The Headhunters (professional wrestling)
The Headhunters were a professional wrestling tag team that consists of American twin brothers Manuel and Victor Santiago (born August 11, 1968, in New York, New York, USA), best known by the respective ring names, Headhunter A and Headhunter B, although they were announced as Mofat and Mahim (spellings uncertain) during their appearances in ECW.
|Members||Headhunter A / Swat Teamer #1 / Mofat / Demon Clown|
Headhunter B / Swat Teamer #2 / Mahim
The Swat Team
The Arabian Butchers
|Billed heights||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) (both)|
|652 lb (296 kg) (even)|
|Billed from||Dominican Republic|
The Santiago brothers trained under Johnny Rodz and both debuted in 1987. There were among the Puerto Rican wrestlers brought to Canada during the talent exchange between Lutte Internationale and the World Wrestling Council. On June 23, 1987, The Headhunters defeated Len Shelley and Louis Laurence at the Verdun Auditorium in Montreal.
W*ING (1991 - 1994)Edit
In 1991 The Headhunters travelled to Japan and began wrestling for W*ING. In August 1992, they were awarded the newly created W*ING International New Generation World Tag Team Championship. They held the titles until November 6, 1992, when they lost to Crash the Terminator and Mr. Pogo in Sapporo. The brothers regained the titles on May 19, 1993, defeating Miguelito Perez and Yukihiro Kanemura in Honjo, and held them until the promotion closed in March 1994.
Universal Wrestling Association (1991-1993)Edit
NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993)Edit
The Headhunters debuted in Eastern Championship Wrestling in August 1993, taking part in a tournament for the vacant ECW Tag Team Championship. The Headhunters were eliminated from the tournament after fighting their opponents, Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Koloff, to a double disqualification. At UltraClash on September 18, 1993, The Headhunters defeated Crash the Terminator and Miguelito Perez in a baseball bat match.
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (1992-1999)Edit
The Headhunters began wrestling for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in the 1990s, and on June 30, 1995 in Mexico City they defeated El Texano and Silver King to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. They held the titles until November 3, 1995, when they were defeated by Atlantis and Rayo de Jalisco, Jr..
Return to JapanEdit
The Headhunters returned to Japan in the mid-1990s. They joined the International Wrestling Association of Japan soon after its inception, and became the first IWA World Tag Team Champions by defeating Dick Slater and Nobutaka Araya on November 17, 1994, in Yokohama. They lost the titles to El Texano and Silver King on March 3, 1995, in Hiroshima, but regained them on August 20, 1995, in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. Their second reign ended when they lost to Cactus Jack and Tracy Smothers on September 29, 1995, in Yokohama. The brothers also wrestled for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, and on March 30, 1996, they defeated Super Leather and Jason the Terrible in Tokyo to win the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship. They held the titles for over a year, finally losing to Hido and Kanemura on April 25, 1997, in Osaka. The Headhunters also held the FMW World Street Fight Six Man Tag Team Championship on two occasions in 1996, teaming with Super Leather and Hisakatsu Oya respectively.
World Wrestling Federation (1996-1997)Edit
The Headhunters debuted in the World Wrestling Federation on January 21, 1996, at the WWF Royal Rumble, renamed "The Squat Team". Identified as "Squat Teamer #1" and "Squat Teamer #2" respectively, the Headhunters took part in the Royal Rumble match, but were both eliminated, with Yokozuna eliminating Teamer #2 after 24 seconds and Vader eliminating Teamer #1 after 71 seconds. The night after Royal Rumble they lost to Avatar and Aldo Montoya at a house show. The Headhunters briefly appeared on WWF television as "The Arabian Butchers" on the June 30, 1997, episode of Raw, a tag team managed by Jim Cornette.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996)Edit
The Headhunters returned to Eastern Championship Wrestling, since renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling, on February 17, 1996, at ECW CyberSlam 1996, losing to The Bruise Brothers. They made a final appearance on March 8, 1996, at the ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash, losing to the Dudleys (Buh Buh Ray Dudley and Dances with Dudley) in a tag team bout and losing to The Gangstas and the team of 2 Cold Scorpio and The Sandman in a three way tag team match.
Mexican independent circuitEdit
In the 2000s, The Headhunters began wrestling on the Mexican independent circuit. In 2006, they appeared briefly with Juggalo Championship Wrestling. In November 2006, The Headhunters began working dates for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración. Headhunter A would become a regular in the spring, officially joining heel stable Legión Extranjera. He quit the promotion in September 2008, choosing to return to the independent circuit. Both Headhunters have since worked regularly for IWRG and NWA Mexico. In December 2008, the two wrestled on the debut Perros del Mal Producciones show promoted by Perro Aguayo Jr..
On July 15, 2006 they wrestled for Juggalo Championship Wrestling losing to Kevin Sullivan and Rude Boy. They participated in Game Changer Wrestling's Jersey J-Cup Tag Team Tournament defeating in the first round Danny Demanto and Tommy Dreamer. Later that night they got eliminated form the torumanet in the semi final to The Beast Squad, Kyle the Beast and Monsta Mack.
In popular cultureEdit
- The Headhunters were featured in the Insane Clown Posse's wrestling DVDs Strangle Mania (1995) and Strangle Mania 2 (1999) under the name "The Mushroom Boys".
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
- Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
- FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- FMW/WEW 6-Man Tag Team Championship / FMW World Street Fight Six Man Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Super Leather (1) and Hisakatsu Oya (1)
- International Wrestling Association of Japan
- International Wrestling Association
- International Wrestling Revolution Group
- Wrestling International New Generations
- World Wrestling Council
- "Power Slam". W & A. SW Publishing LTD. p. 14. 132.
- "Gran Prix Tournament 1995". Pro Wrestling History. July 7, 1995. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
- Mexicool, Rey (December 26, 2011). "IWRG (Resultados 25 de dic.): Head Hunter, nuevo Campeón Completo de IWRG – La Parka y Octagón, retienen su título nacional". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved December 26, 2011.
- Mexicool, Rey (May 28, 2012). "IWRG (Resultados 27/Mayo/12): La Familia de Tijuana, nuevos reyes de tríos". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved May 29, 2012.