Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Mike Mondo: Fear the foxy caramel contender

Caramel contender has 
hot apples to bake

Ring of Honor wrestler Mike Mondo plans to continue his path of unleashed mayhem on the wrestling scene. With “No Fear” the 30 year old grappler aims to become wrestling’s hottest new star.

He recently returned to Ring of Honor wrestling on March 18th 2012 in hot tag action with Michael Elgin against Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly displaying his unwaivering skills after a hiatus in his second coming returning to the mainstream platform of Independent wrestling. Billed by Mondo as giving him a “second chance” the bulked blonde hunk shone among competition and proved a tough challenge for any combatant to overcome. Mondo had already wrestled for ROH previously in July 2010 and in January 2004.

Fans will remember the former wrestler as a member of WWE’s Spirit Squad faction where Mondo became WWE World tag team champion from April 2003 defeating Big Show and Kane mostly alongside Kenny Dykstra as The Spirit Squad until November 2005 then bested by Ric Flair and Roddy Piper, in debunked rules where any two of the five man tandem could defend the titles. Mondo and Dykstra where mostly called upon to defend their honours credibly. It was here Mondo showed intense heart, character and skill, until the ball was dropped when other limited performers were deemed unfit to wrestle to an adequate standard leaving Mikey out on the shelves. Coming back from the cold Mondo resurfaced at Ohio Valley Wrestling, which had split from WWE as its official talent training facility.

Returning back at Ring of Honor from OVW, Mondo impressed over 2011 making the Wrestling Wonders Pro 50 at #49. Once on the radar Mondo retained and jumped up to #33 in the following 2012 rankings with an impressive Indy takeover. Mondo shot back in an assured 2012 that started re-utilising his edge with tense tussling and ground dominance on adversaries. “No Fear” Mondo held his own against competition whilst giving them tender challenges fans had no option but to endorse. Mondo also nabbed both awards nominated for in the WW 2012 Awards for Most Improved and Rileylicious.

'Nasty' Roddy gives us
a wonderful interaction
Mondo showed no signs of a shrinking violet and maintained his credentials over 2012 holding formidable battles with Matt Taven, TJ Perkins and Mike Bennett. Even locking horns with then television champion Adam Cole, Mondo had excellent outings as an in-ring tour de force. Destructive, warring and anxious, Mondo’s intensity rose to drive Ring of Honor to a new position of fan interactions and gather an influx of positive attentions for the company. On July 21st 2012 he even battled unadept ROH Heavyweight champion Kevin Steen for the title providing healthy competition, unsuccessful on that occasion, however launched further profile as a capable force.

Dependable talent Mondo continued strong TV title challenges until tragedy would strike. Gathering steam and becoming a true rising star, Mondo fell victim to injury. Devastated and supported by fans to regain his enthusiasm, Mondo returned from his October mishap on the 23rd February Psycho Circus show in New York City in three way action with winner Papadon and retiring legend Jerry Lynn, with action performed in a humble and endearing swan song of respect for Lynn and granted dignity to all of his valuable contributions to the sport.

Mondo came back at Honor, where he was interacting with SCUM’s Cliff Compton, Jimmy Rave, Rhett Titus and Jimmy Jacobs over April. Mondo has proven how to get back on the saddle and dazzle with his delightful demeanour, deltoids and dashing dexterity. Mondo planned to procure a victory in the 17th annual Super 8’s tournament on the 13th April 2013, won by retiring ace Damien Dragon.

Regardless of his previous beginnings in the early 2000’s, Mondo is back, poised and further determined to diminish all competition in his way to reach the top and grab all the accolades on offer. 2013 may just be Mondo’s year to hammer home a brand new influence in the wrestling spectrum to continue fan approval mirrored with belief of a new wrestling superstar on our very horizons. By 2014, Mondo could be the newest champion to surface on the Indy's as the most interesting choice to reshape a floundering outlook. 

©  Max Waltham 07th May 2013

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