Wesley Stephen Ikeda (November 7 , 1981 - December 11 2009) and was an American professional wrestler best known for being signed to World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental Florida Championship Wrestling and had been since 2002. He was released on 24/11/09.
Ikeda was the FCW World Champion defeating former champion Justin Angel on the 23rd October 2009 in Orlando , Florida. When he left WWE the title was vacant.
Birth and Wrestling
Ikeda was born on November 7 , 1981 to a Tony and Lois Ikeda. When Ikeda was 3 his mother passed away after catching cancer. When Ikeda turned five his cousin Davey brought a WWF video to watch with him and then he decided to become a wrestler and used a stuffed toy of famous actor George Clooney to practice his moves. After graduating high school his dad died and he moved in with his cousin Billy Benson who was 25 at the time. Billy had a wrestling school graduation certificate and Wes asked Billy if he could train him permanently. After 18 months of training Wes Ikeda made his wresting debut against a nine-teen year old called Joe Guerrela. Ikeda won the match but was viciously assulted by Guerella which caused Billy to get in the ring and both of them were arrested. Luckily enough after 6 months of everyday fighting he raised the $10,000 bail money and Billy was released.
Canadian Championship Wrestling (1999-2002)
Ikeda decided to fight in the Canadian wrestling circuit and thanks to a lottery ticket he won Ten million Canadian dollars and he bought a house some wrestling attires and a wrestling ring. He debuted as Stephen Ikeda in honor of his uncle Stephen Wesley Ikeda. Where he got his name but with the middle the first name and the first name his middle name. He fought Petey Williams to a victory and the follwing week lost to Chris Jericho. He took a brief hiatus and returned in mid 2000 as Wesley Ikeda a heel rich based persona. He formed a tag team with Terrence Cresswell and called themselves The Rich Affiliation. They became Canadian Tag Team Champions and held them for a record 18 months. When they lost the titles they split up and Ikeda was released from CCW.
Independent Circuit (2002)
Ikeda wrestled at basic wrestling shows for around $2000 a week. He wrestled as Wes Ikeda. When wrestling a local fighter a WWF superstar Rey Mysterio spotted him executing technical moves and he was recomended to the WWF/E.
Ohio Valley Wrestling (2002-2005)
He had a WWE tryout match and won and debuted on SmackDown later the year. He debuted as Wes Ikeda a face he lost against The Undertaker and was assulted after but was rescued by Triple H. He jobbed for a few weeks until going to OVW to train. He debuted as Wes Ikeda. He defeated Rob Conway in around three minuets earning him a nick name of '180 Sec Wes'. He gained the OVW World Championship Wrestling defeating Russel Callahan. He defeated over half of the OVW competition around 12 weeks. Then when Freedy Welker debuted Ikeda was mysteriously attacked the same day by a guy around the same height and weight Welker was. Then Ikeda returned and a few weeks later he was hit by a car. Then Ikeda surrendered his title. After a month Welker revealed himself to be the mastermind of Ikeda's attacks and proclaimed the 'Wes Ikeda Retirement Tour' had began. Ikeda then made a shock return in 2004 and attacked Freddy Welker. Wes made a statement which was recorded in words. I Wesley Ikeda have not retired , I will never retire until I am over 65. I love wrestling and wrestling loves me. And if Freddy Welker wants to stop it then I issue a challange. Me vs you at WWE Unforgiven 2004 in an off screen dark match and best thing is the WWE board of directors have agreed for the match to happen but see I was lying it will be on screen in front of the whole word. See you around Freddy Got Fingered!. (Slams mic down). At Unforgiven Ikeda defeated Welker and he was called up to WWE Velocity in 2005.
SmackDown Brand (2005-2007)
He debuted as Stephen Ikeda a Face who only wrestled to get closer to a world title shot. He first defeated Billy Kidman. Ikeda then began a feud with Kidman after Ikeda's shot at the United States Championship against Matt Hardy ended in a DQ win and Ikeda having to wait for another shot. Kidman demanded a match against Hardy but Teddy Long decided to make it Billy Kidman vs Matt Hardy vs Stephen Ikeda for the US Title at WWE No Mercy 2005. Ikeda won thematch and several #1 contenders lost to Ikeda having Ikeda champion for a record 18 months!. Ikeda lost the title to MVP in April 2007 and in that same month was drafted to RAW
When travelling to his home in Chicago , Illonis his home was raided by paparazi and some attackers. Around 4am he was found knocked out with bruises and was rushed to hospital. He broke his arm and ankle in his left. He said he would return in around 4 months.
Monday Night RAW (2007-2009)
WWE promoted Ikeda's return since September 24, 2007 with a viral marketing campaign using a series of 15-second Cryptic crossword binary code (computing) videos, similar to the matrix digital rain featured in The Matrix (series). The videos contained hidden messages and biblical links related to Ikeda but most of the public did not figure that out.Burned by the second coming of Wes Ikeda World Wrestling Entertainment The phrases "He Is Coming" and "2nd Coming" were most prominent in the videos. The campaign spread throughout the internet as numerous websites featured hidden messages and biblical links hinting at Ikeda's return.
