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Steven Eugene "Steve" Corino (born May 29 1973) is a Canadian professional wrestler, who worked for Pro Wrestling Zero1 and numerous independent promotions. Corino is a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and ECW World Heavyweight Champion.

Career

Corino began wrestling in 1994 and spent four years working on the independent circuit. During this time, he was a part of the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts, a promotion run by Matt and Jeff Hardy. Corino began an anti-hardcore gimmick on the independent circuit, because he felt he would have more chance of getting work if he did not work hardcore matches. He gained experience, working in Puerto Rico for the WWC, working under the ring name Lightning Kid.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1998-2001)

In 1998, Corino debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling as a heel manager. He stood out in ECW as a result of his "King of Old School" gimmick, where he would deride hardcore wrestlers, at one point invading a Limp Bizkit concert and protesting the immoral conduct.

He began feuding with Dusty Rhodes, who defeated him in a gory Bullrope match at Living Dangerously 2000. At Heatwave 2000, he lost to Jerry Lynn. Corino went on to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on November 5, 2000 at November to Remember by defeating Justin Credible, Sandman and Champion Jerry Lynn in a Double Jeopardy match, becoming the first Canadian to win the ECW Title. Due to repeated failures of ECW paying Corino his salary, he left the company on January 7, 2001, the night he lost the ECW World Title to Sandman. His friend Dustin Rhodes got him a contract in World Championship Wrestling, but he never got make an appearance despite being due to debut at the company's last PPV Sin. When World Wrestling Entertainment took over WCW in March 2001, they released Corino from his contract.

He went on to wrestle for many of the National Wrestling Alliance regional promotions. On April 24, he would win the NWA World Heavyweight title.

Independent circuit (2001-current)

He also continued his feud with Dusty in Rhodes' Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling promotion as well as Southern Championship Wrestling and was part of the Extreme Horsemen with C.W. Anderson and Barry Windham. He was also part of the Extreme Horsemen in Major League Wrestling with C.W. Anderson, Justin Credible and Simon Diamond. They were briefly managed by the legendary James J. Dillon before MLW folded.

In 2004 Corino made a number of appearances for Frontier Wrestling Alliance in the United Kingdommarker, where he entered a short rivalry with Alex Shane. The feud culminated in the main event match of Hotwired, where Corino defeated Shane with the assistance of then FWA Heavyweight Champion, Doug Williams.

As Steve Corino was a major part of ECW towards the end of its run, rumors swirled surrounding Corino possibly signing with World Wrestling Entertainment and returning to his ECW roots as a part of the new version of ECW, but he squashed those rumors in a posting on his LiveJournal.

Instead of signing with WWE, Corino worked in various independent promotions, including Zero-One, Hustle in Japanmarker, Ring of Honor in the United Statesmarker and both One Pro Wrestling and Celtic Wrestling in the United Kingdommarker. He was also president of World-1 Fighting Arts, which runs shows in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002)

Corino also worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling during its early days. Corino had matches with Low-Ki and many other stars before leaving the promotion some time later.

Ring of Honor (2002-2006)

Responding to challenge from The Backseat Boyz, Homicide invited anyone in the locker room to be his partner. Steve Corino made his ROH debut and responded to his offer, resulting in the two facing the Backseat Boys later that night. In the course of the match, Corino turned on Homicide after Homicide accidentally hit him, Old School Kicking his partner and leaving the ring, enabling the Backseat Boyz to easily defeat Homicide.

Homicide and Corino would then begin a four year long rivalry, with Corino criticizing Homicide's lifestyle and somewhat checkered past. The feud culminated in a match at the One Year Anniversary Show on February 8, 2003 in Queens, New York, New Yorkmarker. Homicide was the hometown favorite, but lost to Corino following interference from The Group (Samoa Joe, Michael Shane, C.W. Anderson and Simply Luscious), Corino's entourage. After the match, Corino applied a cobra clutch to Homicide, while the rest of The Group mocked New York City, instigating a worked riot.

