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Ricochet
Ricochet
Ricochet in October 2017
Birth name Trevor Mann
Born October 11, 1988 (Template:Four digit-10-11) (age 29)
Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.
Resides Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Cameron Locke
Helios
King Ricochet
Prince Puma
Ricochet
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg)
Billed from Paducah, Kentucky
Boyle Heights, California (as Prince Puma)
Trained By Brandon Walker
Chuck Taylor
Debut October 11, 2003

 

Trevor Mann[1] (born October 11, 1988)[2] is an American professional wrestler best known by the ring name Ricochet. He wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is a former three-times IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, three-time NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion and the winner of the 2014 Best of the Super Juniors and 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournaments.

Ricochet also wrestled for Dragon Gate and its American branch Dragon Gate USA, where he is a former Open The Freedom Gate Champion, Open The Dream Gate, Open The Brave Gate, Open The Twin Gate, Open The Triangle Gate and Open The United Gate champion.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Trevor Mann started out in Chaos Pro Wrestling where he had the ring name Cameron Locke, then in 2003 under the ring name Ricochet, he began competing on the independent circuit until he made his first major outing on February 6, 2006 at Insanity Pro Wrestling's Sacrifice event, where he took part in a five-man elimination match involving future long-time rival Chuck Taylor, DieHard, Tony Galloway and Ty Blade.[3] Ricochet was the final wrestler eliminated as Taylor pinned him to win the match. A few weeks later on February 18, Ricochet took part in his first major championship match as he, Chuck Taylor, Jeff Jameson, Brian Sterling and Cabana Man Dan took part in another five-man elimination match at Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South's Xtreme Warfare event for the vacant Deep South Heavyweight Championship, which Cabana Man Dan won.[4] A few months later at IWA Mid-South's event We're No Joke! on April 1, Ricochet took part in a nine-man Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to determine the one contender for the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship|Light Heavyweight Championship, also involving his rival Chuck Taylor.[5] Although he lost the match to Darin Corbin, he was involved in an infamous spot in which he performed his finishing move, a double rotation moonsault, off of a ladder to the outside of the ring and onto the other eight competitors. On that same day, Ricochet also competed at Insanity Pro Wrestling's event Mischief, Mayhem and Revenge, where he lost to Taylor for the promotion's Junior Heavyweight Championship.[5]

Evolve and Dragon Gate USA (2010–2017)Edit

On January 16, 2010, Ricochet would make his debut for Evolve at the company's debut show Evolve 1: Ibushi vs Richards in a winning effort against Arik Cannon.[6] However Ricochet would lose at the next event on March 13, 210 at Evolve 2: Hero vs Hidaka to Chuck Taylor and again via countout on May 1, 2010 at Evolve 3: Rise Or Fall to Johnny Gargano.[7][8] After being defeated by Drake Younger in a four-way match on July 23, Ricochet ended his losing streak on September 11, by defeating Kyle O'Reilly.[9][10]

On July 24, 2010, Ricochet made his debut for Dragon Gate USA at Enter the Dragon 2010, being defeated by Chuck Taylor in a four–way match, which also included Arik Cannon and Adam Cole.[11] At the following event on September 25, Ricochet teamed with CIMA to defeat Speed Muscle (Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi) in a tag team match. After the match Cima gave Ricochet a spot in his Warriors International stable.[12] The following day Ricochet defeated Gran Akuma in a singles match.[13] On October 29 at Dragon Gate USA's first live pay-per-view, Bushido: Code of the Warrior, Ricochet wrestled in a four–way match, which was won by Chuck Taylor and also included Arik Cannon and Johnny Gargano.[14] At the following day's tapings of Freedom Fight 2010, Ricochet teamed with his Warriors International stable mate Genki Horiguchi and Austin Aries in a six-man tag team match, where they were defeated by Ronin (Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann).[15] When Dragon Gate USA returned on January 29, 2011, Ricochet now represented heel stable Blood Warriors and teamed with new stable mate Naruki Doi in the tournament to determine the first ever Open the United Gate Champions. In their first tournament match, Ricochet and Doi were defeated by Ronin representatives Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano.[16] The following day Ricochet and Doi were defeated in the main event of the evening by the World–1 team of Masato Yoshino and Pac.[17] On April 2 at Mercury Rising 2011, Ricochet, Cima and Naruki Doi defeated Ronin (Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann) in the main event six man tag team match.[18] During the match Ricochet suffered an ankle injury, which forced him out of the following day's match for the Open the United Gate Championship.[19] On September 11 at Way of the Ronin 2011, Ricochet and Cima defeated Masato Yoshino and Pac to win the Open the United Gate Championship in a match, where Ricochet's and Cima's Open The Twin Gate Championship was also on the line.[20] After the merger of Evolve and Dragon Gate USA, Ricochet took part in the final official professional wrestling match in the Asylum Arena, when he unsuccessfully challenged Johnny Gargano for the Open the Freedom Gate Championship at an Evolve event on January 14, 2012.[21] On March 30, Ricochet and Cima were forced to vacate the Open the United Gate Championship, after Cima was sidelined with a neck injury. In the main event of the evening, Ricochet teamed with Masato Yoshino to defeat Chuck Taylor and Ricochet and regain the Open the United Gate Championship.[22] On June 21, Ricochet and Yoshino were stripped of the title due to Yoshino being unable to appear at the following month's Dragon Gate USA events.[23] On July 29, Ricochet teamed with Rich Swann in a match to determine the new Open the United Gate Champions. They were, however, defeated in the match by Cima and AR Fox.[24] On November 2 at Fearless 2012, Ricochet was defeated by Fox in a Respect match and, as a result, was forced to tell his opponent that he respected him.[25] Two days later at Freedom Fight 2012, Ricochet unsuccessfully challenged Johnny Gargano for the Open the Freedom Gate Championship in a four-way elimination match, which also included Akira Tozawa and AR Fox.[26] On April 4, 2014, Ricochet defeated Gargano to win the Open the Freedom Gate Championship.[27] On November 16, 2014, during Dragon Gate USA's parent company WWNLive's tour of China, Ricochet lost the title back to Gargano.[28]

