Vampiro

Real name: Ian Richard Hodgkinson

Birth date: May 31, 1967

Trained by: Abdullah The Butcher

Ring Names: Vampiro Canadiense, Casanova, El Vampiro Canadiense, El Vampiro, Gene Anderson, Ian Richards, Vampiro Casanova, Vampiro

Debut: 1984

 
     
     
 

Championships and accomplishments

  • Lucha Libre AAA World Wide
    • AAA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Joe Líder
    • Rey de Reyes (2006)
  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship1 (1 time)
  • Federacion Internacional de Lucha Libre
    • FILL Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Fiend Wrestling Germany
    • FWG Championship (1 time)
  • International Wrestling Association
    • IWA Hardcore Championship (4 times)
  • International Wrestling Revolution Group
    • IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling
    • JCW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Nu-Wrestling Evolution
    • NWE World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him # 31 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000
  • Universal Wrestling Association
    • UWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Great Muta
  • World Wrestling Council
    • WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling Society X
    • WSX Rumble (shared with 6-Pac)
    • WSX Championship (1 time)

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Vampiro Spike / Nail in the Coffin (Michinoku Driver II, sometimes from the top rope)
    • Vampiro's Bite (Chokeslam)
  • Signature moves
    • Diving clothesline
    • Diving leg drop
    • Headbutt
    • Kneeling reverse piledriver
    • Lifting spinning single arm DDT
    • Multiple kick variations
      • Leg-feed spinning back
      • Shoot
      • Spin, sometimes from the top rope
    • Multiple powerbomb variations
      • Pumphandle sitout
      • Super
      • Thunder fire
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Belly to back
      • Overhead belly to belly suplex, sometimes from the top rope
      • Vertical
    • Shoulder block
    • Sidewalk slam
  • With Violent J
    • Electric chair (Violent J) / Diving clothesline (Vampiro) combination
  • With Shaggy 2 Dope
    • Aided cutter
  • Managers
    • Insane Clown Posse
    • James Mitchell
    • Raven
  • Wrestlers managed
    • Pentagón Jr./Dark
    • Prince Puma
  • Entrance themes
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • "Short But Thick" by BRG Music Works
    • "Abominable Dr. Phibes" by Misfits
    • "Destroyer" by DeWolfe Music Library
    • "Take It" by Insane Clown Posse
    • "Kong at the Gates" by Misfits
    • "Assassins (Instrumental Edit/Loop)" by Insane Clown Posse
  • Independent circuit
    • “You Eclipsed By Me” by Atreyu
    • “Peep Show” by Droch Fhoula
    • "Dead American" by Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards
  • Wrestling Society X
    • "You Eclipsed By Me" by Atreyu
    • "Peep Show" by Droch Fhoula
  • Lucha Libre AAA World Wide
    • "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
    • "Dragula" by Rob Zombie
    • "America" by Resorte
    • "Back in Black" by AC/DC
  • NWA-TNA
    • "Take You Under" (Instrumental) by Dale Oliver
 
     
     
 

Ian Richard Hodgkinson (born May 31, 1967), better known by his ring name Vampiro, is a
Canadian semi-retired professional wrestler currently working for Lucha Underground as a
color commentator. Hodgkinson is also member of the citizen crime patrol organization Guardian
Angels, acting as head of the group's chapter in Mexico City. Also, he is the current Director of
Talent for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA).

Hodgkinson has wrestled for various wrestling promotions. In the United States, he is best known
for his time in World Championship Wrestling, where he held the WCW World Tag Team
Championship with The Great Muta. However, his greatest success was achieved in Mexican
promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre during the 1990s. In his professional wrestling
career, Hodgkinson is a three-time World Champion having won the NWE World Heavyweight
Championship once, the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship once, and the UWA
World Heavyweight Championship once.

Early life

Hodgkinson used to be a bodyguard for the pop group Milli Vanilli. Prior to wrestling, Hodgkinson
was an ice hockey goaltending prospect who was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs of the
Ontario Hockey League.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1984–1991)

Hodgkinson got his start in the business working for International Wrestling out of Montreal,
Quebec. He often set up the ring before events and would train with the wrestlers before their
matches. He made his debut as a jobber in 1984 at the age of 16 with little training, although
he has credited Abdullah the Butcher as his trainer.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (1991–1998)

After a few years in Montreal, in 1991, Hodgkinson headed down to Mexico City, looking for
work in one of Mexico's premier wrestling promotions, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. He
met with Paco Alonso and Antonio Peña, who took him as a joke because of his unique look
(he had long dreadlocked blue hair and several tattoos). They decided to throw him in the ring
as Vampiro Canadiense (Canadian Vampire) because he told them he liked vampires. To their
surprise, with his very limited moveset that only consisted of punches, kicks, and headbutts, he
became an overnight sensation, as his rock star appearance and natural good looks caught on
with the young Mexican women in the audience.