Corino and Homicide had a rematch August 16, 2003, at Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies which saw Corino defeated. After twenty minutes of fighting which saw both men bleeding and carrying injuries, Homicide trapped Corino in a modified STF, prompting Corino's corner man, Guillotine LeGrande, to throw in the towel, awarding the match to Homicide. In the course of the match, Corino suffered a legitimate ruptured eardrum, and permanently lost most of the hearing in his left ear following a stiff slap to the side of the head from Homicide.

Homicide faced Corino for a third time on November 29, 2003, at War of the Wire in a barbed wire match. This time however, Julius Smokes threw in the towel for Homicide after Corino throttled him with a length of barbed wire. Corino offered Homicide a handshake after the match, indicating that he finally respected Homicide, but Homicide refused to shake his hand. On October 14, 2005, at Enter the Dragon, Corino returned to ROH in a tag team match that saw him team with Colt Cabana to defeat Low Ki and Homicide.

On December 3 in New York City at Steel Cage Warfare, Homicide lost to Corino in a rematch from their feud of 2003 after Colt Cabana, under a mask, interfered in the match. During the match, Homicide separated his shoulder, but opted not to have surgery. As a result of his injury, Homicide was unable to compete at the following show, Final Battle 2005. He did show up, however, but with the intent on killing Steve Corino. Following Corino's match, Homicide ran down to the ring and attacked him. Colt Cabana ran down to the ring to save Corino, only to have Homicide pour Drano down his throat.

He returned to ROH in August 2006 after a long absence, reigniting his feud with Homicide. The feud culminated on November 4 in Philadelphiamarker, at The Bitter End when Homicide beat Corino in a Fight Without Honor. Although the two still hated each other, they shook hands after the match and Corino allowed Homicide to shave his head.

Retirement tour (2007)

After announcing that his retirement would come at the end of 2007, Corino began a retirement tour and traveled to various federations as a part of the tour. On October 6, 2007, Corino captured the B4W North American title in Morganville, New Jersey from then-champion Tommy Thunda.

On November 3, 2007, Corino survived three rounds of an 8-man, single-night tournament in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to become the Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Eddie Osbourne in the first round by pinfall, Pepper Parks in the second round by referee stoppage and "Fabulous" John McChesney in the finals by pinfall following a pair of lariat clotheslines. On November 10, 2007, Corino successfully defended the B4W North American title against Jihad. On November 24 he beat Absolute Andy for the GSW Heavyweight Championship in Oberhausen, Germany which was his very last appearance in Europe.

On December 8, 2007, Corino made his final Northeast appearance for B4W. He lost the North American title to Jihad in a submission match after his protege Ricky Landell had to throw in the towel. Corino won the Platinum Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title on December 14, 2007 after defeating "The Indy Wrestling Superstar" Erico in front of a sold out crowd in Michigan City, Indiana.

Corino's retirement tour came to an end December 28, 2007, when he wrestled his final match for the Showcase Wrestling Revolution in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. On that night he faced off with "The Prophet" Jeremy Barnoff,"The Seasoned Veteran" Brick Crawford and "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen for the SWR International Championship in a fatal four way elimination match.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2007)

Corino wrestled a few try-out matches for WWE over a span of two days. Dusty Rhodes, Corino's former rival, was hopeful that WWE would sign him, but he was not offered a contract. Corino stated on his MySpace he enjoyed his time with WWE but felt he was too old school for the company.

Return to wrestling and World Wrestling Council (2008-present)

On the January 4, 2008, Corino won his third Zero1-Max United States Openweight Championship as Mr. Wrestling 3 (named after Mr. Wrestling I and II) by beating Ricky Landell in Valdosta, Georgia. He then lost the U.S. Title to SJK on March 8, 2008 at the Devil Bhudakahn Memorial Show in Munhall, Pennsylvania. He now wrestles as "Mr. Wrestling 3" Steve Corino without the mask, and sometimes as just Mr. Wrestling 3 with the mask.

