BIO: Al Perez
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Signature Moves: Spinning power bomb, spinning toe hold, sleeperhold
WCCW Titles Held: WCCW World Heavyweight title, WCCW Texas Heavyweight title
Notable WCCW Feuds: The Dingo Warrior, Kevin and Kerry Von Erich.
Need to Know Facts: Born Alberto Perez on July 23, 1960, the "Latin Heartthrob" was a standout amateur wrestler in the Tampa area who was trained for a pro career by wrestling legend Boris Malenko.
Perez started his career as a babyface, bouncing around several areas including stints in Canada, California and ICW (where he teamed with "Jumpin'" Joe Savoldi to form the New York Rockers) before going to work for Joe Blanchard's Southwest Championship Wrestling.
After his stint in SCW (where he co-held the group's tag team title with Manny "Ragin' Bull" Fernandez), Perez entered Bill Watts' Mid-South promotion where he teamed frequently with "Wildcat" Wendell Cooley, with whom he co-held the Mid-South Tag team titles. Perez also wrestled in Puerto Rico from 1985 to 1987 for Carlos Colon's World Wrestling Council, where he achieved a great deal of success, winning the company's World Tag Team titles (again with Savoldi) and holding the North American and Puerto Rican Heavyweight titles simultaneously.
Much like "Nature Boy" Ric Flair during his multiple reigns as NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Perez defended the WCCW World title with class and dignity, and presented himself well as a champion. However, also like Flair, Perez would use any dirty trick available to hold onto his title, and was World Class' top heel for nearly a year. It was during this time that Perez felt he truly came into his own in the ranks of professional wrestling; he has credited WCCW owner Jack Adkisson (Fritz Von Erich) and the legendary Bruiser Brody for helping him learn every aspect of the industry.
Perez's next stop was in the WWF, and his stay there was by and large an uneventful one, as he detested the federation's "cartoon gimmickry" and refused several offbeat gimmicks thrown at him by its officials. This resulted in Perez wrestling frequently in preliminary bouts, often jobbing to wrestlers who were inferior to him in terms of skill.
After Perez left the WWF, he wrestled in the USWA as well as the short lived Global Wrestling Federation before retiring from the sport in 1996 due to an elbow injury. He did make a brief comeback for the Philadelphia-based Liberty All-Star Wrestling promotion in 2001 (where many fans remarked about how good Perez still looked); however, he retired again shortly thereafter.