Friday, March 16, 2007

WCW: Shark Boy

Ring name(s) Shark Boy,El Piranah,Dean Baldwin
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Billed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Born January 28, 1974,Dayton, Ohio
Billed from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Deep Under the Sea
Deep Blue Sea
Trained by Les Thatcher
Pro Wrestling Debut May 3, 1997

Dean Roll (born January 28, 1975), better known by his ring name Shark Boy, is an American professional wrestler who debuted with Heartland Wrestling Association and is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and on the independent circuit. He is also the owner of Buckeye Pro Wrestling, and operates a professional wrestling school known as The Shark Tank. Despite his relatively poor win/loss record, he remains a solid fan favorite.

Ian Rotten helped Roll conceive the "Shark Boy" stage name, inspired by the 1995 song "I Come From the Water" by the Toadies, his theme tune. Roll has also occasionally appeared as Dean Baldwin, a gimmick in which he played an unknown member of the Baldwin acting family; Baldwin was to be seen as a nemesis for Shark Boy.

In the latter days of World Championship Wrestling, Shark Boy often competed on WCW Saturday Night.

In 2004, Shark Boy formed a comedy tag team with D-Ray 3000 for the better half of the year, until D-Ray left the company. The duo was mentioned during a video package where people impersonating Vince McMahon and Triple H "invaded" TNA to find a tape of TNA wrestlers going to "welcome" the World Wrestling Entertainment crew doing a show at Universal Studios where TNA regularly tapes. "Triple H" finds a tape, but "Vince" angrily says "This is The Best of D-Ray and Shark Boy!"

In September 2005, Shark Boy spent two weeks in India along with Sonjay Dutt and Simon Diamond. The trio of TNA employees visited several cities, promoting the debut of iMPACT! on ESPN Star Sports. On September 28 in Bhopal, a riot broke out when 1000 fans were excluded from an event after attendance exceeded expectations. None of the three TNA wrestlers were injured.

Currently, Shark Boy can be seen tagging semi-regularly with Norman Smiley. On the October 5 iMPACT! Shark Boy pinned Eric Young in a loser-leaves-TNA match.

On the February 16, 2007 edition of iMPACT! Shark Boy returned, teaming with Norman Smiley in a loss to LAX.

Shark Boy often wrestles with independent wrestling promotions all over the United States and has appeared in Main Event World League (an independent promotion ran out of Alliance, Ohio) and Reigned from February to November as the Cruiserweight Champion.

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