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August 28, 1964 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Mike Rapada
The Colorado Kid
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|Billed from||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Trained by||Jeff Jarrett
Professional wrestling career
Mike Rapada started out in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It took three months, but eventually he convinced Jeff Jarrett to hire him. After Jarrett left for the WWF, Rapada sought out training from the likes of Ken Wayne, Buddy Wayne and others.
He also made several appearances on WCW Monday Nitro as a security guard during his career.
In 1994, he was named Rookie of the Year in the United States Wrestling Association promotion out of Memphis. He also had a reign as NAASW North American Heavyweight champion in Jonesboro, Arkansas, beating Cactus Jack, and as USWA Unified World Heavyweight champion, beating Jerry Lawler.
Until winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in September 2000, he had been the NWA North American Heavyweight champion, the top belt recognized by the NWA Worldwide promotion based out of Nashville. Colorado Kid teamed with Scuffling Hillbilly and the duo won and held the North American Tag Team title for about 18 months from early 1996 to late 1997.
In 2001, Mike Rapada moved to San Diego, CA, where he began training local talent and in 2004, Rapada started Southwestern Alliance of Wrestling ("SAW"). SAW had the privilege of wrestling at local elementary schools throughout the San Diego area helping to raise money for military and underprivileged children. SAW also performed at many of the street fairs every year in the local communities and yearly at the Christmas Party that The Nice Guys of San Diego sponsored for the children of San Diego and military families. The event attracted 20,000 people and was held at Qualcomm Stadium. Mike Rapada's vision was to create family friendly professional wrestling shows. Mike Rapada and his wrestling company was a huge success.
In early 2010, Rapada returned to Nashville where he works and continues to wrestle locally for independent wrestling companies.
Championships and accomplishments
- National Wrestling Alliance
- Ozark Mountain Wrestling/North American All-Star Wrestling/Music City Wrestling/NWA Nashville/NWA Main Event
- Pro Wrestling Zero1
- United States Wrestling Association