|Robinson in February 2017|
Joseph "Joe" Robinson (born April 10, 1989) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) under the ring name, where he is the current IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. He is best known for his time in WWE, where he wrestled in their developmental territories Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) and NXT under the ring name CJ Parker.
Professional wrestling career Edit
Training and independent circuit (2008–2011) Edit
Robinson was trained at Truth Martini's House of Truth wrestling school. In 2008, he made his debut for Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA) under the ring name , in a losing effort against Jason Dukes. He competed in an IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship number one contender Seven Team Royal Rumble, losing to Devon Moore and Nick Gage. His last match for IWA Mid-South was a loss in a three-way to Shane Hollister. Robinson then wrestled for a variety of promotions, including All American Wrestling (AAW), where he unsuccessfully competed for the AAW Tag Team Championship twice (once with Mike Sydal as his partner and once with Kyle O'Reilly), Border City Wrestling (BCW), Chicago Style Wrestling (CSW) where he was defeated by Hammett, and DreamWave Wrestling, where he unsuccessfully challenged for both the DreamWave World and DreamWave Tag Team Championships. His last match for DreamWave was a victory against Colt Cabana. Robinson made his National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) debut with a win against Doctor X. His last match in NWA was a win against Dom Vitalli.
Florida Championship Wrestling (2011–2012) Edit
In 2011, Robinson signed a developmental contract with WWE and was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). On July 7, he made his debut under the ring name CJ Parker and was defeated by Leo Kruger. He then formed a tag team with Donny Marlow. At the FCW taping on July 21, Parker and Donny Marlow defeated Calvin Raines and Big E Langston to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. At the FCW taping on September 22, Parker and Marlow successfully defended their titles against Calvin Raines and James Bronson. They lost the championships on November 3 to the team of Brad Maddox and Briley Pierce. After losing the titles, Parker and Marlow disbanded as a team and transitioned to singles competition. On January 26, 2012, Parker was defeated by Dean Ambrose. He then competed mostly in tag team matches with a variety of partners for the rest of his tenure in FCW, teaming with the likes of Jason Jordan and Mike Dalton until FCW was closed and replaced by NXT in August 2012. Shortly before the promotion's closure Parker won the Florida Tag Team Championship for a second time, winning the title with Jason Jordan at a live event.
NXT (2012–2015) Edit
On the July 4 episode of NXT, Parker teamed with Nick Rogers in a losing effort against Corey Graves and Jake Carter. He was then initially used as a jobber on NXT and was defeated by the likes of Roman Reigns and in a tag team match with Mike Dalton against The Ascension, before suffering an injury that kept him out of action for several months. Parker returned to NXT in July 2013 with a new hippie character, beginning a feud with Tyler Breeze that saw the two trading wins over several months. Although intended to be a fan favorite, Parker's hippie gimmick was largely unpopular and he was turned heel for the first time in his WWE career as a result, tweaking his character to that of an eco-warrior who berated fans for damaging the environment. Parker beat Tye Dillinger in January 2014 but was then largely unsuccessful, losing to main roster stars like Antonio Cesaro, The Miz and The Great Khali as well as a defeat by Mojo Rawley at NXT Arrival.
Parker began a feud with Xavier Woods, defeating Woods twice on NXT before resuming his losing streak against Adrian Neville. At NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, Parker was squashed by Baron Corbin in Corbin's official debut, and he then suffered further losses to Corbin and Breeze in the following weeks before losing to the debuting Kevin Owens at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution. During the match, Parker legitimately broke Owens' nose with a palm strike, himself suffering a deep gash to the hand. On the February 18 episode of NXT, Parker attempted a protest due to him not appearing at NXT TakeOver: Rival. However, he was attacked by the debuting Solomon Crowe. His final televised appearance was in a losing effort to Hideo Itami on the taped in advance April 22 episode of NXT.
On March 31, 2015, it was reported that Parker had left WWE after requesting his release from the company. WWE later confirmed his release on April 3, 2015.
Return to the independent circuit (2015) Edit
It was announced that Parker would be wrestling at CZW Best of the Best XIV on April 11, 2015, under the ring name CJP. He made it to the semi finals before being defeated by Mike Bailey. In July 2015, Robinson competed for All Star Wrestling on the holiday camp circuit including shows at Butlins and forming a tag team with Sam Adonis. He also wrestled for other European indy groups including International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (IPW:UK). Robinson retired the CJP persona at the end of August 2015, returning to the ring name .
