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Wrestling: Konnan

Carlos Ashenoff, best known as Konnan, is a Cuban-born, American-based professional wrestler best known for his time working for both major lucha libre promotions in Mexico, CMLL and AAA (the latter he helped co-found), and also known in the United States for his time in WCW and TNA.

Starting as El Centurión in UWA, he later adopted the name Konnan el Barbaro in CMLL and quickly became a main event star after losing his mask in a moving story where his crying "brother" went to the ring to physically remove it; Konnan later became the first CMLL World Heavyweight Champion. After a falling out with the company, he and booker Antonio Peña started a new company, AAA. In AAA he further cemented his stardom while behind the scenes, he and Peña introduced future stars such as Rey Mysterio Jr, Psicosis, and La Parka.

In 1996, after several appearances for the company in the past several years, he became a full time performer for WCW. He portrayed a charismatic, urban character, often rapping and reciting catchphrase-laden promos. Behind the scenes, he became a liaison between WCW and AAA, again bringing wrestlers like Rey and La Parka to prominence. After WCW's demise, he later joined TNA, forming teams such as Latin American Xchange and 3Live Kru.

As usual, you can find the basics about his career at That Other Wiki.


"Yo yo yo let me speak on dese tropes!":

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Konnan's retirement match against Cien Caras drew 48,000 spectators into El Plaze de Toros bullring of Mexico City. Lose (which he did) or not, it was pretty obvious someone was going to get him to return some way or another.
  • Arch-Enemy: Until the mid-2000s, Vampiro. He also is this to Cibernético in AAA.
  • Arm Cannon: Max Moon had one that shot pyrotechnics during his entrance.
  • Author Avatar: Eventually became a booker for AAA while working in WCW, making him this whenever he returned in any visible capacity to AAA shows during this period.
  • Bald of Evil: Less so during his face runs, such as the 3live kru.
  • Bash Brothers: With Jack Evans in real life.
  • The Cast Show Off: Recorded a rap album in his early days and several raps for WCW and TNA.
  • Catch Phrase: "Yo yo yo let me speak on dis! Orale! Arriba la Raza! We are los vatos locos forever, man! We bout it bout it (pronounced "Bowdy bowdy") and rowdy rowdy!"
  • Cool Shades: He seemed to think so to keep wearing them so much
    • Badasses Wear Bandanas: He would wear a one bandana over his head and another over his face in TNA. The sunglasses went along way in making this look less ridiculous and sort of cool, unlike when Mustafa Saed tried the look before him.
  • Combat Commentator: At the Spanish Announcers Table in TNA during his LAX run
  • Crowbar Combatant: Konnan used a crowbar to hit Jessie James during a dog collar match on the first WWA show.
  • Cyborg: As Max Moon
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune - Recorded the Filthy Animals and LAX themes (the latter is still used by LAX partner Homicide)
  • Finishing Move: Tequila Sunrise, One Eight Seven.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: An evil Mexican for a time, such as in LAX and true to the trope, Konnan is really of Cuban descent and his nationality is USA. For this reason he naturally became an evil foreigner in Mexico also, in fact leading an entire stable of them. He became so reviled in Puerto Rico he needed a police escort when coming to and exiting arenas.
  • Gangsta Rap: Which made him a natural fit with Ron Killings in TNA. BG James, not so much (he was probably in the group as a nod to when he teamed with K-kwick as the Road Dog).
    • Gang Bangers: His most frequent gimmick. He was also a gang banger in Miami before going to prison and then joining the USA Navy.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Toss my salad and peel my potatoes!" was often part of his weekly promos in WCW. Because the first half of the phrase is a popular euphemism for a sexual act, he added the second part to make it seem like a generic food analogy.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Played with when he tazed Brother Runt, who suffered no long term effects from it but was still something of a kick the dog for Konnan.
  • Hidden Depths: Hardly anyone ever mentions it but in addition to wrestling he also won the California Middleweight Amateur Boxing Championship. He also took up competitive body building.
  • I Have Many Names: El Centurion, El Electrico, Maximillion Moves, Max Moon, K-Dawg, Mexican Champion, Konnan. Born Carlos Santiago Espada Moises, legally known as Charles Ashenoff.
  • Invincible Hero/Invincible Villain: Revealed in a 2001 interview with Canadian Slam Sports to be tropes Konnan despises, saying that not only could he not get a lot of guys in WCW to job, they wouldn't even give out a Hope Spot.
"I have seen The Rock do more jobs than any other main event guy I've seen in my life and he stays on top. And even though Hunter's gotten out of doing a lot of jobs, he's put a lot of people over, made a lot of people look good."

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