Rob Conway

Real name: Robert Thomas Conway, Jr.

Birth date: November 28, 1974

Trained by: Nightmare Danny Davis, Ohio Valley Wrestling

Ring Names: Conquistador Uno, Raging Robby, Rob Conway, Robért Conway

Debut: 1997

 
     
     
 

Championships and accomplishments

  • Battle on the Border
    • BOTB Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
  • Music City Wrestling
    • MCW North American Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Nick Dinsmore
  • Northern Championship Wrestling
    • NCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Sylvain Grenier
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Jax Dane (1) and Matt Riviera (3)
  • NWA Mid-America
    • NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Josh Lewis
  • NWA Circle City Wrestling
    • NWA CCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Sean Casey
  • NWA Mid-South
    • NWA Mid-South Unified Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Supreme Wrestling
    • NWA Supreme Heavyweight Championship (3 time)
    • NWA United States Championship (1 time)
    • NWA Tri-State Television Championship (1 time)
  • Ohio Valley Wrestling
    • OVW Heavyweight Championship (5 times)
    • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (11 times) – with Nick Dinsmore (10) and
      Pat Buck (1)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #45 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2004
  • Top of the World Wrestling
    • TOW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Sylvain Grenier
  • World Wrestling Entertainment
    • World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Sylvain Grenier
  • Wild Championship Wrestling Outlaws
    • WCWO Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Josh Lewis

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Ego Trip (Whiplash, sometimes to a rope hung opponent)
    • Iron Fist (Punch with loaded glove) – OVW
    • Neckbreaker slam - 2003-2005; used as a signature move afterwards
  • Signature moves
    • DDT
    • Diving leg lariat
  • With Sylvain Grenier
    • Au Revoir (Aided whiplash)
    • La Crêpe / Bonne Nuit (Hart Attack)
  • Managers
    • Kenny Bolin
    • Nikita Fink
    • Jackie Gayda
    • Linda Miles
    • Sherri Martel
    • Victoria
    • Sam McCoy
    • Battle Baxter
    • Jax Dane
    • Bruce Tharpe
    • Jim Cornette
  • Nicknames
  • "The Iron Man"
  • "The Submissionary"
  • "The Con Man"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath
    • "Hendrix Bleeds" by Alec Williams & Chieli Minucci
    • "Just Look at Me" by Jim Johnston (WWE; 2005–07)
    • Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth
    • "Galaxy Express" by Ryoichi Kuniyoshi (NJPW)

 

 
     
     
 

Robert Thomas Conway, Jr. (born November 28, 1974), is an American professional wrestler best
known for his seven-year stint with World Wrestling Entertainment from 2000-2007, where he
performed under his real name and as Robért Conway. Post-WWE, he has competed primarily
within the National Wrestling Alliance, where he is a former two-time NWA World Heavyweight
Champion.

He is also a seven-time Tag Team Champion, becoming a three-time World Tag Team Champion
with Sylvain Grenier as part of La Resistance in the WWE and four-time NWA World Tag Team
Champion once as part of The IronGodz with Jax Dane and three-times as part of The Iron Empire
with Matt Riviera in the NWA. He is currently the only wrestler to have held the NWA World
Heavyweight and NWA World Tag Team Championships simultaneously.

Professional wrestling career

Ohio Valley Wrestling (1997–2000)

Rob Conway began his career in Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW) and Ohio Valley
Wrestling (OVW), teaming with Nick Dinsmore under the names Limited Edition (MCW), the
Borkcin Brothers, and the Lords of the Ring (OVW). While in OVW, he and Dinsmore were also
members of Kenny Bolin's Bolin Services along with The Prototype, Bull Buchanan, and Mark Henry.
As the Lords of the Ring, Conway and Dinsmore won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship
on 10 occasions and captured the MCW North American Tag Team Championship once. On April
28, 1999 Rob Conway defeated his partner Nick Dinsmore to win the OVW Heavyweight
Championship, but lost it back to him the next week. Conway won the OVW Heavyweight
Championship a second time on August 17, 1999, pinning Damaja. He lost the title to Rico
Constantino on November 10, regaining it on September 6, 2000, with another victory over
Dinsmore.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2000–2007)

Occasional appearances (2000–2003)

Conway had dark matches previously with Kurt Angle and Headbanger Mosh, then known as
Beaver Cleavage. Conway's TV debut in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was on the
May 20, 2000, episode of Jakked, where he was defeated by Bull Buchanan. Over the next three
years, Conway appeared in tryout matches on Velocity and Sunday Night Heat, losing to wrestlers
such as A-Train, Randy Orton, and The Hurricane.

