Sunday, March 18, 2007

WCW: Paul Roma

Does he look kind of like Chris Masters to anyone else?

Wrestlers name(s) Paul Roma
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Billed weight 244 lb (110 kg)
Born April 29, 1960,Kensington, Kentucky
Resides Bridgeport, Connecticut
Pro Wrestling Debut 1985

Paul Roma (born Paul Centopani April 29, 1960) is a pro wrestler who is most known for his work in the WWF and WCW primarily as a tag-team wrestler alongside partners like Jim Powers, Hercules, Arn Anderson and Paul Orndorff.

In 1993 Paul Roma signed a contract with WCW and would receive his biggest push ever as he became part of the legendary Four Horsemen alongside Ric Flair and Arn Anderson (so technically they were “the Three Horsemen”). Ric Flair had returned from the WWF in early 1993 to rejoin Arn and they promised a Horsemen reunion at Smalboree. The original plan was to have former horseman Tully Blanchard return, but the negotiations between WCW and Blanchard hit a snag and Paul Roma was selected instead. The crowd was not receptive to Roma as a Horseman, he was last seen as a jobber in the WWF and not “Elite” like the Horsemen were supposed to be, which led to fans labeling this incarnation of the Horsemen as the weakest version. Roma and Arn Anderson teamed up and won the WCW World Tag Team Championship from ”Stunning” Steve Austin and ”Lord” Steven Regal (who was substituting for an injured Brian Pillman).

Roma and Anderson would only hold on to the gold for a little over a month before losing the gold to The Nasty Boys after a short and relatively uneventful title reign. After the 1993 WCW PPV Battlebowl the Horsemen Paul Roma and Arn Anderson faced the semi-regular team of Paul Orndorff and”Stunning” Steve Austin on WCW Saturday Night. During the match Roma acted very indifferent to his tag-team partner sewing the seeds to his heel turn. Next Roma teamed with Erik Watts to take on the team of Orndorff and Austin once again, this time Roma took it a step further and attacked Erik Watts before announcing that he was now teaming with Paul Orndorff.

Under the tutelage of manager Masked Assassin the team quickly began to work well together in a feud with Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio. After a few months as a team they targeted the then WCW World Tag-Team Championship Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan. Going into Bash at the Beach 1994 Pretty Wonderful had the advantage as both champions were suffering from injuries inflicted by the challengers on previous occasions (or so the storyline went). Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan were unable to hold off Roma and Orndorff as Pretty Wonderful left the ring with the gold. After winning the titles Pretty Wonderful was immediately challenged by the Nasty Boys but the Nasty Boys were never able to take the gold from the champions. Next Pretty Wonderful were challengedby the duo of Stars’N’Stripes (Marcus Alexander Bagwell & The Patriot) at Fall Brawl the champions retained but a week later the championship changed hands when Stars’N’Stripes got the 1-2-3. Pretty Wonderful was granted a rematch against the new champions with a match booked for Halloween Havoc, Pretty Wonderful regained the titles when Roma used one of the title belts to knock Bagwell out cold.

At Clash of the Champions XXIX Stars’N’Stripes were granted one FINAL shot at the tag-team titles, but the challengers also had to put up he Patriot’s mask on the line, if they lost he would unmask. After a controversial double pin finish Stars’N’Stripes were declared the winners and thus the champions putting the end to Pretty Wonderful’s second and final run with the gold. After the loss Roma and Orndorff went their separate ways with Roma being used as “Enhancement talent” to help build young stars.

When Roma was asked to help make WCW newcomer ”Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright look good at SuperBrawl V he refused to cooperate even going so far as to opening mocking Wright during the match and was then fired for not following the instructions.

He attempted to make a WWF comeback in late 1997 alongside a student of Mr. Fuji called Alex Roma, calling themselves the Pretty Primos. However, they only made one appearance together at a WWF house show and no contract was ever offered to the two. After failing to make it into the WWF again Roma decided to retire in 1998 and focus on other business ventures in relation to bodybuilding and wrestling.

In 2006 Paul Roma resurfaced on the wrestling scene as he was named the commissioner of the independent promotion, Connecticut Championship Wrestling, a federation which is currently closed down. He also had a “Pretty Wonderful” reunion with Paul Orndorff in Connecticut Championship Wrestling.

Paul Roma is the current IAW Heavyweight Champion, after beating Brian Costello (aka The Crippler), on July 8, 2006 at IAW Clash at the Cove VIII, in South Bend, IN.

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