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Wrestling: Carlito Colón
"You know what cool is? You're looking at it!"

Carlos Edwin "Carly" Colón, Jr. is a Puerto Rican professional wrestler, eldest Carlos Colón's four children (who is one of the three WWC founders).

Initially dipping his feet in the family business to amuse himself, peer pressure to aspire for more and the fact he almost instantly caught on with the WWC fans lead to Carly becoming a thirteen time universal champion and the youngest person to hold the title to boot. Still, Carly did not expect his wrestling career to last up until he got a developmental deal with WWE where he, now known as Carlito Caribbean Cool, became only the second Puerto Rican to win the intercontinental championship after Pedro Morales, won the united states championship in his debut match against John Cena and became one half of the first unified tag team champions of the brand extension era alongside his brother, Primo. He and Primo have also held the WWC tag team titlesnote  and the Puerto Rican Wrestling tag team titles.

Among the other promotions Carlito has left a mark in are the Wrestling Alliance Revolution, Family Wrestling Entertainment and the First Wrestling Society as he has won the heavyweight championship of each, The Millennium Wrestling Federation where he won the undisputed championship and the Funking Conservatory where he has won the television championship. The list does not stop at them either.

If you want to know more, you can start with that other wiki, which has an article on him too.

I spit in the face of tropes that do not want to be cool!

  • A Hero To His Hometown: Though Carly was initially hit hard enough with Tall Poppy Syndrome that The Sun had an article about it. Carly was viewed as a sellout in Puerto Rico for signing a deal with the WWE. The signing was was even mocked by WWC's rival and former WWE developmental territory, the IWA. Once people actually saw his work in OVW and WWE, Carlito overcame the syndrome and became a hometown hero. He received a standing ovation when he made a brief return to Caguas Puerto Rico to wrestle his brother following the 2004 Survivor Series, despite the fact Carlito was still a heel.
  • Afro Asskicker: He used to provide the page image. Carlito continued to wrestle with an afro even after Shawn Michaels demonstrated the drawbacks to it. In fact, don't draw attention to the drawbacks even to be helpful, it seems to make him wrestle better despite them.
  • Alliterative Name: Carlito "Carribbean" Cool. And if you want to go further, his real name is Carlos "Carly" Colón. Further still "The Cool Canadian Caribbean connection" (which was's pet name for his pairing with Trish Stratus but could refer to Carlito himself after he became a Canadian citizen)
  • Ascended Extra: Started out as a camera man in WWC.
  • Author Avatar: He initially set out to start his own company but eventually became a partial owner of WWC, so he has other authors to keep him in check.
  • Bad Ass Beard: And a mustache during his second WWE heel run
  • Bash Brothers: With Konnan up until Konnan hit his sister with a guitar. Then Savio Vega until Carlito dropped him at Invader #1's suggestion.
  • Batman Gambit: Carlito poisoned the apple he usually eats, knowing The Big Show was going to beat him up and knowing Show could not resist spitting apple chunks all over Carlito the way Carlito usually does to other people. If Big Show had simply not decided to take Carlito's apple, he would not have been poisoned.
  • Battle Couple: With Trish Stratus, whom he just happened to save from Johnny Nitro and Melina while looking to get revenge on Nitro. The two then fell for each other. Later with Brie Bella... against her sister Nikki, who was aligned with the Miz and John Morrison.
  • Battle Strip: Early on in his career. And the response to it would threaten to blow a hole in the roof.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Coming to his father's aid against Ray González, before he was a wrestler at that. Saving Trish from Johnny Nitro and later Edge. Attempted but failed with Randy Orton, who gave Trish an RKO while Edge held Carlito back.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending
    • The Universal Title was "frozen" after Carly and Bronco #1 were both down and three counted at the same time at the conclusion of Broco's title shot during Carly's 8th reign. Carly would later decisively beat Bronco, only to be stripped of the title, as he could put off his move to WWE no longer.
    • At WWC Aniversario 2011, he retained the universal championship against Abyss in a street fight (AKA, Monster's Brall) put got put through two chairs afterward and unable to stand while Abyss walked off.
  • Braids of Action: Early in OVW, Carlito wrestled in cornrows.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's shown he's more than capable of handling his own against the likes of Randy Orton and John Cena, but doesn't really care about his big losses and would be more content schmoozing, picking up women and the like, something Ric Flair calls him out on here.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Eddie/Primo's Abel. They usually manage to get along though. When they do not, Carlito is usually the Cain. Primo often instigates the feud, but only because Carlito is such a jerk he has to be brought down a peg. (for instance, Carlito told the OVW staff he had no brother)
  • Canada, Eh?: He has family in Toronto and has since gained Canadian citizenship so he can see them whenever he wants.
