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Michael Brendli
Ring name(s) El Mondo

Mighty MikeMighty Mikey
Mike Mondo[1]
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Billed weight 229 lb (104 kg)[1]
Born March 26, 1983 (1983-03-26) (age 26)[1]
Long Island, New York[1]
Resides Tampa, Florida
Trained by Critical Mass Wrestling School[2]
OVW staff[1]
Debut June 2002[1]

Michael "Mike" Brendli[2] (born March 26, 1983)[1] is an American professional wrestler who performed for Florida Championship Wrestling in development with World Wrestling Entertainment as "The Professional" Mike Mondo. Brendli is best known for his time as Spirit Squad member Mikey on the Raw brand.[1]



Brendli played football in middle and high school, and began training at the Critical Mass Pro Wrestling wrestling school during his freshman year of college.[2] He wrestled on the independent circuit, both in New York and in New Jersey, and first became known as "Livewyre", occasionally competing under a mask as both "El Mondo" and "El Livewyre".[1][2] In New York Championship Wrestling, he competed with the likes of Mikey Whipwreck, Matt Striker, King Nothing, Jerry Lynn, and Joey Matthews.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005-2008)

Ohio Valley Wrestling

Brendli signed a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) developmental contract in February 2005.[1] He was sent to their "farm territory" Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).[1] First he acted as a manager, then became a full time wrestler and a member of Bolin Services led by Kenny "The King" Bolin.[1]


Eventually he left Bolin Services and became a member of The Spirit Squad, competing in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) before they debuted on Raw in January 2006. Brendli has described being in the Spirit Squad as "the most fun" he's had in his career.[2] Brendli was known as "Mikey", and the Squad would become closely associated with The McMahons and feuded with Shawn Michaels.[3][4]

They also continued wrestling in the tag team division, and on April 3, Mikey and Kenny defeated Kane and The Big Show, with help from the other Spirit Squad members, to win the World Tag Team Championship.[5] After winning the titles an "executive edict" was declared stating that all five members were recognized as the champions, with any two members allowed to defend the titles at one time.

In May, Vince McMahon signed a handicap match for the Spirit Squad against Michaels.[6] They instead attacked Michaels before the start of the match, which led to Triple H coming out to save him.[6] Michaels and Triple H reformed D-Generation X (DX), and feuded with the Spirit Squad, defeating them at Vengeance and Saturday Night's Main Event.[7][8]

At the end of September, the Spirit Squad members began losing matches to Ric Flair, which led to tensions between the team as Kenny grew angry at the losses. After they lost to the debuting Cryme Tyme on two consecutive weeks, Kenny attacked Mikey and declared that he would beat Flair.[9] Kenny beat Flair with help from the Spirit Squad, despite Flair bringing his own reinforcements, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter, and Roddy Piper, to the ring.[9] As a result, the Spirit Squad were ordered to defend their Championship against Flair and a legend of the fans choosing at Cyber Sunday.[9] the fans chose Piper and he and Flair defeated Kenny and Mikey to win the title.[10] Shortly afterwards, on November 27, the group was "killed off" after being defeating by Flair and DX in a handicap match.[11] DX dumped the Spirit Squad into a large crate stamped "OVW, Louisville, Kentucky", a reference to the WWE farm territory the members had all come from.[11]

Return to OVW

Brendli appeared on the January 17 OVW taping along with Nick Nemeth as the Frat Pack and teamed with Mike Kruel in a match against Seth Skyfire, Shawn Spears, and Cody Runnels[12] The team disbanded in the early 2007.

He then went back to his "Giant Killer" gimmick and started a feud with Shawn Spears but failed to capture the OVW Television Title at Ohio Valley Wrestling's third Super Summer Sizzler Series event of the year at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky.[13] In August he started teaming up with Nick Nemeth once again.[14]

By September, he was phased out of tag team competition and began dubbing himself "The Professional" Mike Mondo and began feuding with Atlas DaBone.[15]

Florida Championship Wrestling

In September, Mondo was moved to the Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territory and defeated Chris Gray in his debut in the territory.[16] He continued his tag team with Nick Nemeth for a few months.[17] At the start of 2008, however, they split and began feuding.[18][19]

Brendli was released from his WWE contract on June 13, 2008.[20]

Independent circuit

After his WWE release, Brendli returned to competing on the independent circuit, and plans to wrestle in Mexico and Japan.[2] In January 2009, he returned to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). At OVW's television taping on February 4, 2009, he defeated Idol Stevens and Johnny Punch in a triple threat match to become the new OVW Television Champion. On March 21, Brendli failed a drugs test at an OVW event, and was suspended by the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority.[21] After postponing two hearings, he was suspended for six months and fined US$100 on June 29.[22]

Mondo returned to OVW on September 30 2009. In OVW, Mondo along with Turcan Celik defeated Moose and Tilo for the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship but lost them a week later to Benny The Producer and Andrew The Director in a four corners tag team match, also including Moose and Tilo and The Mobile Homers.