In 1992, Vampiro would be part of multiple hair vs hair matches. The first of which would be on
March 21 defeating Bestia Negra II. Throughout the months Vampiro would beat Rick Patterson,
Pirata Morgan, Aaron Grundy and Sangre Chicana in hair vs hair matches. In late 1992,
Vampiro participated in the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship tournament and reached
the semi final before being defeated by Black Magic. In early 1993, Vampiro would team up
with Pierroth, Jr. to take part in the CMLL World Tag Team Championship tournament and
progressed to the final where the two would take on Dr. Wagner Jr. and El Canek in a best two
out of three falls match. Going into the last match the two teams where drawing with one win
each, Dr. Wagner Jr. and El Canek would win the last match and therefore the vacant CMLL
World Tag Team Championship. In the first round of the Gran Prix 1994 he lost to Yamato in
the first round. In mid to late 1994, Vampiro would begin to team up with Pegasus Kid, in the
final of the Trios Tournament along with El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. the pair would lose to El Dandy,
El Texano and Silver King. Vampiro and Pegasus Kid would lose to El Texano and Silver King
in the quarter finals of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship number one contendership
tournament. Vampiro would go on to team up with Apolo Dantés and lost to Dr. Wagner Jr. &
Pierroth Jr. in the semi final of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship number two
contendership tournament. In July 1995, Vampiro reached the final of the Gran Prix 1995 before
losing to Headhunter A. In what was perhaps his biggest matches of his career to this point, he
took on Apolo Dantes in a best out of three falls match for the CMLL World Heavyweight
Championship. In 1996, Vampiro would leave CMLL to join other top Mexican promotions
such as International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG), Lucha Libre AAA World Wide
(AAA) and Promo Azteca (AZTECAS). However, in 1998 he would return to CMLL, he
would take part in the CMLL World Trios Championship tournament and Gran Prix 1998 and
would lose both. His last match for CMLL for many years would take place on
December 11, 1998.

Real life feud with Konnan

While working in Mexico, Vampiro began a real life feud with fellow CMLL headliner
Konnan. Konnan had been the top star in the promotion prior to Vampiro's arrival and did not
take well to his superstardom. The feud stems from Vampiro being offered a part in a Mexican
soap opera, but then the producers changing their mind at the last minute when they learned that
his command of the Spanish language was poor, and went with Konnan, a fluent Spanish
speaker, instead. Vampiro considered that Konnan had sabotaged his chance to parlay his ring
success into mainstream stardom, as Konnan did become a mainstream star in Mexico as a
result of the role. The rivalry lasted for several years until the two resolved their differences
whilst working in WCW, where they became very close friends and business associates.

Universal Wrestling Association (1991–1993)

On October 19, 1991, Vampiro would team up with Villano III to defeat Dos Caras and El
Canek in a CMLL and UWA joint promotion event. In 1991 he would continue to take part
in CMLL and UWA joint promotion events and in 1992 he debuted for Universal Wrestling
Association in a single promotion setting. On January 31, 1993, Vampiro defeated El Canek in
a two out of three falls match to become the UWA World Heavyweight Champion. He would
defend his Championship over the course of 1993 in both single promotion and joint promotion
events. He would lose the championship to El Canek on December 19, 1993, holding the
championship for almost a year, this would also be his last match for UWA.

Early tours of Japan (1993–1994, 1996)

On October 3, 1993, Vampiro would debut for Wrestle Association R defeating Top Gun. On
June 1994, Vampiro would start on a two-month tour of Japan where he won almost all his
matches and also took part in a tag team tournament where he teamed up with Lionheart and
The Warlord and would be knocked out in the first round. On his second tour of Japan, between
the months September and October, Vampiro would once again win the majority of his matches.
He would also team up with Bob Backlund and Dos Caras to take on Hiromichi Fuyuki, Gedo
and Jado for the WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, which Vampiro's team lost.
Vampiro would also sporadically take part in WAR events and his last match came on
December 4.