  • Captain Ersatz: Carlito's initial promos and actions on Smackdown made him out to be essentially RazorRamon, but shorter. He would quickly undergo Character Exaggeration regarding apples and from there eventually develop into something distinctive. Carlito and Razor Ramon would eventually have a series of encounters in 2007 under WWC.
  • Chain Pain: Unsuccessfully tried to turn this on The One Man Gang. It worked better when he defeated John Cena by hitting Cena with his own chain in his first Smackdown match. This trope later became the focal point of their feud as Carlito stole the chain and gave it to a hired thug named Jesus Aguilera to add insult to injury. John Cena would only refer to his fanbase as the "chain gang" once he finally got it back.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: And we're not just talking about his Finishing Move! The move is actually a back cracker version of the lung blower but Jim Ross started calling it the backstabber in reference to Carlito's betrayals of Torrie Wilson, Ric Flair, Chris Masters and his brother Primo. Better yet, ask his father, whom Carlito turned on when he question why Carlito allowed his enemies of eleven straight years, La Artilleria Pesada (the tag team of Thunder and Lightning), to run loose while leaving Ray González out to dry after he helped unmask them.
  • Crossover
    • He continued to work at WWC shows even after he was called up to the main WWE roster. One storyline that started in WWC and ended in OVW revolved around his brother and sister refusing to believe the up until then face Carlito was wrestling as a heel in the continental United States. His feud with Rowdy Roddy Piper is a storyline that started on Smackdown and finished at a WWC event.
    • Also, his semi regular partner Savio Vega is partial owner to rival promotion IWA.
    • Shaquille O'neal (who would later be a guest host on Raw) hit Carlito with a folding chair for trying to disrupt a Miami Heat game.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: When Eddie Kingston pinned him after kicking Carlito in the balls when the referee was not looking, Carlito congratulated him "For beating someone who used to be on TV" and then giving him the backstabber.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Pinned John Cena for the United States championship in his debut match.
  • Demoted to Extra: His career looked pretty promising in 2004, but WWE buried him mostly due to real life drug problems which he refused to fix, leading to his dismissal. Carlito stated his drug problem was fairly recent and he wanted to be fired which is why he refused to go to rehab. He did rehab after getting his wish.
  • Dirty Coward
    • Hiding behind Jesus Aguilera during his feud with John Cena and Matt Morgan during his feud with The Big Show. In WWE he even had shades of it as a face, such as when he and Primo were confronted by The Brian Kendrick's bodyguard, Ezekiel Jackson and Carlito announced his intentions to slap "the big one" after Primo made his move.
    • Also in his match with Ray González, where Carlito's head could have been shaved...back to the way it was before.
  • Drugs Are Bad: During the IWA invasion of WWC, Savio Vega taunted Carlito Caribbean Cool with a medicine bottle, saying he will always see Carlito as a tecato for refusing rehab in WWE. He did this to provoke WWC into accepting the challenge laid at IWA's Summer Attitude event.
  • Enemy Mine
    • With Ray González whenever they have the opportunity to face Thunder And Lightning. Otherwise González prioritizes fighting Colóns. Ray González has also teamed with Carlito to fight Invader #1 and Invader #1 has teamed with Carlito to fight Ray González.
    • Carlito Caribbean Cool and Chavo Guerrero worked together to unseat Monster Pain as the World Wrestling League World Champion, but their efforts proved to be in vein.
  • Eye Take: When he and his NXT Rookie Michael Tarver were on losing streaks, Carlito yelled at the audience watching WWE Superstars to respect him and sported this look throughout his resulting match with John Morrison. Despite being a ten minute bout on a B Show it was perhaps the best match Carlito had all year just because of that expression. While wrestling the likes of Extreme Tiger, Mesías and La Parka in AAA, they made sure to zoom in whenever Carlito did his crazy eyes.
  • Finishing Move: The Backstabber (Double Knee Backbreaker)
  • Full-Name Basis: In OVW and WWE, he's was never addressed or referred to as "Carly Colón" or "Carlito Caribbean Cool" anywhere else but his profiles on their websites. In WWC, he's almost always referred to by the entire title to distinguish him from El Sensacional Carlitos. The two have even teamed together but are usually kept far away from each other.
  • Funny Afro: Early in his WWE it was but the butt of many jokes and subject to a lot of physical abuse.
  • Gainaxing: Discussed: When annoyed with Chris Master's constant pectoral flexing, Carltio angrily announced he could do so as well, but then curiously asked if Chris's girlfriend Eve Torres could.
  • Genre Blind: Yeah, he seemed to have never watched Looney Toones, or else never expected its tropes to apply on a wrestling show during his encounters with Hornswoggle. Poor Carlito, expecting WWE to make sense.
