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William Jones
Ring name(s) Chilly Willy
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg)
Born January 7, 1975 (1975-01-07) (age 35)
Goldsboro, North Carolina, United States
Resides East Orange, New Jersey, United States
Billed from Your Hometown
Trained by C.W. Anderson
Larry Sharpe
Debut 1998

William Jones (born January 7, 1975) is an American professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Chilly Willy, most famous for his stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the early 2000s.

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Career

Early career and Extreme Championship Wrestling

Competing in toughman contests[1] prior to making his professional wrestling debut in 1998, Jones competed in Matt and Jeff Hardy's OMEGA promotion[2] before competing for Extreme Championship Wrestling in early 2000 defeating Scott D'Amore in Toledo, Ohio on February 25, although he later lost matches to The Prodigy and HC Loc at ECW on TNN during the next several weeks. After defeating Johnny Swinger on March 24, he began feuding with Swinger over the next few months.[3]

In his first PPV appearance, he defeated Johnny Swinger at Wrestlepalooza 2000 at The Family Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on April 16. He would face Swinger in a rematch the following month, defeating him at Hardcore Heaven 2000 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14. During the "Midwest Massacre" tour, he would also score victories over Tony DeVito and E.Z. Money in June.[4]

With Chris Chetti & Nova, Jones beat the F.B.I. (Little Guido, Sal E. Graziano and Tony Mamaluke) at the Century II in Wichita, Kansas on July 1, 2000. Several days later, they defeated the F.B.I. in a rematch on ECW on TNN at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York on July 7. Losing to ECW TV Champion Rhyno on ECW on TNN later that month, he teamed with The Sandman to defeat the F.B.I. (Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke) in Huntington, West Virginia on August 4 when Jones pinned Mamaluke. In the following weeks, they also defeated Justin Credible & Rhino several times before losing to them in the opening rounds of a championship tournament for the vacant ECW World Tag Team Championship at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York on August 25.[5]

Teaming with The Sandman against The Baldies (Tony DeVito & Angel), Jones teamed with Mikey Whipwreck and Balls Mahoney to defeat Johnny Swinger, Simon Diamond and CW Anderson in a 6-man tag team match at the Flickinger Center in Buffalo, New York on September 8. The following night on ECW on TNN, he and Balls Mahoney defeated The Baldies at the Hershey Center in Mississauga, Ontario.[6]

Feuding with The Baldies over the next several weeks, he and Mahoney defeated The Baldies in a "Flaming Tables" match at Anarchy Rulz 2000 on October 1 and, with The Sandman and New Jack, defeated Justin Credible and The Baldies on October 12.[7] The following month, he and Mahoney defeated The Baldies in a rematch at November to Remember '00 on November 5.[4][8] During the next two months, he also defeated Tony DeVito[9] and Mike Bell in singles matches.

Retirement and military career

After ECW closed, Jones competed in various independent promotions before temporarily leaving wrestling to enlist in the United States Army shortly after the World Trade Center attacks, and was sent to Iraq in April 2003.[10] Assigned to a special forces unit while serving as an infantryman in Iraq, he was wounded by mortar fire while on a mission and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

In April 2004, Jones returned from Iraq and decided to return to wrestling. In November 2004, he received a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned by WWE to Ohio Valley Wrestling. He would be released from his contract on April 12, 2005.[11]

Recent years

In April 2007, Jones appeared at EAW (Eastern All-Star Wrestling) located out of Eden NC, Jones was the number one contender for the EAW Heavyweight Championship that was currently being held by "Cowboy" Mike Dalton.

He was until recently the Heavyweight Champion for Gimmicks Only Underground Grappling Entertainment. In August 2007, Jones no-showed two back to back GOUGE events, and had the GOUGE Heavyweight Title stripped from him.

Jones is now set to appear at CWA Pro Wrestling (Champions With Attitude) in Manning, South Carolina on March 1, 2008.

Jones has retired from active competition but has trained mma fighters and pro wrestlers out of NC.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Other titles
  • NDW United States Championship (1 time)
  • SCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • WWO Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • GOUGE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Favorite Moves: Jumping Hip Attack Finishing Move: The Chilly Driver

See also

References

  1. ^ Burkholder, Denny (2002-02-28). "Black History Month: Pro Wrestling's Black Stars, Part 4". WrestleLine.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-01. http://web.archive.org/web/20070101043116/http://www.wrestleline.com/columns/circa/circa_bhm2002d.shtml.  
  2. ^ Mooneyham, Mike (2005-05-01). "Candido's life comes to sudden end". Post and Courier. http://v1.charleston.net/stories/?newsID=22216&section=sports.  
  3. ^ "Extreme Championship Wrestling: January-March 2000". ProWrestlingHistory.com. http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/2000a.html.  
  4. ^ a b Nelson, Phil; Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-10). "Extreme Championship Wrestling Results: 2000". American Wrestling Trivia. http://www.softwolves.pp.se/wrestling/ecw/2000.  
  5. ^ Milner, John M.; Richard Kamchen (2005-08-11). "SLAM! Wrestling Bios: Rhino". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/rhino.html.  
  6. ^ "Extreme Championship Wrestling: July-September 2000". ProWrestlingHistory.com. http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/2000c.html.  
  7. ^ "The Sandman's Match History". HardcoreIconSandman.com. 2007. http://www.hardcoreiconsandman.com/history.html.  
  8. ^ Powell, John (2000-11-06). "SLAM! Wrestling: ECW has an Old School champ". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingPPV/nov6_ecw-can.html.  
  9. ^ Furious, Arnold (2007-10-24). "The Furious Flashbacks – ECW Fan Cam 11/11/00 Poughkeepsie, New York". 411mania.com. http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/video_reviews/59500.  
  10. ^ Mooneyham, Mike (2003-04-13). "The Wrestling Gospel According to Mike Mooneyham: Goldberg, Jericho Renew WCW Feud". MikeMooneyham.com. http://www.mikemooneyham.com/pages/viewfull.cfm?ObjectID=78AE6A80-6D13-11D7-86380003470B0337.  
  11. ^ Mooneyham, Mike (2005-04-15). "The Wrestling Gospel According to Mike Mooneyham: WWE Conducts Post-Mania Purge". MikeMooneyham.com. http://www.mikemooneyham.com/pages/viewfull.cfm?ObjectID=4E7E0B8D-3048-52EA-1E9B62401AB6744B.  

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