Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood Character Spotlight
We meet three more of the grapplers who will be tearing up neighborhoods in Backyard Wrestling 2.
In a little under a week, Eidos will release Paradox Development's sequel to Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The new game, Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood, will allow you to step into the wrestling boots of more than 20 different grapplers, including real-life favorites such as New Jack, Sandman, Sick Nick Mondo, and Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of the Insane Clown Posse. You'll find profiles for many of the Backyard Wrestling 2 wrestlers if you take a look at our previous coverage of the game, but don't go rushing off until you've checked out today's information on Ruckus, Sonjay Dutt, and Vic Grimes.
Real Name: Claude Marrow
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: 235 pounds
Finishing Moves: The Hate Crime; Poetic Ruckus 450 Splash
Quote: "You better bring that hardcore, fool!"
Ruckus has always been a big wrestling fan--his grandfather got him into it. Ruckus started his wrestling career while attending high school, joining the school's team. After graduation, he continued to wrestle with friends in various neighborhood backyards. Ruckus then received formal training at Brainbuster's Wrestling Academy in Baltimore, studying under Chad Olsen in 1999. While he was doing a show with his friend Hurricane Kid for Power House Wrestling, Zandig and a couple of other wrestlers saw his skills and gave him a shot--that's how Ruckus started his professional wrestling career with CZW, three months after completing his training in the summer of 2000.
Ruckus' wrestling style is a blend of judo, tae kwon do, and kickboxing. His talent has taken him all over the world, and after spending some time in Japan, wrestling for Big Japan, he is contemplating a run in Mexico.
Real Name: Retesh Bhalla
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: 185 pounds
Finishing Moves: Hindu Press
Quote: "The original playa from the Himalaya!"
Sonjay Dutt debuted in late 2000, and in the three-plus years he has been a pro, his skills inside and outside the ring have catapulted him to worldwide superstardom. He is currently a star performer for TNA Wrestling every week and tours the world extensively, including performing for Zero One Japan as the "American Monkey."
Sonjay had a breakout year in 2003, performing in countless tournaments, such as the Best of the Best 3, the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup, the MLW J Cup USA, the Jersey J Cup, the Ted Petty Invitational, the X Title Triple Chance, the Super Indy 3, the Best of the Best 4, and the TNA X Cup vs. AAA Mexico. 2003 also saw Sonjay capture the CSWF Tag Team title, the IWA Mid South Light Heavyweight championship, the CZW Junior Heavyweight championship, the NWA Virginia Jr. Impact championship, and the MLW Junior Heavyweight championship.
Real Name: Tom McCullen
Height: 6 feet 4 inches
Weight: 400 pounds
Finishing Moves: The Grimes Cutter
Quote: "The innovator of hardcore."
Trained by the APW Boot Camp, Vic Grimes entered the world of wrestling in 1996. He has won many championship titles, including the MPPW championship, the MPPW Tag Team title, two MPPW Young Guns titles, the APW Universal championship, and the APW Tag Team championship.
In 1998, a friend sent a tape featuring some of Vic's matches to ECW, but somehow it ended up in the hands of legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette, who was extremely impressed with what he saw. WWE ended up offering Grimes a tryout match. During a Raw television taping in February 2000, Vic Grimes faced Crash Holly. Following the match, Grimes and Holly signed WWF developmental deals, and the duo was assigned to Power Pro Wrestling in Memphis.
Vic Grimes is famous for one of the most dangerous falls in Pro Wrestling history. While fighting New Jack in California, he fell 40 feet off a scaffold onto a bunch of tables. He eventually recovered and is now back in action. Not even a 40-foot fall can stop Vic Grimes!
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