In a match taped for the July 17, 2003 episode of SmackDown!, Rob Conway and Nick
Dinsmore appeared under masks as "Los Conquistadores", losing to Rey Mysterio and Billy
Kidman. On July 27, at Vengeance, Conway once again competed as the masked Conquistador,
this time with Johnny Jeter as his partner, as part of the APA Bar Room Brawl.

La Résistance (2003–2005)

Conway made his proper debut for the company on the August 18, 2003, episode of Raw, planted
in the audience dressed as an American airman. After Conway was "harassed" by the heel tag team
La Résistance (Sylvain Grenier and René Duprée), he was invited into the ring by The Dudley Boyz,
who were then feuding with La Résistance. While "celebrating" with the Dudley Boyz and waving
the American flag, Conway suddenly hit them both with the flagpole, revealing himself to be a member
of La Résistance. The trio feuded with several tag teams, including the Dudley Boyz, Hurricane and
Rosey, and Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak. When Grenier suffered a back injury in October
2003, Dupree and Conway held the group together until the March 15, 2004 edition of Raw when
Grenier returned. The trio did not last long after that, however, as Dupree was drafted to SmackDown!
on March 22, 2004 during the Draft Lottery.

Grenier and Conway, however, continued to team together as La Résistance on Raw. With
American-Franco hostility subsiding, the WWE ceased billing the team as being from France and
instead promoted them as being haughty French Canadians who carried the flag of Quebec to the
ring, with Grenier often singing the Canadian national anthem and Conway becoming known as
Robért Conway, the French version of his name. The team held the World Tag Team Championship
three times. Their first title reign came when they defeated Chris Benoit and Edge on the May 31,
2004 edition of Raw in Grenier's home town of Montreal, Quebec. The team dropped the belts to
the same team of Benoit and Edge at Taboo Tuesday on October 19 when, even though Edge walked
out on Benoit, Benoit was able to defeat La Résistance by himself. It was not long before La
Résistance reclaimed the tag team gold for the second time on the November 1 edition of Raw,
defeating Chris Benoit after Edge walked out on Benoit again. This time La Résistance did not hold
the title as long as their last reign; they lost the belts two weeks later on Raw when they faced the team
of William Regal and Eugene as well as Tajiri and Rhyno. In a 3-Way Elimination match, they dropped
the title to Regal and Eugene. Their third, and final, Tag Team Title reign began at a Raw brand house
show on January 16, 2005 in Winnipeg, Manitoba when they defeated Regal and Jonathan
Coachman—Regal's actual partner, Eugene, had been injured and Coachman was selected to be his
fill in partner, though Regal never tagged him in—to win the belts. La Résistance dropped the belts
again a few weeks later on the February 7, edition of Raw, from Tokyo, Japan, to William Regal and
his new tag team partner Tajiri.

La Résistance repeatedly attempted to regain the gold (mainly on Heat) from Regal and Tajiri in a
number of different matches but fell just short each time. During their "last shot" the team thought they
had won back the title only to have the decision reversed by referee Mike Chioda due to La Résistance
not pinning the legal man. The match was restarted but La Résistance lost the match and their last
chance against Regal and Tajiri in a normal tag team contest. The team was given one more chance
at Regal and Tajiri, only this time during a Tag Team Turmoil match including five teams—La
Résistance, Regal and Tajiri, The Heart Throbs (Romeo Roselli and Antonio Thomas), Simon Dean
and Maven, and Rosey and The Hurricane, at Backlash. During the match La Résistance managed
to eliminate the champions, but were defeated by the last remaining team (and winners of the match)
Hurricane and Rosey.

Split and singles competition (2005–2007)

The team split in mid-May after repeatedly quarreling over which of them was the superior wrestler.
Grenier and Conway went into singles competition with announcers claiming that the members of La
Résistance were trying to "one up" each other in singles matches without the other man in their corner.
This saw Conway defeat a jobber and Val Venis, while Grenier was defeated by both Venis and Chris
Jericho. Both men competed in a triple threat match against Intercontinental Champion Shelton
Benjamin for the title; Benjamin won the match not long after the La Résistance members began to
argue and fight with each other. This altercation led to a main event match for the June 12 Heat (taped
on June 6) in which Rob Conway portrayed the heel, and defeated Grenier. On June 30, 2005,
Grenier was a last minute trade in the 2005 WWE Draft, sending him to SmackDown! while Conway
stayed on the Raw brand. Conway then began wrestling in singles competition on both Heat and
Raw.

