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Shad Javier Romain Chittick Gaspard (born January 13, 1981) is an American actor, professional wrestler, screenwriter, stunt performer, and former amateur boxer best known for his time with WWE, where he once teamed with his partner JTG as a member of Cryme Tyme under his real name.
Gaspard in January 2016
|Birth name||Shad Javier Romain Chittick Gaspard|
|Born||January 13, 1981|
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Siliana Gaspard (m. 2009)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Da Beast|
|Billed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Billed weight||295 lb (134 kg)|
|Billed from||Brooklyn, New York|
|Trained by||Ohio Valley Wrestling|
Since his release from the company, he has pursued an acting career that has included several roles in films and television series like Think Like a Man Too, Get Hard, The Game, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. He is also the co-creator of the graphic novel Assassin & Son.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Other media
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and careerEdit
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Shad is of Haitian and Curaçaoan descent. His father, Ben Gaspard, is a former street enforcer for street gangs, and was a personal security guard in the early 1970s; he worked for gangster Frank Lucas and now owns Mcfay Contracting Inc. Shad is the third of six siblings.
When he was five years old Shad's father began training him in boxing, and at age eight he began training in a mixture of different martial arts such as Judo, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. As a student, Shad quickly developed into an aggressive fighter, winning many fight tournaments as an amateur. His mother Ingrid Chittick gave him the nickname “Beast” as a result of his aggressiveness. At the age of sixteen, Shad began prize fighting for promoter Hardbody Harrison, a former World Championship Wrestling wrestler and FX Tough Man Champion, in bar fighting tournaments such as boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts (MMA), and tough man competitions. Even though Shad was only sixteen years old, he competed against adults who were older than he was by five to twenty years, due to his large size. Gaspard holds won-loss records as a No Holds Barred fighter (35–7) and an amateur boxer (57–26).
Gaspard was extensively involved in athletics during his high school years, specializing in wrestling, track, and basketball. After high school, he continued to play basketball at Georgia Perimeter College, and after leaving, he became a bodyguard for several rappers and actors, including pop star Britney Spears, Puff Daddy, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Mike Tyson.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
World Wrestling EntertainmentEdit
Tough Enough and Ohio Valley Wrestling (2002–2006)Edit
Gaspard then decided to become a professional wrestler. He qualified for the finals of the reality television program Tough Enough 2 in 2002, but was disqualified and replaced after failing a physical.
After Tough Enough, Gaspard was recruited by WWF talent scout Tom Prichard and allowed to attempt a career as a professional wrestler. He first trained with Sgt. Dewayne Bruce from the WCW Power Plant for six months. Afterwards, he attended Prichard's first Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) "training camp", after which he was offered an opportunity to return to train full-time.
Gaspard debuted in OVW in 2003 under the ring name "Da Beast", eventually joining Kenny Bolin's Bolin Services stable. Originally, he acted as Bolin's personal enforcer, until he was placed into a tag team with Carlos Colón, Jr. in February 2004.
After Colón left OVW in October 2004, Gaspard left "Bolin Services" and formed several short lived tag teams with Osama, Mike Mondo, Ken Doane, and Ryan Wilson, before he began wrestling under his real name as a singles wrestler. In June 2005, he was signed to a developmental contract by World Wrestling Entertainment.
Cryme Tyme (2006–2007)Edit
In early 2006, during his feud in OVW with CM Punk, Gaspard was joined by the Neighborhoodie and formed a new tag team known as "The Gang Stars". The new team won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship once, before they were called up to the Raw (WWE brand) brand roster as Cryme Tyme. On September 4, 2006, a series of vignettes began airing on Raw, hyping the debut of Cryme Tyme. On the October 16 episode of Raw, Cryme Tyme debuted and defeated then-World Tag Team Champions, the Spirit Squad (Mikey and Johnny) in a non-title match.
In November 2006, at Cyber Sunday, Cryme Tyme defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, Charlie Haas and Viscera and The Highlanders in a Texas Tornado match (as voted by the fans). A few months later at the New Year's Revolution pay-per-view, Cryme Tyme won a Tag Team Turmoil Match against The Highlanders, The World's Greatest Tag Team, Cade and Murdoch, and Jim Duggan and Super Crazy, earning them a shot at the World Tag Team Championships. Later that year, at WrestleMania 23, Cryme Tyme made a cameo appearance and started a dance party with Eugene and some WWE Legends in the backstage area. In June 2007, on an episode of SmackDown!, Deuce 'n Domino (with Cherry) defeated Cryme Tyme in an inter-brand match tag match. While Deuce, Domino and Cherry celebrated their victory, Cryme Tyme appeared on the titantron and kayfabe stole their car, taking it to Brisco Brothers Auto Shop to sell it for parts chanting "Money, money, yeah, yeah". The next month, on July 22, 2007 The James Boys defeated Cryme Tyme to win back the OVW Southern Tag Team titles.
