T.J. Perkins
Birth name Theodore James Perkins[1]
Born September 3 1984 (1984-09-03) (age 33)[2][3]
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.[4]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Cobra II[2]
El Bombero
Havana Pitbull III[2]
J.T. Quinn
Pinoy Boy[2][3]
T.J. Perkins
TJ Perkins
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[8]
Weight 167 lb (76 kg)[8]
Billed from Los Angeles, California[9]
The Philippines[10]
Parts Unknown[6]
Trained By Kevin Quinn[3]
Christopher Daniels[3]
New Japan Pro Wrestling[3]
Antonio Inoki[3]
Debut August 1998[3]

  Teddy James "T.J." Perkins (born September 3, 1984) is a Filipino American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand He is also known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he is a former TNA X Division Champion. In TNA, he used the ring name Manik, which is based on the Suicide gimmick. He also worked on the independent circuit, sometimes under his initials TJP or under a mask as Puma (also stylized as PUMA).

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2001–2011)Edit

He began training at New Japan Pro Wrestling's L.A. Dojo in Los Angeles along with friends Ricky Reyes, Rocky Romero, and Bryan Danielson. They all made their debut in NJPW on the same Korakuen Hall card in October 2002, with Perkins debuting as the maskless "Pinoy Boy" T.J. Perkins. In NJPW, he holds the record of the youngest non-Japanese wrestler to compete for the promotion, at 18 years and 3 weeks old. At the age of 18 in 2003, following his third tour with NJPW, he was given the gimmick (character) of Puma, a masked character with similarities to Tiger Mask, and he began teaming with Tiger Mask IV.[11] Perkins stated the character was created due to perceived similarities between himself and the original Tiger Mask, Satoru Sayama, and the idea was that he would be the American version of Tiger Mask.[1][11]

In late May and early June 2011, Perkins, under the ring name TJP, took part in NJPW's Best of the Super Juniors tournament. After winning three of his eight matches in the round robin stage of the tournament, TJP finished seventh out of the nine wrestlers in his block and did not advance to the semifinals.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Perkins was born in Los Angeles to two airline workers. He attended St. Thomas the Apostle School, a middle school in Riverside, California.[1] At the age of 18, he began training in boxing, mixed martial arts and catch wrestling.[1][11] By the age of 21, Perkins had earned enough money to buy his own house.

In wrestlingEdit


TJP performing the Detonation Kick

  • Finishing moves
    • As T.J. Perkins / TJP
      • 520° corkscrew springboard tornado DDT[3]
      • 86er (Diving high knee)[13]
      • Figure Four Deathlock (Leglock cloverleaf)[2][3]
      • Mega Buster (Jumping hangman's neckbreaker)[13]
      • Skull Crusher (Kneeling reverse piledriver)[3]
      • TJP Clutch (Leglock inverted cloverleaf,[14] usually preceded by a kneebar)[15][16]
    • As Puma
      • 520° corkscrew springboard tornado DDT[3]
      • Figure Four Deathlock (Leglock cloverleaf)[2][3]
      • Puma Suplex (Bridging tiger suplex)[3]
      • Triangle choke[10]
  • Signature moves
    • Brainbuster[3]
    • Detonation Kick (Fireman's carry dropped into an overhead kick)[9][17][18]
    • Double chickenwing double knee gutbuster[16]
    • Flying armbar[3]
    • Jumping neckbreaker[3]
    • Senton bomb[3]
    • Sharpshooter[9]
    • Sitout scoop slam piledriver[3]
    • Tiger suplex[3]
    • Tornado DDT[3]
    • Wrecking Ball Dropkick[19] (Springboard front dropkick to the outside of an opponent draped over the second rope)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • All Pro Wrestling
    • APW Worldwide Internet Championship (1 time)[20]
  • Alternative Wrestling Show
    • AWS Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[21]
  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • Best New Sensation (2003)[13]
    • Feud of the Year (2003)[13]
  • Empire Wrestling Federation
    • EWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Liger Rivera[22]
  • Mach One Wrestling
    • NWA Heritage Championship (1 time)[24]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him 122 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014[25]
  • SoCal Uncensored
    • Rookie of the Year (2001)[26]
  • United Independent Wrestling Alliance
    • UIWA Lightweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • UWA Hardcore Wrestling
    • UWA Canadian Championship (1 time)[3]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Accelerator3359 profile". Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 "T.J. Perkins". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  4. Perkins, Theodore James (April 9, 2017). "Rams. But my family is all Chiefs fans cuz I was born in KC.". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Manic
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Manik
  7. Boutwell, Josh (July 23, 2010). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved July 24, 2010. "Sydistiko is TJP (TJ Perkins) aka Puma"
  8. 8.0 8.1 "TJP" (in en). World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Roster". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Puma". Full Impact Pro. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Wojick, Alan (October 15, 2009). "Jeff Peterson Cup '09 profile – T.J. Perkins". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  12. "(Results) New Japan, 6/7/11". Strong Style Spirit. June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "Evolve Wrestling profile". Evolve. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
  16. 16.0 16.1
  17. "2012 Battle of Los Angeles – Night One". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  18. Namako, Jason (December 12, 2011). "ROH on Sinclair Results – 12/10/11". WrestleView. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  20. "APW Worldwide Internet Championship history".
  21. "AWS Light Heavyweight Championship history".
  22. "EWF championship histories". Empire Wrestling Federation.
  23. "Results of Year End Awards". Evolve Wrestling. January 4, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  24. "Bill Behrens NWA Notes for 6–9–08". National Wrestling Alliance. Archived from the original on June 14, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2008. "TJ Perkins won an Over The Top Rope Battle Royal to become the new NWA Heritage Champion"
  25. "Daniel Bryan es el #1 del PWI 500 del 2014 – listado completo" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  26. "SoCal Uncensored Awards 2001". SoCal Uncensored. Archived from the original on February 13, 2005. Retrieved October 26, 2010.

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