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Rocky Romero
RockyRomero
Romero in April 2017
Birth name John R. Rivera
Born October 28 1982 (1982-10-28) (age 37)
Havana, Cuba
Resides Los Angeles, California,
United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Azteko
Black Tiger IV
Black Emperor
Grey Shadow
Havana Brother I
El Mono Negro
Rocky Romero
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg)
Billed from Havana, Cuba
Trained By Kevin Quinn
Jesse Hernandez
Bill Anderson
Antonio Inoki
Shinya Makabe
Negro Casas
Debut September 13, 1997

  John R. Rivera (born October 28, 1982)[1] is a Cuban professional wrestler better known by his ring name Rocky Romero[2] and as the fourth incarnation of Black Tiger. Romero is a well known tag team wrestler. He was member of tag teams like The Havana Pitbulls/Los Cubanitos, No Remorse Corps, Forever Hooligans, and Roppongi Vice. As a singles wrestler, Romero won three times the CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship, one time the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and one time the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. Also, he is a former three-time ROH World Tag Team Champion and a record eight-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Romero's wrestling style incorporates stiff shoot-style kicks and multiple armlock variations.

CareerEdit

Romero debuted in 1997. He was trained at NJPW Dojo in Los Angeles. His career has taken him through promotions in the Southern California region to Mexico, where he competed successfully for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (the country's longest-running promotion) and in Japan where he has worked most notably in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was chosen to become the fourth incarnation of Black Tiger, the villainous gaijin opponent of Tiger Mask (in this case Tiger Mask IV). On October 8, 2005, Romero, as Black Tiger, defeated Tiger Mask for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. After a four month reign, Tiger Mask regained the title from his nemesis.

Japan (2007–present)Edit

Romero made his debut in Pro Wrestling Noah on March 4, 2007, versus Mushiking Terry, casting into doubt the future of the Black Tiger persona, although his participation in the debut show of the Inoki Genome Federation could have been more of an issue. Romero, however, did compete as Black Tiger in August 2007 in Chikara to compete for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship against champion Mike Quackenbush. At NJPW's Resolution '09 on April 5, Romero lost in a mask vs. title match against Tiger Mask, thus ending his role as Black Tiger.[3] On October 12, 2010, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Romero would return to the promotion in November, teaming with Davey Richards in the Super J Tag League, as a member of the promotion's top heel stable, Shinsuke Nakamura's CHAOS.[4] The five-day-long tournament ended on November 13, with Romero and Richards winning their block and advancing to the finals, where they were defeated by their CHAOS team mates Jado and Gedo.[5] On May 3, 2011, Romero and Richards unsuccessfully challenged Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[6] On May 21, Romero won Mach-1 Pro Wrestling's the Hall of Fame Cup, defeating Ryan Taylor, Famous B and Karl Anderson.[7] On October 10, 2011, at Destruction '11, Romero and Richards defeated Devitt and Taguchi in a rematch to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the first time.[8] Romero and Richards made their first successful title defense on November 12 at Power Struggle, defeating the team of Kushida and Tiger Mask.[9] On December 23, Romero unsuccessfully challenged Prince Devitt for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.[10] On January 4, 2012, at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, Romero and Richards lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship back to Devitt and Taguchi.[11] No Remorse Corps regained the title from Apollo 55 on February 12 at The New Beginning.[12] On May 2, Romero and Richards were stripped of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, after travel issues forced Richards to miss the following day's Wrestling Dontaku 2012 event, where the two were scheduled to defend the title against Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask.[13]

Romero soon reunited with his former AAA partner Alex Koslov.[14] On July 22, the team, dubbed "Forever Hooligans",[15] defeated Liger and Tiger Mask to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[16] Romero and Koslov made their first successful title defense on August 26 at a Sacramento Wrestling Federation (SWF) event in Gridley, California, defeating the team of A.J. Kirsch and Alex Shelley.[17][18] Forever Hooligans made their second successful title defense on October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling, defeating the Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida).[19] On October 21, Forever Hooligans entered the 2012 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, defeating Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask in their first round match.[20] On November 2, Romero and Koslov were eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by Apollo 55.[21] On November 11 at Power Struggle, Forever Hooligans lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to the winners of the Super Jr. Tag Tournament, the Time Splitters, ending their reign at 112 days.[22][23] On May 3, 2013, at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Romero and Koslov regained the title from the Time Splitters.[24] They lost the title to Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) on October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling.[25] For the first half of 2014, Forever Hooligans received several new shots at the title, now held by The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), but were defeated each time,[26][27] including in a three-way match, also involving the Time Splitters, on May 10 at Global Wars, a special event co-produced by NJPW and ROH in Toronto.[28] Forever Hooligans broke up in January 2015, when Koslov announced he was taking an indefinite break from professional wrestling.[29] On March 1, Romero revealed he and Baretta were forming a new tag team named Roppongi Vice.[30] On April 5 at Invasion Attack 2015, the team captured the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from The Young Bucks.[31][32] They lost the title back to The Young Bucks on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2015.[33]