On August 13 Cryme Tyme returned to their hometown of New York City on an episode of Raw from Madison Square Garden, losing to then-World Tag Team Champions Cade and Murdoch in a non-title match by disqualification when Shad used a chair on Murdoch. On the August 27 episode of Raw, Cryme Tyme stole Murdoch's hat and gave it away to a fan. In the middle of the feud with Cade and Murdoch, on September 2, 2007, Gaspard (along with JTG) was released from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract. After his release, he performed on the independent circuit.
Independent circuit (2007–2008)Edit
Return to WWE (2008–2010)Edit
Cryme Tyme began working with John Cena on the June 30 episode of Raw when they helped him interfere during John "Bradshaw" Layfield's match. The following week, they again appeared together in a backstage segment when they vandalized JBL's limo. After a house show match, Cena confirmed that they had created a faction and announced that it was called CTC, "Cryme Tyme Cenation". Cryme Tyme also started a feud with the World Tag Team Champions Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, stealing their championship belts for a time, then losing a title match to them at the Unforgiven pay-per-view event.
On April 15, 2009, Cryme Tyme were drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft. Shad made his debut along with JTG, hosting a dance contest between Layla and Eve Torres. He and JTG made their in-ring debut as they teamed with John Morrison to defeat Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas and Ricky Ortiz. After defeating The Hart Dynasty on the July 31 episode of SmackDown, Cryme Tyme lost a Unified WWE Tag Team Championship match against Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho and Big Show) at SummerSlam on August 23.
Cryme Tyme then competed in a 26-man battle royal at WrestleMania XXVI on March 28, 2010, in which Shad and JTG eliminated Luke Gallows before Shad eliminated JTG. Shad later eliminated himself after trying to take out William Regal. A couple of days later, Cryme Tyme was defeated by R- Truth and John Morrison.
After the match, Shad turned heel by attacking JTG for not coming to his aid. When interviewed backstage, Shad told Josh Mathews that there will be no more Cryme Tyme and that this is his time. Shad kicked JTG after that. Shad tried to repeat that performance by doing it again after JTG beat Caylen Croft but failed. At Extreme Rules Shad lost to JTG in a Strap match but won his rematch on WWE Superstars. Soon after, Shad went on a hiatus from television and was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory.
Return to the independent circuit (2012–present)Edit
Gaspard, wrestled at the NWA Pro on 2012. It was announced on June 19, 2014, that Shad and JTG were looking for booking interests labeled now as the slightly altered "Crime Time". JTG and Shad Gaspard wrestled the first match on their Crime Time World Tour on August 23, 2014, for the Warriors of Wrestling promotion in Staten Island as Crime Time. At the JAPW 18th Anniversary Show on November 15, 2014, Shad and JTG went on and defeated Damien Darling and Danny Demento in a tag team match.
On December 11, 2016, Gaspard prevented the armed robbery of a Coral Springs, Florida gas station when he was approached by an intoxicated man who was intent on robbing the clerk. Gaspard shoved the man, took away his gun, and restrained him in the parking lot until police arrived.
In 2011 Gaspard performed in a Modern William Shakespeare performance in Tampa FL, where he performed a modern take on Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1 "to be or not to be" as well as other Shakespearean works.
In 2011 & 2012 Gaspards graphic Novel "Assassin & Son" won several awards for best original independent graphic novel. Gaspard came up with the original concept/premise and wrote the screenplay along with former World Wrestling Entertainment talent Muhammad Hassan. The series is said to be a modern version of Kazuo Koike Lone Wolf and Cub.
In January 2012 he was advertised as appearing on BET television series The Game, as well as TV Land original situation comedy, The Exes in October 2012. He is also working on other upcoming films. Besides wrestling and acting, Gaspard also does modeling and works on a comic book.
In 2013 Gaspard performed in the stage adaptation of "Pugilist" as Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915), depicting the fighters rise to the world heavyweight championship, and his tragic fall.
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||The Goldenrod|
|2015||Get Hard||Big Ass Julian|
|2015||My First Miracle||Jack|
|2017||Welcome to Willits||Captain Carter|
|2012||The Game||Shad||2 episodes|
|2012||The Exes||Warren||1 episode|
|2013||Big Time Rush||Marcus||1 episode|
|2014||The Haunted Hathaways||Officer Bugliari||2 episodes|
|2014–2015||Key & Peele||Actor||2 episodes|
|2015||Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn||Lou||1 episode|
|2016||From Dusk till Dawn: The Series||Olmeca||3 episodes|
|2017||In the Cut||Tony||2 episodes|
|2018||The Last Sharknado: It's About Time||Muhammad Ali||TV Movie|
|2016||Batman: The Enemy Within||Bane (motion capture)||Provided fight scenes, & Motion Capture for Bane|
|2018||God of War||Kratos (motion capture)||Model, Stunts, & Motion Capture for Kratos|
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- NWA Wildside
- Fighting Evolution Wrestling
- FEW Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with JTG
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Superstars of Wrestling Federation
- SWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with JTG
- World Wrestling Alliance
- WWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with JTG
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