Manny Fernandez (wrestler)
Fernandez in September 2013
|Birth name||Emanuel Fernandez|
July 27, 1954|
El Paso, Texas, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Manny Fernandez|
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (110 kg; 17 st)|
|Trained by||Terry Funk|
Professional wrestling career
Fernandez had success in 1979, becoming Florida Heavyweight Champion after a feud with Terry Funk. He also formed a tag team with Dusty Rhodes, and they won the NWA World tag team title from Ivan Koloff and Don Kernodle. They feuded with them and Ivan's "nephew" Nikita Koloff until losing the title to the Koloffs in early 1985.
In late 1985, he started helping Jimmy Valiant in his war against Paul Jones and his "Army". He formed a team with Valiant called the "B and B Connection" ("Boogie Woogie" and "Bull"). He had some matches against Abdullah the Butcher and The Barbarian. He also formed a tag team with Hector Guerrero in 1986 called The Latin Connection. In the summer of 1986, Fernandez accepted Jones' money and turned on Valiant starting a feud between the two. Later in the year, Jones also brought in Rick Rude. Pairing Fernandez and Rude together, the duo defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express for the NWA World tag team title. They feuded with the Express and kept the titles until June 1987 when Rude left the promotion, which was resolved with a "phantom title change". Fernandez & Chavo Guerrero came to CWA in Memphis in 1987.
Fernandez teamed with Ivan Koloff for the rest of the summer and left for the Mid-Southern promotion in late 1987. He was soon in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) feuding with Wahoo McDaniel after he attacked Wahoo and destroyed his headdress. The two veterans, who had feuded briefly in the NWA, engaged in an "Indian Strap match" at the AWA pay-per-view Super Clash III. After that feud ended in late 1988, Fernandez headed to Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council (WWC) where he stayed through 1991 and then he headed to the independent circuit. Fernandez sparked controversy in the WWC in 1989 when he wrestled Invader #3. During the match, Fernandez landed a knee drop off the top rope to Invader #3's midsection; the impact apparently ruptured Invader #3's stomach cavity, causing him to vomit blood all over the ring while Fernandez landed two more knee drops. There have been debates on whether Invader #3's injury was a work, with some theorizing that the incident came about due to real life bad blood between Fernandez and Jose Gonzalez, the booker of WWC who was acquitted of murdering Bruiser Brody earlier that year. Others say the blood was a combination of pig's blood and vodka. In an interview with Bill Apter, Fernandez stated that it was not a work and was done deliberately as an act of vengeance for the death of Brody.[unreliable source]
Championships and accomplishments
- Lucha Xtreme
- LX United States Champion (1 time)
- Eastern States Wrestling / Eastern Shores Wrestling
- ESW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling Association
- IWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- PWI ranked him # 188 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
- PWI ranked him # 88 of the 100 best tag teams during the "PWI Years" with Dusty Rhodes.
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