Joseph Ryan "Juice" Robinson (ジュース・ロビンソン Jūsu Robinson, born April 10, 1989) is an American professional wrestler better known under the ring name Juice Robinson. He is currently working in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and is a two-time holder of the IWGP United States Championship. From 2011 through 2015 he worked for WWE, where he wrestled in their developmental territories Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) and later NXT under the ring name CJ Parker. He won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship twice, with Jason Jordan and Donny Marlow respectively. He made a special appearance as Red Death Mask, the personification of a character from the Tiger Mask W anime, in 2016. In 2019 he joined Ring of Honor (ROH) as the leader of the stable "Lifeblood"; with David Finlay, Bandido, Tenille Dashwood, Mark Haskins, and Tracy Williams.
Robinson in February 2016
|Birth name||Joseph Ryan Robinson|
|Born||April 10, 1989|
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
|Professional wrestling career|
Red Death Mask
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Billed from||Joliet, Illinois|
|Trained by||Truth Martini|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Training and independent circuit (2008–2011)Edit
Robinson was trained at Truth Martini's House of Truth wrestling school. In 2008, he made his debut for Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA) under the ring name Juice Robinson, in a losing effort against Jason Dukes. He competed in an IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship number one contender Seven Team Royal Rumble, losing to Devon Moore and Nick Gage. His last match for IWA Mid-South was a loss in a three-way to Shane Hollister. Robinson then wrestled for a variety of promotions, including AAW Wrestling, where he unsuccessfully competed for the AAW Tag Team Championship twice (once with Mike Sydal as his partner and once with Kyle O'Reilly), Border City Wrestling (BCW), and DreamWave Wrestling, where he unsuccessfully challenged for both the DreamWave World and DreamWave Tag Team Championships. His last match for DreamWave was a victory against Colt Cabana. Robinson made his National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) debut with a win against Doctor X. His last match in NWA was a win against Dom Vitalli.
Florida Championship Wrestling (2011–2012)Edit
In 2011, Robinson signed a developmental contract with WWE and was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). On July 7, he made his debut under the ring name CJ Parker and was defeated by Leo Kruger. He then formed a tag team with Donny Marlow. At the FCW taping on July 21, Parker and Donny Marlow defeated Calvin Raines and Big E Langston to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. At the FCW taping on September 22, Parker and Marlow successfully defended their titles against Calvin Raines and James Bronson. They lost the championships on November 3 to the team of Brad Maddox and Briley Pierce. After losing the titles, Parker and Marlow disbanded as a team and transitioned to singles competition. On January 26, 2012, Parker was defeated by Dean Ambrose. He then competed mostly in tag team matches with a variety of partners for the rest of his tenure in FCW, teaming with the likes of Jason Jordan and Mike Dalton until FCW was closed and replaced by NXT in August 2012. Shortly before the promotion's closure Parker won the Florida Tag Team Championship for a second time, winning the title with Jason Jordan at a live event.
On the July 4 episode of NXT, Parker teamed with Nick Rogers in a losing effort against Corey Graves and Jake Carter. He was then initially used as a jobber on NXT and was defeated by the likes of Roman Reigns and in a tag team match with Mike Dalton against The Ascension, before suffering an injury that kept him out of action for several months. Parker returned to NXT in July 2013 with a new hippie character, beginning a feud with Tyler Breeze that saw the two trading wins over several months. Although intended to be a fan favorite, Parker's hippie gimmick was largely unpopular and he was turned heel for the first time in his WWE career as a result, tweaking his character to that of an eco-warrior who berated fans for damaging the environment. Parker beat Tye Dillinger in January 2014 but was then largely unsuccessful, losing to main roster stars like Antonio Cesaro, The Miz and The Great Khali as well as a defeat by Mojo Rawley at NXT Arrival.
Parker began a feud with Xavier Woods, defeating Woods twice on NXT before resuming his losing streak against Adrian Neville. At NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, Parker was squashed by Baron Corbin in Corbin's official debut, and he then suffered further losses to Corbin and Breeze in the following weeks before losing to the debuting Kevin Owens at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution. During the match, Parker legitimately broke Owens' nose with a palm strike, himself suffering a deep gash to the hand. On the February 18 episode of NXT, Parker attempted a protest due to him not appearing at NXT TakeOver: Rival. However, he was attacked by the debuting Solomon Crowe. His final televised appearance was in a losing effort to Hideo Itami on the taped in advance April 22 episode of NXT.
Return to the independent circuit (2015–2017)Edit
It was announced that Parker would be wrestling at Combat Zone Wrestling's CZW Best of the Best XIV on April 11, 2015, under the ring name CJP. He made it to the semi finals before being defeated by Mike Bailey. In July 2015, Robinson competed for All Star Wrestling on the holiday camp circuit including shows at Butlins and forming a tag team with Sam Adonis. He also wrestled for other European indy groups including International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (IPW:UK). Robinson retired the CJP persona at the end of August 2015, returning to the ring name Juice Robinson.
