28 Facts About Chris Candido


Chris Candido started training at age 14 with Larry Sharpe and wrestled for Sharpe's World Wrestling Association.


Between September and November 1993, Chris Candido won the SMW United States Junior Heavyweight Championship on three occasions, trading the title with Bobby Blaze.


Chris Candido went on to win the SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship in December 1993 and again in July 1994.


In 1994, Chris Candido formed a tag team with Brian Lee, with Fytch managing the duo.


On November 19,1994, Chris Candido won a 10-man tournament, defeating Al Snow, Dirty White Boy, and Tracy Smothers to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which had been won and immediately vacated by Shane Douglas and ECW that August.


Chris Candido's reign came at a time when exposure for the National Wrestling Alliance was limited, as there was no national television outlet for the organization's remaining affiliates.


Chris Candido dropped the title to Dan Severn on February 24,1995.


In late 1994, Chris Candido formed a tag team with Boo Bradley.


At "Christmas Chaos" on December 28,1994, Candido attacked Bradley after they lost a bout to Tracy Smothers and Cactus Jack.


In July 1995, Chris Candido began feuding with Barry Horowitz, a career jobber, after Horowitz scored an upset victory over him on an episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge using a roll-up while Chris Candido performed push-ups.


Chris Candido faced Horowitz in a bout at SummerSlam on August 27,1995, with Horowitz defeating Chris Candido.


In late-1996, Chris Candido left the WWF and rejoined Eastern Championship Wrestling, which had since been renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling.


Chris Candido had suffered from backstage politics during his stint with the WWF, as Sunny, his real life girlfriend, would begin having an affair with Shawn Michaels, who used the influence he held to demote Chris Candido down the card.


Chris Candido became part of the revived Triple Threat stable alongside Shane Douglas.


However, Chris Candido teamed with Storm to win the ECW Tag Team Championship on December 5,1997, at Better Than Ever, from Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon.


Chris Candido made his final appearance with ECW in December 1999.


In March 2000, Chris Candido debuted in World Championship Wrestling.


Chris Candido immediately began competing in the cruiserweight division, winning the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Championship in a six-way match at Spring Stampede on April 16,2000, by pinning The Artist with assistance from the debuting Tammy Lynn Sytch.


At Slamboree, Chris Candido successfully defended his title against The Artist.


Chris Candido's reign lasted until May 15,2000, when he and Sytch faced Crowbar and Daffney in a mixed tag team match with Candido's title on the line, with Daffney pinning Sytch to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.


In June 2000, Chris Candido briefly aligned himself with The New Blood before reforming the Triple Threat with Shane Douglas and Bam Bam Bigelow.


Chris Candido wrestled for New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2001 and 2002.


Chris Candido debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in January 2005, when Chris Candido faced AJ Styles in a losing effort.


Chris Candido competed in his final match at Lockdown when he and Lance Hoyt faced Apolo and Sonny Siaki in a losing effort.


The injury would lead to Chris Candido dying of acute pneumonia on April 28,2005.


Chris Candido underwent surgery the next day to have titanium plates and screws inserted into his leg.


Chris Candido collapsed in the evening and was rushed to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Chris Candido defended the championship with either Hotbody or Michaels under the Freebird Rule.