Dragon Gate (2010–2015, 2017)Edit

Through his work in Dragon Gate USA, Ricochet got to make his first tour of Japan with its parent promotion Dragon Gate, making his debut on December 10, 2010, in Toyama where he teamed with his Warriors stable mate Cima and Masaaki Mochizuki in a six tag team match, where they defeated Gamma, Kzy and Naruki Doi.[29] Ricochet's first tour of Japan ended on December 26, when he, Cima and Dragon Kid defeated Naoki Tanizaki, Takuya Sugawara and Yasushi Kanda in Fukuoka at Final Gate 2010 to win the Dragon Gate Open The Triangle Gate Championship.[30] Ricochet turned heel on January 14, 2011, along with the rest of Warriors, attacking Masato Yoshino and World–1, and joining forces with Naruki Doi's group.[31] On January 18 the new group was named Blood Warriors.[31] On February 10 Cima, Naruki Doi and Gamma defeated World–1 representatives Masato Yoshino, BxB Hulk and Susumu Yokosuka in a six-man tag team match and as a result, Pac was forced to leave World–1 and join Blood Warriors. However, Ricochet blocked the move as he felt that he, not Pac, was the top high flyer in the world and instead challenged him to a match for his Open The Brave Gate Championship.[32] The title match between Pac and Ricochet took place on March 1 and ended with Pac retaining his title.[33] On May 15, the rest of Blood Warriors turned on Dragon Kid and kicked him out of the group, despite the fact that he still held the Open the Triangle Gate Championship with Ricochet and Cima. As a result, the title was declared vacant.[34] On July 17, Ricochet and Cima defeated Dragon Kid and Pac of rival group Junction Three to win the Open The Twin Gate Championship.[35] On November 19, Ricochet defeated Pac for the Open the Brave Gate Championship.[36] After their third successful defense of the Open the Twin Gate Championship on November 30, Ricochet and Cima vacated the title in order for Ricochet to concentrate on defending the Open the Brave Gate Championship and Cima to concentrate on chasing the Open The Dream Gate Championship.[37] On January 19, 2012, Akira Tozawa took over the leadership of Blood Warriors, kicking Cima out of the group. After Ricochet continued to team with CIMA in Dragon Gate USA, it was announced on February 9, that he was also kicked out of Blood Warriors.[38] On March 4, Ricochet and Cima decided to mutually split up, with Ricochet joining Masato Yoshino's and Naruki Doi's new World-1 International stable and Cima reviving the Veteran-gun.[39] On May 6, Ricochet lost the Open the Brave Gate Championship to Dragon Kid in his fourth defense.[40] On May 25, 2013, Ricochet defeated Shingo Takagi in the finals to win the 2013 King of Gate tournament.[41] As a result, Ricochet earned a shot at the Open the Dream Gate Championship, but was defeated in the title match on June 16 by Cima.[42] On July 21, Ricochet and Naruki Doi defeated Akira Tozawa and BxB Hulk for the Open the Twin Gate Championship.[43] They lost the title to Dragon Kid and K-ness on August 30.[44] On September 12, Doi turned on Masato Yoshino, signaling the end of World-1 International. Ricochet quickly found a new alliance, forming Monster Express with Yoshino, Akira Tozawa, Shachihoko Boy, Shingo Takagi and Uhaa Nation.[45][46] On March 2, 2014, Ricochet defeated Monster Express stablemate Masato Yoshino for the Open the Dream Gate Championship, becoming the first gaijin to hold the title.[1][47] Ricochet made his first successful title defense just four days later against another stablemate, Uhaa Nation.[48] After a two-month reign, Ricochet lost the Open the Dream Gate Championship to YAMATO in his second defense on May 5.[49]

Ricochet returned to Dragon Gate during the summer of 2015. On July 20, he and Matt Sydal unsuccessfully challenged Naruki Doi and Yamato for the Open the Twin Gate Championship.[50] On October 29, 2017 it was announced that Ricochet would return to Dragon Gate facing Eita at the Gate of Destiny which he won. He wrestled his last match on Dragon Gate on November 8 teaming with CIMA defeating YAMATO and Kzy.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2013–2017)Edit

On May 3, 2013, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced Ricochet as a participant in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. He made his debut for the promotion on May 22, teaming with Kenny Omega in a tag team match, where they defeated Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku). In the round-robin portion of the tournament, which ran from May 24 to June 6, Ricochet managed to win five out of his eight matches with a loss against Alex Shelley on June 6, costing him a spot in the semifinals.

