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Michael Lee Alfonso (January 24, 1965 February 17, 2007) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Tampa, UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} known as '''Mike Awesome''' and, in Wrestling/{{FMW}} in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, '''The Gladiator.''' He started in 1989 in Florida and was a masked {{Jobber}} for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as '''The Pro'''. He jumped to FMW in 1991 and became a regular there. He made his Wrestling/{{ECW}} debut defeating Randy Starr at ''ECW Holiday Hell'' on December 26, 1993. He continued to compete in [=FMW=], though he made a few more appearances in [=ECW=] in 1994, including his famous match with JT Smith at ''ECW The Night the Line Was Crossed,'' where Smith surprised everyone by pinning Awesome with a small package ''after'' Awesome had crushed Smith against the guardrail. He returned to ECW in 1998, resuming his big feud with Wrestling/MasatoTanaka to great acclaim. He surprised everyone by making his [=WCW=] debut on the [[ResetButton April 10, 2000]] episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' while he was still the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]]. He stayed with WCW until it closed and, after Wrestling/{{WWE}} bought out WCW, he was brought in for the [=InVasion=][=/=]Alliance angle, an experience he hated. He was released in September 2002 and would spend time in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, Wrestling/{{MLW}}, Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and some independents. His last in-ring appearance was his match with Tanaka at ''ECW One Night Stand'' on June 12, 2005. He announced his retirement in 2006 and started a career in real estate. Sadly, he was found dead of suicide on February 12, 2007. (See WouldHitAGirl below.) Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 2x ECW World Heavyweight Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/{{Raven}}, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore]] Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mlw/mlw-h.html MLW World Heavyweight Champion]], and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/fmw-bk.html FMW World Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Champion]].

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Michael Lee Alfonso (January 24, 1965 February 17, 2007) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Tampa, UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} known as '''Mike Awesome''' and, in Wrestling/{{FMW}} in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, '''The Gladiator.''' He started in 1989 in Florida and was a masked {{Jobber}} for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as '''The Pro'''. He jumped to FMW in 1991 and became a regular there. He made his Wrestling/{{ECW}} debut defeating Randy Starr at ''ECW Holiday Hell'' on December 26, 1993. He continued to compete in [=FMW=], though he made a few more appearances in [=ECW=] in 1994, including his famous match with JT Smith at ''ECW The Night the Line Was Crossed,'' where Smith surprised everyone by pinning Awesome with a small package ''after'' Awesome had crushed Smith against the guardrail. He returned to ECW in 1998, resuming his big feud with Wrestling/MasatoTanaka to great acclaim. He surprised everyone by making his [=WCW=] debut on the [[ResetButton April 10, 2000]] episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' while he was still the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]]. He stayed with WCW until it closed and, after Wrestling/{{WWE}} bought out WCW, he was brought in for the [=InVasion=][=/=]Alliance angle, an experience he hated. He was released in September 2002 and would spend time in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]], Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, Wrestling/{{MLW}}, Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and some independents. His last in-ring appearance was his match with Tanaka at ''ECW One Night Stand'' on June 12, 2005. He announced his retirement in 2006 and started a career in real estate. Sadly, he was found dead of suicide on February 12, 2007. (See WouldHitAGirl below.) Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 2x ECW World Heavyweight Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/{{Raven}}, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore]] Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mlw/mlw-h.html MLW World Heavyweight Champion]], and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/fmw-bk.html FMW World Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Champion]].



* CaptainErsatz: While in WCW he got an ersatz in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''. It's possible it was inspired by something earlier but eventually it was confirmed as Mike Awesome.

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* CaptainErsatz: While in WCW he got an ersatz in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''.''VideoGame/FireProWrestling''. It's possible it was inspired by something earlier but eventually it was confirmed as Mike Awesome.



* {{Malaproper}}: He would call WCW interviewer Pamela [=Paulshock=] "Paula [=Pamshock=]".



* PrejudicedForPecs: Unlike most cases in professional wrestling, this worked against him, as some promoters and agents actively discouraged his jumping around, believing it too unbelievable for a guy his size to resort to, which unfortunately made Mike Awesome look more generic, as WWF and WCW were not experiencing a major shortage of guys his size.

