Samuray del Sol

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Title History

  • Gladiadores Aztecas de Lucha Libre Internacional (GALLI) Championship
  • Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup (2012)
  • King of Flight (2013)

Career History [Courtesy in part of Wikipedia.com]

Early Life

  • Samuray del Sol was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States, but spent his first years living in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • In the mid-90s, when Samuray del Sol was still in primary school, Samuray’s family moved to Chicago, though they also kept making regular trips to Mexico City.
  • In Chicago, Samuray del Sol attended Curie Metropolitan High School.  Samuray grew up a fan of Mexican professional wrestling, or lucha libre, especially workers like Tinieblas, whose mask and physique caught his attention, and Octagón, whose in-ring style caught his attention.
  • As a child, Samuray bought both Tinieblas’ and Octagón’s replica masks.
  • After moving to the United States, Samuray started watching World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), taking influence from the likes of Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam and Sabu.
  • In high school, Samuray started watching independent promotions like Ring of Honor (ROH) as well as Japanese promotions.[6] Samuray has a sports background in gymnastics, taekwondo, amateur wrestling and football.

Professional Wrestling Career

Early Career

  • Samuray del Sol was initially trained in professional wrestling in 2006 at Windy City Pro Wrestling’s (WCPW) training school in Chicago, where he was trained in not only American professional wrestling, but also lucha libre by a former Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) luchador.
  • Samuray has later noted that because of his youth, his trainers were strict on him, leading him to contemplating quitting the school.
  • Samuray made his debut for WCPW after only three weeks of training.  Combining his Mexican and Japanese influences, he adopted the ring name Samuray del Sol, choosing to use the spelling “Samuray” in order to differentiate himself from several other workers using the name Samurai.
  • Much like his childhood idols, Samuray also began wrestling under a mask.
  • During his first years in the business, Samuray made a name for himself on the Chicago and Midwestern United States independent circuit.
  • During 2010, Samuray began branching out of the Midwest, making his debuts for Pennsylvania-based International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) and New York-based East Coast Lucha Libre (ECLL).
  • On September 25, 2010, Samuray worked in a dark match put together by Berwyn, Illinois-based All American Wrestling (AAW) for Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), where he unsuccessfully challenged Silas Young for the AAW Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match, which also included Gran Akuma.
  • During 2010, Samuray made his first wrestling tour of Mexico.
  • During another tour of Mexico in April 2011, Samuray suffered a serious injury at an event held by independent promotion Desastre Total Ultraviolento (DTU), when he landed on the concrete floor and hit his head on a guardrail, when diving out of the ring onto his opponents.  In the aftermath of the injury, Samuray began suffering from post-concussion syndrome and fell into depression and contemplated quitting professional wrestling, before receiving a call to take part in a three-day tryout camp for WWE.

Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (2011–present)

  • During mid-2011, Mexican luchador Crazy Boy, who saw Samuray during his Mexican debut, got him a spot in Asistencia Asesoría y Administración’s (AAA) reality television program.  While taking part in the program, Samuray also returned to Crazy Boy’s DTU promotion.
  • During the taping of the program, Samuray del Sol also underwent further training under veteran luchador Gran Apache, whom he credits with “perfecting [his] career”.
  • Although he did not earn a contract with AAA through the program, Samuray was able to make his AAA main card debut on August 19, 2012, when he teamed with Joe Líder and Juventud Guerrera in a six man tag team match, where they were defeated by the villainous La Sociedad trio of Daga, Dark Dragon and Psicosis.
  • During September, Samuray worked several multi man tag team matches against Los Inferno Rockers (Devil Rocker, Machine Rocker, Soul Rocker and Uro Rocker), losing all of them.
  • While training with Teddy Hart in Canada, Samuray received a call from AAA booker Konnan, who offered him a regular spot on the promotion’s roster.
  • October 7, 2012 – Héroes Inmortales:  Samuray was placed in his first storyline in AAA, when he, not identified, referred to only as a “mysterious fighter”, approached Octagón backstage after a match.
  • Shortly afterwards, AAA revealed that the fighter had been Samuray del Sol and he had requested for Octagón to start training him, which Octagón, having been impressed by the newcomer ever since noticing him on television, accepted.
  • On November 15, Octagón was ambushed during an in-ring interview by El Consejo members Silver King and Toscano, who, however, were quicly chased out of the ring by Samuray del Sol. Afterwards, Octagón gave Samuray a new mask similar to the one he was wearing himself and officially adopted him as his protégé, renaming him “Octagón Jr.”
  • Prior to making his in-ring debut as Octagón Jr., Samuray wrestled one final AAA match under his old name and mask, when on November 18 he teamed with AAA World Heavyweight Champion El Mesías to defeat El Consejo members El Texano, Jr. and Silver King via disqualification.
  • Octagón Jr. made his in-ring debut on December 2 at Guerra de Titanes, where he, Octagón and La Parka defeated his debuting storyline nemesis, Pentagón Jr., La Parka Negra and Silver King in a six man tag team match.
  • In May 2013, it was reported that AAA was looking to replace Samuray del Sol as Octagón Jr. due to his busy independent schedule preventing him from appearing for the promotion.