On the July 17, 2005 edition of Heat Conway brought back his original identity of Rob Conway,
making his new gimmick a narcissistic heel and developing a new appearance (similar to Buff Bagwell)
including a biker hat, sunglasses, a mustache, see through tights, and a new haircut. He began referring
to himself as "The Con-Man" Rob Conway. During the WWE Homecoming edition of Raw, Conway
interrupted a segment involving a number of WWE Legends. After disrespecting the legends, they
assaulted him. Conway, seeking retaliation, then went on to have matches against a number of legends,
picking up wins over Doink the Clown, Greg Valentine (by disqualification), and Koko B. Ware.

During this time he would go on to begin feuding with Eugene, a big fan of the legends who stuck up
for them. At the Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view, Conway teamed with Tomko to face Eugene and a
legend (as voted for by the fans). Jimmy Snuka beat out Kamala and Jim Duggan in the voting to
become Eugene's partner and picked up the win after a Superfly Splash ending Conway's winning
streak. On the next Raw, Conway attempted to take the Intercontinental Championship from Ric Flair,
but came up short when he was locked in Flair's figure four leglock.

After losing to Flair, Conway went on a long losing streak, losing almost every match he was in
through the rest of the 2005 and the start of 2006. Conway went back to competing on Sunday Night
Heat making few appearances on Raw and losing on every occasion. On the April 10, 2006 edition
of Raw, Conway debuted a slightly changed look, including longer hair, no mustache, and blonde
highlighted hair, in a loss to Rob Van Dam. Conway finally broke his losing streak for one night only on
the May 12, 2006 edition of Heat when he won a mixed tag team match with Victoria against the team
of Viscera and Torrie Wilson. It was short lived, however, as the next week he was defeated by Jim
Duggan, restarting his losing streak but starting a short program with Duggan and his protege Eugene.
At the start of August, Conway dropped the Con-Man Gimmick as he stopped wearing sunglasses
and his ego dropped. From this point on, Conway was used as a tweener who was desperate to pick
up a victory over anyone possible but failed every time he tried.

Return to OVW and RAW (2006–2007)

On the November 15 edition of Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), Conway made a surprise
appearance, teaming with Sylvain Grenier to reform their old stable, La Résistance. The reformed
team defeated Cody Runnels and Shawn Spears to earn a shot at the OVW Southern Tag Team
Titles. The team, however, lost the title match. After months of losing, Conway appeared on the
January 1, 2007 edition of Raw. Conway proceeded to make a New Year's resolution and vowed
that he would not lose another match and if he did he would quit Raw. His opponent was the
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy, but he was pinned after 21 seconds. After WWE Chairman
Vince McMahon entered the ring and (instead of letting him quit Monday Night Raw) fired him. On
May 11, 2007, Conway was released from his WWE contract.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2011)

Conway debuted in Juggalo Championship Wrestling at the event Hardcore Hell. Per storyline, he
announced that he was a master of submissions and a wrestler for hire. That night, Conway submitted
three different opponents to showcase his skills. Two weeks later, he was hired by Breyer Wellington
to face JCW Heavyweight Champion Corporal Robinson, but was defeated. Conway then participated
in Juggalo Championship Wrestling's first internet pay-per-view Hatchet Attacks, where he submitted
Sal the Man of a Thousand Gimmicks. At Up in Smoke, Conway was hired by Sabu's manager
Charlie Brown to attack 2 Tuff Tony. After Rhino scared off Sabu and Conway, a tag team match
was scheduled between the two and Rhino and Tony at St. Andrew's Brawl.

National Wrestling Alliance (2013–present)

NWA World Heavyweight Champion (2013–2015)

On March 16, 2013, Conway defeated Kahagas to win the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
World Heavyweight Championship. Through NWA's working relationship with New Japan Pro
Wrestling, Conway appeared via video at New Japan's March 23 event announcing that he would
be taking part in the promotion's April 7 Invasion Attack event. He was then challenged to a match
for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship by Satoshi Kojima. Conway made his debut
appearance for New Japan on April 5, when he, accompanied by NWA president Bruce Tharpe,
had an in-ring confrontation with Kojima. Two days later, Conway defeated Kojima, following
interference from Tharpe and fellow NWA wrestler Jax Dane, to retain the NWA World
Heavyweight Championship. On April 20, Conway successfully defended the NWA World
Heavyweight Championship against Chris Masters in Houston, Texas, after which he was presented
a new title belt. On June 22, Conway returned to New Japan at Dominion 6.22, where he
successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Manabu Nakanishi.
Conway would show up in a video on September 5, 2013 at NJPW IPPV at the Korauken Hall
to challenge Jyushin Thunder Liger to a future title match. Liger came out after the video and
accepted the challenge. On September 29 at Destruction, Conway defeated Liger to retain the
NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

On November 9, Conway returned to NJPW at Power Struggle, where he and Jax Dane defeated
K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
in the first fall of a two-fall three-way match to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship,
making Conway a double champion and the first wrestler to simultaneously hold both the World
Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships. From November 23 to December 7, Dane
and Conway took part in New Japan's 2013 World Tag League, where they finished with a record
of three wins and three losses, failing to advance to the semifinals. Conway was pinned in only one
of his team's three losses, which led to his defeater, Satoshi Kojima, challenging him to a rematch
for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. On January 4, 2014, at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in
Tokyo Dome, Conway lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Kojima.

