Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a man that will make the world rain.
Wrestler: “The Rain of Fire” Calvin Raines (Pat Brink/Caleb O’Neal).
Background Information: Calvin Raines is from Baltimore, Maryland. Calvin Raines is trained by the Team 3D Academy.
He made his professional wrestling debut in August 2001 in a match against Chad Austin in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
He then moved on to Maryland Championship (MCW) under the ring name Genesis and he made his debut for the company on February 16, 2002, in math against Mosh from The Headbangers.
Throughout his MCW career, he became a MCW Heavyweight Champion, a MCW Rage Television Champion, and a MCW Tag Team Champion. He kept competing in MCW until he signed a contract with WWE.
In mid 2008, he signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was sent to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
He made his debut for FCW on August 26, 2008, in a match against Trent Baretta using the ring name Caleb O’Neal.
He competed with FCW until he got released from the company on March 2009.
Once he got released from FCW, he returned back to MCW using the ring name Cobian and competed with MCW until he signed another contract with WWE.
On August 21, 2010, he signed a development contract with WWE again and is sent to FCW where he is named Calvin Raines.
Throughout his FCW career, he became a Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed with FCW until he was released once again on February 3, 2012.
After his release from FCW, he went back to MCW using his real name Pat Brink and still competes in the independent circuit to this day.
My Thoughts: Calvin Raines is a man that had a ton of potential to be a top star in WWE if given a chance. The man has a great look, the man has a presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has a good character, good charisma, and he’s pretty solid in the ring for a man his size. When it rains, it pours!
Video: This video contains a match between Calvin Raines and Tito Colon on May 15, 2011.
My Thoughts: This was a good match that showcased Calvin Raines’ skills in the ring.
His counter to Tito Colon’s back diving crossbody with the shoulder block was impressive to see. His fireman’s carry into a spinebuster on Tito Colon was well executed and very innovative as that move got him the win. For a man his size, he has some skills in the ring, but with more training, he could be a lot better than what he is.
Good match that showcased Calvin Raines’ skills in the ring as he has an impressive finisher with that fireman’s carry into a spinebuster.
It’s a shame that FCW didn’t have a chance to use him to his full potential as the first he got to FCW back in 2008, he had potential, but was kind of green so getting released back then in order to improve helped him as he did better in his second run in FCW. However, he got released once again in his second run in FCW.
Even though he probably won’t be in WWE once again due to him failing twice, he’s doing well in the independent circuit and has improved a lot since then. When it rains, it pours!
After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.
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