Other Promotions (2009–present)

  • June 5, 2009 – PWN: Shane Hollister defeated Samuray Del Sol and Jordan McEntyre in a 3-way match for the PWN heavyweight title.
  • August 5, 2009 – Deathgrip: Samuray Del Sol was in a 12 man eliminaton match won by Marshe Rockett.
  • October 3, 2009 – DREAMWAVE: Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza defeated Samuray Del Sol and GT Vega. Brett Gakiya defeated Samuray Del Sol, CJ Esparza and Marshe Rockett in a 4-way match.
  • November 20, 2009 – IWA Mid-South: Prince Mustafa Ali defeated Samuray Del Sol and Hammett in a 3-way match.
  • December 5, 2009 – DREAMWAVE: Samuray Del Sol defeated John E. Kash.
  • June 5, 2010 – DREAMWAVE: Samuray Del Sol defeated Justice Jones.
  • June 11, 2010 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Jordan McEntyre.
  • June 26, 2010 – IWA-Mid South: Josh Raymond defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • July 9, 2010 – CSW: Doug Simmons defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • July 10, 2010 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Jordan McEntyre.
  • August 7, 2010 – DREAMWAVE: Samuray Del Sol defeated Hammett and Yabo the Clown in a 3-way match.
  • August 14, 2010 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol, Krotch and MsChif defeated Chandler McClure, Jordan McEntyre and Knight Wagner.
  • August 20, 2010 – AIW: AIW Intense champion Shiima Xion defeated Samuray Del Sol to retain the title.
  • August 21, 2010 – IWC: Johnny Gargano defeated Samuray Del Sol, Colin Delaney and Logan Shulo in a 4-way Super Indy title #1 contenders match.
  • September 24, 2010 – AAW: AAW Heritage champion Arik Cannon defeated Samuray Del Sol to retain the title.
  • September 25, 2010 – DGUSA: AAW heavyweight champion Silas Young defeated Samuray Del Sol and Gran Akuma in a 3-way dark match to retain the title.
  • October 9, 2010 – DREAMWAVE: Samuray Del Sol and Hammett defeated Brian Nelson and Greg Glover.
  • October 22, 2010 – AAW: Dan Lawrence defeated Samuray Del Sol, Juice Robinson and Trik Davis in a 4-way match.
  • November 26, 2010 – AIW: Tim Donst defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • November 27, 2010 – AAW: Cameron Skyy and Tommy Treznik defeated Samuray Del Sol and Juice Robinson.
  • December 4, 2010 – DREAMWAVE: Ace Martino defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • January 22, 2011 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Juice Robinson.
  • February 5, 2011 – DREAMWAVE: Dan Lawrence defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • February 11, 2011 – AAW: Cameron Skyy and Tommy Treznik defeated Samuray Del Sol and Shiima Xion.
  • March 5, 2011 – DREAMWAVE: Mason Beck defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • March 12, 2011 – AAW: Jordan McEntyre and Knight Wagner defeated Samuray Del Sol and Samuray Del Luna.
  • March 26, 2011 – Clash vs. Chikara: Petey Williams defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • April 16, 2011 – DTU: Sadico and Yakuza defeated Samuray Del Sol and Aero Boy, Black Fire and Ciclope & Pequeno Cobra and Pesadilla in a 4-way tag team match.
  • June 17, 2011 – AAW: Jimmy Jacobs defeated Samuray Del Sol, Alex Colon, Sami Callihan and Chrisjen Hayme in a 5-way match.
  • June 18, 2011 – IWC: El Generico defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • July 2, 2011 – DTU: Samuray Del Sol defeated Argos and Daga in a 3-way TLC match.
  • July 24, 2011 – DTU: Samuray Del Sol defeated Aero Boy, Drastik Boy, Shiima Xion and Violento Jack in a 5-way match.
  • July 31, 2011 – IWL: Freelance, Turbo and Naruto defeated Samuray Del Sol, Kansuke and Tribal.
  • August 13, 2011 – DTU: Samuray Del Sol defeated Dr. X-Treme and Black Fire in a 3-way elimination match.
  • August 27, 2011 – Lucha POP: Extreme Tiger defeated Samuray Del Sol, Fenix and Atomic Boy in a 4-way match.
