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Larry Sweeney

Sweeney as the Young Lions Cup Champion
Ring name(s) Larry Sweeney
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Billed weight 183 lb (83 kg)[1]
Born February 15, 1982 (1982-02-15) (age 27)[1]
Redondo Beach, California[1]
Resides Chicago, Illinois
Billed from Redondo Beach, California
Trained by Mike Quackenbush[1]
Chris Hero[1]
Buddy Rose[1]
Colonel DeBeers[1]
Skayde[1]
Debut May 1, 2004[1]

Alex Whybrow[2] (born February 15, 1982)[1] is an American professional wrestler and manager, better known by his ring name Larry Sweeney. He performs primarily on the American independent circuit in promotions such as Chikara, Ring of Honor and Full Impact Pro, but has also competed in Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe.

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Life and career

Sweeney was born in Redondo Beach, California. After being voted 'Most Likely to Reach Enlightenment' by his senior class at New Trier High School, Sweeney enrolled in Oberlin College. His first professional match took place at the Windy City Pro Wrestling Battle of the Belts 2000 on May 20, 2000, at the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana. He wrestled under the ring name 'El Zapatista' and participated in a 3-ring, 120-man battle royale, reportedly the largest battle royale in professional wrestling history. He didn't decide to pursue a career in professional wrestling until 2002, when he was living in India and training in amateur wrestling at the Sri Satpal Pehlewan Akhara at the Chattrasol Stadium in Model Town, Delhi, India. After returning to the states and completing his studies, he enrolled in the Chikara Wrestle Factory in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 2003, under head trainer Mike Quackenbush and co-instructors Chris Hero and Skayde. Sweeney also received training from Buddy Rose and Colonel DeBeers in Portland, Oregon before debuting on May 1, 2004 in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Since then, Sweeney has been a mainstay in many promotions on the American independent circuit.On June 16, 2005, he defeated veteran wrestler Glen Osbourne for the PWE Heavyweight Championship in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He went on to hold the title for 11 months before losing it to Mike Quackenbush in May 2006; in the meantime he had become a regular for many of the larger independent wrestling companies in the US.

On July 31, 2006, Sweeney made an appearance on Raw, broadcast live from the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, where he played an imposter Nick Hogan in a segment titled "Orton Knows Best". Later that year, he was the subject of the 'Introducing' feature article in the national magazine The Wrestler.

2007 saw him go on to a feud with Bryan Alvarez, author of the Figure 4 newsletter, over the ICW/ICWA Texarkana Television Championship. On May 11, 2007 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, he won the IWC Super Indy Title after defeating "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, Azrieal, and Shima Xion in a one-night tournament. He has since gone on to feud for the title with "Fabulous" John McChesney, who defeated him for the title on July 7. After chasing McChesney for over six months, Sweeney regained the title on January 19, 2008 after winning a gruesome Texarkana Death Match. On July 20, 2007, Sweeney was crowned the first CWE Undisputed Champion after defeating Eddie Kingston and Chris Hero in separate matches in Youngstown, Ohio.

After competing in a War Games match for the NWA Upstate promotion in Rochester, New York, in April, 2007, Sweeney passed out due to blood loss. Sweeney competed in this bloody cage match after successfully defending the ICW/ICWA title against Eddie Kingston in a strap match the night before at Colgate University. Sweeney is noted for having competed against a good number of professional wrestling legends in his relatively short career, including Brad Armstrong, Tracy Smothers, Christopher Daniels, Stevie Richards, Bob Armstrong, Bill Dundee, Sonny Rogers, X-Pac, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, One Man Gang, Axe and Smash of Demolition, and Kamala. He also arm-wrestled the Iron Sheik in July, 2006 for Totally Tool Wrestling, and has competed against one of his wrestling mentors, Steve Corino, on several occasions.

Sweeney made his debut with the Hawaii based promotion Action Zone Wrestling on January 7, 2008, losing to Dragon Gate superstar CIMA at their event Battleclash III, a match billed on his 'ain't no doubt about it' DVD as the 66th Pearl Harbor anniversary showdown. The entire match as well as the rest of that event's card featuring several Dragon Gate wrestlers is on the AZW DVD "Battleclash 3"

Sweeney participated in a Boxer vs Wrestler match against Larry Barnes (44-3-0, 17 KO's) on April 5, 2008 in New Rochelle, New York at New Rochelle High School for the New York State Wrestling Federation.

In November 2008 he announced the formation of his own company, BBOW, Bad Brothers of Wrestling. Sweeney promoted two shows, in April 2007 and October 2008, at Colgate University, and has announced plans to run shows at schools and carnivals, primarily in the Midwest.