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* PrejudicedForPecs: [[MusclesAreMeaningful Prejudiced For Pecs]]: Unlike most cases in professional wrestling, this worked against him, as some promoters and agents actively discouraged his jumping around, believing it too unbelievable for a guy his size to resort to, which unfortunately made Mike Awesome look more generic, as WWF and WCW were not experiencing a major shortage of guys his size.


* RealSongThemeTune:
** (in FMW and AJPW): [[Music/{{Scorpions}} The Scorpions]]' "Every Minute, Every Day"
** (in ECW):
** Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Dive"
** Music/GunsNRoses' "Welcome to the Jungle"
** Music/{{Anthrax}}'s CoverVersion of Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Phantom Lord"
** Music/BruceDickinson's CoverVersion of the Scorpions' "The Zoo"



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'''Michael Alfonso''' (1965-2007) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Tampa, UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} known as '''Mike Awesome''' and, in Wrestling/{{FMW}} in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, '''The Gladiator.''' He started in 1989 in Florida and was a masked {{Jobber}} for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as '''The Pro'''. He jumped to FMW in 1991 and became a regular there. He made his Wrestling/{{ECW}} debut defeating Randy Starr at ''ECW Holiday Hell'' on December 26, 1993. He continued to compete in [=FMW=], though he made a few more appearances in [=ECW=] in 1994, including his famous match with JT Smith at ''ECW The Night the Line Was Crossed,'' where Smith surprised everyone by pinning Awesome with a small package ''after'' Awesome had crushed Smith against the guardrail. He returned to ECW in 1998, resuming his big feud with Wrestling/MasatoTanaka to great acclaim. He surprised everyone by making his [=WCW=] debut on the [[ResetButton April 10, 2000]] episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' while he was still the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]]. He stayed with WCW until it closed and, after Wrestling/{{WWE}} bought out WCW, he was brought in for the [=InVasion=][=/=]Alliance angle, an experience he hated. He was released in September 2002 and would spend time in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, Wrestling/{{MLW}}, Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and some independents. His last in-ring appearance was his match with Tanaka at ''ECW One Night Stand'' on June 12, 2005. He announced his retirement in 2006 and started a career in real estate. Sadly, he was found dead of suicide on February 12, 2007. (See WouldHitAGirl below.) Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 2x ECW World Heavyweight Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/{{Raven}}, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore]] Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mlw/mlw-h.html MLW World Heavyweight Champion]], and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/fmw-bk.html FMW World Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Champion]].

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'''Michael Alfonso''' (1965-2007) Michael Lee Alfonso (January 24, 1965 February 17, 2007) was an American {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er from Tampa, UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} known as '''Mike Awesome''' and, in Wrestling/{{FMW}} in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, '''The Gladiator.''' He started in 1989 in Florida and was a masked {{Jobber}} for Wrestling/{{WCW}} as '''The Pro'''. He jumped to FMW in 1991 and became a regular there. He made his Wrestling/{{ECW}} debut defeating Randy Starr at ''ECW Holiday Hell'' on December 26, 1993. He continued to compete in [=FMW=], though he made a few more appearances in [=ECW=] in 1994, including his famous match with JT Smith at ''ECW The Night the Line Was Crossed,'' where Smith surprised everyone by pinning Awesome with a small package ''after'' Awesome had crushed Smith against the guardrail. He returned to ECW in 1998, resuming his big feud with Wrestling/MasatoTanaka to great acclaim. He surprised everyone by making his [=WCW=] debut on the [[ResetButton April 10, 2000]] episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' while he was still the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW World Heavyweight Champion]]. He stayed with WCW until it closed and, after Wrestling/{{WWE}} bought out WCW, he was brought in for the [=InVasion=][=/=]Alliance angle, an experience he hated. He was released in September 2002 and would spend time in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, Wrestling/{{MLW}}, Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and some independents. His last in-ring appearance was his match with Tanaka at ''ECW One Night Stand'' on June 12, 2005. He announced his retirement in 2006 and started a career in real estate. Sadly, he was found dead of suicide on February 12, 2007. (See WouldHitAGirl below.) Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 2x ECW World Heavyweight Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/{{Raven}}, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore]] Champion, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mlw/mlw-h.html MLW World Heavyweight Champion]], and a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/fmw/fmw-bk.html FMW World Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Champion]].

