Willie Mack (wrestler)
|Birth name||Willie McClinton Jr.|
January 5, 1987 |
South Central, Los Angeles, California
|Residence||South Central, Los Angeles, California|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Willie Mack
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||280 lb (130 kg; 20 st)|
|Billed from||South Central, Los Angeles, California|
|Trained by||Joey Ryan
|Debut||May 14, 2006|
Willie McClinton Jr. (born January 5, 1987) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Willie Mack. He is best known for his work with California-based promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
Independent circuit (2006–present)
Mack began his wrestling training while still in high school, but put it on hold until he graduated. He then attended Martin Marin’s WPW Training School in Anaheim, California and wrestled at their weekly events at the Anaheim Marketplace. Knowing that he needed further training, Mack moved on to Bart Kapitzke’s AWS School in Industry, California and began wrestling for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) sanctioned Alternative Wrestling Show.
At AWS, he was noticed by NWA producers and was invited to appear at tapings of NWA Wrestling Showcase, where he had the opportunity to face such wrestlers as Adam Pearce, Brent Albright, Joey Ryan, Chris Escobar and more. Mack also wrestled at the tapings as part of a tag team with his best friend and fellow WPW graduate Jerome Robinson.
Mack began wrestling for another NWA sanctioned group, Mach One Wrestling, who run weekly events at the American Sports Center across the street from where WPW had run previously. Mack was instantly one of the most popular wrestlers in the group. On February 5, 2010 after defeating Scorpio Sky in a number one contenders match for the M1W Championship, Mack entered himself into a three-way elimination match later that same evening, making it a four-way. After Joey Ryan and James Morgan were eliminated, Mack defeated reigning champion, Bobby Marshall to claim the title.
On March 5, 2011, Mack lost the M1W Championship to Morgan in a four-way match that also involved Nick Madrid and Andrew Hellman. On November 2, 2013, Mack participated in a tournament to crown the first MexPro Wrestling United States Champion. He defeated Jacob Diez and SoCal Crazy in the semi-finals, but he lost to CJ Kruz in the finale. On November 3, 2013, Mack was defeated by Samoa Joe at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood's Open Door, in a Dream match. On November 14, 2013, Mack was defeated by the CWFH Santino Bros. Wrestling Champion Robby Phoenix.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2010–2014)
Mack debuted for the Southern California company Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on December 11, 2010, winning his first match. It has been acknowledged on DVD commentary that he attended PWG shows as a fan before training to be a wrestler. On March 4, 2011, Mack participated in the 2011 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament, pairing with Brandon Gatson in a loss against The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), the eventual winners, in the Opening Round. On May 27, Mack gained a substantial win by upsetting Kevin Steen. He then began a streak of wrestling top names on the independent scene, defeating Chris Hero in the first round of the 2011 Battle of Los Angeles before losing to El Generico, the eventual winner, in the Semifinal Round. On December 10, Mack beat Chris Hero for a second time in what ended up being Hero's PWG exit match. He continued his streak by beating Naruki Doi on January 29 and Roderick Strong on March 17, 2012.
Mack took part in the 2012 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament, teaming with El Generico as 2 Husky Black Guys. The duo beat Roderick Strong and the debuting Sami Callihan in the Opening and the RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime and Johnny Yuma) in the Semifinal Rounds, before succumbing to the Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno and Stupefied) in the Final. On May 25, Mack faced and beat debutant Michael Elgin. On July 21 at Threemendous III, PWG's nine-year anniversary event, Mack received a shot at the PWG World Championship, but was defeated by defending champion Kevin Steen. The match saw an interference by Brian Cage, which launched a feud between Cage and Mack. The 2012 Battle of Los Angeles, taking place in September, saw Mack lose against Sami Callihan on Night One. The following month at Failure to Communicate, Mack lost in his first encounter against Brian Cage. At Mystery Vortex on December 1, he faced Cage once more, this time in a match also involving B-Boy and TJ Perkins, with Mack emerging victorious. Mack wrestled his PWG farewell match on August 31, 2014.
In September 2014, it was reported that McClinton had passed WWE's medical tests and would be reporting to WWE's developmental system, NXT, in Orlando, Florida. On October 13, 2014, McClinton stated that he had been released from WWE before he had even arrived in Orlando.
Lucha Underground (2015–present)
In February 2015, it was announced Mack worked at Lucha Underground's TV Tapings. He wrestled under the ringname The Mack, Big Ryck's cousin. On February 8, 2015, along with Killshot and Big Ryck participated in a tournament for the LU Trios Championship, but they were defeated in the semi-finals by the eventual winners Angélico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse. Mack was then put into a feud with Cage, who attacked Mack backstage in order to be a part of a trios team with Big Ryck and Davari. Their feud culminated in a falls count anywhere match that saw Mack lose to Cage. On the first set of tapings for season 2 of Lucha Underground Mack defeated the debuting PJ Black using the stunner. Mack was unsuccessful at winning the Lucha Underground Championship against Johnny Mundo this was a Falls count anyway. Mack would team with Dante Fox and Killshot as they defeated Snake Tribe (Drago, Pindar and Vibora) to win the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Frog splash
- High-angle belly-to-back suplex
- Jumping spinning uppercut – adopted from Human Tornado
- Knee drop
- MDX – My Dick Xplodes (Modified running corner clothesline)
- Corkscrew senton bomb
- Pop-up elbow smash
- Running low-angle shoulder block after opponent has been Irish whipped off adjacent ropes
- Samoan drop followed by kip-up followed by a standing moonsault or a running shooting star press.
- Tope con Hilo
- "Milk Chocolate"
- "Chocolate Caliente"
- "The Chocolate Juggalo"
- Entrance music
Championships and accomplishments
- Alternative Wrestling Show
- AWS Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Championship Wrestling from Hollywood
- Elite Xtreme Wrestling
- EXW Elite Division Championship (1 time)
- Insane Wrestling League
- IWL Anarchy Championship (1 time)
- Lucha Underground
- Mach One Wrestling
- M1W Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- SoCal Uncensored
- Southern California Wrestler of the Year' (2010)
- The Crash
- Copa The Crash' (2016)
- World Power Wrestling
- WPW Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- Johnson, Mike (2014-05-19). "WWE signs top West Coast talent". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Roster". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
- Johnson, Mike (2014-09-01). "WWE signing top California talent (Finally!)". pwinsider.com. Retrieved 2014-09-01.
- http://www.pwponderings.com/2014/06/16/cwf-hollywood-061514-red-carpet-rumble-results/ Retrieved June 16, 2014
- Massingham, Matt (2011-08-21). "8/20 PWG results in Reseda, Calif.: BOLA tournament winner, Young Bucks not shaking hands turned into angle, Tag Title match, Finlay debuts". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
- Pirrello, Matty; Massingham, Matt (2012-07-22). "7/21 PWG results Reseda, Calif.: Steen defends PWG Title, three-team Tag Title ladder match, Elgin vs. Callihan, Edwards, Strong, Joey Ryan". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- "Show results - 8/31 PWG Battle of Los Angeles Night 3: The Finals of huge tournament with Styles, former WWE stars, PWG champ, ROH champ, mega-tag match, Willie Mack says good-bye". Pro Wrestling Torch. 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2014-09-01.
- Johnson, Mike. "Statement from Willie Mack on WWE release". pwinsider.com. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
- Meltzer, Dave (July 4, 2016). "July 4, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW G1 tournament preview, Ali vs. Inoki anniversary, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 33–34. ISSN 1083-9593.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2016-09-01.