Danny Rose (wrestler)

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Danny Rose
BornNew York City, United States
WebsiteOfficial website
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Danny Rose
The Russian Eliminator[1]
Billed height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[2][3]
Billed weight247 lb (112 kg)[2][3]
Billed fromCronic, New York[1][2]
Trained byDamien Kane

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"Doomsday" Danny Rose[1] is an American professional wrestler and trainer. A mainstay on the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic region since the mid-1990s, he has worked for a number of independent promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling, Future Wrestling Alliance, The Bad Crew's Hardway Wrestling, Maryland Championship Wrestling, Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation, Premier Wrestling Federation, and World Xtreme Wrestling.

Rose held a number of championships on the independent circuit, winning 19 titles during the first five years of his career,[3] in addition to tag team titles with Adam Flash, as both "The Family of Freaks" (PWF/MEWF) and "The Rachies" (HW/CZW), The Bruiser (MCW), and The Mad Russian (WXW). He was also a member of The Rebel's Army with The Rockin' Rebel and WWE Tough Enough's Greg Matthews, a popular "heel" group on the Pennsylvania "indy circuit", in the mid-2000s. The group reunited at the former ECW Arena for Acid-Fest: A Tribute to Trent Acid on July 10, 2010.


World Xtreme Wrestling (1996-1997)[edit]

Trained by Damien Kane, Danny Rose made his professional début in or around 1996. He wrestled for Afa Anoa'i and his World Xtreme Wrestling promotion in Allentown, Pennsylvania as the "Russian Eliminator". Within a year, he won the WXW Tag Team Championship with The Mad Russian, as "The Siberian Express", defeating George Anthony and Jay Love on June 28. They held the titles for almost three months until their loss to the Samoan Gangstas (L.A. Smooth and Matt E. Smalls) on September 19, 1997.

He would later wrestle as "Doomsday" Danny Rose after leaving WXW for the local independent circuit. On October 10, he defeated Dan Severn for National Championship Wrestling's heavyweight championship and, in Hazleton on December 13, 1997, beat George Anthony to become the All-Star Wrestling Federation's first heavyweight champion. Five days after his latest title win, he lost the NCW belt to The Honky Tonk Man.

Independent circuit (1998)[edit]

Rose moved on to the Mid-Atlantic region in early-1998 where he began wrestling for Maryland's Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation. Feuding with Glenn Osbourne over the MEWF Heavyweight Championship, he beat him for the title in Essex on April 4, 1998.[4][5]

He also continued to wrestle for a number of other local promotions in eastern Pennsylvania. In Ray Torres and David Valentin's Regional Championship Wrestling, he won the RCW United States Heavyweight Championship from Jonathan Luvstruck in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1998, a little over two weeks his MEWF title victory. He remained undefeated as champion until defeating the promotion's heavyweight champion Flamingo Kid Pinky in a "champion vs. champion" match in Reading on July 31, whereupon the U.S. title was vacated; coincidentally, Pinky would later win the vacant championship a month later.[4] Over the summer, he also regained the NCW Heavyweight Championship from The Honky Tonk Man and would keep the belt for the next two years. Rose eventually lost the RCW Heavyweight title to George Anthony during a 6-man tag team match on October 2, and the MEWF title to Morgus the Maniac in Hampstead, Maryland on November 14, 1998.[4][5]

Maryland Championship Wrestling (1999)[edit]

Returning to Maryland, he briefly wrestled for the MEWF's new rival Maryland Championship Wrestling. On May 2, 1999, he teamed with The Bruiser to defeat The Ghetto Mafia (2-Dope and Sydeswype) for the MCW Tag Team Championship but dropped the belts back to the former champions in Owings Mills, Maryland two weeks later.[4][6][7]

Maryland Championship Wrestling (1999-2000)[edit]

