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Richard Young[1] (born May 12, 1975)[1] is an American professional wrestler and former football player. He is best known for his time with WWE performing under the ring name Ricky Ortiz.[3][4]

Ricky Ortiz
Ricky Ortiz ECW.jpg
Ortiz in 2009
Birth nameRichard Young
Born (1975-05-12) May 12, 1975 (age 44)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Spouse(s)
Layla El (m. 2015)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Atlas DaBone[1]
Atlas Ortiz[1][2]
Rich Young
Ricky Ortiz[3]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[3]
Billed weight246 lb (112 kg)[3]
Billed fromParadise Valley, Arizona[3]
Trained byOhio Valley Wrestling[1]
Florida Championship Wrestling
Debut2006[1]
Richard Young
Position:Linebacker
Career information
College:Tulsa
Undrafted:1998
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Young spent time in the XFL, the Canadian Football League (CFL), the Arena Football League (AFL), and the National Football League (NFL).

Football careerEdit

CollegeEdit

Young spent two years at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. He then transferred to the University of Tulsa and played for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. He was a two-year letter winner. He played 22 career games and was credited with 177 tackles as a linebacker.[5]

Professional footballEdit

After college, Young spent training camp of the 1998 season with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and was on the team's practice squad during the season.[6] After the year, he went to the Canadian Football League (CFL) and played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[6] He spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons in the Arena Football League with the Milwaukee Mustangs. In the AFL, Young played both fullback and linebacker. Following the AFL, Young joined the short-lived XFL with the Orlando Rage.[6] After the league folded, Young attempted to make the Jacksonville Jaguars roster, but was waived during training camp. He rejoined the AFL, this time with the Indiana Firebirds, in 2002. He would spend the next two years in Indiana before joining the Colorado Crush in 2004. In 2003, he led all AFL middle linebackers with 4.0 sacks.[5]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006–2009)Edit

Young made his professional wrestling debut with Ohio Valley Wrestling in late 2006 under the ring name Atlas DaBone.[6] On January 12, 2008, DaBone became the number one contender to the OVW Heavyweight Championship after beating Mike Kruel in a best of 3 series.[7]

On July 1, 2008, Young made his WWE debut under the name Atlas Ortiz on the ECW brand, winning his first match against Armando Estrada.[2] The next week on ECW, Tazz and Mike Adamle referred to him as "Ricky Ortiz".[6] He acknowledged the name change in an interview segment on the same show; Lena Yada called him Atlas and he responded by saying, "My friends call me Ricky". On the July 15 episode of ECW, he used the nickname, "The Latin Assassin". Ortiz defeated Chavo Guerrero by disqualification on July 29.[8] The next week he beat Guerrero and Bam Neely in a tag team match with Evan Bourne.[9]

Although enjoying a streak of 5–0, on October 7, Ortiz would team with Kofi Kingston, CM Punk, and Evan Bourne against John Morrison, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase in an 8-man tag match losing effort. After a distraction from Manu, Morrison would then perform a Moonlight Drive on Punk and pin him for the victory. This would be Young's first televised loss since debuting on ECW, although he was still undefeated in singles competition.[10] On the December 2 episode of ECW, he suffered his first pinfall loss at the hands of Jack Swagger, who was also undefeated at the time.[11]

On April 15, 2009, Ortiz was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft.[12] On the May 15 episode of SmackDown, Ortiz made his debut for the brand, losing to Jeff Hardy.[13] His last match for WWE was the August 7 episode of SmackDown, where he was squashed by The Great Khali.[6][14] He was released from his WWE contract on August 8, 2009.[4]

Independent circuit (2009–2013)Edit

A week after his WWE release, on August 15, 2009, Young appeared at a World Wrestling Council show, using the name 'Ricky Ortiz' and challenging Shane Sewell for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship. He failed to win, and attacked Sewell after the match.[1] In early 2010, Ortiz appeared for the Combat Championship Wrestling promotion, wrestling against Shawn Spears and Sinn Bodhi.[1] He then began competing for Florida-based promotions, including I Believe in Wrestling and WWA.[1] On January 14, 2011 Young appeared at Vintage Pro Wrestling's Wrestlebrawl 2 event with Scott Hall, using the NWO Wolfpac theme for his entrance, to face Kennedy Kendrick. Despite originally winning the match, Young would lose when the referee reversed his decision and disqualified him due to refusing to release a hold.

In 2011, it was revealed that Ortiz would take part in a new hiphop/pro wrestling collaboration, the Urban Wrestling Federation, with taping of the first event "First Blood" taking place on June 3.[15] On December 28, 2013, Ortiz debuted in Extreme Rising, defeating Homicide.

Other mediaEdit

Young appeared on the November 25, 2008 episode of Cha$e as a hunter.[16] Young also appeared on Scott Hall's web show "Last Call with Scott Hall".

Personal lifeEdit

In July 2015, Young got engaged to Layla El,[17][18] and the two were married on November 27.[19][20]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • IWA Florida

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ricky Ortiz profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Extreme Mismatch". World Wrestling Entertainment.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Official WWE Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Ricky Ortiz released". World Wrestling Entertainment. August 8, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  5. ^ a b AFL. "404". AFL. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Waldman, Jon (August 8, 2009). "Ricky Ortiz the latest WWE release". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  7. ^ "Ohio Valley Wrestling – Tomorrow's Superstars...Today!". archive.org. February 13, 2008. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (July 29, 2008). "Proof of Strength". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
  9. ^ Burdick, Michael (August 5, 2008). "The Dirt Spat". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
  10. ^ DiFino, Lennie (October 8, 2008). "Wild West". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  11. ^ Burdick, Michael (December 2, 2008). "Wild Half man ... not so amazing". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  12. ^ "2009 WWE Supplemental Draft results". World Wrestling Entertainment. April 15, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  13. ^ Waldman, Jon (May 16, 2009). "Smackdown: re-writing a good show". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  14. ^ Bishop, Matt (August 7, 2009). "Smackdown: Returning superstar makes big impact on World Title match". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  15. ^ Martin, Adam (May 6, 2011). "UWF roster update and hip hop stars involved". WrestleView. Archived from the original on September 1, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  16. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (November 25, 2008). "'CHA$E' with Ricky Ortiz". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  17. ^ Tello, Craig (July 29, 2015). "Layla retires from WWE". WWE. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  18. ^ El, Layla (July 28, 2015). "Aawwwww who woulda thought .... @iamrichyoung2 richandlay #love #engagement #future #young 💖💕". Twitter. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  19. ^ "Layla Young on Twitter". Twitter. April 19, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  20. ^ "Former WWE Diva and Superstar tie the knot". WWE. April 19, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  21. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "IWA Florida « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.de. Retrieved March 23, 2018.

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