In June 21, 2017 Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) announced that Robinson as a participant in the 2017 International Gran Prix. On August 18, 2017, Robinson with Marco Corleone and Matt Taven defeated Diamante Azul, Valiente and Volador Jr. in Arena México. On August 26, Robinson defeated Shocker in Arena Coliseo. On September 1, Robinson was eliminated from the International Gran Prix torneo cibernetico by Volador Jr. Robinson's Mexican tour concluded the following day.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2015–present)Edit
On August 24, 2015, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) announced that Parker would be working the following month's Destruction tour under his Juice Robinson ring name. He made his debut on September 4 in a six-man tag team match, where he, Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito were defeated by Katsuyori Shibata, Tiger Mask and Togi Makabe. On October 11, NJPW announced that Robinson had signed a contract with the promotion, becoming a full-time member of its roster. Robinson spent the rest of 2015 working as a Young Lion and in multiman tag matches, on December 16 he had his first singles match in New Japan facing fellow Young Lion Jay White, whom he defeated. Robinson participated in Fantastica Mania 2016. On February 25, 2016, Robinson took part in the first of New Japan's Lion's Gate show, where he was defeated by Katsuhiko Nakajima. On March 20, Robinson received his first title shot in NJPW, when he, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin unsuccessfully challenged The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. At King of Pro-Wrestling, Robinson wrestled Tiger Mask W as Red Death Mask, a character based in the anime series Tiger Mask W. In late 2016, Robinson took part in the 2016 World Tag League, teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi. The two finished the tournament with a record of three wins and four losses.
On January 5, 2017, Robinson scored a major win over NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto in a ten-man tag team match and afterwards indicated he wanted a shot at his title. Robinson received his title shot on February 5 at The New Beginning in Sapporo, but was defeated by Goto. On April 9 at Sakura Genesis 2017, Robinson picked up the biggest win of his career, pinning former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tetsuya Naito in an eight-man tag team match and afterwards challenging him to a match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Robinson received his title shot on April 29 at Wrestling Toyonokuni 2017, but was defeated by Naito. In early 2017, Robinson became part of the Taguchi Japan stable, as part of which he unsuccessfully challenged for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, first on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall and again on June 20 at Kizuna Road 2017. On July 1 at G1 Special in USA, Robinson took part in a tournament to determine the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, but was eliminated in his first round match by Zack Sabre Jr. Later that month, Robinson entered his first G1 Climax tournament. On August 5, Robinson picked up a major win over the winner of the 2016 G1 Climax and reigning IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega. Robinson went on to finish in the bottom half of his block with a record of four wins and five losses. On September 24 at Destruction in Kobe, Robinson unsuccessfully challenged Omega for the United States Heavyweight Championship.
At the end of the year, Robinson formed a tag team named "Death Juice" with the debuting Sami Callihan in the 2017 World Tag League. The team finished second in their block with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals. At the G1 Special in San Francisco, Robinson defeated Jay White to win the IWGP United States Championship, his first championship in NJPW. He is also the first American to hold the championship. After an attack by Cody, Robinson was scheduled to face him at Fighting Spirit Unleashed, where he lost his IWGP United States Championship. At Wrestle Kingdom 13, he defeated Cody to reclaim the IWGP United States Championship, becoming the first wrestler to have held the championship more than once. He made his debut in the New Japan Cup in 2019, losing in the first round to Chase Owens. Owens then began challenging Robinson to a title match, while repeatedly assaulting Robinson, leading to a title defense at the New Japan Cup Finale. On March 24, in the Semi-Main Event of the night, Robinson successfully defended the IWGP United States Championship against Owens. On May 27, after weeks of New Japan Pro-Wrestling airing videos of a mystery man targeting Robinson, Jon Moxley was revealed as the culprit. The match was made official for 2019 Best Of The Super Juniors finals at Ryōgoku Sumo Hall on June 5, where Robinson lost the championship to Moxley, ending his reign at 152 days and three successful title defenses. Robinson would next compete in the 2019 G1 Climax in the B block, which he failed to win, ending with 8 points.
Ring of Honor (2018–2019)Edit
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Robinson and David Finlay appeared at the Ring of Honor (ROH) television tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia and they had Tenille Dashwood, Mark Haskins, Tracy "Hot Sauce" Williams, and Bandido by their side. Robinson announced that the group would be named Lifeblood, and their goal was to restore honor back to ROH. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal would come out to confront the new group and Robinson challenged Lethal to get four teammates and compete with Lifeblood in a 10-man tag team match. However, he left ROH in June. According to Dave Meltzer, Robinson wanted to focus into his career in Japan and was unhappy working with ROH.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
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