  • Glass Jaw Referee: Carlito's exploitation of them lead to Hercules Ayala being named the referee for his and El Mega Campeon de AAA's Universal title match at WWC Euphoria 2011.
  • Happy Dance: Before doing the figure four leg lock, one that often involves stomping on the hamstring.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples?: Spits them in the face of people who don't wanna be cool!
  • Hypocritical Humor: He teased Ashley for not taking care of her hair, then took it personal when she questioned this without making the obvious comeback about his. Carlito has admitted to doing very little to take care of his hair since he joined WWE.
  • I Have the High Ground: As a face but even then he would just as often use it a feint to transition into another move than actually jump into anybody, which Mighty Python discovered when he expected Carly to wrestle like the typical high flier. Carlito did have a pretty corkscrew moonsault though.
  • Irony: MNM made their Smackdown debut on Carlito's Cabana, with Carlito proclaiming them to be "cool". John Morrison and Melina by proxy wound up being Carlito's most persistent enemies in WWE down the road. Also, his Bolin services teammate Da Beast would later be a regular foe of International Super Stars Carlito and Santino as Shad Gaspard in Crime Time.
  • Jerkass: Parodied as a face when he was a self proclaimed, proud jerk ass. One who found other people's (Randy Orton's) jerk ass behavior as a challenge to his own as the jerk ass of Raw.
  • Jobber: A jobber team in his old Carly persona with Nova before they got called up to Smackdown as Carlito and Simon Dean(and had nothing further to do with each other).
  • Latin Lover: You know, if the lady is cool. Also, if a man was his opponent during Carlito's Gorgeous George phase in OVW (before he grew out his afro) or a woman was just unfortunate enough to be booked as his opponent on the indies, they'd quickly find out some of the moves in his arsenal resemble G-Rated Sex more than technical grappling.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: He suspected Eddie Kingston's tag team partner, Black Jack Marciano, of being homosexual, but said that was fine since there was a new law in New York that allowed him to settle down with Eddie.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) were going to unify the World Tag Team Titles and the WWE Tag Team Titles in a match against The Miz and John Morrison at WrestleMania 25. This ended up as a dark match before the event.
  • Older than They Look: Carlito is only three years younger than Trish Stratus and Torrie Wilson but he looked like a student dating his teacher while he was with them. Not that either looked bad, just that Carlito looked boyish. Once he grew out his facial hair a little he looked more his age. By contrast, Rosita, who he's been paired up with in FWE, is twelve years younger than him but it just looks like a junior dating a freshmen.
  • Power Stable
    • A member of Bolin Services in OVW, with Da Beast, The Giant Killer Mike Mondo and Kenny
    • The Carlito Caribbean Company, who aimed to take over WWC. However, once they managed to get the company's stocks Carlito's accomplices turned on him, forcing his dad to set things right.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Carlito lost the US title back to John Cena because he needed to take time off for an injury. He was not removed from WWE television but he did not do any wrestling for months, the onscreen explanation being "punishment" from general manager Theodore Long.
  • Real Song Theme Tune
    • El que lo hereda no lo hurta by Los Hijos de los Celebres & Apollo Sound in WWC
    • Played for Laughs in Lucha Libre USA and IGF, which gave him Nickleback's Burn It To The Ground, aka the theme song of Monday Night Raw.
    • OVW gave him Tony's Theme from the Scarface (1983) soundtrack
    • Rompe by Daddy Yankee in AAA
  • Real Men Love Jesus: After stealing Jeff Hardy's slammy award, Carlito gave an acceptance speech in which he thanked Jesus along with Team Jacob, everybody's favorite place-Puerto Rico, and himself. The reason it was most likely not in reference to his old bodyguard is that that man was always referred to with a hard H sound while Carlito used a j.
  • Red Baron: The South Paw From San Juan, as dubbed by Jim Ross, due to being about the only left handed man on the WWE roster. "Bodyguylito" in FWE and House Of Hardcore due to his cuts at the time.
  • Rule of Cool: And if you're not, he'll spit in your face. Literally.
  • Run the Gauntlet: Put in a "Three Faces of Death Match" at WWC Aniversario 2010 in which Carlito would have to run the gauntlet against three mystery opponents.spoiler 
  • Sibling Team: With his brother Primo. They in turn teamed up with Bella Twins Nikki and Brie.
  • Signature Move: As a face/tween: Knee to the gut-running knee lift-clothesline, Springboard back elbow, fireman's carry flapjack. He also used the figure four leg lock and a stunner in OVW and WWC. He used a rock bottom early on too.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Carly Colón started out wrestling with a shaved head in jeans and a wife beater. Later he'd wear no shirts with long gloves or arm bands, inverting the trope.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His heel turn in WWC saw him proclaiming himself to already be a Puerto Rican icon and calling the audience sheep for paying more attention to the national basketball team's victory over USA than to him.
