Profile last updated by: Sean Sweeny

Hercules Ayala


Title History

 

  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Puerto Rican Heavyweight title defeating Spoiler I [Tournament] (February 21, 1976);
  • WWC North American Tag Team titles w/Victor Jovica defeating Higo Hamaguchi & Gordon Nelson (December 4, 1976);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Puerto Rican Heavyweight title defeating Hurricane Castillo (June 18, 1977);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Caribbean Heavyweight title defeating Hurricane Castillo (November 26, 1977);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Jim Neidhart defeating Mr. Sakurada & Kasavudu (September 27, 1980);
  • NWA (Texas) World Tag Team titles w/Ali Mustafa Awarded (January ??, 1981);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) World Tag Team titles w/King Tonga defeating Super Medicos (January 6, 1984);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Puerto Rican Heavyweight title defeating Terry Gibbs (June 14, 1984);
  • EWU (South Africa) World Super Heavyweight title defeating Jan Wilkens (October 6, 1984);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Heavyweight title defeating Randy Savage (March 2, 1985);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating David Shultz (January 19, 1987);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Caribbean Heavyweight title defeating Abdullah the Butcher (March 28, 1987);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Universal Heavyweight title defeating Carlos Colon (July 18, 1987);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Universal Heavyweight title defeating Carlos Colon (February 13, 1988);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Universal Heavyweight title defeating Carlos Colon (July 23, 1988);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Puerto Rican Heavyweight title defeating Ricky Santana (December 17, 1988);
  • AWF (Puerto Rico) Tag Team titles w/Invader 4 defeating Solid Gold (March 14, 1992);
  • AWF (Puerto Rico) Heavyweight title defeating Crash the Terminator (June 6, 1992);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Puerto Rican Heavyweight title defeating Ray Gonzalez (March 9, 2002);

 

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Hercules took the name “Ayala” because it was his mother’s maiden name..
  • Hercules Ayala, living in Boston, began working out and met wrestler Angelo Savoldi, who trained him..
  • Hercules Ayala debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation..World Wrestling Council:
  • Early 70s: Hercules Ayala returned to his native Puerto Rico to work for Capital Sports Promotion, better known as WWC..
  • ~~~Hercules Ayala made a shocking heel turn on Carlos Colon and feuded with him..Stampede Wrestling:
  • 1977: Hercules Ayala met Bret Hart & Dynamite Kid while on tour in Germany, Ayala was soon booked in Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling..
  • ~~~Hercules Ayala agreed to a six month run, but ended up staying eight years!
  • ~~~Hercules Ayala left Stampede just before the WWF expanded and bought the promotion..
  • ~~~Hercules Ayala was often billed as ‘The Strongest Man in Wrestling’..
  • ~~~Hercules Ayala met his wife, Susan, while working for Stampede, who was from Edmonton, Alberta..WWC + Eastern Canada:
  • March 1985: Hercules Ayala defeated Randy Savage to win the WWC North American title..
  • Hercules Ayala also did a couple of tours of duty for the Atlantic Grand Prix circuit, as Hercules Ayala Cortez (not the original)..
  • January 1987: Hercules Ayala defeated Dr. D. David Shultz for Montreal’s International Wrestling title..
  • ~~~Hercules Ayala would eventually lose the title to Abdullah the Butcher..
  • 1988: Hercules Ayala was in the ‘heel’ dressing room when Bruiser Brodywas killed (in the ‘face’ locker room) in Puerto Rico..Retirement:
  • Ruben & Susan Cruz now live in Edmonton with their two daughters, who have dual citizenship..
  • Ruben, who is a landed immigrant in Canada, also has a son from a previous relationship in Puerto Rico..