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Ricky Ortiz
Ring name(s) Atlas DaBone[1]
Atlas Ortiz[1][2]
Rich Young
Ricky Ortiz[3]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[3]
Billed weight 254 lb (115 kg)[3]
Born May 12, 1975 (1975-05-12) (age 34)
Phoenix, Arizona
Billed from Paradise Valley, Arizona[3]
Trained by OVW Staff[1]
FCW Staff
Debut 2006[1]
Richard Young (wrestler)
Date of birth: May 12, 1975 (1975-05-12) (age 34)
Place of birth: Phoenix, Arizona
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Tulsa
 As player:
Kansas City Chiefs
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Milwaukee Mustangs
Orlando Rage
Indiana Firebirds
Colorado Crush
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 2-time Letter Winner

Richard "Rich" Young[1] (born May 12, 1975)[1] is an American professional wrestler and former professional football player best known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment performing under the ring name Ricky Ortiz.[3][4]

Young spent time in the XFL, the Canadian Football League (CFL), the Arena Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL).


Football career



Young attended the University of Tulsa as a transfer student after two years at Glendale Community College and was a two year letter winner. He played 22 career games and was credited with 177 tackles as a linebacker.[5]

Professional football

After college, Young spent training camp of the 1998 season with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and was on the team's practice squad during the season.[6] After the year, he went to the Canadian Football League (CFL) and played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[6] He spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons in the Arena Football League with the Milwaukee Mustangs. In the AFL, Young played both fullback and linebacker. Following the AFL, Young joined the short-lived XFL with the Orlando Rage.[6] After the league folded, Young attempted to make the Jacksonville Jaguars roster, but was waived during training camp. He rejoined the AFL, this time with the Indiana Firebirds, in 2002. He would spend the next two years in Indiana before joining the Colorado Crush in 2004. In 2003, he led all AFL middle linebackers with 4.0 sacks.[5]

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Young made his professional wrestling debut with Ohio Valley Wrestling in late 2006 as "Atlas DaBone".[6] DaBone was billed as one of the most charismatic superstars in OVW. DaBone was expected to be called up to the main roster soon after with Ashley Massaro as his valet.[7][8] On January 12, 2008, DaBone became the number one contender to the OVW title after beating Mike Kruel in a best of 3 series.[9] On March 3, 2008 it was reported that DaBone suffered a torn ligament in his knee, but returned to action in Florida Championship Wrestling on April 17.

ECW (2008-2009)

On July 1, 2008, Young made his WWE debut as a face under the name "Atlas Ortiz" on the ECW brand, winning his first match against Armando Estrada.[2] On the July 8, 2008 episode of ECW, Tazz and Mike Adamle referred to him as "Ricky Ortiz".[6] He acknowledged the name change in an interview segment on the same show; Lena Yada called him Atlas and he responded by saying, "My friends call me Ricky" and claiming to be undefeated. On the July 15, 2008 edition of ECW, he used the nickname, "The Latin Assassin". Ortiz defeated Chavo Guerrero by disqualification on July 29, 2008 edition of ECW.[10] The next week he beat Guerrero and Bam Neely in a tag team match with Evan Bourne.[11]

Although enjoying a streak of 5-0, on October 7, Ortiz would team with Kofi Kingston, CM Punk and Evan Bourne against John Morrison, The Miz, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in an 8 man tag match losing effort. After a distraction from Manu, Morrison would then perform a Moonlight Drive on Punk and pin him for the victory. This would be Young's first televised loss since debuting on ECW, although he was still undefeated in singles competition.[12] On the December 2, 2008 episode of ECW, he suffered his first pinfall loss at the hands of Jack Swagger, who was also undefeated at the time.[13]

SmackDown (2009)

On April 15, 2009, Ortiz was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft.[14] On the May 15 episode of SmackDown, Ortiz made his debut for the brand as a villain, losing to Jeff Hardy.[15] His last match for WWE was August 7 episode of SmackDown when he was quickly defeated by The Great Khali.[6][16] He was released from his WWE contract on August 8, 2009.[4]

Other media

Young appeared on the November 25, 2008 episode of Cha$e as a hunter.

In wrestling


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ricky Ortiz profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-15.  
  2. ^ a b "Extreme Mismatch". World Wrestling Entertainment.  
  3. ^ a b c d e "Official WWE Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-04-15.  
  4. ^ a b "Ricky Ortiz released". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-08.  
  5. ^ a b Rich Young - — The Official Web site of the Arena Football League AFL
  6. ^ a b c d e f Waldman, Jon (2009-08-08). "Ricky Ortiz the latest WWE release". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-08-09.  
  7. ^ WWE House Show Results from Jacksonville, Florida 1-11-08
  8. ^
  9. ^ Ohio Valley Wrestling - Tomorrow's Superstars...Today!
  10. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (2008-07-29). "Proof of Strength". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-08-15.  
  11. ^ Burdick, Michael (2008-08-05). "The Dirt Spat". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-08-15.  
  12. ^ DiFino, Lennie (2008-10-08). "Wild West". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-10-15.  
  13. ^ Burdick, Michael (2008-12-02). "Wild Half man ... not so amazing". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-12-14.  
  14. ^ "2009 WWE Supplemental Draft results". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-04-15.  
  15. ^ Waldman, Jon (2009-05-16). "Smackdown: re-writing a good show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-05-16.  
  16. ^ Bishop, Matt (2009-08-07). "Smackdown: Returning superstar makes big impact on World Title match". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-08-09.  
  17. ^ a b c DiLiegro, Phil (2008-09-02). "Phil DiLiegro's ECW TV report for September 2". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  

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