Friday, October 5, 2007

Super Crazy

Francisco Pantoja Islas (born December 3, 1973) is a Mexican professional wrestler best known by his ring name Super Crazy. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment and performing on the RAW brand.

Super Crazy was a mainstay on the Mexican independent circuit for years, before signing with the Asistencia Asesoría y Administración promotion in 1995. Between 1996 and 1997, he wrestled as Histeria I alongside Maniaco (Perro Silva), Mosco de la Merced I (Pierroth Jr. II) and Mach 1 (Felinito and Punch Power) as part of the Rudos de la Galaxia stable, which also had a short run in WWF during the Spring of 1997 with matches on RAW is WAR and Shotgun.

In September 1997, he left his Histeria gimmick to a mid-carder known as Quarterback and moved to the Promo Azteca promotion where booker Konnan made him the focus of the Cruiserweight Division. While there, Super Crazy had a legendary feud with Venum Black, which culminated in a mask vs hair match, which Crazy won.

Super Crazy was picked up by Paul Heyman after displaying excellent physical abilities. He was signed in 1998 and had many matches with other smaller wrestlers in ECW, such as Yoshihiro Tajiri and Little Guido Maritato. His Mexican Death Match with Tajiri was voted ECW Match of the Year for 1999 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

Crazy won the ECW Television Championship at Living Dangerously 2000. The title had been vacated by Rob Van Dam due to injury, and a tournament was held to crown a new champion. After defeating Little Guido in the semi-finals earlier in the night, Super Crazy went on to defeat Rhino in the tournament final. Crazy lost the title a month later to Yoshihiro Tajiri.

After ECW folded, Super Crazy wrestled for different promotions like Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Xtreme Pro Wrestling, as well as International Wrestling Association.

At Ring of Honor's debut show, The Era of Honor Begins on February 23, 2002, Crazy defeated Eddie Guerrero to become the inaugural IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. He was defeated for the title on April 6 by Andy Anderson. Crazy regained the title on April 13 when Anderson forfeited it due to injury. Crazy lost the title once more on April 20, when he was defeated by Anarchy.

Crazy also appeared on the March 5, 2003 edition of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's weekly PPV's as one of Konnan's authentic luchador challengers, where he lost to Jerry Lynn.

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