Ikeda made his return to WWE television on the November 19, 2007 edition of Raw when he interrupted Mr Kennedy during Kennedy's orchestrated "passing of the torch" ceremony. Ikeda revealed his intentions to reclaim the WWE Championship in order to "save" WWE fans from Kennedy. Ikeda was now clean-shaven with a new short haircut, and he used his Realistic gimmick thus becoming a face (professional wrestling) once again. On the November 26 edition of Raw, Ikeda defeated Mr. Kennedy and debuted a new finishing maneuver called Professional wrestling throws#Double knee facebreaker,defeat Mr Kennedy. AtArmageddon (2007), he competed in a WWE title match against Mr Kennedy. Ikeda defeated Kennedy by Professional wrestling#Disqualification when John Layfield (JBL) interfered in the match, but Mr. Kennedy retained the title. He began a feud with JBL and met him at the Royal Rumble (2008). Ikeda was disqualified after hitting JBL with a steel chair. At No Way Out (2008), Ikeda competed in his fourth Elimination Chamber match alongside Triple H, Shawn Michaels, JBL, Eddie Fatu, and Jeff Hardy. He was the third man eliminated when Hardy pinned him following Michaels' Superkick. On the March 10 edition of Raw, Ikeda captured the Intercontinental Championship for a record eighth time when he defeated Jeff Hardy. On the June 9 edition of Raw, Ikeda turned Heel (professional wrestling) once again by attacking Shawn Michaels during his talk show segment WWE Raw#Recurring segments. At [[Night of Champions (2008)|Night of Champions}}, he lost the Intercontinental title to Kofi Kingston after a successful distraction by Shawn Michaels. He hosted the final version of The Highlight Reel on the July 28 edition of Raw and after that developed a suit-wearing "self-righteous honest man" gimmick inspired by Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) from the film No Country for Old Men (film).In doing so, Ikeda purposely shed many of the trademarks associated with the "300 Sec Wes" character, taking "every characteristic that made him popular, and strip[ing] those traits away from himself." Paul Heyman was enthusiastic about the transformation, claiming "all that's left is an articulate villain who delivers his lines with little emotion but lots of conviction. Ikeda's contempt for all those who dare to oppose him is a 180 degree turn from the fun-loving Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla whose fan base had few peers in terms of numbers and volume."At Unforgiven (2008), Ikeda lost an Hardcore wrestling to Michaels. In the main event, Ikeda entered the Professional wrestling match types#Championship Scramble as a replacement for the defending champion CM Punk and subsequently won the World Heavyweight Championship (WWE) On the September 22 edition of Raw he successfully retained his title in a Steel Cage match against CM Punk. Ikeda then successfully defended his title against Shawn Michaels at No Mercy in a ladder match. At Cyber Sunday Ikeda lost the title to Batista in a match with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee. Eight days later, on a three hour special episode of Raw, Ikeda defeated Batista to win back the title in a steel cage match.This reign would last until the Survivor Series where Ikeda lost to the returning John Cena. On the December 8 edition of Raw, he won a Slammy Award for the Superstar of the Year. On the January 12, 2009 episode of Raw, WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon fired (kayfabe) Ikeda. The next week, Stephanie McMahon rehired Ikeda after he made a forced apology to her and the fans One week later, Ikeda qualified for the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out (2009) when he defeated CM Punk At the pay-per-view, he started the match with Rey Mysterio, and survived to the final three. He eliminated Mike Knox and helped eliminate Kane and the champion John Cena. Mysterio pinned Ikeda after reversing the Walls of Ikeda.Ikeda started a feud with Mickey Rourke, star of the movie The Wrestler, and with all WWE Hall of Famers. He challenged and attacked Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat. Ikeda won an elimination match at WrestleMania XXV against Snuka, Steamboat, and Piper. Ikeda then fought Ric Flair and finished the fight with a . Wes_Ikeda.jpg then challenged Mickey Rourke, who was at ringside for the event. Rourke kayfabe knocked Wes Ikeda out after a left hook to the jaw. After a few weeks Ikeda turned face attacking Randy Orton and helping D-X beat Legacy. On the 24th November 2009 Ikeda was released from the WWE.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009)
On November 25th 2009 he signed a 4 year deal with Total Nonstop Action and will debut in January 2010 as Tony Francis and Wes Ikeda well he said "Either one of them." He debuted on the 3rd December 2009 he debuted as Wes Ikeda and defeated Eric Young. The following week he defeated Scott Steiner in a submission match which was Ikeda's last match with TNA as he died of a heart attack the following day.
On Friday 11th December 2009 Ikeda collapsed and was rushed to hospital. Doctors found he had a heart attack which was caused by an unknown source. It was not steroids and at 4:17pm Ikeda passed away.
In 2002 he married Sarah Jones after they announced engagement in 2000. They had 5 children all triplets James Matthew born first , Ben Lewis born second , Sarah Destiny born third , Alan Michael born fourth and Nicola Jean born last. Ikeda left all his belongings to his family.
Tribute From Fans
Wes we miss you and we will create you on every wrestling game we get and have lots of love Kate and Nikki from London , England. E-MAILED IN.
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