Mikey Whipwreck in 2010.
|Birth name||John Watson|
June 4, 1973 |
Long Island, New York, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Mikey Whipwreck|
|Billed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Billed weight||187 lb (85 kg)|
|Billed from||Buffalo, New York|
|Trained by||Mick Foley|
|Retired||March 12, 2015|
John Watson (born June 4, 1973) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Mikey Whipwreck. He is best known for his career with Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he became the third ECW Triple Crown Champion.
Professional wrestling career
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–1998)
Before becoming a professional wrestler, Whipwreck joined Extreme Championship Wrestling and was part of their ring crew, who would usually work for free as long as they could have fun in the ring themselves before and after shows had finished. Booker Paul Heyman asked Mikey to wrestle competitively in ECW after he watched Whipwreck practice a variety of aerial maneuvers before a live show began (Joey Styles states on an episode of The History of ECW it was he who suggested that Heyman check Whipwreck out). The short, lightly built Whipwreck was made a natural underdog who would absorb a great deal of damage in the course of his matches, without ever landing an offensive manuveur. While in ECW, he received further training from fellow ECW wrestlers Taz, Perry Saturn, Tommy Dreamer and Mick Foley among others. On May 15, 1994, Whipwreck defeated Pitbull #1 for the World Television Championship, his first title in ECW. He would hold the title until August 13 of that year.
Only two weeks after losing the World Television Title, Whipwreck's big break came on August 27, 1994. That night, Terry Funk was to team with Cactus Jack against the World Tag Team Champions, The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock). Funk, however, left the company shortly before the match was to take place and, as he later recounted in his first autobiography, Cactus and Paul Heyman realized they were in a tough spot because the fans had been looking forward to the match for some time. While bouncing names off each other, Cactus and Heyman agreed on Whipwreck and he scored the winning fall in the match. The unlikely duo held the titles for five weeks, losing them back to The Public Enemy.
Following the title loss, Whipwreck began to ascend the ranks, while also expanding his moveset in the meantime. On October 28, 1995, Whipwreck scored the biggest victory of his career by defeating The Sandman in a ladder match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, becoming the youngest ECW Champion in history. During his reign as World Heavyweight Champion, Whipwreck defeated future WWF Champion and Hall of Famer "The Extreme Superstar" Steve Austin with a sunset flip. On December 9, 1995, Whipwreck lost the title back to Sandman in a three way dance also involving Austin.
On December 29, 1995 in Rego Park, New York at Holiday Hell, Whipwreck faced 2 Cold Scorpio in a singles match With a "winner take all" stipulation. At the time, Scorpio was the reigning World Television Champion and one half of the World Tag Team Champions with The Sandman and elected to put up both titles. Whipwreck won the match, taking both titles for a second time. Immediately after the match, Cactus Jack came out and declared himself to be Whipwreck's partner. However, circumstances were different with this reign as Cactus had turned his back on the fans some time earlier while Whipwreck continued to be popular with them. This made for an uneasy alliance.
On January 5, 1996 Scorpio regained the World Television Title and two months later, Whipwreck and Jack lost their titles to The Eliminators (Perry Saturn and John Kronus). Soon afterwards, Cactus Jack turned on Whipwreck, blaming him for their loss and starting a feud between the two. Around this time, word began to circulate that Cactus was leaving ECW for the World Wrestling Federation; as a result he fans began to heavily support Whipwreck during this feud. The feud came to its climax during a match between Cactus Jack and Shane Douglas, who was making his return to ECW after a somewhat uneventful run in the WWF. Whipwreck, despite Cactus begging for his help, assisted Douglas in beating down his former partner after the match and set up a singles match between the two for March in what would prove to be Cactus' farewell match in ECW. Whipwreck was defeated following several chair shots and a piledriver.
World Championship Wrestling (1999)
Mikey Whipwreck was an important part of ECW for the next two years before leaving for World Championship Wrestling in late 1998. He made his WCW debut at Uncensored, unsuccessfully challenging Billy Kidman for the Cruiserweight Championship. He later left WCW after several months, disillusioned by his lack of a push. While in WCW, he generally wrestled in the cruiserweight division or competed against fellow ECW alumni.
Return to ECW (1999–2001)
Along with The Sandman, Whipwreck returned to ECW in 1999. Aligning himself with The Sinister Minister, Whipwreck changed his gimmick from that of a lovable loser to a pyromaniac. After going through a losing streak, Whipwreck won his third and final World Tag Team Championship with Yoshihiro Tajiri as his tag team partner, with both men forming The Unholy Alliance. Rather than competing for the World Heavyweight Championship, Whipwreck primarily fought against lighter, faster wrestlers, giving rise to some of the most well-received matches of his career. He and Tajiri eventually lost the titles to The Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke). Soon afterwards, ECW went bankrupt.
