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.
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.
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.
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."
Misplaced Retribution: He called out Carlos Colon, gave him his mantel and his hat, had a mariachi band come out to perform for his daugher, Stacy... and then bashed Stacy Colon in the head with one of their guitars to punish Carlito Colón for losing in a tag match. He hit Carlos too but Stacy had the be stretched out.
Nice Hat: The little crusher hat he sometimes wears, as seen in the page image. He had a giant "sombrero" in WWC.
LAX evolved into one in TNA after taking in Super Mex Shawn Hernandez, Machete, Salinas and Héctor Guerrero
Power Trio: 3 Live Kru (With Ron Killings and BJ James) and LAX (With Apolo and Homicide) in TNA. Team TNA (With Samoa Joe and Ron Killings) in AAA.
Prejudiced For Pecs: A trope he tends to avoid as a booker, which lead to a little culture clash in WCW with the "vanilla midget" mentality. Konnan freely admitted to not being very big for a wrestler and that Eddie Guerrero was even smaller but couldn't see what that mattered since Eddie was so popular.