish was unsuccessfully of winning the ROH World Championship against Adam Cole at Manhattan Mayhem VI. On March 16, 2017, Fish announced via Twitter that he will once again be taking independent bookings as of March 27, 2017 - leading to speculation that he may be leaving Ring of Honor when his recently-signed short-term contract expires.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2014–present)
Through ROH's relationship with NJPW, reDRagon made an appearance for the Japanese promotion on August 10, unsuccessfully challenging Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. reDRagon returned to NJPW on October 25 to take part in the 2014 Super Jr. Tag Tournament. On November 3, reDRagon defeated The Young Bucks in the finals to win the tournament. Five days later at Power Struggle, reDRagon defeated Time Splitters in a rematch to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. They made their first successful title defense on January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome, in a four-way match against Forever Hooligans, Time Splitters and The Young Bucks. On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka, reDRagon lost the title to The Young Bucks in a three-way match, also involving Time Splitters. reDRagon returned to NJPW on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2015, where they unsuccessfully challenged for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in a three-way match with Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) and The Young Bucks. Later that month, Fish entered the 2015 Best of the Super Juniors. He finished second in his block with a record of five wins and two losses, narrowly missing advancement to the finals of the tournament. Following the tournament, reDRagon received a rematch for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in a three-way match, also involving Roppongi Vice, but were again defeated by The Young Bucks on July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall. On August 16, reDRagon defeated The Young Bucks to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time. They lost the title back to The Young Bucks in a four-way match on January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome. On September 17 at Destruction in Tokyo, Fish received his first singles title shot in NJPW, when he unsuccessfully challenged Katsuyori Shibata for the NEVER Openweight Championship.
Mixed martial arts
Fish trained with Jerrick Jones at Albany Boxing before his MMA debut on January 29, 2010. He had his first fight for the Cage Wars organization at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, New York and defeated Justin Pierpoint by TKO in the third round after Pierpoint suffered a broken nose at the end of the second.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Space Rolling Elbow (Cartwheel back elbow to a cornered opponent)
- Сross armbreaker, sometimes rolling
- Dragon screw
- Fireman's carry double knee gutbuster
- Flying cross chop
- Gorilla press double knee gutbuster
- Inverted atomic drop
- Multiple kick variations
- Multiple suplex variations
- Samoan drop
- Slingshot somersault senton
- Springboard moonsault to the outside of the ring
- Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker
- "The Infamous"
- "The Round Eye Samurai" (PWG)
Championships and accomplishments
- Collision Pro Wrestling
- CPW Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- High Risk Wrestling
- New England Championship Wrestling
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Unscripted
- PWU Tag Team Champion (1 time) – with Scott Cardinal
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ring of Honor
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