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Chikara (2004-2009)

After being trained at the Chikara Wrestle Factory, Sweeney made his debut for the promotion on July 10, 2004, at the second annual Young Lions Cup, as the leader of Sweet 'n' Sour International, a stable comprised of wrestlers who had been denied wildcard spots in the tournament.[3] Throughout the tournament Sweeney's stable mates interfered in his matches and in the end he defeated Jigsaw to win the Chikara Young Lions Cup in only his seventh professional match.[3][4][5] Jigsaw was looking for a rematch with Sweeney, but he was more interested in the bigger Chikara names, such as Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush.[3] On October 30, 2004, Sweeney's stable met a group led by Jigsaw in an eight on eight torneo cibernetico match. Sweeney was pinned by Jigsaw, after his stable mate Spyrazul turned on him and then unmasked himself as Quackenbush.[6] On November 19 Sweeney lost the Young Lions Cup to Jigsaw in his first defense.[7]

Sweeney entered the 2005 Tag World Grand Prix with Share Cropper, but they were eliminated from the tournament in the first round by Shane Storm and Mister ZERO.[8] On May 20 Sweeney and Cropper were defeated by Jolly Roger and Lance Steel in a "Crybaby/Slave for a Month" match and as a result the entire Sweet 'n' Sour International were forced to wear diapers the following night.[9] Sweeney refused to do this and after Crossbones pulled off his towel to reveal the diaper, Sweeney fired all of his stable mates and disbanded Sweet 'n' Sour International.[10]

The following month Sweeney brought his ICW-ICWA Texarkana Television Championship to Chikara and debuted his new bodyguard, Mana the Polynesian Warrior.[3] On March 31 Sweeney lost the Texarkana Television title to Milano Collection A.T.[11] and after Sweeney and Mana were defeated on April 21 by Lance Steel and Lance Steel,[12] Mana turned on Sweeney.[3] The following month Sweeney debuted his new talk show segment, Winner's Circle,[13] and then cleanly defeated Mana[14] before regaining the Texarkana title from Milano Collection A.T.[15] Sweeney then started a feud with Eddie Kingston, to whom he would lose the Texarkana title on July 22.[16] During the feud Sweeney and Kingston performed an angle, where Sweeney ran over Kingston with a car.[3] Sweeney recaptured the Texarkana title in Canada,[3] but on November 18, 2006, at Talent Borrows, Genius Steals Kingston defeated him in a "Yellow Belly Strap Match" to win the feud.[17]

In 2007 Sweeney's Ring of Honor relationship with Chris Hero entered Chikara, when on April 22 he helped Hero defeat Claudio Castagnoli and thus force him back into the Kings of Wrestling.[3] The following month Hero, Sweeney and Castagnoli joined forces with Team F.I.S.T. (Icarus, Gran Akuma and Chuck Taylor) to form the Kings of Wrestling superstable.[3] The stable was later joined by Mitch Ryder, Shayne Hawke and Max Boyer. On December 9 Castagnoli defeated Hero, who afterwards left Chikara for good, thus disbanding the Kings of Wrestling.[3] Sweeney continued to team with Mitch Ryder and Shayne Hawke as the Fabulous Three and together they made it to the quarter finals of the 2008 King of Trios tournament, before losing to the Golden Trio of Delirious, Hallowicked and Helios.[3] After a series of trios losses, Ryder fired Sweeney from the group on June 15, 2008, after which Sweeney turned tecnico for the first time in his Chikara career.[3] After months of trying to earn the trust of former Kings of Wrestling stable mate Claudio Castagnoli, he finally agreed to team with Sweeney on December 14.[3] However, in the match against the Fabulous Two Sweeney turned on Castagnoli by hitting him with brass knucks and re-joined Ryder and Hawke.[3]

On January 25, 2009, at Revelation X Sweeney called out Castagnoli, despite knowing that he was at the time wrestling in Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah.[3] Chikara Director of Fun Leonard F. Chikarason came out and announced that since Shayne Hawke was unable to make it to the show, the Fabulous Three were taken out of the 2009 King of Trios.[18] That same night Sweeney and Ryder defeated Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream and Ice Cream, Jr.), but this would end up being Sweeney's thus far final appearance for the company, as afterwards Ryder left the company and the Fabulous Three quietly disbanded.[3]

Ring of Honor (2006-present)

On December 23, 2006, Sweeney made his debut in Ring of Honor, interfering on behalf of the Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) in their win against the Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe). The following night, Hero announced that Sweeney was in ROH as his new agent. Since then, Sweeney has gone on to form Sweet 'n' Sour Inc., an agency consisting of Sweeney's "clients" Chris Hero, Sara Del Rey, personal trainer Tank Toland, and Bobby Dempsey. Matt Sydal was briefly apart of Sweet & Sour Inc. during the summer of 2007, but left when Sweeney signed him to a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. Former WWE Tough Enough winner Daniel Puder was also briefly part of the stable in January 2008 but quietly departed Ring of Honor when they could not afford to use him at every show. The storyline being that Sweeney is holding him out of action until he is paid more money. In February 2008 he declared a hostile takeover attempt of Ring of Honor, and has signed Adam Pearce, Brent Albright and Shane Hagadorn in the wake of this declaration. That same month he perpetrated the simulated rape of Allison Danger by Bobby Dempsey on his interview segment "The Larry Sweeney show starring Larry Sweeney". In November the segment earned Sweeney a 'Turnbuckle Turkey' award from the magazine "Inside Wrestling".

