Konnan

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Konnan
Konnan
Name Konnan
Real name Carlos Santiago Espada
Nicknames K-Dawg
Name history El Centurión (debut - 87), Konnan/Konnan The Barbarian (87 - ), Relámpago (WWF, 06/92), Max Moon (WWF, 92), The Latin Fury (WWF, 92)
Family none
Maestro(s) Rey Misterio, Negro Casas, Super Astro
Birth date, location January 6, 1965 - Santiago, Cuba
Obituary date
Debut, location January 6, 1987 - Auditorio de Tijuana - Tijuana, Baja California
Lost mask to Perro Aguayo - March 22, 1991 - Arena México
Height 6'2"/187 cms
Weight 242 lbs/110 kg
Signature moves Tequila Sunrise, Cradle DDT, Rolling Clothesline, Sitdown Faceslam, Splash Mountain, Ziplock
Titles: LAWA World Heavyweight Title (2), CMLL World Heavyweight Title, IWAS World Heavyweight Title, IWC World Heavyweight Title, AAA Americas Heavyweight Title, CW-USA Northwest Tag Team Titles (w/ Art Barr), IWAS World Tag Team Titles (w/ Rey Misterio Jr.), WCW United States Title, WCW World TV Title, WCW World Tag Team Titles (2, w/ Rey Misterio Jr., w/ Kidman), WWC Universal Heavyweight Title, WWC World Tag Team (w/ Carly Colon, NWA World Tag Team Title (2 w/ BG James, w/ Ron Killings
Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame Member

Biography

Konnan is considered to be one of the biggest stars to ever emerge from Lucha Libre. He has competed in WWE (as Max Moon), WCW, ECW, TNA, WWA, XPW and (more or less) anywhere else that is noteworthy. Konnan is partly responsible for the exposure of Lucha Libre in North America, as he headlined the AAA/IWC When Worlds Collide Pay-Per-View, as well as supplied ECW's Paul Heyman with the talent that he requested, and brought many competitors to World Championship Wrestling.

Real-Life Rivalry with Vampiro

As Vampiro was quickly becoming a top star in CMLL, he soon crossed paths with Konnan, who did not take kindly to Vampiro's instant rise to superstardom. In addition, Vampiro was offered a part in a Soap Opera, but the producers of the Soap Opera changed their mind at the last minute after learning that Vampiro's spanish-speaking skills were poor, and went with Konnan; Vampiro believed that Konnan intentially sabotaged his opportunity to extend his superstar status beyond wrestling, due to the fact that Konnan landing the role resulted in Konnan reaching celebrity status in Mexico. Legend has it that at one point, Konnan made death threats to Vampiro and his wife.

The feud would carry over to World Championship Wrestling, as Konnan buried Vampiro in meetings with WCW executives as soon as Vampiro arrived in WCW. Konnan fabricated stories of substance abuse, claims that Vampiro was unreliable and claims that Vampiro was not a good worker. It has been said that Juventud Guerrera and a few more luchadores also participated in burying Vampiro as well. Between the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000, Vampiro and Konnan resolved their differences and have been civil ever since.

Celebrity Status and Rap Music

Konnan is not only a huge name in Lucha Libra, but also in Mexican culture, as he has appeared on Soap Operas and TV shows in Mexico. Mike Tenay was quoted on When Worlds Collide as stating that, "Whenever Konnan appears on TV, everyone stops what they are doing and focuses on whatever television that is around. Waitresses in restaurants will stop what they are doing and watch whatever program that Konnan appears on."

Konnan also records Rap music in his spare time, as his music videos have been featured on WCW programming. Konnan also has his music available on his MySpace.

Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
??/??/?? mask Konnan Junior Killer unknown
??/??/?? hairs Konnan & ?? Red Killer & Junior Killer Monterrey, Nuevo León
1989/??/?? Title (1) Konnan Eddie Guerrero Gimnasio Municipal - Ciudad Juarez
1989/02/24 hair Konnan As Charro Auditorio de Tijuana - Tijuana, Baja California
1989/08/27 mask Konnan Red Killer Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila
1991/03/22 mask Perro Aguayo Konnan Arena México - Mexico City
1991/09/06 hair (2) Konnan Perro Aguayo Arena México - Mexico City
1992/07/04 hair Konnan El Cobarde II Cal-State University - Los Angeles, CA, USA
1992/08/15 hair Konnan Rey Gestas Arena Apatlaco - Apatlaco, Mexico State
1994/05/27 hair Konnan Jake Roberts El Toreo de Tijuana - Tijuana, Baja California
1995/07/15 hair (3) Konnan Cien Caras Los Angeles Sports Arena - Los Angeles, CA, USA
2001/01/15 hair (4) Konnan Mike Awesome Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
(1)Mask vs LAWA World Tittle Match, If Konnan loses, he'll unmask himself; (2) Triangle match with Cien Caras; (3) Triangle Cage match with Perro Aguayo; (4) Konnan defended Kidman's hair against Awesome's hair


Gallery

as El Centurión
With mask
With mask
w/ IWAS Heavyweight + Tag Titles & AAA Americas Title
w/LAWA Title
Black and White Early Photo


With Hulk Hogan and the IWA-S championship
The Latin American Exchange
Older


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