World Championship Wrestling (1998–2001)

In 1998, after spending nearly his entire career to that point in Mexico, Vampiro was signed by
WCW. His first match was on the June 29, 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, defeating
Brad Armstrong. He would not return to WCW until the March 18, 1999 episode of WCW
Thunder, when he defeated Prince Iaukea.

Later that year, he formed a stable with the Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and Raven called 'The
Dead Pool' (initially called 'The Necro-Ward'). Even though the stable was short-lived, they
gained popularity and had a heated feud with Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Jr., and rival
Konnan.

Vampiro then feuded with Berlyn. The feud began when Vampiro beat Berlyn in the WCW
World Title tournament on Nitro. To exact revenge later in the night, Berlyn cost Vampiro his
match against Buff Bagwell and, as a result, Vampiro was eliminated from the tournament. This
feud lead into the 1999 Mayhem event, where the two fought in a Dog Collar match and
Vampiro made Berlyn submit to the Camel Clutch.

Vampiro later brought The Misfits into WCW, and began a feud with Oklahoma and "Dr.
Death" Steve Williams. Vampiro and Dr. Death then faced off at Starrcade, with the stipulation
that if Vampiro won, he would get five minutes in the ring against Oklahoma. After Williams
was disqualified, Vampiro had his match with Oklahoma. Surprisingly, Oklahoma was able to
mount a bit of offense, until Vampiro took Oklahoma's cowboy hat and then pinned him following
the Nail In The Coffin.

In early 2000, he formed an alliance with Sting, as the "Brothers in Paint," after he helped Sting
to defeat Lex Luger in a lumberjack match. This did not last long, with Vampiro turning on Sting
when he pulled Sting underneath the ring at Spring Stampede 2000. They feuded throughout the
spring, with Sting getting the upper hand on Vampiro in nearly all their encounters. This set up the
Human Torch match, in which Vampiro won by setting Sting on fire. Vampiro then focused on
The Demon due to his defection from the ICP formed stable, "The Dark Carnival." He kidnapped
his fiancee, Asya, in a skit resembling the 1988 film Spoorloos. Afterwards, he challenged him to
a Graveyard Match, which sparked the return of Sting.

Vampiro entered into the vacant WCW United States Title tournament, with his first round
opponent being The Great Muta, who Vampiro lost to. Vampiro later joined up with Muta to
attack Ernest 'The Cat' Miller. Vampiro won his first and only title in WCW with The Great
Muta, by defeating KroniK in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 13, 2000. This
reign was very short lived, however, as they lost the Tag Team Championship the very next
night to Rey Mysterio Jr. and Juventud Guerrera in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Vampiro later turned his back on Muta, setting up an 3 Way match at Fall Brawl with himself,
Sting and Muta, which was won by Sting. Vampiro then took time away from the sport as his
wife had a baby.

He returned a month later, where he defeated Crowbar in a Hardcore Match. Vampiro then
challenged Mike Awesome at Halloween Havoc, losing via pinfall after a top rope Awesome
Bomb. He was put out with an injury and did not recover before WCW was purchased by the
World Wrestling Federation. Thus, his final WCW appearance was on the November 1, 2000
episode of WCW Thunder when he teamed up with Jeff Jarrett to take on Sting and Mike
Awesome, which led to a loss for Jarrett and Vampiro after Awesome performed a running
powerbomb on Vampiro and pinned him.

Hodgkinson has claimed that he was hospitalized during the purchase of World Championship
Wrestling by Vince McMahon. Hodgkinson was informed that WWF creative team had no
plans for him and would not pick up his contract post-merger. He had also claimed that he
planned on leaving WCW before he broke his neck.