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2015–present) Edit
On the August 24, 2015 New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) announced that Parker would be working the following month's Destruction tour under his ring name. He made his debut on September 4 in a six-man tag team match, where he, Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito were defeated by Katsuyori Shibata, Tiger Mask and Togi Makabe. On October 11, NJPW announced that Robinson had signed a contract with the promotion, becoming a full-time member of its roster. Robinson spent the rest of 2015 working as a Young Lion and in multiman tag matches, on December 16 he had his first singles match in New Japan facing fellow Young Lion Jay White who he defeated. Robinson participated in Fantastica Mania 2016. On February 25, 2016, Robinson took part in the first of New Japan's Lion's Gate show where he was defeated by Katsuhiko Nakajima. On March 20, Robinson received his first title shot in NJPW, when he, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin unsuccessfully challenged The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. At King of Pro-Wrestling, Robinson wrestled Tiger Mask W as Red Death Mask, a character based in the anime series Tiger Mask W. In late 2016, Robinson took part in the 2016 World Tag League, teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi. The two finished the tournament with a record of three wins and four losses. On January 5, 2017, Robinson scored a major win over NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto in a ten-man tag team match and afterwards indicated he wanted a shot at his title. Robinson received his title shot on February 5 at The New Beginning in Sapporo, but was defeated by Goto. On April 9 at Sakura Genesis 2017, Robinson picked up the biggest win of his career, pinning former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tetsuya Naito in an eight-man tag team match and afterwards challenging him to a match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Robinson received his title shot on April 29 at Wrestling Toyonokuni 2017, but was defeated by Naito. In early 2017, Robinson became part of the Taguchi Japan stable, as part of which he unsuccessfully challenged for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, first on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall and again on June 20 at Kizuna Road 2017. On July 1 at G1 Special in USA, Robinson took part in a tournament to determine the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, but was eliminated in his first round match by Zack Sabre Jr. Later that month, Robinson entered his first G1 Climax tournament. On August 5, Robinson picked up a major win over the winner of the 2016 G1 Climax and reigning IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega. Robinson went on to finish in the bottom half of his block with a record of four wins and five losses. At the end of the year, Robinson formed a tag team named "Death Juice" with the debuting Sami Callihan in the 2017 World Tag League. The team finished second in their block with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals. On July 7, 2018 at G1 Special in San Francisco, Robinson defeated Jay White to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. Later that month, Robinson took part in the 2018 G1 Climax, where he finished the tournament with a record of three wins and seven losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament.
Pro Wrestling Noah (2016) Edit
Parker made his Pro Wrestling Noah debut on March 27, 2016 at Suzuki-gun's We Are Suzuki-Gun 2 event, in a six-man tag team match, tagging alongside Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima. Parker made his second trip to Pro Wrestling Noah on October 22, 2016, in a tag team match with Katsuyori Shibata, beating Maybach Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki.
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2017) Edit
In June 21, 2017 Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) announced that Robinson as a participant in the CMLL International Gran Prix 2017. On August 18, 2017 Robinson with Matt Taven and Marco Corleone defeated Volador Jr, Diamante Azul and Valiente in Arena Mexico.
In wrestling Edit
- Finishing moves
- The Juice is Loose (Snap front facelock drop)
- Pulp Friction (Inverted double underhook facebuster) – 2016-present
- Third Eye (Palm strike to opponent's face, with theatrics)
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Clutch (Back mounted cobra clutch) – 2016
- Signature moves
- Fireman's carry into a twisting Samoan drop
- Running double knee to an opponent on the turnbuckle
- Sitout flying lariat
- The Taste (Crescent kick)
- Heel kick to a running opponent
- Throat thrust
- "The Flamboyant"
- Entrance themes
- "Bleach Blanket Demo" by Troy Lund (NXT)
- "Jimi Jingle Thing" by Wolf Dick (NXT)
- "Seventeen Television" by Suspect Parts (NXT)
- "Moon Child" by May's (NJPW)
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Jason Jordan (1), Donny Marlow (1)
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him 326 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012
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