The following day, Conway pinned Kojima following a distraction from Bruce Tharpe and a low
blow, when he and Dane successfully defended the NWA World Tag Team Championship
against Tencozy. Conway and Dane returned to New Japan on April 6 at Invasion Attack 2014,
where they lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship to Tencozy. On April 12, Conway
received a rematch for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship during New Japan's trip to
Taiwan, but he was again defeated by Kojima. The following day, Conway and Dane also failed in
their attempt to regain the NWA World Tag Team Championship from Tencozy. Conway also failed
to regain the title alongside Wes Brisco on May 25 at Back to the Yokohama Arena. On June 2,
Conway defeated Satoshi Kojima in Las Vegas to regain the NWA World Heavyweight
Championship. Conway and Dane returned to New Japan in November to take part in the 2014
World Tag League. The team finished second to last in their block with a record of three wins and
four losses.[62] Conway returned to NJPW on February 11, 2015, at The New Beginning in
Osaka, where he and Chase Owens defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger and Hiroyoshi Tenzan in a tag
team match. Three days later at The New Beginning in Sendai, Conway lost the NWA World
Heavyweight Championship to Tenzan.

Championship pursuits (2014–present)

On February 22, 2014, Conway pinned Eric Draven in Madison, Indiana to win the NWA
Supreme Heavyweight Championship. He would hold this title until May 9, 2014, when he was
defeated by Draven in a rematch at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. On February 22, 2015,
in Seymour Indiana Rob Conway defeated Eric Draven for the NWA Supreme Heavyweight
Championship. On June 20, 2015, Conway defeated both Tim Storm and All That Alan Steele to
become the NWA Mid-South Unified Heavyweight Champion. On October 10, 2015, Conway
was defeated by Greg Anthony in a double title match losing the NWA Mid-South Unified
Heavyweight Championship. On December 4, 2015, Conway teamed with Matt Riviera teaming
under the name The Iron Empire defeating The Heatseekers (Elliot Russell and Sigmon) to win the
NWA World Tag Team Championships. On March 3, 2016 Rob Conway defeated Texas Outlaw
to begin Conway's second reign as NWA Supreme Champion On September 9, 2016, The Iron
Empire were defeated by The Heatseekers (Elliot Russell and Sigmon) losing the NWA World Tag
Team Championships. The next day, on September 10, 2016, The Iron Empire regained to
championship to become two time NWA World Tag Team Champions defeating The Heatseekers.
They lost the title to Kazushi Miyamoto and Rob Terry in Tokyo, Japan on February 23, 2017. On
May 12, 2017, Rob Conway defeated Josh Lewis (wrestler) to win his first NWA United States
Championship in Hanover, Indiana at NWA Supreme Rebelution 2017. On May 27, 2017 Rob
would lose the United States title to Josh Lewis in Madison Indiana.

On June 17th, Rob Conway pinned Johnny Knockout in a 3 way Dance in West Harrison, Indiana.
This victory made Conway the first ever "BOTB" Heavyweight Champion.

On July 14, Rob teamed up with Josh Lewis to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team
Championships from Custom Made (Eric Draven and Roger Malcolm) at NWA Supreme in
Madison, Indiana. On August 18, 2017 Rob Conway and Josh Lewis lost the NWA Mid America
tag team championship to Custom Made. When Eric Draven struck Josh Lewis with a chain.

Personal life

Rob graduated from Indiana's New Albany High School in 1990 where he was a standout
basketball player. He later played basketball at the now defunct Graceland College in New
Albany. Following college, Rob sold fitness equipment and worked as a personal trainer in the
Southern Indiana/Louisville area. He broke into wrestling after driving past the old Danny Davis
arena in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1997. After walking in and watching what he considered out of
shape guys wrestle, he thought he would give it a try. Within five minutes of being in the ring, Rob
stated in a 2004 article in Indianapolis Monthly he knew this is what he wanted to do. Based on
the appearance of the local wrestlers, he thought it would only take six months to make it to the
WWE (then WWF); it eventually took him six years. He also starred in the movie, "Thugin' It the
Conway" featuring Val Venis.

Other media

Rob Conway appears as a playable character in WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006.

 

 
   
   

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