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Stylin' and Profilin'
The Short Story of the Human Tornado

October 14, 2006 by Jordan Dowling


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For those of you who have seen Jack Black's recent wrestling-based semi-flop Nacho Libre you may have noticed someone who seemed slightly out of place. Not Mr Tenacious D himself, whose natural comedic talent and generous figure made him appear as little more than an American invader into the insular world of Lucha Libre, but an afro'd anorexic-looking black man standing at six foot free and weighing in at just over one hundred and fifty pounds. In the film he is known as El Snowflake, but you can call him Craig Williams, the 'Human Tornado'.

Dressed in classic Burberry and always accompanied to the ring by a buxom beauty the Human Tornado always turns heads. He's a fun-loving, perma-smiling pimp, with the dance moves of a young Michael Jackson and the confidence and swagger or a young Mick Jagger. Although not truly unique, some lazy comparisons could be drawn with Charles Wrights' 'Godfather' character, Craig Williams' gimmick sets him above the hundreds of no-names ploughing the US indies at the minute, and yet he never sits back and relies on the gimmick, or his miraculous no-selling of shots to the groin, to get himself across to new fans or stay over with familiar audiences.

You see, along with an (almost) unique persona, and bucketloads of natural charisma, Human Tornado is a legit wrestling talent. His style is for the most part high-flying, but he mixes top-rope planchas with a crisp technical element, bringing chain wrestling to the forefront, while quick leg-work is also utilized with his use of the tornado enzignuri and split-legged crotch kick, two innovative signature moves.

It is with this irresistible mix that, in a short amount of time, Craig Williams has garnered so much attention. His first steps in the wrestling world at the tail end of 2003 at the age of twenty trod the grounds of Revolution Pro and PWG, where he is still a regular competitor. In the space of the couple months he was competing against Super Dragon and B-Boy, two top names in the respective federations.

By the summer of 2005 Human Tornado was one of PWG's brightest stars and looking to his on his way to the top, but in a frightening incident he collapsed during a match with Adam Pierce. Although the cause was found to be dehydration and a full recovery was made, it was a month before Craig returned to the ring.

It was on his return that his course was changed. Craig was teamed up with El Generico, a similarly talented comedic wrestler, and within the space of a month and a half won his first belt, the PWG Tag Team Championship, in a match against Chris Bosh and Scott Lost, Team Arrogance. Tornado and Generico took on the collective name of 'Two Skinny Black Guys' and defeated teams such as Petey Williams/Kazarian before dropping the belts to Davey Williams and Tornado's old nemesis Super Dragon.

After filming his sadly short part in the aforementioned film Nacho Libre Craig went on to focus on the PWG Title with mixed results, defeating Colt Cabana whilst suffering defeats at the hands of Iceman and Scorpio Sky among others. Yet by September he had found himself in the title picture, and in a four-way with Petey Williams, Excalibur and reigning champion Joey Ryan won the PWG Title.

And from here things only look like they will escalate further. Although recently he has chosen to keep PWG his sole focus Human Tornado has been previously involved with TNA, appearing in a dark match back in July, and many ROH fans have called for him to be brought in for a tryout. In the old ECW he might have found a perfect home, but among the new breed his talent would suffer in a roster, at least judging on the past months shows, more solely focused on putting wrestling before gimmicks.

He may weigh less than Karen Carpenter's corpse, but big things are still to come from Mr. Williams, and if you don't decide to check him out on wrestling's toilet circuit, well stay tuned to the top three, because its surely only a matter of time before some realizes the money this skinny pimp will make.

by Jordan Dowling ..


Omar wrote:
First off great article on the human tornado I have seen him in the ring at AWS (Alternative wrestling show )shows located in City Of Industry, California. I enjoy seeing him compete , his ring talent is in high esteem , his mic skills are perfect for the character he represents , and above all the fans love him, when his music hits the fans go nuts , so as a fan of his , I see nothing but prospects for him in today's top promotions , whether it's independent ( ROH, CZW) or the big times ( WWE, TNA ).
Krazee Boy wrote:
I first saw Human Tornado on youtube and was impressed by this guys style of being interviewed. To bad hes been feuding with 1 of my favourite Australian wrestlers in Bobby Jo Marshall. So I'm hoping to see more international wrestlers grace our great shores in Australia.
Neo Type wrote:
Tornado's not too bad, and I'm sure he'll get alot of exposure now that he joined the Blkout. CZW fans sure seem to like him
Danny Carrisosa Jr. wrote:
Omar wrote: "First off great article on the human tornado I have seen him in the ring at AWS (Alternative wrestling show )shows located in City Of Industry, California. I enjoy seeing him compete , his ring talent is in high esteem , his mic skills are perfect for the character he represents , and above all the fans love him, when his music hits the fans go nuts , so as a fan of his , I see nothing but prospects for him in today's top promotions , whether it's independent ( ROH, CZW) or the big times ( WWE, TNA ). "

Okay...right there...WWE or TNA...those guys will trademark the Human Tornado name if it hasn't already been by PWG or AWS. They will not push him as high as he deserves. He like many other black wrestlers that actually had real talent ( i.e. not Tony Atlas) in WWE or TNA such as Orlando Jordan, D'Lo Brown, Shelton Benjamin, D-Von Dudley(while as Reverend D-Von), etc. were never given a big push....they were either sidekicks, tag-team partners or lower mid-card wrestlers.

I am not black, I am of hispanic, german and native amercian ancestry, but do feel that the creative writers of both companies hold back minorities (w/ the exception of Eddie Guerrero)
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