Return to CMLL (2001–2005, 2007)

With WCW out of business Vampiro headed back to CMLL and returned to action in June,
2001. In 2002, Vampiro would appear on several Pay-per-views and mostly teamed up with
top CMLL name Shocker. On September 13, at CMLL 69. Aniversario, Vampiro and Shocker
took on Los Guerreros del Infierno for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and lost.
Vampiro's last match for CMLL for two years came on April 3, 2005, where Shocker would
defeat him. In 2007, Vampiro would return to CMLL for a second time where he competed
for only a few months.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2001, 2006–2007)

On August 26, 2001, he would start his first tour of All Japan Pro Wrestling lasting only a month
where he would participate in mostly opening card matches and very few TV tapings. Vampiro
would return in October, 2006 to participate in World's Strongest Tag Determination League
2001 and would team up with George Hines, the team would only win one match and draw
another leaving them with three points and not enough to win progress to the semi final. Vampiro
would go on two more tours of AJPW one in September 2006 and the second April 2007. In
his last match for the promotion, Vampiro teamed up with The Great Muta to take on Taiyo
Kea and Toshiaki Kawada for the World Tag Team Championship and lost.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003)

September 17, 2003, Vampiro made his TNA debut costing Raven a Hair vs Hair" match
against Shane Douglas. On September 19, Vampiro defeated CM Punk in an "Open Challenge"
match. Then on October 1, Vampiro teamed with Sinn and Slash to face 3Live Kru (Konnan,
Ron Killings, BG James) with the match ending in a DQ. The next week, Vampiro attacked
Raven, and tried to hang him but Raven was saved by the Gathering. The following week,
Vampiro and Slash defeated CM Punk & Julio Dinero. On October 29, Vampiro faced Raven
in a "Blood Gallows of Retribution" match where he lost. This was Vampiro's final match with TNA.

Xtreme Pro Wrestling (2001–2002, 2008)

Hodgkinson had a short stint in the American hardcore promotion Xtreme Pro Wrestling.
Hodgkinson had a notably stiff match with Kaos during XPW's Cold Day in Hell.

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (2005–2013, 2015–present)

In 2005, he jumped from CMLL to their rival promotion AAA with Shocker and various
other CMLL talents. While at AAA, both he and Konnan held booking positions. During that
time, he stated that he had no plans to return to TNA or work for WWE. He stated in interviews
with the UK's Power Slam Magazine that he had no objection to joining TNA - although he
suspected it would not happen due to the presence of Sting on their roster. On April 3, 2005,
Vampiro returned to the AAA ring in a six-man tag match. Vampiro would team up with
Shocker to help him deal with Abismo Negro and Cibernético after Cibernético attacked
Shocker's father. In his two years with AAA, Vampiro would mainly appear on TV show
tapings and rarely competed at house shows.

In April 2008, Vampiro made his return to AAA by challenging El Mesias to a match at
TripleMania XVI. The match took place on June 13, 2008 in Mexico City, Mexico. The two
fought each other in a Hardcore match which ended in a draw. Vampiro defeated Konnan at
Rey de Reyes (2009) with the help of Marco Corleone. At Triplemania XVII Vampiro
represented Team AAA in a match where they defeated Konnan's La Legión Extranjera to
regain control over AAA and force Konnan out of the company. On April 17, 2010, Vampiro
turned rudo and aligned himself with El Zorro of La Legión Extranjera. On August 15, 2010,
at Verano de Escandalo Vampiro unsuccessfully challenged Dr. Wagner, Jr. for the AAA
Mega Championship in a three–way match, which also included Silver King. After not appearing
for the promotion again for four months, Hodgkinson gave his notice and quit AAA on
December 20, 2010.

In January 2011, Vampiro was a guest at WrestleReunion 5 in Los Angeles, California.

Vampiro returned to AAA on December 16, 2011, at Guerra de Titanes, saving El Mesías
from La Sociedad and pledging his loyalty to the promotion. Vampiro then started feuding
with La Sociedad member Chessman. On October 7 at Héroes Inmortales, Vampiro and
Joe Líder defeated Abyss and Chessman to win the AAA World Tag Team Championship.
On December 2 at Guerra de Titanes, Vampiro lost his hair to Chessman in a six-way steel
cage Lucha de Apuestas, which also included Cibernético, Dr. Wagner, Jr., L.A. Park and
El Hijo del Perro Aguayo. On May 22, 2013, Vampiro and Líder were stripped of the AAA
World Tag Team Championship.

On May 24, 2015, Vampiro, along with Matt Striker, served as one half of the English
language commentators for Lucha Libre AAA World Wide's Lucha Libre World Cup internet
pay-per-view.

On February 17, 2017, Vampiro was named AAA's Director of Talent.