Personal life

Brendli is good friends with his former Spirit Squad teammate Nick Nemeth, and the two lived together in Florida until 2008.[23]

On June 1, 2008, Brendli was arrested for Driving under the influence in Florida.[24] He was released the next day after posting bail.[25]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • New York Wrestling Connection
    • NYWC Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[26]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Mike Mondo Profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/m/mike-mondo.html. Retrieved 2008-05-02.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sokol, Bryan (2008-12-08). "Mike Mondo still has the spirit". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2008/12/08/7678301.html. Retrieved 2008-12-13.  
  3. ^ ""Big Time" Pedigree". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2006-02-20. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/02202006/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  4. ^ "Sneak Attack". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2006-03-13. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/03132006/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  5. ^ a b "History of the World Tag Team Championship - Spirit Squad". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2006-04-03. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/2448432. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  6. ^ a b Dee, Louie (2006-05-22). "Apology Accepted?". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/05222006/. Retrieved 2008-01-16.  
  7. ^ Dee, Louie (2006-06-25). "DX breaks down the Spirit Squad". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/vengeance/history/2006/matches/25900123/results/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  8. ^ Zeigler, Zack (2006-07-15). "DX dismantles the Spirit Squad". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/snme/history/july152006/matches/25815981/results/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  9. ^ a b c Zeigler, Zack (2006-10-23). "On the same page?". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/10232006/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  10. ^ Zeigler, Zack (2006-11-05). "Golden Legends". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/cybersunday/history/2006/matches/329344214/results/. Retrieved 2008-01-29.  
  11. ^ a b Dee, Louie (2006-11-27). "R-K-Anarchy". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/11272006/. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  12. ^ "January 17, 2007 – OVW TV Tapings". Online World of Wrestling. 2007-01-17. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ovw/_2007/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  13. ^ "June 22, 2007 – OVW Six Flags". Online World of Wrestling. 2007-06-22. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ovw/_2007/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  14. ^ "August 15, 2007–OVW TV Tapings". Online World of Wrestling. 2007-08-15. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ovw/_2007/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  15. ^ "August 29, 2007–OVW TV Tapings". Online World of Wrestling. 2007-08-29. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ovw/_2007/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  16. ^ "September 15, 2007 – Florida Championship Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. 2007-09-15. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/fcw/_2007/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  17. ^ "September 25, 2007 – Florida Championship Wrestling - Wrestling For Whiskers". Online World of Wrestling. 2007-09-25. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/fcw/_2007/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  18. ^ "January 8, 2008 – Florida Championship Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. 2008-01-08. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/fcw/_2008/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  19. ^ "January 12, 2008 – Florida Championship Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. 2008-01-12. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/fcw/_2008/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  20. ^ "Mike Mondo released". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2008-06-13. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/mikemondoreleased. Retrieved 2008-06-15.  
  21. ^ Aldren, Mike (2009-03-24). "Daily wrestling news and gossip". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/wrestling/article2339545.ece. Retrieved 2009-03-28.  
  22. ^ Aldren, Mike (2009-07-07). "Daily wrestling news and gossip". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/wrestling/2523464/Wrestling-News-and-Gossip-from-The-Sun-Mike-Aldrens-WGN-Wrestling-Globe-Newsletter.html. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  
  23. ^ Andrews, Kenai. "Dolph Ziggler chases perfection". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/10/22/11495066-ca.html. Retrieved 2009-11-03.  
  24. ^ "Individual's Charge Report - Brendli, Michael S". Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. 2008-06-02. http://www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/pub/default.asp?/Online/qdisp. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  
  25. ^ Gray, Richard (2008-06-02). "Mikey From The Spirit Squad Arrested Last Night For Driving Under The Influence". WrestlingNewsWorld. http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/wwe-news/mikey-from-the-spirit-squad-arrested-last-night-for-driving-under-the-influence.php. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  
  26. ^ "New York Wrestling Connection". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/nywc/. Retrieved 2008-07-07.  
  27. ^ "OVW Title Histories - OVW Television Championship". Ohio Valley Wrestling. http://www.ovwrestling.com/titles.html#2. Retrieved 2009-07-05.  
  28. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2006". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Wrestling Information Archive. http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi50006.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  

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