In early 2016, it was reported that WWE was interested in signing Romero as both a trainer and a wrestler. However, on January 9, Romero announced he had instead signed a new two-year deal with NJPW.[34] On April 10 at Invasion Attack 2016, Roppongi Vice defeated Matt Sydal and Ricochet to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time.[35] They lost the title back to Sydal and Ricochet on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2016.[36] On November 5 at Power Struggle, Roppongi Vice defeated ACH and Taiji Ishimori in the finals to win the 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament.[37] On January 4, 2017, at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, Roppongi Vice defeated The Young Bucks to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for their third time together.[38] Individually, Romero set a new record by winning the title for the seventh time. They lost the title to Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) at NJPW's 45th anniversary show on March 6, before regaining it on April 27.[39] They lost the title to The Young Bucks on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall.[40] On July 2 at G1 Special in USA, Roppongi Vice unsuccessfully challenged The Young Bucks for the title in a rematch. Afterwards, Romero brought up a five-year plan he and Beretta had made three years earlier, which included them winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the Super Jr. Tag Tournament, both of which they had already done, as well as Beretta's eventual transition into the heavyweight division. Having failed to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, Romero gave Beretta his blessing to move to the heavyweight division, effectively disbanding Roppongi Vice.[41] Roppongi Vice's farewell match took place on September 16 at Destruction in Hiroshima, where they defeated Bullet Club's Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi.[42] Later that same day, Romero announced he was transitioning into the role of a manager and bringing in a new tag team named "Roppongi 3K" to take on the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi.[42] On October 9 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Romero revealed his new team as Sho and Yoh, who defeated Ricochet and Taguchi to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, as well as Sho and Yoh winning the 2018 Super Junior Tag Tournament. Romero also teamed up with Roppongi 3K for various multi-man matches while representing CHAOS, for tours such as the CMLL/NJPW Fantastica Mania 2018 tour. From October 16 until November 1, 2019, Romero and Ryusuke Taguchi took part in the 2019 Super Jr. Tag League, finishing the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • As Rocky Romero
      • Ankle lock
      • Diablo Armbar (Flying armbar)[1]
      • Foreign Devil / Gargoyle (Diving double knee drop)[43][44]
      • High speed roundhouse kick to the head of a seated or kneeling opponent
      • Kurayaminoten / Kurayami Piledriver (Cradle kneeling reverse piledriver)[45][46]
      • Nomisugi Knee (Running knee strike)[47][48]
    • As Black Tiger
      • Black Tiger Bomb (Sitout crucifix powerbomb)
      • Kneeling reverse piledriver[1]
      • Tiger suplex[1]
  • Signature moves
    • Bow and arrow hold
    • Cradle suplex
    • Cross armbreaker
    • Double underhook DDT
    • Exploder suplex
    • Fireman's carry double knee gutbuster
    • Fujiwara armbar
    • Guillotine choke
    • High knee, sometimes from the top rope
    • Johnny Saint special
    • Multiple corner clotheslines
    • Octopus stretch[1]
    • Running standing shiranui
    • Sitout double underhook powerbomb
    • Springboard dropkick to an opponent draped on the top rope
    • Springboard tornado DDT
    • Surfboard
    • Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown
  • With Alex Koslov / Davey Richards
    • Contract Killer (Inverted Death Valley driver (Koslov/Richards) / Springboard diving knee drop (Romero) combination)[8][16][49] (NJPW)
  • With Beretta
    • Strong Zero (Cradle back-to-belly piledriver (Beretta) / Diving double foot stomp (Romero) combination)[50]
  • With Ricky Reyes
    • Cuban Missile Crisis (Backbreaker (Reyes) / Diving knee drop (Romero) combination)
  • Wrestlers managed
  • Nicknames
    • "Azucar"[51]
    • "Mr. Forever"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Tribal Conflict" by Yonosuke Kitamura[52]
    • "Forever" by Yonosuke Kitamura[53]
    • "Hooligans, Never Say Die" by Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
    • "RPG Vice Theme" by [Q]Brick[54]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Luchas de Apuestas recordEdit

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Tiger Mask (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship) Black Tiger (mask) Tokyo, Japan Resolution '09 April 5, 2009 [3]

MediaEdit

  • Let the Gates of Hell Open: The Best of The Rottweilers – ROH DVD

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