Friday, March 9, 2007

WCW: "Flyboy" Rocco Rock

Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Birthday: September 1, 1953
Date of death: September 21, 2002 (Heart attack)
Hometown: Woodbridge, New Jersey
Resided: Middlesex, New Jersey
Billed from: Compton, California
Trainer: Afa Anoai
Debut: 1978
Previous identities: Colonel DeKlerk, The Cheetah Kid, "Flyboy" Rocco Rock, The Executioner

Theodore James Petty (September 1, 1953 – September 21, 2002) was an American professional wrestler better known as "Flyboy" Rocco Rock, one half of The Public Enemy.

Ted Petty started wrestling in 1986 as The Cheetah Kid after graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in nutrition and a brief boxing career.

In 1993, he used the name Rocco Rock and formed the team of The Public Enemy with Johnny Grunge in Extreme Championship Wrestling. They feuded with the "Gangstas" and won 4 ECW Tag Team Titles.

In 1996, they wrestled in World Championship Wrestling where they won the tag team titles and feuded with The Nasty Boys. They had many violent hardcore rules matches with them.

They were briefly in the World Wrestling Federation in 1999 and competed in the short-lived Xtreme Wrestling Federation as the "South Philly Posse" with Jasmin St. Claire as their manager.

Petty was competing as a singles wrestler in the independents when he died of a heart attack on September 21, 2002. He was 49 years old.

Every year IWA-MS celebrates him by holding the Ted Petty Invitational. Previous winners include AJ Styles and Matt Sydal.

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