Tony Kozina

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Tony Kozina
Born (1970-10-23) October 23, 1970 (age 46)
Portland, Oregon[1][2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) The Canadian Cougar[3][1]
Tony Kozina
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1][2]
Billed weight 174 lb (79 kg)[2]
Billed from Portland, Oregon
Trained by Billy Jack Haynes[1]
Matt Osborne[1]
North American Wrestling Asylum
Michelle Starr[1]
Debut January 26, 1997[1][2]

Tony Kozina (born October 23, 1970) is an American professional wrestler who is best known for his work in the Pacific Northwest especially in Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling and National Wrestling Alliance. He has also made appearances in Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Full Impact Pro, IWA-Mid South, World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

In the summer of 1996 Kozina started training with Billy Jack Haynes and "Maniac" Matt Borne and helped train others at North American Wrestling Asylum.[3]

On October 20, 1998, Kozina defeated Torch for the newly created NWA Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight Championship. On July 21, 2001, Kozina defeated Scotty Mac to claim his sixth NWA Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight Championship. The title was vacated on April 5, 2002 due to inactivity.[2] On January 14, 2000, Kozina won his first NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship by defeating Vince Kaplack. In a rematch at the NWA 52nd Anniversary Show on October 20, Kaplack defeated Kozina to become the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion.

On August 10, 2003, Kozina teamed up with Buddy Wayne on an episode WWE Heat. They lost to the team of Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade.

In January 2011, Kozina faced Davey Richards in Ring of Honor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Richards won via knockout when the referee stopped the bout in just under 5 minutes.

In February 16, 2015 (Which aired on September 4, 2015) Kozina faced Davey Richards in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for the TNA One Night Only Gut Check PPV. Richards won when Kozina went up top for a moonsault, but slipped off and Richards got the roll up for the win.[4]

On May 5, 2017; at Canadian Wrestling's Elite 8th Anniversary Show in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Kozina defeated Mentallo to become the new Canadian Unified Junior Heavyweight Champion. This marks the first time in nearly 10 years that the title has been active. Following the match, Kozina called out Billy Corgan and the National Wrestling Alliance. He stated he wants a shot at the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Kharma
  • Wrestlers managed
  • "Tornado"
  • Wrestlers trained
  • Eric Baeden
  • Kyle O'Reilly
  • Davey Richards
  • Damon Scythe
  • Dustin Snyder

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "CageMatch.de Profile" (in German). CageMatch.de. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h ""Tornado" Tony Kozina's profile". ECCW.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e ""Tornado" Tony Kozina's profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Csonka’s TNA One Night Only Gut Check Review". 411Mania. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Unified Junior Heavyweight Championship". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "NWA Virginia Junior Heavyweight Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "AWA Washington Light Heavyweight Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Pinnacle Tag Team Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2002". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Slam! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame list". Slam! Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 

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