Eric Alexander Pérez is a Puerto Rican professional wrestler that currently performs under the ring name Eric Escobar. He began his wrestling career in his native Puerto Rico, winning multiple championships in the International Wrestling Association and World Wrestling Council. In 2005, Pérez was signed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was subsequently sent to Deep South Wrestling, winning the company's tag team championship. When the promotion ended their developmental relationship with WWE, Pérez was transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling. There he won the Florida Heavyweight Championship once and as part of The Puerto Rican Nightmares, along Eddie Colón, he was one half of the first Florida Tag Team Champions. On September 29, 2009, Pérez was promoted to one of WWE's main brands, SmackDown. On January 17, 2010, he was released from his WWE contract.