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El Generico
Ring name(s) El Generico
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Billed weight 180 lb (82 kg)[1]
Born Hill Valley, Quebec, Canada[2]
Resides Montreal, Canada
Billed from Tijuana, Mexico[1]
Tijuana, Canada
Trained by Patrick "Patty the Kid" Smart[1][2]
Jerry Tuite[2]
Savio Vega[2]
Debut 2002[1]

Rami Sebei[1] is a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name El Generico. Sebei uses the gimmick of a luchador from Mexico. His character's catch phrase, "Olé!", is particularly made popular by the opening vocals of his theme song, "Olé!" by The Bouncing Souls.

He is a former PWG World Champion and 4-time World Tag Team Champion, twice with Kevin Steen and once with Quicksilver and Human Tornado. He has also held the ROH World Tag Team Championship with Steen.

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Career

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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla

Generico prominently made his name in the Canadian-based wrestling promotion International Wrestling Syndicate. In 2004, members of the IWS started making regular appearances in the United States, which helped him get noticed by the popular independent company Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Since then, Generico has been a PWG regular. He has held the PWG World Tag Team Championship with three different partners: with Human Tornado as 2 Skinny Black Guys, Quicksilver as Cape Fear, and, most recently, Kevin Steen.

On February 24, 2007, Generico defeated former partner Tornado to win the PWG World Championship during his title run with Cape Fear. Later that year, while Generico was still World Champion, he and Steen defeated PAC and Roderick Strong for the belts, making Generico the only man in PWG history to hold both the World and World Tag Team Titles not once, but twice at the same time.

As of mid-2009, Generico has been involved in a lengthy feud with the tag team Men of Low Moral Fiber, consisting of Kenny Omega and Chuck Taylor. Generico has recently recruited Colt Cabana and former partner Human Tornado (effectively reuniting 2 Skinny Black Guys) to stand by his side.

At PWG's 6th anniversary event, Threemendous II, 2 Skinny Black Guys defeated current champions The Young Bucks in a non-title match, giving the Bucks their first tag team loss in almost a year and a half. On November 21, 2009, during the second night of the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles, Generico and Kevin Steen lost a title match against the Bucks.[3] Later, he and Cabana saved the new PWG World Champion Kenny Omega from Brian Kendrick and The Young Bucks, and made peace with him as they now had a common enemy.[4]

Ring of Honor

El Generico first wrestled for Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2005, earning a spot in a Four Corner Survival match at Do Or Die IV. He teamed with the Ring Crew Express (Dunn and Marcos) in the Trios Tournament 2005, losing to the Rottweilers. At Stalemate, he lost to Roderick Strong, then teaming with Sal Rinauro against the Embassy at New Frontiers (and losing). He only received a few more matches, losing to Austin Aries at Fate of an Angel and getting his first win against fellow IWS alumnus Kevin Steen at The Homecoming (a match that didn't even make it to the event's DVD). His final ROH match of this run would be a loss to Homicide at Dragon Gate Invasion.

It should be noted that both Generico and Steen would stop being used as part of the promotion at around the same time. The criticism of the wrestlers was especially harsh by Ring of Honor fans, who did not think of either was worthy of being on the ROH roster. However, this wouldn't be either man's final appearance in the company.

Generico returned to ROH in late 2006, making an appearance at Dethroned, where he was defeated by the much larger Brent Albright. Following this, he took part in (and lost) a Four Corner Survival match to Jimmy Rave at Final Battle 2006.

In 2007, El Generico formed a permanent team with Kevin Steen, taking on the Briscoe Brothers at the Fifth Year Festival: Philly. Much like many previous matches, they would be defeated in this encounter, but the two men had a memorable showing that eventually earned them a full-time spot on the roster. Throughout 2007, the two teams feuded with one another, having several memorable matches including (but not limited to) a great match on the Driven pay-per-view, ROH's second-ever. Their feud would come to an end following a brutal Street Fight at Death Before Dishonor V: Night 1, a Steel Cage match at Caged Rage, a 2-Out-of-3 Falls match at Manhattan Mayhem 2, and a ladder match advertised as a "Ladder War" at Man Up. This final match became the Main Event of ROH's third pay-per-view.

Generico in 2008

Also during this time, Generico broke out as a singles competitor, having a strong run in the Race to the Top Tournament of 2007. He defeated (in order) Delirious, Chris Hero and Davey Richards, only to lose in the final match of the tournament to Claudio Castagnoli, who won.

After the feud with the Briscoes ended, Generico and Steen spent several months feuding with the Hangmen Three in an inconclusive feud that carried on into 2008. They also worked through the tag ranks and attempted to win the tag titles, but came up short in a tag title tournament at Up For Grabs.

Generico took ROH World champion Nigel McGuinness to the limit at Age of Insanity, but eventually tapped out to the London Dungeon.

On September 19, 2008, Generico and Steen finally won the tag titles by beating The Age of the Fall at Driven.

Generico lost a second match to McGuinness at Glory by Honor VII. Generico was booked in another match against McGuinness at Caged Collision, which he lost. On April 10, 2009, at a television taping, Generico and Steen lost the ROH World Tag Team Championship to The American Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Ricards).[5] Generico then suffered a knee injury, sustaining damage to his Medial collateral ligament.[6]

On December 19, 2009, at Final Battle 2009, ROH's first live pay-per-view, after a loss to The Young Bucks, Steen turned heel by attacking El Generico.[7]

Dragon Gate

Generico travelled to Japan in late 2007, where he competed for the Dragon Gate promotion as the gaijin (foreign) representative of the New Hazard stable. He returned to the promotion in July 2008, where he was announced as Tozawa-juku's "foreign exchange student." His presence in the unit has seen their wins increase. Since then Tozawa-juku has been disbanded, with all Tozawa-juku members graduating and receiving a degree, including El Generico.

In wrestling

Generico performing his "Olé Kick" on Rob Vegas

Championships and accomplishments

  • Association de Lutte Féminine
  • Sherri Memorial Cup Tournament (2007) – with LuFisto
  • Elite Wrestling Revolution
  • Elite 8 Tournament (2004)[20]
  • IWS Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[9]
  • IWS Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Twiggy[9]

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Cagematch profile". Cagematch. http://cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=1523&name=El+Generico. Retrieved 2009-12-01.  
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (2009-11-22). "PWG News: Results from the Battle of Los Angeles tournament to determine the new PWG champion". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/Other_News_4/article_36919.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-28.  
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  9. ^ a b c d e f "International Wrestling Syndicate Roster". International Wrestling Syndicate. http://www.iwswrestling.com/roster.html. Retrieved 2009-11-30.  
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  15. ^ a b Vetter, Chris (2007-11-29). "DVD Review: ROH "Race to the Top" (7-28-07) with Claudio vs. Generico, big 8-man tag". PWTorch. http://www.pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/DVDs_-_VGames_-_Books_25/article_23776.shtml. Retrieved 2009-11-30.  
  16. ^ a b Radican, Sean (2008-11-28). "Radican's ROH DVD Review: Return Engagement (Ibushi-Generico, Briscoes vs. Shelley & Sabin)". PWTorch. http://www.pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/DVDs_-_VGames_-_Books_25/article_28236.shtml. Retrieved 2009-11-30.  
  17. ^ Boutwell, Josh (2009-05-18). "ROH on HDNet Results - 5/16/09". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1242679035.php. Retrieved 2009-11-30.  
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  19. ^ "Theme Music History". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=303. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
  20. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - November 2004". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/other/2004-11.html. Retrieved 2008-07-05.  
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  22. ^ Solie's Title Histories: PWG

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