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Shawn Hernandez (born February 11, 1973) is an American professional wrestler of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, better known by his ring names, "Hotstuff Hernandez" and "Hernandez".

Hernandez is currently wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is a former three time World Tag Team Champion having won the NWA World Tag Team Championship twice and the TNA World Tag Team Championship once with former tag team partner Homicide. He has also wrestled for independent promotions such as Ring of Honor, and in Japan.

Career

Training and early career

Following the end of his Arena Football career, Hernandez trained under Tugboat Taylor in Texas All-Star Wrestling and debuted in November 1996.

In 2000 and 2001 Hernandez worked for the World Wrestling Federation as a jobber, appearing on episodes of WWF Jakked and in dark matches. He also wrestled dark matches for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and competed for Texas All Star Wrestling, Extreme Texas Wrestling and NWA Southwest. He also toured Japanmarker on numerous occasions and worked for Ring of Honor in 2003.

In 2001, Hernandez began wrestling for the National Wrestling Alliance. At the October 13, 2001 NWA Anniversary Show in St. Petersburg, Floridamarker he defeated Kevin Northcutt to win the NWA National Heavyweight Championship. He held the title for over a year before losing to Ricky Murdock on January 11, 2003 in Greenville, Missourimarker. Hernandez defeated Jorge Estrada for the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship on May 3, 2003 in Cornelia, Georgiamarker. On September 28, 2003 in Hawaii, he lost the title to J.T. Wolfen.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Elite Guard (2003-2004)

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Hernandez debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on the November 22, 2003 episode of TNA Xplosion, losing to Shane Douglas. He returned to TNA on June 16, 2004 as one-third of "The Elite Guard", a trio of mercenaries working for Jeff Jarrett after his first King of the Mountain match victory. The Elite Guard (Hernandez, Chad Collyer and Onyx) feuded with the 3Live Kru over the next two months. On July 14, 2004, Jarrett, The Elite Guard and Ken Shamrock lost to Dusty Rhodes, Larry Zbyszko and the 3Live Kru in a ten man tag team bout. The Elite Guard remained with TNA until September 2004, when all three wrestlers were released.

Latin American Xchange (2006-2008)

Upon his departure from TNA, Hernandez worked on the Texasmarker independent circuit throughout 2005. In March 2006, he signed a new contract with TNA. He returned on the March 31, 2006 episode of TNA Xplosion as a member of The Latin American Xchange (LAX). On the August 24, 2006 episode of TNA Impact!, Hernandez and Homicide defeated A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Styles and Daniels regained the titles from Hernandez and Homicide in an Ultimate X match on September 24, 2006 at No Surrender, but Hernandez and Homicide won the titles back on October 22, 2006 at Bound for Glory inside the Six Sides of Steel. After winning the titles back, they engaged in a feud with America's Most Wanted, defeating them in a match at Genesis and then a flag match at Turning Point. Their next rivalry involved Team 3D, and, after winning three consecutive matches at Final Resolution (by disqualification), Against All Odds (in a Little Italy Street fight) and Destination X (in a Ghetto Brawl), lost the NWA tag-team championships to Team 3D at Lockdown in an electrified Steel-cage match when Homicide was pinned.

Hernandez in LAX
In 2008 LAX got another title shot by beating The Rock 'n Rave Infection and The Motor City Machineguns at Destination X and cashed it in on the April 17 edition of Impact! against the Tag Team Champions A.J. Styles and Tomko and the team that won the Cuffed in a Cage match at Lockdown, Eric Young/Super Eric and Kaz. On the May 8 edition of Impact! Hernandez and Homicide attacked Team 3D, Cage, and Rhino during their impromptu brawl backstage.

At Sacrifice, LAX won the vacant TNA World Tag Team Championship after defeating Team 3D in the finals of the "Deuces Wild Tournament". LAX lost the titles at Hard Justice to Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode).

Going solo (2009)

At the second Final Resolution pay-per-view of 2008 both Hernandez and Homicide each captured a briefcase from the "Feast or Fired" match which contained a TNA World title shot for Hernandez and an X Division Title Shot for Homicide. On a January 15 episode of TNA Impact, Hernandez cashed in his "Feast or Fired" World Title shot against Sting, and won by disqualification when The Main Event Mafia interfered, which meant that he did not win the title. However, executive shareholder Mick Foley ruled that because of the interference Hernandez would receive another TNA Title Shot in the future. On the April 30, episode of Impact!, Hernandez was attacked by the debuting British Invasion faction of Brutus Magnus, Doug Williams and Rob Terry, to allow him time off to recover from a legitimate neck surgery.

On the July 23 episode of Impact! Hernandez returned to aid Homicide, who was being attacked by Samoa Joe and Taz. A week later, on July 30, he defeated Joe in his return match with a top rope splash. At Hard Justice Hernandez regained his "Feast or Fired" briefcase from the British Invasion by defeating Rob Terry in ten seconds. On the September 10 edition of Impact!, Homicide turned heel by betraying Hernandez and joining World Elite, thus signaling the official end of the Latin American Xchange. At No Surrender Hernandez cashed in his "Feast or Fired" briefcase, but was unable to win the World Heavyweight Championship in the 5-way main event match after World Elite leader Eric Young interfered and took him out of the match. At Bound for Glory, Hernandez was unsuccessful in capturing the TNA Legends Championship in a three-way match, involving champion Kevin Nash and Eric Young, after Young turned on Nash and captured the title. Since then Hernandez has teamed up with Matt Morgan and D'Angelo Dinero and moved on to feuding with Rhino and Team 3D, who accuse TNA of favoring the younger talent of the company. At Turning Point Rhino and Team 3D defeated Morgan, Hernandez and Dinero in a street fight.

In wrestling











Championships and accomplishments

  • Extreme Texas Wrestling
    • ETW Texas Hardcore Championship (1 time)


  • Full Effect Wrestling
    • FEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)












  • River City Wrestling
    • RCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Texas All Star Wrestling
    • TASW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • TASW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ministuff
    • TASW Hardcore Championship (1 time)


  • Texas Wrestling Entertainment
    • TWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • TWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mack Johnson




  • XCW Wrestling
    • XCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • XCW TNT Championship (1 time)


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