Petey Williams of TNA. - courtesy TNA
REAL NAME: Peter Williams
5' 7", 179 pounds
BORN:August 26, 1982 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Known for his innovative Canadian Destroyer finisher, Team Canada's Petey Williams has certainly helped to further put his home town of Windsor, Ontario on the wrestling map for his exploits in TNA's X-Division, making a name for himself as one of the industry's most exciting young wrestlers.
Trained by his future Team Canada coach Scott D'Amore at the Can-Am Wrestling School, Petey Williams began his career in D'Amore's Border City Wrestling promotion in Windsor where he would cross paths with other future members of Team Canada including A-1, Eric Young, Bobby Roode and Johnny Devine. Beginning in January 2002, Williams would spend most of the first two years of his career in Border City Wrestling, competing against the best of BCW including Tyson Dux, The Hacker and Mike Legacy before moving on to NWA-TNA in early 2004.
On February 25, 2004, Williams (representing Team Canada and a last-minute replacement for the injured Teddy Hart) would defeat Team AAA's Juventud Guerrera and Jerry Lynn of Team TNA but could not stop Team AAA from retaining the America's X-Cup several weeks later. In addition to wrestling in TNA, Williams would wrestle in Pennsylvania's Combat Zone Wrestling in the spring of 2004 and return to Border City Wrestling and other independents.
On May 29th, three days after losing to Chris Sabin in an Ultimate X match (that also included Hector Garza which gave Team USA the win the World's X-Cup, Williams headed to IWA Mid-South to win a tournament for the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship.
In June 2004, Williams returned to TNA and began competing with Team Canada, regularly in six-man matches against various combinations of X-Division competitors. He also formed a regular team with Bobby Roode and the two Canadians battled America's Most Wanted in an unsuccessful attempt to win the NWA Tag Team titles as well as members of 3 Live Krew.
Williams garnered some singles gold when, on August 11, 2004, he won a 20-man gauntlet match to win the X-Division title, a championship he retained against Amazing Red, Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and others. When he won the title, he admittted to SLAM Wrestling that it was a suprrise since he'd had few singles matches within the organization.
Eleven days after winning the X-Division Championship, Williams was in Japan, winning a Wrestle Aid tournament to claim the TPW Jr. Heavyweight title.
In September, Williams returned to IWA where, after several successful title defences, he lost the IWA title to Arik Cannon in the Ted Petty Invitational. His return to Border City Wrestling a day later was more successful, teaming with Roode to defeat defeated Truth Martini and N8 Mattson and win the Border City Wrestling Tag Team titles.
Back in TNA, Williams continued to successfully defend the X Division title, most notably at Victory Road against A.J. Styles and against Sabin at Turning Point. His 2004 campaign netted Williams the Wrestling Observer's Rookie of the Year award.
2005 started off a bit rocky for Williams, as he lost the X-Division Championship to A.J. Styles in an Ultimate X match at Final Resolution. However, that would not be the end of Williams' brush with championship gold. He and Roode continued to retain the Border City Wrestling Tag titles (until February 27, 2005), and on February 12th, he traveled to Quebec and won the Elite Wrestling Revolution Championship. Amid his teaming with Team Canada (defeating America's Most Wanted and 3 Live Krew at Destination X), Williams won the 2005 ECWA Super 8 tournament on April 9th, and eight days later, returned to Border City Wrestling/Prime Time Wrestling to win the TV title, defeating Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley.
Back in TNA, however, he wasn't so lucky in his attempt to win the NWA Tag Team titles with Eric Young (America's Most Wanted defeated them in a cage strap match at Hard Justice and the Naturals defeated them at Slammiversary) or the NWA World Championship, as Williams traveled to Rome, Italy, only to fall to A.J. Styles on June 4, 2005.
In between wrestling in TNA, Williams also appeared on several independent shows including Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, NWA Cyberspace, NWA Florida (for the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup tournament) and faced A.J. Styles again at a June 18th Ring of Honor show.
Williams would return to NWA-TNA and get back into the thick of things in the X-Division tournament, challenging (albeit unsuccessfully) Christopher Daniels at No Surrender and taking part in the Super X tournament, defeating Chris Sabin in the first round before being eliminated by A.J. Styles.
Amid appearances at the NWA Legends Convention in August (where he defeated Elix Skipper and NWA Cyberspace and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Williams returned to Border City Wrestling on September 15th, to successfully defend the TV title against Jerry Lynn.
Returning both to TNA and his X Division past, Williams defeated Matt Bentley and Chris Sabin to win an Ultimate X match at Bound for Glory. Unfortunately he couldn't use his momentum to carry him to another reign as X Division Champion, as A.J. Styles defeated him at Genesis.
With Coach Scott D'Amore aligning Team Canada with NWA Champion Jeff Jarrett, Williams splits time between battling Team 3-D with his Canadian teammates, and making his way back to the top of the X Division title scene.September 13, 2010: The High Crusade Q&A
September 7, 2010: Shelley, Sabin, Petey jam on debut CD
November 14, 2009: Petey Williams reconnecting with audiences
November 10, 2009: Petey Williams adapts to a new life
February 20, 2009: WWE, TNA announce cuts
August 30, 2008: U.S. not on Petey's eh list
March 1, 2005: Petey Williams ready for more
July 14, 2004: Petey Williams helms Team Canada
PETEY WILLIAMS STORIES
--- compiled by John M. Milner