Birth name Theodore James Perkins
Born September 3 1984 (1984-09-03) (age 35)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) TJP
TJ Perkins
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg)
Billed from Los Angeles, California
Trained By Kevin Quinn
Christopher Daniels
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Antonio Inoki
Debut August 1998

  Teddy James "T.J." Perkins (born September 3, 1984), also known as TJP, is a Filipino American professional wrestler currently working for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), as a freelancer. He is best known for his time in WWE, where he is a former Cruiserweight Champion. He also worked on the independent circuit, sometimes under his initials TJP.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2001–2011)Edit

He began training at New Japan Pro Wrestling's L.A. Dojo in Los Angeles along with friends Ricky Reyes, Rocky Romero, and Bryan Danielson. They all made their debut in NJPW on the same Korakuen Hall card in October 2002, with Perkins debuting as the maskless "Pinoy Boy" T.J. Perkins. In NJPW, he holds the record of the youngest non-Japanese wrestler to compete for the promotion, at 18 years and 3 weeks old. At the age of 18 in 2003, following his third tour with NJPW, he was given the gimmick (character) of Puma, a masked character with similarities to Tiger Mask, and he began teaming with Tiger Mask IV.[1] Perkins stated the character was created due to perceived similarities between himself and the original Tiger Mask, Satoru Sayama, and the idea was that he would be the American version of Tiger Mask.[2][1]

In late May and early June 2011, Perkins, under the ring name TJP, took part in NJPW's Best of the Super Juniors tournament. After winning three of his eight matches in the round robin stage of the tournament, TJP finished seventh out of the nine wrestlers in his block and did not advance to the semifinals.[3]

Return to NJPW (2019) Edit

On July 26, TJP was announced as one of the participants of the 2019 Super J-Cup. On August 22, TJP defeated Clark Connors in his first round match, but was eliminated by El Phantasmo in the second round of the tournament. From October 16 until November 1, TJP and Clark Connors took part in the 2019 Super Jr. Tag League, finishing the tournament with a record of one win and six losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament.

Personal lifeEdit

Perkins was born in Los Angeles to two airline workers. He attended St. Thomas the Apostle School, a middle school in Riverside, California.[2] At the age of 18, he began training in boxing, mixed martial arts and catch wrestling.[2][1] By the age of 21, Perkins had earned enough money to buy his own house.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • 520° corkscrew springboard tornado DDT[4]
    • 86er (Diving high knee)[5]
    • Detonation Kick (Fireman's carry dropped into an overhead kick)[6][7][8]
    • Figure Four Deathlock (Leglock cloverleaf)[9][4]
    • Mega Buster (Jumping hangman's neckbreaker)[5]
    • NBA Jam (Cross body press)
    • Skull Crusher (Kneeling reverse piledriver)[4]
    • TJP Clutch (Leglock inverted cloverleaf,[10] usually preceded by a kneebar)[11][12]
    • Pinoy Stretch (Arm trap cross-legged STF)
  • Signature moves
    • Brainbuster[4]
    • Clutch Dagger (Double chickenwing double knee gutbuster)[12]
    • Flying armbar[4]
    • Jumping neckbreaker[4]
    • Senton bomb[4]
    • Sharpshooter[6]
    • Sitout scoop slam piledriver[4]
    • Tiger suplex[4]
    • Tornado DDT[4]
    • Wrecking Ball Dropkick[13] (Springboard front dropkick to the outside of an opponent draped over the second rope)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him 122 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wojick, Alan 2009-10-15. Jeff Peterson Cup '09 profile – T.J. Perkins . Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on 2013-06-23.
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  3. (Results) New Japan, 6/7/11 . Strong Style Spirit (2011-06-07). Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 T.J. Perkins . Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on 2013-06-23.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Evolve Wrestling profile . Evolve. Retrieved on 2010-01-22.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Roster . Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Retrieved on 2013-06-18.
  7. 2012 Battle of Los Angeles – Night One . Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Retrieved on 2012-09-05.
  8. Namako, Jason 2011-12-12. ROH on Sinclair Results – 12/10/11 . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2012-09-05.
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named acceleratorbio
  12. 12.0 12.1
  14. Daniel Bryan es el #1 del PWI 500 del 2014 – listado completo (in Spanish). SuperLuchas. Retrieved on 2014-09-27.
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