Rose returned to MCW that fall and had matches against Quinn Nash,[8] Romeo Valentino,[9] and Tom Brandi.[10][11] On December 5, 1999, he joined the Bruiser and Corporal Punishment in a 6-man tag team match to defeat Romeo Valentino, Tom Brandi, and Jimmy Cicero at Dundalk's Teamsters Hall.[12]

Rose had a second run with MCW that spring. On March 8, 2000, he and Gillberg wrestled Dino Divine and Christopher Carmichael in Glen Burnie, Maryland[13] as well as matches against Julio Fantastico, the Bruiser, Gillberg,[14] and Gregory Martin in next two months.[15][16] Later that year, at an October 26 show for Blaine DeSantis' Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling, Fritz Capp of PWBTS.com called Rose "one of the most improved wrestlers I have seen in a while". Rose credited his stint in MCW for his "vast improvement" as a performer.[17]

Combat Zone Wrestling (2001-2003)[edit]

Rose made his CZW début at "The Boss Is Back" on April 7, 2001, teaming with Jeff Rocker in a three-way tag team match against V.D. (Eddie Valentine & Jon Dahmer) and The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe).[18][19] He and Rocker would face the Briscoes at CZW's "Un'FN'Believable" the following month.[20][21][22] Rose's appearance at CZW’s first Best of the Best tournament saw he and Rocker team with Adam Flash in a 6-man tag team match against Ruckus and V.D. (Eddie Valentine & Jon Dahmer).[23][24]

Rose began regularly teaming with Flash after this point, the two also teaming in the PWF at this time, and began feuding with V.D. (Eddie Valentine & Jon Dahmer). They faced V.D. at "Break Away Brawl" (June 9)[25] "A New Beginning" (July 7),[26] and "H-8 Club Dead?" (July 14),[27][28] and in a three-way match with The Softcore Connection (Nick Berk and Z-Barr) at "What About Lobo?" (July 28).[29][30] Shortly after their match against Ty Street and Nick Berk at the September 8th "September Slam" show,[31] the team split up (though they continued to team in the PWF winning the tag team titles a month later). On September 29, he wrestled Adam Flash in a singles match at "Enough is Enough".[32] He continued competing as a singles wrestler and was immediately drawn into a feud with Greg Matthews from WWE Tough Enough.[33][34] He faced Matthews at "And Justice For All" on October 27, 2001,[35] and briefly reunited with Adam Flash to wrestle Matthews and Billy Beater in a tag team match at "Accepting The Challenge" on January 12, 2002.[36][37] Their five-month-long feud was concluded in an "I Quit" match at "A Higher Level of Pain" on April 13.[38][39] Other matches during this time included a three-way dance with Max Fury and Z-Barr at "High Stakes"[40][41] and Rainman at "Deja Vu" two days later.[42]

At the end of a September 14 CZW show at the ECW Arena, an interpromotional event with CZW and IWA Mid-South, Rose was among the CZW wrestlers who joined owners Lobo and Zandig in an anti-Xtreme Pro Wrestling demonstration. Prior to entering the ring, he had grabbed a large "F@$# Rob Black" sign from the crowd to bring with him.[43]

His last two appearances for CZW were arguably his bloodiest. At September 28's "Sanctioned in Blood", The Rachies and Z-Barr wrestled Wifebeater and Nate Hatred in a Ultraviolent Death Match which included the use of barbed wire boards, light tubes, log cabins of glass, barbed wire pumpkins, and other various hardcore wrestling weapons.[44] CZW's Cage of Death IV supercard saw Rose in a 10-man elimination tag team match with Rockin' Rebel, Greg Matthews, GQ, and Chri$ Ca$h versus Adam Flash, Jon Dahmer, Ian Knoxx, Chris Stylz, and Derek Frazier.[45]

At "Truth or Consequences", The Rachies and Ian Knoxx took on The Rebel's Army (Greg Matthews, Derek Frazier and ZBarr) in 6-man tag team match on June 14, 2003. During the match, ZBarr was "fired" by Rockin' Rebel and subsequently abandoned by the group allowing Flash to pin ZBarr for the win.[46]

