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Jonathan Figueroa (born April 26, 1982) is an Americanmarker professional wrestler better known by his ring name, (The) Amazing Red, or simply Red for short. He currently wrestles for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is the current X Division Champion, as well as working on the American independent circuit.

Career

Early career

Red, who was already known for his work in the United States independent circuit, joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling at its 2002 inception, quickly establishing himself in its X Division. During his first run in TNA Red held both the TNA X Division Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship with Jerry Lynn, simultaneously. While working for TNA he also wrestled for Ring of Honor as a member of the three man tag team The S.A.T. with cousins, Jose and Joel Maximo. Eventually he began to team with "The Phenomenal" A.J. Styles, becoming known together as Amazing Phenomenon.. The team would go on to win the ROH Tag Team Championship from Christopher Daniels and Donovan Morgan.

Through late 2003 Amazing Red, wrestled as Misterio Red as well as Airwalk Spriggan while on a tour with All Japan Pro Wrestling. During the tour he suffered a near career-ending knee injury, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and having to undergo surgery which kept him on the sideline for an entire year.

Red returned to TNA to wrestle in March 2004, staying there for the majority of the year. When he left TNA he went back to the independents, only returning on occasion to TNA throughout 2005 and 2006. He also wrestled CM Punk in a dark match at a WWE SmackDown taping on May 12, 2005.


Retirement and return

On October 15, 2005, Red was forced to cancel his Uniting Champions booking in Tulsa, OK at the last minute, and his replacement, a local by the name of X-Cal was dubbed as the "Amazing Blue". Red's last appearance was at a New York Wrestling Connection event at the beginning of 2006, where he lost his match to Javi-Air and re-injured his knee.

It was made official on the Pro Wrestling Unplugged Website that he would be making his return to their "Haunted" event although he requested off since it was announced that his wife was expecting their child on March 14, 2008.

Red left the wrestling business and took on a full-time job to heal his knee after several surgeries. After being on the sidelines with his injury, Red made his long awaited return on December 13, 2008 at Jersey All Pro Wrestling's Best of the Light Heavyweights, the match was won by Archadia as he defeated Amazing Red, Flip Kendrick, Louis Lyndon.

Return to TNA

In April 2009, it was announced via the TNA website that the Amazing Red would return to the company in the Team 3D Tag Team Invitational Tournament. On the April 30 edition of Impact! he teamed with then-X Division Champion Suicide to defeat the Motor City Machineguns of Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin.

Suicide and Amazing Red were eliminated from the tournament on the May 14 episode of Impact! by the new stable, The British Invasion after interference from the Motor City Machineguns.

On the May 28 edition of Impact!, he challenged Suicide for the X Division Championship but was unsuccessful in winning the title for a second time. Red competed in a Steel Asylum match at the Hard Justice Pay-Per-View on August 16, in another losing effort. On the October 1 edition of Impact! Red became the number one contender to Samoa Joe's X Division title by defeating Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Sheik Abdul Bashir and Kiyoshi in a ladder match. On the following Impact! Red won the X Division Championship for the second time by pinning Samoa Joe following interference by Bobby Lashley. On the October 15 edition of Impact! Don West debuted as Red's new manager. At Bound for Glory Red retained his X Division Title in an Ultimate X match against Homicide, Daniels, Suicide, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. The following week on Impact! Red lost to Homicide in a non-title match. The return match between the two was booked for Turning Point, where Red was able to retain his title.

In wrestling







Championships and accomplishments

*ECWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times)


  • Impact Championship Wrestling
*ICW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


*MCW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)


  • New York Wrestling Connection
*NYWC Interstate Championship (1 time)


  • Premier Wrestling Federation
*PWF Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)


*ROH Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with A.J. Styles


*NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jerry Lynn
*TNA X Division Championship (2 times, current)


  • United Xtreme Wrestling / USA Pro Wrestling
*UXW/USA Pro United States Championship (2 times)


  • Unreal Championship Wrestling
*UCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Other titles
*HWVY Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


References

  1. Online World of Wrestling
  2. Online World of Wrestling
  3. Solie's Title Histories: ECWA - EAST COAST WRESTLING ASSOCIATION
  4. Solie's Title Histories: MCW - Maryland Championship Wrestling
  5. Solie's Title Histories: ROH - RING OF HONOR


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