  • August 28, 2011 – Wrestling in Ecatepec: Pesadilla defeated Samuray del Sol, Angelico, Heavy Boy, Low Rider, Tribal and Peligro in a 7-way TLC match.
  • August 30, 2011 – Wrestling in Pachuka: Samuray Del Sol and Low Rider defeated Astro de Plata and Astro Rey Jr..
  • September 10, 2011 – IWL: Low Rider defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • September 11, 2011 – ERLL: Freelance defeated Samuray Del Sol, ATM, Mike Segura and Silenco in a 5-way elimination match.
  • September 17, 2011 – IWL: KBW Universal heavyweight champion Okuzono defeated Samuray Del Sol, Dance Boy and Sadico in a 4-way match to retain the title.
  • September 30, 2011 – AAW: Keith Walker, Cameron Skyy and Tommy Treznik defeated Samuray Del Sol, Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza.
  • October 22, 2011 – IWC: Facade defeated Samuray Del Sol and Icarus in a 3-way match.
  • October 28, 2011 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol, Dan Lawrence, Brett Gakiya and CJ Ezparza defeated Austin Manix, Cameron Skyy, Mr. Miller and Tommy Treznik.
  • November 18, 2011 – CSW: Austin Roberts defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • November 25, 2011 – AIW: Eric Ryan defeated Samuray Del Sol and Facade in a 3-way match.
  • November 27, 2011 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Alex Colon.
  • December 3, 2011 – AAA: Samuray Del Sol, Jack Evans and Daga defeated El Guason, Gran Apache and Tony Rodriguez. Samuray Del Sol and Kratoz defeated El Exorcista Jr. and El Hijo del Exorcista.
  • December 10, 2011 – IWC: Samuray Del Sol and Sairus defeated Kaientai and Low Rider.
  • December 17, 2011 – AAW: Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza defeated Samuray Del Sol and TD Thomas.
  • January 27, 2012 – AAW: Christian Able and Josh Raymond defeated Samuray Del Sol and TD Thomas.
  • February 4, 2012 – CZW: AR Fox defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • February 19, 2012 – X-Project in Mexico: Samuray Del Sol and Sami Callihan defeated Trauma I and Trauma II. Fenix, Freelance and SUGI defeated Samuray Del Sol, Dark Dragon and Zema Ion.
  • February 24, 2012 – AAW: Louis Lyndon defeated Samuray Del Sol, Dan Lawrence, CJ Esparza, Brett Gakiya and Tommy Treznik in a 6-way mayhem.
  • February 25, 2012 – ICW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Carlos Rivera.
  • March 9, 2012 – PWS: The Amazing Red defeated Samuray Del Sol, AR Fox, Brian XL, Devon Moore and Gran Akuma in a 6-way PWS Tri-State #1 contenders elimination match.
  • March 10, 2012 – CZW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Uhaa Nation, Latin Dragon, Lucky tHURteeN, Niles Young, Rory Mondo, Ryan McBride and Shane Strickland.
  • March 17, 2012 – HWA: HWA heavyweight champion Jake Crist defeated Samuray Del Sol to retain the title.
  • March 23, 2012 – RPW: Samuray Del Sol and Lince Dorado defeated Ashton Vuitton and John Skyler.
  • March 29, 2012 – CZW/DGUSA: Samuray Del Sol defeated Masato Yoshino.
  • March 30, 2012 – DGUSA: Samuray Del Sol defeated Johnny Vandal.
  • March 31, 2012 – DGUSA: El Generico defeated Samuray Del Sol, Chuck Taylor, CIMA, Lince Dorado and Rich Swann in a 6-way match.
  • April 13, 2012 – EVOLVE 11: Chuck Taylor defeated Samuray Del Sol and Johnny Gargano in a 3-way elimination match.
  • April 14, 2012 – CZW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano in a 3-way elimination 1st round match. AR Fox defeated Samuray Del Sol in the semi-finals.
  • April 27, 2012 – CSW: CSW Metra champion Carlos Rivera defeated Samuray Del Sol, Hammet and Dave Rydell in a 4-way match to retain the title.
  • May 4, 2012 – PWS: Samuray Del Sol defeated Adam Cole, Andrew Hoss, Brian XL, Kato Tiger and Zema Ion in a 6-way match.
  • May 11, 2012 – EVOLVE 12: Chuck Taylor and Silas Young defeated Samuray Del Sol and Johnny Gargano.
  • May 12, 2012 – EVOLVE 13: AR Fox defeated Jigsaw, Ricochet and Samuray Del Sol in a 4-way match.