The Rebel's Army (2004-2005)[edit]

After leaving CZW, Rose formed an alliance with The Rockin' Rebel[47] and WWE Tough Enough's Greg Matthews as part of The Rebel's Army on the independent circuit. On August 14, 2004, Rose and his teammates appeared at the Silo Nightclub in Reading, Pennsylvania for the IWA's tribute show for longtime wrestling fans Richie Mershon and George Huddleston. A ten-bell salute at the show's opening was interrupted by State Athletic Commission representative with Al Snow taking the microphone to call out The Rebels Army who were the only wrestlers in the building not present for the salute. Rebel's Army confronted Snow with a fight breaking out between Greg Matthews and his former trainer. Rose and Rebel were also set to join in the attack on Snow before Psycho, a local fan favorite, ran to the ring on Snow's behalf resulting in an impromptu tag team main event. After losing their match to Snow and Psycho, Rapid Fire Maldonado joined in for a post-match brawl to help Snow and Psycho clear the ring of The Rebel's Army.[48]

The group faced the Soul Brothers, One in a Million (with Jaden), and The Trash Clan (C.J. O'Doyle and Cabbie) (with Mike Trash) in a 4-way "Tag Team Warfare" match at "Indymania II: The Battle Against Cancer" held in Hamburg, Pennsylvania on October 9, 2004. The match was for the WcIcW Tag Team Championship.[49] He also appeared with Adam Flash, Matt Striker, and Andrew Ryker for an Independent Championship Wrestling show on July 10, 2005, at the Plaza Flea Market in Northpoint, Maryland.[50]

Recent years (2010-present)[edit]

On July 10, 2010, Rose returned to the former ECW Arena for Acid-Fest: A Tribute to Trent Acid in South Philadelphia. He was among the several CZW alumni at the event[51][52][53] which saw a reunion of sorts of with The Rebels Army (The Rockin' Rebel & Greg Matthews).[54] A year later, Rose took part in another memorial show, A Nightmare To Remember, held at the Bay Springs Middle School in Villa Rica, Georgia on February 12, 2011. Proceeds from the show went to Allen's mother and the Ted Allen "Sunshine Fund" while the concession stand sales went to the middle school. At the event, he participated in a special royal rumble that included Jess Wade, JJ Grizzly, Michael Cross, Jay Clinton, Greg G-Smooth, Prettyboy Floyd, Alexander the Great, John Arden, J-Rod, TJ Gray, Great Yugo, Scott Prater, Frenchy Riviera, George South, Dr. DOA, Epic Grant, Keith Steinborn, Seth Cruise, JW Christian, Sal Rinauro, Ken Timbs, Jr. and Hot Like Lava (Cru Jones and Shawn Banks).[55]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • All-Star Wrestling Federation
    • ASWF Heavyweight Championship (3 times, first and last)[4]
    • ASWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with George Anthony[4]
  • Eastern Wrestling Federation
    • EWF Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[2][4][56]
    • EWF Hardcore Championship (1 time)[1]
    • EWF Bloodiest Match of the Year (1998)[57]
    • EWF Wrestler of the Year (1999)[57]
  • Future Wrestling Alliance
    • FWA Tag Team Championship (1 time, last) - with Adam Flash[1][2][6]
  • Hardway Wrestling
    • HW Hardcore Championship (1 time)[1][58]
  • Lethal Wrestling Federation
    • LWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling
    • MCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with The Bruiser[1][2][7]
  • Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation
  • National Championship Wrestling
    • NCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[1]
  • Pennsylvania Wrestling Federation / Premier Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Adam Flash[1][59][60]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #430 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2001[2][3]
    • PWI ranked him #465 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000[2][3]
  • Regional Championship Wrestling
    • RCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1][2][4]
    • RCW United States Championship (1 time)[1][4]
  • World Xtreme Wrestling
    • WXW Tag Team Championship (1 time)[1] - with The Mad Russian[61]
  • Other titles
    • POW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


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