Combining the high-flying prowess of the Lucha Libre style with the bulk of a heavyweight has propelled this renegade to
many wrestling championships including the U.S. Mexican National Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship.
is a street-smart tough guy often heard shouting his favorite phrase, Viva La Raza (Long live the Hood!).
His entrance to the wrestling profession stemmed from his first love, boxing... A member of the U.S. Navy Boxing Team,
Konnan used his size and swiftness to make competitors beg for mercy... This combination and a penchant for bodybuilding
led him to the ring in Mexico where he emerged as the No. 1 wrestling star in AAA... Early in his career, wrestled as
"Konnan El Barbaro" before dropping "The Barbarian" to be just Konnan... He wore a mask early in his career, but lost it in
a match with Perro Aguayo... Came to World Championship Wrestling (from Extreme Championship Wrestling) in 1996, as part of
the Luchodor invasion... Won the WCW United States Championship from One Man Gang at SuperBrawl in February of 1996, which
he held for several months before losing it to Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach that July... Wrestled as part of the nWo, then
the nWo Wolfpac... Defeated Chris Jericho to become the WCW World Television Champion, a title he later lost to Scott
Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Konnan's fiery background makes him a force to be reckoned with in the ring...
Background as bodybuilder and boxer accounts for brute strength, which he uses to intimidate his competition... Backgound as
luchadore wrestler in Mexico, so mixes strength with arsenol of high-flying moves... Not afraid to speak his mind in (
or out of) the ring, and uses this as an intimidation factor to his opponents.
Did You Know?
Konnan was an actor in Mexico, performing in television commercials and soap operas... He was a member of Los Gringos Locos, a
legendary heel group that included Eddie Guerrero, Love Machine Art Barr and Madonna's ex-boyfriend (Louie Spicolli)... He
wrestled briefly for the WWF as the masked Max Moon... There was a midget wrestler styled after him called Micro Konnan...
Put out a rap album when he was living in Mexico years ago and toured around the country promoting it... Was one of the most
recognized celebrities in Mexico... Founded the short-lived Promo Azteca company... Member of The Dungeon on Doom, the nWo
and the nWo Wolfpac.
Earlier this week, recently released WWE Superstar Ricardo Rodriguez recounted some negative experiences he had with Paul "Triple H" Levesque. According to the former Superstar, WWE's Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative called him fat and compared him to an overweight cartoon character who behaves in a stereotypical manner.
Rodriguez wrote to Kevin Steen on Twitter in response to news of his WWE contract signing, "Congrats.. I hope he at least looked at you while shaking hands at one point and did call you fat as fuck. #OhMemories."
The former personal ring announcer of Alberto Del Rio also revealed that Triple H never referred to him by his name, but as "Bumblebee," an overweight Latino cartoon character on The Simpsons who dresses in a bumblebee costume and is portrayed as a spoof on common American stereotypes of Mexican pop culture.
"#BumbleBee was his name for me... Don't even think he ever knew my real name," Rodriguez stated.
Former WWE and WCW talent Konnan, who has been urging fans to boycott "racist WWE" after Alberto Del Rio's contract was terminated last week following a physical altercation with an employee (he slapped Cody Barbierri, Manager of Social Media Live Events, in response to a comment he perceived as racist) offered his take on Triple H referring to Rodriguez as "Bumblebee": "That you shows you the racist element of upper management."
He added, "Soon u will hear why i am saying this..[Vince McMahon] and [Triple H] have made numerous racists remarks which they will have to be held accountable for."