  • SpicyLatino: Defied, as though Carlito is definitely one in real life, various coworkers of his will let you know it, his WWE in ring persona was all about being "cool". He did have some moments during his face runs though.
  • Spiteful Spit: If he has an apple handy and you're uncool enough.
  • Super-Deformed: In some of his WWE merchandise he was depicted this way.
  • Talk Show with Fists: Carlito's Cabana, which he started on Smackdown after interrupting "Stone Cold" Steve Austin while he was in Piper's Pit, claiming no one wanted to see those two uncool geezers and got his ass kicked for it. Carlito later decided to drop the Cabana order to be taken more seriously in response to being drafted to Raw but then initially being passed over for Eric Bischoff's survivor series team against Smackdown. Before doing this he got to feud with Chris Jericho over whether Carlito's Cabana or the Highlight reel would get particular guests. In Metro Pro Wrestling he brought it back, or rater he hosted "Carlito's Recession Cabana" since he could afford any props.
  • The Ace: He is the only wrestler to win a WWE title in two debuts. (His televised one and his debut to the "Raw Brand" back when WWE still had "brands"). This actually worked against him in real life as Jim Cornette accused him of just coasting by on the knowledge he was more talented than the rest of the OVW roster.
  • The Napoleon: Not initially though, as he debuted when Smackdown still had a pretty strong cruiser weight division, so he was actually taller than almost half the roster. Definitely so on Raw though, and later with the abolition of the cruiser weight division. Also invoked by Razor Ramon during their WWC feud, where he would refer to Carlito as "mini razor".
  • The Rival: John Morrison in and out of WWE since they started as tag team partners in OVW. In WWC, he feuded with El Mega Campeon de AAA. At the same time he teamed El Mesías, who is the same man, in AAA itself. Carlito has also fought Chris Masters a lot. His feud/friendship with "Puerto Rican Dream" Invader #1 carries over from his father. Then there is "Mr. Ratings" Ray González. Not only did Carly become a wrestler to beat Ray but they both use the figure four leg lock.
  • Talk to the Fist: Carlito's response to (the admittedly superior mat technician) Mentalo taunting him during a match for Canada's Wrestling Elite Title.
  • Third-Person Person: Carlito finds this page lacking in the proper gratitude its makers should be giving. Carlito does not think they understand what a gift he has given them by allowing them to watch him wrestle and educate the world on the tropes he displays while doing so. Carlito would show you all how it is done but editing wikis is not cool.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Apples, of course. But Carlito does not like them enough not to spit them at you uncool people behind your uncool screens.
  • Training Montage
    • His training sessions with Issac Rosario were shown in the lead up to his first real WWC matches.
    • Carlito was used to help train Vince McMahon in one of Vince's montages
  • Tweener: When he made his full time return to WWC following his departure from WWE.
  • Underwear of Power:At first. Wore pants later on.
  • Weapon of Choice: A shovel in his early WWC days.
  • Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: His pre debut WWE promos were all about him strolling through pretty Caribbean scenery and ruining it for all the uncool people who shared it with him.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl:...unless they're booked in a match with him. Don't book women against Carlito causally.
  • Wrestling Family: Has a brother (Eddy, Primo), sister (Stacy), cousin (Orlando, Epico), uncle (Jose) and father (Carlos) who are also professional wrestlers.
  • Wrestling Psychology: Early on in his career a complaint about Carly was that his charisma on the mic was not matched by his in ring psychology. He has wrestled as a methodical technician, gymnastic show boat, unhinged madman and playful flirt all believably through different moves and body language since, so perhaps he got better?
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Carlito was convinced masked wrestler Rey Fénix (who helped Sting beat Carlito in his Puerto Rican debut) was really Ray González trying to get around the fact he had been forced into retirement. This was a reasonable assumption, especially to those familiar with González's IWA run, but not even seeing the two in the same place at the same time could convince him otherwise, to the point Carlito put his hair on the line to prove it. After learning it was WWC booker Ricky Santana (González who was also vengeful former tag team partner) at Crossfire, Carlito was so upset he told the crowd to go ask for refunds, though he noted company founder Victor Jovica would not see enough problem to give them.
  • You Are Not Ready: After losing the Universal Title to Abdullah the Butcher, this Carlito's advice to Eddy, who was the Puerto Rican Champion at the time, was going to face Adullah in a "Clash Of The Champions" match. (The Puerto Rican Champion won, proving Carlito wrong).
  • You Have Failed Me: He gave Rico Casanova backstabber for accidentally costing him his War Championship defense against Pablo Marquez at a Coastal Championship Wrestling Event.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulled this trope at the worst possible time, WWC Aniversario 2009, as it turned out Eddie would have been very useful to Carlito against Thunder and Lightning if Carlito had not already laid him out.
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