On July 24, 2008, Corino announced he would begin wrestling full time again in his online blog. Corino plans to return to Japan where he has been the most successful.

On July 19, 2008 Corino participated in the Event WWC Anniversary but only to lose to Eugene. Later on September 20, 2008 he participated in the event Septiembre Negro where he defeated Sabu. Recently he is one of the members of a group called "La Familia", and is in a feud with BJ for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship. In this feud thanks to the beatings that lead disqualification by the members of "La Familia", Ray Gonzalez saved BJ and after that Steve Corino Attack Ray Gonzalez in the locker rooms and this began a feud for the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship. On February 7, Steve Corino beat Ray Gonzalez to become WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion. On July 11 at Aniversario 2009 he lost the title to BJ.

Personal life

Corino is the older brother of independent wrestling star Allison Danger, and has a half-brother whose first name is also Steven. On November 12, 2005, Steve Corino got engaged to his Finnish girlfriend Saana-Maria Huhtamo. They were married on May 12, 2006 in North Carolinamarker.The couple is not divorced although websites have reported otherwise.
Corino has one son from his marriage, named Colby, who was born on August 28, 1996.


Corino has repeatedly stated that his favorite old-school wrestlers are Tommy Rich and Tully Blanchard. Corino has said that his favorite match while in ECW was the infamous Texas Bullrope Match against Dusty Rhodes at Living Dangerously 2000.

In wrestling











  • Nicknames
    • "The King of Old School"
    • "The Fucking God of Professional Wrestling"
    • "The King of Kings"
    • "The Best Independent Wrestler in the World"
    • "The Extreme Horseman"


Championships and accomplishments



  • Absolute Intense Wrestling
    • AIW Absolute Championship (1 time)


  • ACE Pro Wrestling
    • ACE Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)




  • Appalachia Pro Wrestling
    • APW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Blue Water Championship Wrestling
    • BWCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Brookwood 4 Wrestling
    • B4W North American Heavyweight Championship (2 times)




  • Eastern Shores Wrestling
    • ESW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)




  • Funking Conservatory
    • FC !BANG! Television Championship (1 time)
    • FC Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Adam Windsor


  • German Stampede Wrestling
    • GSW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)




  • Independent Wrestling Federation
    • IWF American Championship (2 times)


  • Independent Pro Wrestling
    • IPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Independent Pro Wrestling Alliance
    • IPWA Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • IPWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Adam Flash


  • Intercontinental Wrestling Association
    • IWA-PA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • International High Powered Wrestling
    • IHPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • KYDA Pro Wrestling
    • KYDA Pro Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • KYDA Pro Mid-Atlantic Championship (1 time)














  • NWA 2000
    • NWA 2000 American Heritage Championship (1 time)
    • NWA 2000 Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)




  • Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling
    • PCW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Platinum Pro Wrestling
    • PPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Premier Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Universal Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
    • PWF Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with C.W. Anderson (2) and Kid America (1)




  • Pro Wrestling World-1
    • World-1 Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
    • World-1 Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with C.W. Anderson




  • Pure Wrestling Association
    • PWA Pure Wrestling Championship (1 time)


  • Southern Championship Wrestling
    • SCW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers
    • UIPW Union Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)


  • United States Championship Wrestling
    • USCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Adam Flash


  • United States Extreme Wrestling
    • UXW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)




References

  1. ECW Rankings - Brief Article | Wrestling Digest | Find Articles at BNET
  2. corino: Yellow "journalism"
  3. Steve Corino's LiveJournal
  4. http://www.superestrellaswwc.com/2007/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=147
  5. http://www.superestrellaswwc.com/2007/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=157
  6. http://corino.livejournal.com/#16206
  7. http://www.superestrellaswwc.com/
  8. http://prwrestling.com/noticiasprw2/369.php
  9. http://corino.livejournal.com/9922.html


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