Tommy Drake

Last updated
Tommy Drake
TheDrake.jpg
Birth nameCory R. Carey
Born (1979-08-21) August 21, 1979 (age 41)
Des Moines, Iowa
Residence Gilbert, Arizona
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tommy Blaze
Tommy Drake
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight275 lb (125 kg)
Billed fromDes Moines, Iowa
Phoenix, Arizona
Trained by Michael Modest [1]
Donovan Morgan [1]
Rick Thompson
DebutDecember 12, 2000

Cory R. Carey (born August 21, 1979) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Tommy Drake. He is best known for his appearances with Pro Wrestling Noah [1] in Japan and various independent promotions in the United States. Drake wrestled dark matches for World Wrestling Entertainment, and made regular appearances on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown.

Contents

Career

Carey grew up in rural Iowa, and began wrestling at age 5. Carey attended Canby High School in Oregon, graduating in 1997 at age seventeen. Working odd jobs after high school, Carey moved to Hayward, California, at the request of Ed "Moondog" Moretti, and attended the All Pro Wrestling (APW) Boot Camp. There he was trained by Michael Modest, Donovan Morgan, and Ric Thompson. He debuted in APW on December 12, 2000 in Vallejo, California as Tommy Blaze, scoring a victory over Kid Chrome.

Soon after his debut Drake began feuding with various APW wrestlers. In 2000, Drake and Donovan Morgan began the training of The Great Khali. Khali lived with Drake in a small apartment in Hayward, until Khali left for Japan and eventually the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

After a falling out with APW, Drake jumped ship to Pro Wrestling Iron, started by Morgan and Mike Modest. Drake became an assistant trainer, and would train PWI's students when not in Japan. In 2001 he helped further the training of Tough Enough winner John Morrison, who went on to become the ECW Champion.

Drake's first tour of Japan came in 2001. Drake tag teamed with Scorpio and Bison Smith, and faced such opponents as Jun Akiyama, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, and Yoshihiro Takayama.

Drake wrestled his last match for WWE on March 27, 2003 in San Jose. He faced Sean O'Haire on SmackDown. Drake was upset with O'Haire after dropping him on his head twice during the match. Drake felt that the companies in the United States were about hiring wrestlers with great looks but lacking talent. Drake did not work for WWE any further.

Pro Wrestling Iron, held its first show on May 31, 2002 in Ukiah, California. [1] PWI negotiated a talent swap agreement with Noah that saw Japanese wrestlers such as Mitsuharu Misawa, Naoya Ogawa, and Takao Omori appear on PWI shows. Drake teamed up with Bison Smith to face Danny Dominion and Ace Steel. Drake and Bison scored a victory, with the match lasting for 50 minutes.

Current Independent & Other Work

In 2003 Drake moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and began wrestling for Impact Zone Wrestling. [1] Drake wrestles for IZW and AZWO in Arizona from time to time, but has yet to make a full comeback. Drake was the main event in 2006 when he faced TNA Impact star Relic at Wild West Championship Wrestling's inaugural show. The show was held at a boxing sport arena in Phoenix, Arizona. In October 2007 Drake starred in the reality show Casting Call, filming for Big Sky Motion Pictures [1] in New Orleans. The show was set to air in conjunction with writer/director Mars Callahan's movie, Spring Break '83. Drake joined the CWFA in 2010 and is the current World Champion. Drake won the championship in September 2013, beating The Hawaiian Lion, Graves, and Alexander Hammerstone in a fatal 4 way match.

Championships and accomplishments

Related Research Articles

Brent Albright American professional wrestler

Brent Albright is an American retired professional wrestler, perhaps best known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment, during which he appeared on SmackDown! as Gunner Scott. Aside from WWE, Albright is a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, having won the title while performing for Ring of Honor.

Steve Williams (wrestler) American professional and amateur wrestler, football player and author

Steven Williams was an American professional wrestler, former collegiate football player, and amateur wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. Williams was known as "Dr. Death", a nickname he acquired in junior high school.

The Great Khali Indian professional wrestler, actor, and powerlifter

Dalip Singh Rana is an Indian American professional wrestler, wrestling promoter, and actor. He is best known for his time in WWE under the ring name The Great Khali.

Kenta Kobashi Japanese professional wrestler

Kenta Kobashi is a Japanese retired professional wrestler. Widely regarded as the greatest professional wrestler of all time, he started his career in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in 1988, where he became one of the promotion's top stars, holding the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship three times, and winning the Champion Carnival in 2000. Kobashi left All Japan in June 2000, taking part in a mass exodus led by Mitsuharu Misawa, which led to the formation of Pro Wrestling Noah. Kobashi worked for Noah for thirteen years, and became the longest reigning GHC Heavyweight Champion of all time, holding the championship for 735 days between 2003 and 2005, a record that stands to this day. He was a four-time world champion.