  • May 19, 2012 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Knight Wagner, TD Thomas and Marco Cordova in a 4-way match.
  • May 25, 2012 – Lucha POP: Samuray Del Sol defeated Adam Cole, Extreme Tiger and Terremoto Negro in a 4-way match.
  • June 1, 2012 – PWS: Mil Mascaras defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • June 2, 2012 – PWS: Samuray Del Sol defeated AR Fox, Starman and Taka Suzuki in a 4-way match.
  • June 16, 2012 – RCW: RCW Canadian Midweight champion Andrew Hawks defeated Samuray Del Sol and Pete Wilson in a 3-way match to retain the title.
  • June 28, 2012 – EVOLVE 15: El Generico defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • June 29, 2012 – EVOLVE 15: Samuray Del Sol defeated El Generico.
  • June 30, 2012 – EVOLVE 16: Samuray Del Sol defeated Chuck Taylor.
  • July 14, 2012 – RCW: Kato defeated Samuray Del Sol and Teddy Hart in a 3-way match.
  • July 28, 2012 – DGUSA: AR Fox and CIMA defeated Samuray Del Sol and El Generico.
  • July 29, 2012 – DGUSA: Samuray Del Sol defeated Shane Hollister.
  • August 19, 2012 – AAA: Daga, Dark Gragon and Psicosis defeated Samuray Del Sol, Joe Liger and Fenix in a dark match.
  • September 8, 2012 – EVOLVE 17: El Generico defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • September 14, 2012 – RPW: Ashton Vuitton defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • September 16, 2012 – AAA: Soul Rocker, Machine Rocker and Devil Rocker defeated Samuray Del Sol, Fenix and El Alebrije in a dark match.
  • September 28, 2012 – AAA: Soul Rocker, Machine Rocker and Devil Rocker defeated Samuray Del Sol, Freelance and Fenix.
  • September 30, 2012 – AAA: Soul Rocker, Uro Rocker, Machine Rocker and Devil Rocker defeated Samuray Del Sol, Aero Star, Drago and Fenix.
  • October 20, 2012 – RPW: Samuray Del Sol and Lince Dorado defeated Chris Castro and Matt Knicks.
  • November 2, 2012 – DGUSA: Sami Callihan defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • November 3, 2012 – DGUSA: Akira Tozawa defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • November 4, 2012 – DGUSA: Samuray Del Sol and El Generico defeated Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito.
  • November 18, 2012 – AAA: Samuray Del Sol and El Mesias defeated El Texano Jr. and Silver Cain by disqualification.
  • November 30, 2012 – RPW: Aaron Epic and Suge D defeated Samuray Del Sol and Lince Dorado, Jocephus and Steven Walters & Ayari Daivari and Shawn Daivari in a 4-way to win the vacant RPW tag team titles.
  • December 2, 2012 – AAA: Octagon Jr., Octagon and La Parka defeated La Parka Negra, Pentagon Jr. and Silver Cain.
  • December 8, 2012 – EVOLVE 18: Samuray Del Sol and El Generico defeated Player Uno and Player Dos.
  • December 14, 2012 – Samuray del Sol entered the 2012 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup, defeating Eddie Rios in his first round match.
  • The following day, Samuray del Sol defeated Jonathan Gresham in the quarterfinals, Jon Davis in the semifinals and finally AR Fox in the finals to win the entire tournament.
  • January 5, 2013 – CFW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Matt Cross.
  • January 18, 2013 – Samuray del Sol worked on the Hart Legacy Wrestling (HLW) promotion’s inaugural event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the opening four-way elimination tag team match, he and El Generico were victorious over the teams of Cam!kaze and Pete Wilson, Brian Cage and Trent Barreta, and Andrew Hawkes and Ryan Rollins. As a result, the two earned a spot in a main event ten man tag team match, where they teamed with Barreta, Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Jack Evans in a losing effort against the team of Teddy Hart, Brian Cage, Cam!kaze, Flip Kendrick and Pete Wilson.
  • January 25, 2013 – DGUSA: Samuray Del Sol defeated Eita.
  • January 26, 2013 – DGUSA: AR Fox defeated Samurai Del Sol.
  • January 27, 2013 – DGUSA: Samuray Del Sol defeated Ryo Saito.
