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Chris Wright (born January 7, 1971) is a Americanmarker professional wrestler, better known by the ring name, C.W. Anderson. He is best known for his time with Extreme Championship Wrestling.

Early life

Wright grew up in North Carolina and was an ardent fan of the National Wrestling Alliance, admiring wrestlers such as Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and Bobby Eaton. Upon his graduation from high school in 1989, Wright was drafted by the San Diego Padres as a catcher, but rejected the offer, instead choosing to attended college, where he studied computing while playing baseball and softball.

Professional wrestling career

After graduating from college, Wright sought a new weekend sport to replace baseball. Several of his friends were wrestling professionally, and Wright decided to become a professional wrestler as well. With no formal training, he wrestled (and lost) his first match on December 4, 1993, under a mask as "El Chico". While wrestling on the independent circuit, Wright was approached by Pat and Rocky Anderson, who complimented him on his skills and appearance and offered him membership in the apocryphal Anderson family. Anderson spent two weeks trying to think of an appropriate forename, eventually settling on his initials, C.W., at the suggestion of an interviewer; he thus became C.W. Anderson. Anderson later met Ole Anderson but claimed that he was disillusioned by the experience. Anderson formed a tag team with Pat Anderson, winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship with him in 1996.

In 1996, Anderson opened his own professional wrestling school in Smithfield, North Carolinamarker, which he later named "The Anderson Academy" where he trained wrestlers such as Chilly Willy, Lodi and Toad. It was during this time that Anderson joined the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts, a promotion run by Matt and Jeff Hardy.

In 1998, Anderson trained at the World Championship Wrestling run Power Plant under Dwayne Bruce and Pez Whatley. While there he was told by J.J. Dillon and Paul Orndorff that he lacked the talent and physique to become successful as a wrestler. After spending eighteen months in the Power Plant without being utilized on WCW television, Anderson opted to leave the Power Plant, turning down a six year WCW contract offer.

Extreme Championship Wrestling

On June 6, 1999, Anderson accompanied a friend to an Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) tryout in Georgiamarker and was convinced to get in the ring by Nova. His work impressed ECW owner Paul Heyman, and Anderson was hired. In his first match for ECW, Anderson teamed with Skull Von Krush against Danny Doring and Roadkill.

In ECW, Anderson formed the New Dangerous Alliance with Wild Bill Whiles, Elektra and Lou E. Dangerously. After that group separated, Anderson joined forces with Simon and Swinger.

On January 7, 2001 at the final ECW pay-per-view, Guilty as Charged, Anderson lost to Tommy Dreamer in an "I Quit" match. As part of his preparation for the bout, Anderson watched the "I Quit" match between Magnum T.A. and Tully Blanchard from Starrcade 1985.

Independent circuit

Following the closure of ECW, Anderson wrestled in Dusty Rhodes' Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, where he formed The Extreme Horsemen, a stable modeled after The Four Horsemen, with Barry Windham and Steve Corino. The stable later wrestled in Major League Wrestling, where they were joined by P.J. Polaco and Simon Diamond. Anderson also wrestled for Ring of Honor and various independent promotions in North Carolina.

From 2002 onwards, Anderson made numerous tours of Japanmarker, most prominently for Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX (in May 2006, he had toured with the company on 36 separate occasions). In 2004, he was given a tryout match by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, but was not hired. On June 10, 2005, Anderson appeared at Hardcore Homecoming, an ECW reunion event organized by Shane Douglas. The event saw Anderson team with Simon Diamond in a loss to Chris Chetti and Mikey Whipwreck. He went on to appear at Hardcore Homecoming events in September 2005 and November 2005.

Anderson was hospitalized in 2005 after a supplement named Superdrol gave him jaundice and caused his liver to stop functioning. He returned to the ring after several months, during which he lost 40 lb (18 kg) in weight.

World Wrestling Entertainment

Throughout 2004 and 2005, Anderson made numerous appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestling in dark matches and on Velocity. On June 12, 2005, he appeared at the WWE promoted ECW reunion show ECW One Night Stand, sitting at ringside next to Chris Chetti and Elektra.

On May 4, 2006, Anderson and several other Extreme Championship Wrestling alumni were hired by WWE to work on their new brand, ECW. Throughout June and July, Anderson wrestled at ECW house shows and in ECW on Sci Fi dark matches. On August 1, he became known as Christopher W. Anderson. He made what would be his only ECW television appearance on August 22, 2006, losing to CM Punk. Anderson was released by WWE on January 18, 2007, along with ten other superstars.

CW Anderson then worked in independent promotions including Vanguard Championship Wrestling where he defeated TNA wrestler Sonjay Dutt.

CW re-debuted recently working for NWA Charlotte. Anderson showed up dropping 40 lbs attributing it to his new workout P90x.

April 25, 2009 he worked for GSW German Stampede Wrestling at International Impact losing to "Bad Bones" John Kay

June 27, 2009 CW appeared at an ECW type reunion show called "Legends of the Arena". It was a benefit show for cancer headed by Francine. She lost her sister and father within 4 days of each to the disease. CW was first match losing to 2 Cold Scorpio. It was said that these two had amazing chemistry together even though it was their first time in the ring. CW said it was like old times seeing his second family again and wished it was an every weekend event.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Carolina Championship Wrestling Association
    • CCWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • CCWA Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Pat Anderson
  • Jacksonville Wrestling Alliance
    • JWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Live Action Wrestling
    • LAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Major League Wrestling
  • Midwest Wrestling United
    • MWU Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA National Championship Wrestling
  • NWA 2000
    • NWA 2000 American Heritage Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Pat Anderson (1) and Cueball Carmichael (1)
  • Palmetto Pride Championship Wrestling
    • PPCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Premier Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Universal Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • PWF United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • PWF Universal Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Steve Corino
    • PWF Television Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling WORLD-1
    • WORLD-1 Great Lakes Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Bull Wheeler
    • WORLD-1 Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Steve Corino
  • Pro Wrestling Zero1
  • Southern Championship Wrestling
    • SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • SCW North Carolina Championship (2 times)
    • SCW Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Pat Anderson (2), Cueball Carmichael (1), and Dewey Cheatum (1)
  • X3 Wrestling
    • X3 Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Other Titles
    • NIWA Television Championship (1 time)
    • SWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Pat Anderson
1This title should not be confused with the now defunct NWA United National Championship, which now comprises one of the three championships that make up the AJPW Triple Crown Championship.


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