On April 11, 2008, he signed Eddie Edwards into the group as well.

On May 10, 2008 Brent Albright quit the group following a loss where he and Chris Hero dropped a Scramble Match to Delirious and Pelle Primeau (also included were Jack Evans and Ruckus). Sweeney ordered him to beat down Bobby Dempsey with the rest of the group but instead he delivered suplexes to every member aside from Sweeney who escaped from the ring.

On June 6, 2008 Sweeney made an offer to No Remorse Corps leader Roderick Strong to join him in his stable. Strong declined as he had done in the past only to find himself attacked and beaten down by his NRC stable mate Davey Richards. Richards proceeded to tear away his NRC t-shirt to reveal he was wearing a Sweet N'Sour Inc. shirt underneath, joining the stable.

On June 28, 2008 in Chicago Ridge, Illinois, Sweeney proudly welcomed the newest member of Sweet N'Sour Inc, Go Shiozaki into the fold as well as welcome back returning member Tank Toland.

On August 2, 2008 in New York City Adam Pearce lost his NWA World Title to Brent Albright after submitting to the Crowbar.

To date, Sweeney has wrestled only two matches in ROH; he competed in a six-man tag in spring 2008 and holds a singles victory over Claudio Castagnoli from Final Battle 2007. His largely non-wrestling role in ROH earned him the 2007 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award for Best Non-Wrestler of the year, an award he won again for 2008.

On October 19, 2008 Sweeney made an appearance at Shimmer Women Athletes taping, the sister promotion of ROH. He cut a promo about how his client in ROH Sara Del Rey would get her Shimmer Championship rematch in Ring of Honor. Later in the evening he would pull Del Rey out of the ring to save her from MsChif and Serena Deeb. This was the first time a male wrestler had been featured on the main show of a Shimmer card and the first time a male manager had appeared on the show. On April 20, 2009, Sweeney announced on his official MySpace page that he had quit Ring of Honor over monetary issues.[19]

On December 19, 2009, at Final Battle 2009, ROH's first live pay-per-view, Sweeney returned to the company as a color commentator.[20]

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "Sweet and Sour"
    • "The Super Agent"

Championships and accomplishments

  • Championship Wrestling Experience
  • CWE Undisputed Championship (1 time)[3]
  • International Wrestling Cartel
  • IWC Super Indy Championship (2 times)[3]
  • Super Indy VI tournament (2007)[3]
  • Pro Wrestling Entertainment
  • PWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[22]
  • Pro-Wrestling WORLD-1
  • WORLD-1/PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with King Kaluha[23]
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
  • UCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Other
  • ICW-ICWA Texarkana Television Champion (22 times, current)[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Online World of Wrestling profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/l/larry-sweeney.html. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
  2. ^ "Wrestlers get real". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-0217-real-life-wrestlersfeb17,0,4294682.story. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Chikara Fans profile". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=1052. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
  4. ^ "“Young Lions Cup II: Night One” – 7/10/2004". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=630. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  5. ^ "“Young Lions Cup II: Night Two” – 7/11/2004". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=632. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  6. ^ "“The Cibernetico Cometh” – 10/30/2004". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=642. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  7. ^ "“Fear of Music” – 11/19/2004". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=644. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  8. ^ "“Tag World Grand Prix 2005: Night Two” – 2/19/2005". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=658. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  9. ^ "“Aniversario Blue” – 5/20/2005". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=689. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  10. ^ "“Aniversario Orange” – 5/21/2005". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=689. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  11. ^ "“Naked” – 3/31/2006". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=738. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  12. ^ "“Sand in the Vaseline” – 4/21/2006". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=740. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  13. ^ "“Apocalypso” – 4/23/2006". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=742. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  14. ^ "“Aniversario Delta” – 5/26/2006". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=744. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  15. ^ "“Aniversario Epsilon” – 5/27/2006". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=746. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  16. ^ "“The Crushing Weight of Mainstream Ignorance” – 7/22/06". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=755. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  17. ^ "“Talent Borrows, Genius Steals” – 11/18/2006". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=769. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  18. ^ "“Revelation X” – 1/25/2009". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=2167. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  19. ^ "ROH News: Larry Sweeney claims he quit ROH today, goes absolutely nuts in MySpace blog". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/ROH_News_29/article_31524.shtml. Retrieved 2009-09-01.  
  20. ^ Caldwell, James (2009-12-19). "CALDWELL'S RING OF HONOR PPV REPORT 12/19: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of ROH's first online PPV - Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/PPV_Reports_5/article_37521.shtml. Retrieved 2009-12-20.  
  21. ^ a b c d "Theme Music History". Chikara Fans. http://chikarafans.com/?page_id=303. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
  22. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - July 2005". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/other/2005-07.html. Retrieved 2008-07-04.  
  23. ^ "Pro Wrestling WORLD-1 Title Histories". titlehistories.com. http://www.titlehistories.com/Pro_Wrestling_World_1.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-15.  

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