  • February 10, 2013 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Kyle O’Reilly in the quarter-finals.
  • February 15, 2013 – The Crash V: Octagon Jr. and Angel Metalico defeated Star Boy and Viento by disqualification.
  • February 16, 2013 – AWE: Octagon Jr. and Espectro II defeated Fugitivo de Texas II and X-Men Guepardo.
  • February 22, 2013 - AAA Canada Next Generation Wrestling: Jack Evans and Samuray Del Sol defeated Flip Kendrick and Sonjay Dutt. John Morrison defeated Teddy Hart, Samuray Del Sol, Jack Evans, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Brian Cage to win the NGW World Title.
  • March 1, 2013 – AAW: Samuray Del Sol defeated Louis Lyndon in the semi-finals. ACH defeated Samurai Del Sol to win the vacant AAW Heritage title.
  • March 3, 2013 – DREAMWAVE: CJ Esparza and Prince Mustafa Ali defeated Samuray Del Sol and Lince Dorado.
  • March 15, 2013 – FIP: FIP World heavyweight champion Jon Davis defeated Samuray Del Sol to retain the title.
  • March 22, 2013 – PWG: Rich Swann and Ricochet defeated Samuray Del Sol and AR Fox..
  • March 23, 2013 – PWG: TJ Perkins defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • March 24, 2013 – Brian Kendrick’s Flight of The King Tournament: Samuray del Sol defeated Paul London in the 1st round. Samurai Del Sol defeated AR Fox in the semi-finals. Samurai Del Sol defeated Ricochet to win the tournament.
  • April 5, 2013 – Evolve 19: Sami Callihan defeated Jigsaw, Rich Swann and Samuray del Sol in a EVOLVE Title Tournament Quarter Final Four Way Freestyle Match.
  • April 7, 2013 – Dragon Gate USA: Uhaa Nation defeated Christina Von Eerie, Facade, Samuray Del Sol, AR Fox, Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson in a High Fliers Ladders Are Legal match.
  • April 20, 2013 – Chilanga Mask: Kaientai defeated Samurai Del Sol, Extreme Tiger and Zema Ion in a 4-way match.
  • April 21 2013 – WWL Idols of Wrestling: ZERO1 Mexico champion Sicodelico Jr. defeated Octagon Jr. (Samurai Del Sol), Axxel and El Hijo de Rey Misterio in a 4-way match to retain the title.
  • April 28, 2013 – IWF: Ilya Malkin defeated Samurai Del Sol.
  • May 17, 2013 – AAW Day of Defiance: Silas Young defeated Samuray Del sol.
  • May 24, 2013 – FCP: MK McKinnan defeated Samurai Del Sol.
  • May 25, 2013 – SWE: Marty Scurll defeated Samurai Del Sol in the Semi-Finals Speed King 2 tournament.
  • May 26, 2013 – RPW: Kris Travis and Martin Kirby defeated Samurai Del Sol and El Ligero.
  • May 30, 2013 – EVOLVE 20: Anthony Nese defeated Samuray del Sol.
  • June 1, 2013 – EVOLVE 21: Samuray Del Sol defeated Shane Strickland.
  • June 2, 2013 – EVOLVE 22: Open the Freedom Gate champion Johnny Gargano defeated Samuray Del Sol to retain the title.
  • June 7, 2013 – DREAMWAVE: Prince Mustafa Ali defeated Samuray Del Sol, CJ Esparza and Lince Dorado in a 4-way match.
  • June 8, 2013 – DREAMWAVE: Lince Dorado defeated Samuray Del Sol.
  • June 15, 2013 – PWG: The Young Bucks defeated Samuray Del Sol and AR Fox.
  • June 28, 2013 – AAW: AAW tag team champions Jake Crist and Dave Crist defeated Samuray Del Sol and Colt Cabana to retain the titles.

WWE (2013-2014):

  • In May 2013, it was reported that Samuray del Sol was undergoing pre-contract signing medical tests for WWE.  On May 26, it was reported that he had signed a developmental contract with WWE.
  • November 14, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Aiden English defeated Kalisto.
  • April 3, 2014 – NXT Live Event: Kalisto defeated El Local in a dark match.
  • May 8, 2014 – NXT: Kalisto and El Local defeated The Legionnaires (Sylvester LeFort and Marcus Louis. Kalisto was also in the battle royal won by Tyler Breeze, Sami Zayn and Tyson Kidd.
  • May 16, 2014 – NXT Live Event: Viktor defeated Alex Riley and Kalisto in a 3-way match.
  • May 29, 2014 – NXT: NXT tag team champions Konnor and Viktor defeated Kalisto and El Local to retain the titles.
  • June 6, 2014 – NXT Live Event: Kalisto defeated Buddy Murphy.