In early 2001, Whipwreck announced his intention to retire in May 2002 if he was not hired by the World Wrestling Federation or BRC in the interim, expressing an interest in pursuing a career in pyrotechnics. By June 11 he had decided to retire by September of that year, as his wrestling style had begun resulting in a number of nagging injuries, including two herniated discs, damaged knees, a damaged right shoulder and a jaw cracked to the point of not even being able to eat hard food. In tribute to Whipwreck, Border City Wrestling hosted "The Mikey Whipwreck Retirement Bash" on August 29, 2001 at the Cicciaro Club in Windsor, Ontario and featured a number of prominent ECW performers, such as Tommy Dreamer and Sabu. Whipwreck wrestled his American retirement match on October 20, 2001, defeating Little Guido.
Whipwreck broke his retirement before long, returning in 2003. He wrestled in several different promotions, such as Ring of Honor, where he would often team with or against some of the wrestlers he has trained. He also made a one-time appearance in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he teamed with The Sandman at one of TNA's weekly pay-per-views against The Gathering (CM Punk and Julio Dinero) in a losing effort. He later appeared at Hardcore Homecoming, ECW reunion tour organized by fellow ECW alum Shane Douglas, in mid-2005. On the Extreme Reunion portion of the tour, he teamed with Chris Chetti to defeat Simon Diamond and C.W. Anderson on June 10. Two days later at the first-ever ECW One Night Stand, Whipwreck, Yoshihiro Tajiri and The Sinister Minister reunited for one night only as Whipwreck and The Minister stood in Tajiri's corner during his three way dance against Little Guido and Super Crazy.
During April 2006, Whipwreck worked as an agent for Liberty States Wrestling. At the second ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view on June 11, 2006, Whipwreck was seen on camera celebrating with other ECW wrestlers after Rob Van Dam won the WWE Championship.
On February 21, 2008, in his final New England wrestling appearance, Whipwreck was set to team with The Blue Meanie to challenge for the NECW Tag Team Championship at New England Championship Wrestling's Genesis 8 event in Quincy, Massachusetts, but due to car troubles Whipwreck was unable to attend the event, causing The Blue Meanie to pick a replacement in Nick Westgate.
On September 11, 2010, Whipwreck and Syther defeated Big Time Rush (Tony Burma and Ryan Rush) to win the New York Wrestling Connection Tag Team Championship.
On May 24, 2012, Whipwreck made his debut for Tajiri's new Wrestling New Classic (WNC) promotion in Tokyo, teaming with Tajiri in a tag team hardcore match, where they defeated Gedo and Jado. Two days later, Whipwreck and Tajiri defeated Yo-Hey and Yusuke Kodama in another tag team hardcore match in Osaka. Whipwreck's tour of WNC concluded on May 27, when he, Tajiri and Kana were defeated in a six person main event by Akira, Dave Finlay and Syuri. Whipwreck returned to WNC on August 30, when he, Kana and Tajiri were defeated in a Barbed Wire Board Deathmatch by Akira, StarBuck and Syuri, with Akira pinning Whipwreck for the win. Whipwreck, Kana and Tajiri were also defeated in a rematch the following day in Osaka. On September 1, in the third and final Barbed Wire Board Deathmatch between the two teams, Whipwreck pinned StarBuck to win the match for his team.
On March 12, 2015, Watson announced he will "let Mikey Whipwreck fade into the past.".
On September 14, 2015 it was announced that Mikey Whipwreck will be a playable character in the WWE 2K16 video game made by 2K Sports to be released on October 27, 2015 as a part of the 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin Showcase mode.
- Whipper-Snapper (Three-quarter facelock jawbreaker, sometimes while diving off the top rope or while twisting the opponent) – Innovated
- Double underhook backbreaker drop
- Franken-Mikey (Hurricanrana sometimes while diving off the top rope)
- Inverted suplex
- Kneeling belly to belly piledriver
- Slingshot crossbody
- Slingshot guillotine leg drop
- Springboard crossbody
- Unholy Driver (Fireman's carry spun into a wheelbarrow facebuster)
- Vertical suplex
- "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
- "Loser" by Beck
- "Pepper" by Butthole Surfers
- "Bombtrack" by Rage Against the Machine
- "T.I.W." by Harry Slash & The Slashtones
- "Cyanide" by Deathstars
Notable wrestlers trained by Whipwreck
Championships and accomplishments
European Wrestling Association
- EWA European Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- ECW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- ECW World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Cactus Jack (2) and Yoshihiro Tajiri (1)
- ECW World Television Championship (2 times)
- Third ECW Triple Crown Champion
Impact Championship Wrestling
- ICW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
New York Wrestling Connection
- NYWC Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- NYWC Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Wayne (1), Syther (1), Rex Lawless (1) and Stockade (1, current)
USA Pro Wrestling
- USA Pro Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Wayne
Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Rookie of the Year (1994)
Xtreme Wrestling Coalition
- XWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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