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Konnan

Konnan
REAL NAME: Charles "Carlos" Ashenoff
5' 11", 257 pounds
BORN:June 6, 1964 in Santiago, Cuba
NICKNAMES: El Centurion, El Electrico, Maximillion Moves, Max Moon, K-Dawg

Konnan has risen from a troubled youth to the heights of stardom in pro wrestling, appearing in various Mexican organizations, ECW, WCW and he now can be found as a member of 3 Live Krew in NWA-TNA. But whether he was with the NWO or 3LK, he has never forgotten his lucha libre roots.

Konnan's young life was filled with hardship, as he struggled to survive on the streets of Miami. His involvement in street gangs led to jail time for Konnan. But after a four-year stint in the navy, he turned to boxing, winning the California Middleweight Amateur Boxing Championship in 1982 and 1983.

A man by the name of John Roberts, looking for new lucha talent, "discovered" Konnan and directed him to Rey Mysterio, Sr, who trained Konnan for the wrestling ring, as well as Rey Mysterio, Jr, Psicosis, Ciclope, Damien. After training for eight months, wrestling as El Centurion, Konnan began his career in Tijuana. After wrestling in Mexico and Southern California, Canek and Perro Aguayo brought him to their UWA/Lucha Libre Internacional promotion, the number two organization in Mexico at the time.

Konnan did a short stint with WWE, under his own name, as well as "Maximillion Moves", "Max Moon" and "El Electrico". Eventually, the organization settled on Max Moon, but before long a frustrated Konnan had left the organization and Paul Diamond replaced him in the role. Konnan had a short stopover in WCW, teaming with Rey Mysterio Sr, as "Team Mexico", competing in the Pat O'Connor Memorial International Tag Team Tournament. Team Mexico defeated Team UK (Chris Adams and Norman Smiley) but lost to the Steiners, representing the U.S.

Returning to Mexico, Konnan began wrestling in EMLL, where he feuded with Perro Aguayo, eventually losing his mask to his opponent. In 1992, Konnan became involved in the creation of AAA (Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion). He became embroiled in a vicious feud with Cien Caras that culminated in a retirement match at TripleMania (AAA's version of WrestleMania) in April of 1993. The match drew the all-time attendance record in Mexico as 48,000 fans jammed into the Plaze de Toros bullring in Mexico City, as Caras defeated Konnan due to the interference of Jake the Snake Roberts.

Konnan feuded with Roberts defeating him in a steel cage match in Los Angeles in March 1994 and a "hair vs. hair" match in Tijuana in May 1994 at TripleMania II. Later, Konnan turned on his tag partner, Perro Aguayo and formed a heel stable called Los Gringos Locos with Eddy Guerrero, the late Art Barr, Madonna's Boyfriend (the late Louie Spicolli) and others. Konnan's feud with Aguayo climaxed at AAA's only pay-per-view event, When World's Collide from Los Angeles, losing a bloody cage match

In 1995, Konnan headed back to the U.S. to ECW, engaging in series of matches against the Sandman and battling Jason Knight at November to Remember '95, with Taz as the referee. By the beginning of 1996, however, Konnan was headed to WCW, arriving as "Mexican Champion" and defeating Psychosis at Clash of the Champions XXXII.

While working as the booker for AAA, Konnan also helped book many of the organization's top stars (including Juventud Guerrera, Rey Mysterio Jr., Psicosis, and La Parka) for WCW. Almost immediately after arriving in WCW, Konnan unseated the One Man Gang on January 29, 1996 in Canton, Ohio for the United States Championship. Four days later, Konnan defeated the Killer to win the AAA Heavyweight Championship. Even as Konnan defended the U.S. title in WCW, he took part in the World Wrestling Peace Festival in Los Angeles, defeating Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Jericho. At Bash at the Beach '96, however, he would lose the U.S. title to Ric Flair.

Konnan would join forces with the NWO and eventually defeat Jericho< for the WCW Television Championship on November 30, 1998. When the inevitable NWO split came, Konnan sided with the Wolfpac, donning the red and white of the Kevin Nash-led faction.

With the reformation of the NWO in January 1999, Konnan found himself on the outs with the supergroup. After battling the Outsiders and Lex Luger, Konnan also found himself being annoyed by Disco Inferno, but soundly defeated Disco at Spring Stampede.

Joining forces with Rey Mysterio, Jr. and the No Limit Soldiers against Curt Hennig and the West Texas Rednecks in a rap vs. country music feud. With the departure of Master P from WCW, Konnan continued to team with Mysterio, along with Billy Kidman and Juventud Guerrera and Eddie Guerrero as the Filthy Animals. The group brought Konnan some success as he and Mysterio defeated Harlem Heat on October 18, 1999 to win the WCW Tag Team titles. They were stripped of the titles due to an injury to Mysterio, but Konnan teamed with Kidman to once again defeat Harlem Heat and begin another reign as Tag Team Champion.

Konnan would spend much of 2000 on the outs with WCW, and would also miss time due to a tricep tear that required surgery in July 2000. In between those absences, Konnan led the Filthy Animals into battle against the Misfits in Action and, later, the Natural Born Thrillers and Team Canada.

After the demise of WCW, Konnan wrestled in Mexico (defending the AAA Championship), Puerto Rico (where he teamed with Carly Colon to win the WWC Tag Team titles and later defeated Colon for the WWC Championship), Australia and Ireland (with the World Wrestling All-Stars).

In mid-2002, Konnan became a part of NWA-TNA, becoming part of the Gauntlet for the Gold match (won by Ken Shamrock) on the inaugural show. In those early weeks, Konnan began to form the Authentic Luchatores with several lucha libre stars including Juventud Guerrera and Super Crazy. However, soon Konnan began teaming with Ron Killings and BG James as 3 Live Krew.

3 Live Krew began making appearances in the summer of 2003 and were used both as comic relief and serious contenders for the NWA World Tag Team titles, a championship won on November 26 when they defeated Simon Diamond, Johnny Swinger and Glen Gilbretti.

Even as 3 Live Krew finds itself in the midst of a lengthy feud with Team Canada, there is dissention in their ranks. Kip James turned up in NWA-TNA and seems to want to reteam with his former New Age Outlaw tag partner, 3LK member BG James, something that weighed heavily on Konnan's mind at present.

Kip James eventually proved his loyalty to BG James and Konnan inducted Kip into the group, turning 3 Live Krew into 4 Live Krew, but the good will didn't last for long.

In the middle of an 8-man tag match against Team Canada at Turning Point, Konnan attacked both Kip and BG James. In the weeks that followed, BG and Kips became the James Gang, while Konnan brought in Homicide and Apollo (later replaced with Machete) as the Latin American Exchange.

Konnan and LAX even went so far as to attack BG James' father, Bullet Bob Armstrong. The James Gang defeated LAX at Against All Odds but few expect this feud to be over anytime soon.

-- compiled by John Milner with files from John Molinaro

KONNAN STORIES

  • March 14, 2013: Konnan has moved on to production, managing and podcasting
  • March 14, 2007: Konnan fundraising effort gains steam
  • Sep. 22, 2006: Konnan raps on race, TNA and LAX
  • Oct. 20, 2005: Veterans relishing time in TNA
  • Mar. 19, 2001: Konnan: Politics killed WCW