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* {{Acrofatic}}: He was 6'6 and almost 300lbs, but could fly just as well as most cruiserweights.

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*** Also clotheslined Spike Dudley's girlfriend after she hit the Acid Drop DDT on Awesome's manager.


* RedBaron: (in WCW): "That '70's Guy", "The Fat Chick Thrilla". Both as awful as they sound.

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* RedBaron: (in WCW): "That '70's Guy", "The Fat Chick Thrilla". Both as awful as they sound.sound and a clear sign of his VillainDecay from his ECW days. But hey, six figures.


* CaptainErsatz: While in WCW he got an ersatz in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''. It's possible it was inspired by something earlier but it was unmistakably Mike Awesome.

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* CaptainErsatz: While in WCW he got an ersatz in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''. It's possible it was inspired by something earlier but eventually it was unmistakably confirmed as Mike Awesome.

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* CaptainErsatz: While in WCW he got an ersatz in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''. It's possible it was inspired by something earlier but it was unmistakably Mike Awesome.


** He lost to ''Funaki'' on the September 7, 2002 ''[[{{BShow}} Velocity]]''. The guy who was such a jobber he lost to a nobody called Diamondback Funaki.

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** He lost to ''Funaki'' on the September 7, 2002 ''[[{{BShow}} Velocity]]''. The guy who was such a jobber he lost to a nobody called Diamondback [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Diamondback]] Funaki.

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* HiredGuns: One of many hired by Ray González to defeat WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/{{Carl|ito Colon}}y.


* PrejudicedForPecs: Unlike most cases in professional wrestling, this worked against him, as some promoters and agents active discouraged his jumping around, believing it too unbelievable for a guy his size to resort to, which unfortunately made Mike Awesome look more generic, as WWF and WCW were not having a major shortage of guys his size.

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* PrejudicedForPecs: Unlike most cases in professional wrestling, this worked against him, as some promoters and agents active actively discouraged his jumping around, believing it too unbelievable for a guy his size to resort to, which unfortunately made Mike Awesome look more generic, as WWF and WCW were not having experiencing a major shortage of guys his size.


** He lost to ''Funaki'' on the September 7, 2002 ''[[{{BShow}} Velocity]]''.

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** He lost to ''Funaki'' on the September 7, 2002 ''[[{{BShow}} Velocity]]''. The guy who was such a jobber he lost to a nobody called Diamondback Funaki.


* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome [=McCool=] Name]]

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* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome [=McCool=] Name]]Name]]: Except for when he was the pro or the gladiator, unless you happen to find those awesome too.



* PrejudiceForPecs: Unlike most cases in professional wrestling, this worked against him, as some promoters and agents active discouraged his jumping around, believing it too unbelievable for a guy his size to resort to, which unfortunately made Mike Awesome look more generic, as WWF and WCW were not having a major shortage of guys his size.

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* PrejudiceForPecs: PrejudicedForPecs: Unlike most cases in professional wrestling, this worked against him, as some promoters and agents active discouraged his jumping around, believing it too unbelievable for a guy his size to resort to, which unfortunately made Mike Awesome look more generic, as WWF and WCW were not having a major shortage of guys his size.


* EightiesHair

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* EightiesHairEightiesHair: Why yes that is a mullet.



* LightningBruiser: WCW announcer Scott Hudson loved to describe him as 'the heavyweight that flies like a cruiserweight'.

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* LightningBruiser: Joey Styles would negatively contrast Mike Awesome's ability against his supposed inferiors in WCW. WCW announcer Scott Hudson loved to describe him as 'the heavyweight that flies like a cruiserweight'.cruiserweight.



** (in AJPW): [=RO&D=]

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** (in AJPW): [=RO&D=] [=RO&D=]
* PrejudiceForPecs: Unlike most cases in professional wrestling, this worked against him, as some promoters and agents active discouraged his jumping around, believing it too unbelievable for a guy his size to resort to, which unfortunately made Mike Awesome look more generic, as WWF and WCW were not having a major shortage of guys his size.

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