Hercules Hernandez

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Title History

  • NWA Central States Television title defeating Mark Romero (May 27, 1982);
  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/ Dewey Robertson defeating Mark Romero and Mike George (August ??, 1982);
  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/ Dewey Robertson defeating Mark Romero and Mike George (September 30, 1982);
  • Mid South Tag Team titles w/ Ted Dibiase defeating Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton (December 3, 1984);
  • NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Brian Blair (May 26, 1985);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Hector Guerrero (June 30, 1985);
  • IWGP (Japan) Tag Team titles w/ Scott Norton defeating Power Warrior and Hawk (August 5, 1993);
  • IAW Tag Team titles w/ Paul Roma defeating Texas Hangmen (August 25, 1995);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Steve Collins [Tournament] (November 7, 1995);
  • IAW Heavyweight title defeating Greg Valentine (June 5, 1996);

Career Highlights

Mid-South Wrestling:

  • Ray Hernandez got his start in the wrestling business under a mask as “Mr. Wrestling III” in the Mid-South territory.
  • ~~~Mr. Wrestling III was eventually unmasked he became a top heel in the area even feuding with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
  • Hercules was managed by Jim Cornette, but Cornette eventually sold Herc’s contract to Skandor Akbar, who made Herc a “Sheik”.

World Class Championship Wrestling:

  • Hercules Hernandez was managed by Sunshine.
  • May 27, 1982: Hercules Hernandez won the Television title from Mark Romero.
  • April 15, 1984: The Assassin (Rey Hernandez) was unmasked after a match with Jimmy Valiant in Toronto.

World Wrestling Federation 1:

  • 1986: Hercules Hernandez signed with the expanding World Wrestling Federation.
  • April 2, 1986 – Wrestlemania II: Ricky Steamboat defeated Hercules Hernandez.
  • August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: Billy Jack Haynes defeated Hercules Hernandez.
  • Hercules became a member of the Heenan Family, led by Bobby ‘the Brain’ Heenan.
  • March 14, 1987 – SNME: Hercules Hernandez won a “battle royal”.
  • March 27, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: Hercules vs Billy Jack Haynes ended in a Double Count Out in a Full Nelson Challenge.
  • May 2, 1987 – SNME: Ricky Steamboat defeated Hercules by DQ to retain the Intercontinental title.
  • November 16, 1987 – Legends Battle Royal: Don Muraco defeated Hercules.
  • November 28, 1987 – SNME: Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Hercules.
  • March 27, 1988 – Wrestlemania IV: The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hercules.
  • April 30, 1988 – SNME: Jim Duggan defeated Hercules by Disqualification.
  • July 31, 1988 – Wrestlefest: Brutus Beefcake defeated Hercules.
  • August 28, 1989 – Summerslam: Jake “The Snake” Roberts defeated Hercules.

World Wrestling Federation II:

  • Bobby Heenan tried to “sell” Hercules to Ted Dibiase as a slave, but Hercules refused and turned face.
  • November 26, 1988 – SNME: “The Mighty” Hercules defeated Virgil (aka Ted DiBiase’s bodyguard).
  • February 3, 1989 – The Main Event II: “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase defeated “Mighty” Hercules.
  • April 2, 1989 – Wrestlemania V: Hercules defeated King Haku.
  • August 28, 1989 – Summerslam: Greg Valentine defeated Hercules with Ronnie Garvin as guest ring announcer.
  • April 1, 1990 – Wrestlemania 6: Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart defeated Hercules.

World Wrestling Federation III:

  • August 1990: Dino Bravo defeated Paul Roma (After the match: The Rockers came down and tried to console Paul Roma).
  • ~~~Paul Roma started shoving the Rockers away, Hercules Hernandez ran down and got between Roma and the Rosters.
  • ~~~Hercules punched out Marty Jannetty and Paul Roma punched out Shawn Michaels and they had a brief brawl.
  • Hercules turned heel and formed a tag team with Paul Roma called “Power and Glory” managed by Slick.
  • August 27, 1990 – Summerslam: Power and Glory w/ Slick defeated The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels).
  • November 22, 1990 – Survivor Series: Rick Martel/Warlord/Hercules/Roma defeated Roberts/Snuka/Michaels/Jannetty.
  • March 24, 1991 – Wrestlemania 7: The Legion of Doom defeated Power and Glory in 59 seconds.
  • August 26, 1991 – Summerslam: British Bulldog and Kerry von Erich and Ricky Steamboat beat Warlord and Hercules and Paul Roma w/ Slick.
  • October 3, 1991 – Royal Albert Hall: The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated Power and Glory to retain the Tag Team titles.

World Championship Wrestling:

  • 1992: Hercules joined WCW under a mask and wrestled as “The Super Invader” and was managed by Harley Race.
  • May 17, 1992 – WrestleWar 1992: Super Invader defeated Todd Champion.
  • June 6, 1992 – Saturday Night: Super Invader defeated Jason Knight.
  • July 12, 1992 – Great American Bash: Super Invader defeated Marcus Bagwell.
  • September 2, 1992 – WCW Clash of the Champions: Rude/Roberts/Invader/Vader defeated Sting/Koloff/Steiners.

New Japan Pro Wrestling:

  • 1993: Hercules went to New Japan Pro Wrestling and formed a tag team with Scott Norton as the “Jurassic Powers”.
  • August 5, 1993 – NJPW Sumo Hall: Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez beat The Hellraisers to win the IWGP Tag Title.
  • August 6, 1993 – NJPW Sumo Hall: Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez beat Masa Saito and Manabu Nakanishi to retain.
  • August 7, 1993 – NJPW Sumo Hall: Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez beat The Barbarian and Haku to retain.
  • August 8, 1993 – NJPW Sumo Hall: Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez beat The Hellraisers via DQ to retain.
  • November 4, 1993 – NJPW Sumo Hall: Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez beat The Barbarian and Sean Royal to retain.
  • January 4, 1994 – NJPW: Kensuke Sasaki and Hawk (The Hellraisers) defeat Hercules and Norton to win the IWGP tag titles.
  • August 4, 1994 – NJPW Sumo Hall: Rick and Scott Steiner beat Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez.

Rest In Peace:

  • March 6, 2004: Raymond Fernandez was found dead at his home in Tampa, Florida as a result of an apparent heart attack (age 47).