Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Charles Ashenoff doesn't sound much like a luchador's name does it?
But in Lucha Libre and wrestling circles he is better known as Konnan.
Konnan was born on June 6, 1964 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

Before becoming a wrestler, Konnan was a boxer (Californian Middleweight Amateur Boxing Champion in 1982 and 1983) and a bodybuilder.

He was trained in Tijuana, Mexico by varvious luchadors alongside Psicosis, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Halloween and Damián 666.

"The Mexican Hulk Hogan" started out wrestling for Universal Wrestling Alliance as a masked wrestler called El Centurión ("The Centurion").
Leaving UWA, he then went to Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre (EMLL). It was in EMLL that he took on the name Konnan El Barbaro ("The Barbarian").
On June 9, 1991, Konnan became the first ever CMLL World Heavyweight Champion.

Konnan left EMLL and went to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in 1992.
For AAA he worked as a booker, became the first AAA Americas Heavyweight Champion and helped set the all-time attendance record for a Mexican wrestling event, 48,000 people at TripleMania on April 30, 1993.
In 1994, Konnan formed an alliance known as Los Gringos Locos with Eddie Guerrero, Art Barr and Madonna's Boyfriend (Louie Spicolli).

Konnan left Mexico in 1992 and wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

In early 2007, he returned to AAA.

Besides wrestling, Konnan has appeared on soap operas and TV shows in Mexico, and has recorded Rap music.

You can check out Konnan's MySpace here:

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