Michael K. Cariglio is an American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name, Michael Modest. Modest ran the promotion Pro Wrestling IRON with tag partner Donovan Morgan and Frank Murdoch until its closure in 2005. Modest has also wrestled in Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah, winning the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship after defeating Yoshinobu Kanemaru. He has also wrestled in Canada, Mexico and Ireland. He is perhaps best known for his appearances in the wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat, the film Ready to Rumble, and the TV special Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets.

Andrew Vassos is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Donovan Morgan. Best known for his appearances with Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan and Ring of Honor in the United States, Morgan received tryouts with World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation in 1997 and 1998, but was not hired.

Akira Taue is a retired Japanese professional wrestler. He is also a former AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, a former GHC Heavyweight Champion and has had fourteen 5 Star Matches as awarded by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Yoshihiro Takayama Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter

Yoshihiro Takayama is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. Debuting for UWF International (UWFI) in the 1990s, Takayama joined All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in 1997 after UWF-i folded. In 2000, he joined Pro Wrestling Noah (Noah), and later became a mainstay in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where he arguably achieved his greatest success, holding the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and NWF Heavyweight Championship simultaneously in 2003. He is one of only three men to hold all three of puroresus major heavyweight titles, the other being Kensuke Sasaki and Keiji Muto.

Toshiaki Kawada

Toshiaki Kawada is a Japanese semi-retired professional wrestler best known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), whom he worked for from his debut in 1982 up until 2008. In All Japan, he was a 5 time Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, a 9 time World Tag Team Champion, three time winner of the Real World Tag League and a two time winner of the Champion Carnival. He was also recognised as the ace of the promotion from 2000–2005.

Akitoshi Saito Japanese professional wrestler (born 1965)

Akitoshi Saito is a Japanese professional wrestler who is best known for his work in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Pro Wrestling Noah (Noah).

Takeshi Morishima Japanese former professional wrestler (born 1978)

Takeshi Morishima is a Japanese former professional wrestler.

Muhammad Yone Japanese professional wrestler

Satoshi Yoneyama, better known by his ring name Muhammad Yone, is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working for Pro Wrestling Noah, where he is a multi-time GHC Tag Team Champion, a one time GHC Openweight Hardcore Champion and winner of the Global Tag League in 2012 with Naomichi Marufuji. He is known for his trademark afro hairstyle, which earned him the nickname "Mr. Afro".

Masanobu Fuchi Japanese professional wrestler

Masanobu Fuchi is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), where he is also a director and the co-head booker. Fuchi has exclusively worked for All Japan since his debut in 1974, and holds the record for the longest World Junior Heavyweight Championship reign at 1309 days. Fuchi became a freelancer in 2009, but officially re-signed with AJPW in 2013 as both a director and wrestler, making him the longest tenured member of the All Japan roster.

Anthony "Tony" Jones is a retired American professional wrestler who competed in North American independent promotions, specifically California-based All-Pro Wrestling, Ultimate Pro Wrestling and Xtreme Pro Wrestling.

Drake Younger

Drake Wuertz is an American professional wrestling referee and retired professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, on their developmental territory NXT, where he referees under his real name. He has worked for a number of major independent promotions under the ring name Drake Younger, including Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, EVOLVE, Dragon Gate USA, Chikara, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). He is known for his deathmatch wrestling style.

Bison Smith American professional wrestler

Mark Smith was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Bison Smith. He best known for his appearances with Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan; and World Wrestling Council and International Wrestling Association in Puerto Rico. In January 2009, he joined the American promotion Ring of Honor.

The Holy Demon Army (HDA) was a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue. The HDA competed in All Japan Pro Wrestling during the 1990s and is considered the most successful and dominant team in the history of All Japan as they held the World Tag Team Championship a record six times, as well as having won the World's Strongest Tag Determination League on two occasions.

Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) was a California-based independent pro wrestling company owned and operated by Rick Bassman, that operated from 1999 to 2007.

Anthony Henry is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing in NXT under the ring name Duke Hudson.

Kenny Marquez, known by his ring name Jake Atlas, is an American professional wrestler and former gymnast. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on both the 205 Live and NXT brands. He is largely known for his work in the independent circuit, with numerous matches held throughout the California and western United States

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Donovan Morgan". PuroresuFan.com. Archived from the original on 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-05-19.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

1. "Tommy Drake". ImpactZoneWrestling.com Superstars Page. Retrieved on September 26, 2008

2. "Tommy Drake". Hot August Fights. Retrieved on September 26, 2008

3. "Tommy Drake". UlitimateProwrestling.com Retrieved on September 26, 2008

4. "Tommy Drake". WormwoodChronicles.com Retrieved on September 26, 2008

5. "Tommy Drake". WrestlingObserver.com Retrieved on September 26, 2008

6. "Tommy Drake". InTheRotation.com Retrieved on September 26, 2008

7. "Tommy Drake". ProWrestlingFans.com Retrieved on September 26, 2008

8. "Cory Carey". Bigskymotionpictures.com Retrieved on September 24, 2008

9. "Tommy Drake". OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com Retrieved on September 27, 2008

10. "Tommy Drake". 1wrestling.com Retrieved on September 27, 2008