Ricochet returned to take part in the 2014 Best of the Super Juniors tournament on May 30, this time advancing to the semifinals, after finishing second in his block with a record of five wins and two losses. On June 8, Ricochet first defeated Ryusuke Taguchi in the semifinals and then KUSHIDA in the finals to win the 2014 Best of the Super Juniors and become the number one contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. With his win, Ricochet became the youngest person to win the tournament and the second American to do so. On June 21 at Dominion 6.21, Ricochet unsuccessfully challenged Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

On July 3, 2015, Ricochet made a surprise return to NJPW, challenging the winner of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match between Kenny Omega and Kushida, set to take place two days later, to a title match. Ricochet received his title match on August 16, but was defeated by Kushida. Ricochet returned to NJPW on October 24, when he and Matt Sydal entered the 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, defeating Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) in their first round match. On November 1, Ricochet and Sydal defeated The Young Bucks to advance to the finals of the tournament. On November 7 at Power Struggle, Ricochet and Sydal defeated Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) in the finals to win the 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournament. On January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, Ricochet and Sydal took part in a four-way match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, but were defeated by The Young Bucks. On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka, Ricochet and Sydal defeated The Young Bucks and reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) in a three-way match to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. They lost the title to Roppongi Vice on April 10 at Invasion Attack 2016 before regaining the title on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2016. Later in the month, Ricochet entered the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. On May 27, Ricochet faced Will Ospreay in the tournament in a match, which received widespread attention in the professional wrestling world. While some like William Regal praised the two, others criticized the match with the most notable criticism coming from Vader, who compared the match to a "gymnastics routine". Ricochet finished the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals due to losing to Chase Owens in his final round-robin match.

On July 3, Ricochet and Sydal teamed up with Satoshi Kojima to defeat Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. They were stripped of the title on September 25 due to Sydal failing to make a scheduled title defense at Destruction in Kobe because of travel issues. That same day, Ricochet and Kojima, now teaming with David Finlay, defeated Adam Cole and The Young Bucks to regain the vacant title. This led to a match on October 10 at King of Pro-Wrestling, where Ricochet and Finlay unsuccessfully challenged The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[51] Ricochet, Finlay and Kojima lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship to Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL and Sanada) in a four-team gauntlet match at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2017.[52] Afterwards, Ricochet joined the Taguchi Japan stable as part of which he, Ryusuke Taguchi and Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon on April 4 to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. On April 29, Ricochet unsuccessfully challenged Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.[53] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2017, Ricochet, Tanahashi and Taguchi lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship back to L.I.J.[54]

Ricochet then formed a new tag team named "Funky Future" with Ryusuke Taguchi under the banner of Taguchi Japan. On August 13, the two defeated The Young Bucks to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles to Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) on October 9 at King of Pro-Wrestling. Following the match, Ricochet took responsibility for the loss and thanked both NJPW and Taguchi Japan.[55] His mannerisms were interpreted as meaning he had wrestled his final NJPW match.[56]

Personal lifeEdit

Mann is in a relationship with fellow professional wrestler Tessa Blanchard. The two live together with Sesugh Uhaa, the former Uhaa Nation, in Orlando, Florida.[57] Mann also has a son, Cameron.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
      • 630° senton[58][59]
      • Benadryller (Fireman's carry dropped into a roundhouse kick)[60]
      • Benadryller 2point (Fireman's carry dropped into an overhead kick)[61]
      • Double rotation moonsault[2][59]
      • First Class Flight/Super High Angle Shooting star press (Shooting star press)[62][63]
  • Signature moves
      • Backflip kick[58][59]
      • Chocolate Rain (Diving double knee drop to a standing opponent)[2][64]
      • Corkscrew 450° splash, sometimes from the second rope[59]
      • Horizontal Gory special[65]
      • Jumping reverse bulldog[66][67]
      • Northern Lights suplex followed by a deadlift vertical suplex[68]
      • Rolling Thunder into a jumping DDT[58][59]
      • Springboard clothesline[69][70][71]
      • Superman punch[72][73]
      • Tornado DDT[2]
  • Nicknames
    • "The Future of Flight"[64]
    • "Mr. High Fly"
  • Entrance themes
    • "White Ghetto" by Teenage Rehab
    • "The Future of Flight" by Yonosuke Kitamura

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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