Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a man who likes to announce his name.
Wrestler: “The Chimaera” Ricardo Rodriguez (Chimaera/El Local).
Background Information: Ricardo Rodriguez is billed from San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Before wrestling for independent California promotions, he wrestled with other upcoming wrestlers in backyards for (BBW) Beyond Backyard Wrestling.
He wrestled for various promotions as the masked wrestler Chimaera and his professional wrestling debut came at UEW’s 1st Annual West Coast Cruiser Cup Tournament on August 11, 2006.
He and Jason Watts teamed up to take on the NWPW Tag Team Champions Aerial Star and Ric Ellis and initially lost, but beat them for the championship on October 4, 2008. They lost the title in a two-on-one handicap match to Ryan Stone.
In Chikara, he participated in the Young Lions Cup VII and was eliminated by KC Day.
At Dragon Gate USA, he competed in a Dragon Gate Fray match which was won by Brad Allen on March 26, 2010.
He also participated in Vendetta Pro Triforce Championship tournament and beat Brian Cage and Jason Watts in the final for the vacant Vendetta Pro Triforce Championship and vacated the championship when he signed with WWE.
He was also a trainer for California based promotion, Fit Pit Pro Wrestling (FPPW). He has also wrestled in So Cal Pro, EMLL, CWX, NWPW, NWT/NTLL, BPW, the West Coast Wrestling Company, Vendetta Pro, and in both IWL and LLII as Jesse Long.
He as Chimaera debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) on December 2, 2010, in a ten-man tag match, teaming with Husky Harris, Buck Dixon, Matt Clements, and Kenny Li to defeat Big E Langston, Darren Young, James Bronson, Kevin Hackman, and Roman Leakee.
From 2011, he competed in FCW under the Ricardo Rodriguez gimmick. On August 28, 2011, he said that Alberto Del Rio was an employee of his father’s agency.
He formed a stable called The Ascension with Conor O’Brian, Tito Colon, Kenneth Cameron, and Raquel Diaz. However, by September 26, 2011, The Ascension no longer associated with him as a video package promoting The Ascension only featured the latter four Ascension members without him and when The Ascension had their first match together in October 2011, he did not accompany them.
He debuted in the WWE on the SmackDown brand on August 20, 2010, as a personal ring announcer to Alberto Del Rio. As well as being the personal ring announcer, he also helped Del Rio win matches by distracting his opponents.
On January 4, 2011, on an episode of NXT, he took Del Rio’s place in a battle royal for the NXT Pros and was quickly eliminated by R-Truth. On NXT, he feuded with Del Rio’s Rookie, Conor O’Brian after he claimed a rat problem. On January 18, 2011, on an episode of NXT, he and O’Brian brawled backstage setting up his WWE singles debut which he won.
At the 2011 WWE Draft, he and Del Rio were drafted to the Raw brand; the duo clashed with Big Show when he ran over Big Show’s leg by using Del Rio’s car.
He and Del Rio were traded to the SmackDown brand on April 20, 2012, on an episode of SmackDown.
He came to the aid of the Spanish announce team at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 16, 2012, who were being heckled by 3MB (Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, and Jinder Mahal). As 3MB turned on him, Del Rio came to his aid, signalling a face turn for the duo. The turn was further cemented the next night at Raw in a similar situation as he came to the aid of Tommy Dreamer who was being assaulted by The Shield, but he ended up being attacked himself.
He was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy on July 2, 2013. He returned to television on August 5, 2013, on an episode of Raw, but after he inadvertently cost Del Rio a non-title match against Rob Van Dam, Del Rio viciously assaulted him.
He returned to Raw on August 19, 2013, revealing that he now worked for Rob Van Dam. The next week on Raw, he cost Del Rio a match against Van Dam and as per match stipulation, Van Dam would get a shot at Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.
He started to wrestle as the masked luchador El Local who remained distinct from his ring announcer character debuting on November 3, 2013, on an episode of Saturday Morning Slam in a loss to Sin Cara.
In late 2013, he began teaming up with another masked competitor (Tyson Kidd) to form Los Locales, a team which never won a match.
In May 2014, he formed a tag team with the debuting Kalisto on NXT, in a winning effort against The Legionnaires (Marcus Louis and Sylvester Lefort). He was released by WWE on July 30, 2014.
On August 30, 2014, he made his debut for World Wrestling Council (WWC) mocking Ray González. On September 7, 2014, at Septiembre Negro, he was defeated by González.
Throughout his WWC career, he became a WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Champion.
On November 28, 2014, he made his debut for Mexican promotion AAA, reassuming the role of Alberto Del Rio’s (then El Patrón Alberto) personal ring announcer. In October 2015, Del Rio returned to WWE without him as he left the company as well afterwards.
In September 2015, he was hired as a trainer for The Great Khali’s wrestling school in Punjab, the Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE). The school held his first event on December 12, 2015.
He still works as a trainer for CWE to this day.
My Thoughts: Ricardo Rodriguez is an interesting individual. Even though he doesn’t have the best look in professional wrestling, the man has a presence about him in and outside of the ring as he has a great character, excellent charisma, and he’s a pretty good wrestler inside that ring. Ricardooooooooooooooooo… Rod…ri…gueeeeeeeeeeeezzzzz!
Video: This video contains a match between Ricardo Rodriguez and Leakee on October 23, 2011.
My Thoughts: This was a good match that showcased his skills in the ring.
As Howard Finkel was about to introduce Ricardo Rodriguez interrupted him as he was speaking Spanish to Howard Finkel before speaking in English as he said he respected Howard Finkel, but he’s not relevant anymore because it’s 2011 and not 1990. He then said that there’s only one person that could announce him and that is himself where he does the in-ring introduction for himself.
Nice showing of character and charisma of Ricardo Rodriguez here as he is in business for himself and the way he did his in-ring introduction on himself was very good especially his name. Now, onto the match itself.
The way he worked on Leakee’s neck throughout the match was good in-ring psychology. Not only that, the way Leakee threw him to the corner, but he stopped himself by sliding his foot towards the bottom turnbuckle and hit a backflip kick on Leakee which was cool to see. Even though he lost the match, he looked good in defeat so he had nothing to be ashamed of. Plus, love his attire as he was using his Chimaera attire from the independent circuit so I enjoyed that a lot.
Good match that showcased Ricardo Rodriguez’s skills in the ring.
Even though I don’t see Ricardo Rodriguez being a top guy in WWE, he does have something about him that could be beneficial to the company as he’s very charismatic and he’s Mexican so he can appeal to the Mexican market.
It’s a shame to see Ricardo Rodriguez in WWE, but he still wrestles and is training wrestlers at the moment so it’s all fine and good. Ricardooooooooooooooooo… Rod…ri…gueeeeeeeeeeeezzzzz!
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