In the summer of 2017, Taya was stripped of her AAA Reina de Reinas Championship for an
unknown reason. She later posted a comment on Twitter saying she was "backstabbed by
AAA" and announced that she was no longer a part of the AAA Roster. At a TV taping,
Sexy Star returned and defeated Big Mami, Lady Shani, Faby Apache, Goya Kong and La
Hiedra for the title. Taya later stated she had lost all respect for Sexy Star which started a
shoot feud between Johnny Mundo (Taya's husband) and Taya and Kevin Kross. With Mundo
and Vampiro having heated conversions backstage, Vampiro chose Texano Jr. to face Mundo
for AAA Mega Championship, with Mundo coming out victorious. At a Triplemanía XXV
press conference, Vampiro announced that Mundo would face El Hijo del Fantasma and
Texano in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the AAA Latin American, World
Cruiserweight and Mega Championships.

Wrestling Society X (2007)

On January 26, 2007 he was featured in a pilot for a new wrestling show produced for
MTV called Wrestling Society X. He competed in a 10-man Battle Royal Death match,
eventually securing one of two contracts earning him a shot at the inaugural Wrestling
Society X Championship against 6-Pac (Sean Waltman). He won the WSX Championship,
on the February 6th episode, after sending Waltman into an exploding coffin with a Tombstone
piledriver.

Vampiro was involved in a what MTV claimed was a controversial angle which led to MTV
canceling the fourth WSX show, due to air on Tuesday February 20. In the (pre-taped) show,
he was the recipient of a fireball to the face thrown by Ricky Banderas which resulted in
Vampiro's head momentarily catching fire. The footage has since been leaked onto the internet.
Later in his debut WSX match, Ricky Banderas defeated Vampiro to claim the WSX
Championship.

In addition to appearing as an on-screen talent, Vampiro held a backstage position as the
main booker.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2011–2013)

On February 23, 2011, Vampiro officially came out of retirement and returned to Juggalo
Championship Wrestling as both a wrestler and a company consultant. He raised hopes of
developing talent, taking the company international, and, more specifically, bringing it to Latin
America. At Monster's Island, he was placed in a rivalry with giant wrestler Kongo Kong.
Raven interfered in the match and attacked Vampiro, resulting in him losing by pinfall. Vampiro
lost his rematch with Kong at Juggalo Championship Wrestling's first internet pay-per-view
Hatchet Attacks. On August 14, Vampiro took on Corporal Robinson for the JCW
Heavyweight Championship at Bloodymania V which Vampiro lost. Vampiro returned
August 12, 2012, defeating Colt Cabana at Bloodymania 6. On August 11, 2013, Vampiro
made his return at Bloodymania 7 teaming with 2 Tuff Tony defeating The Boogeyman and
Kongo Kong.

Lucha Underground (2014–present)

On September 5, 2014, it was announced Vampiro signed with Lucha Underground as color
commentator for the English and Spanish-language airings. He made his in-ring debut for the
promotion at the Ultima Lucha tapings on April 19, 2015, where he was defeated by Pentagón
Jr. It was revealed after the match that he is the master of Pentagon Jr. In a podcast interview
with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vampiro revealed that he wasn't supposed to be Pentagon Jr's
opponent at Ultima Lucha but after Pentagon Jr's original opponent backed out of the match,
Vampiro went up to creative and requested to work the match with Pentagon Jr. and put him
over because of how over Pentagon Jr. is with the fans despite being portrayed as a villain.

The following season Vampiro would mentor Pentagon until Ultima Lucha Dos where Pentagon
(now renamed Pentagon Dark) turned on Vampiro saying the "he was the master now".

During season 3 of Lucha Underground, Vampiro started mentoring Prince Puma.

Personal life

Hodgkinson grew up in a single parent home with his mother and two sisters. Hodgkinson is
divorced from Kitsu with a daughter named Dasha, whose godfather is Norman Smiley.
Hodgkinson is a self-proclaimed juggalo, the name used by fans of the Insane Clown Posse
and their record label, Psychopathic Records.

The documentary film Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero was produced by Odessa Filmworks and
Zed Jamaica and screened in Canada on November 12, 2008. He was involved in a relationship
with Mexican actress Stephanie Salas and Mexican/US rock singer and Songwriter Ana Sidel
co-star of the movie The Dead Sleep Easy. He has a tattoo on his left arm that reads "Mexico
City", citing where he had many of his matches. He is fluent in Spanish.

During the height of his wrestling career in Mexico, Hodgkinson starred in an action film entitled
Guerrero De La Noche, which was similar to the El Santo films of the 1960s and 1970s. He has
also made a cameo appearance on Vanilla Ice's Bi-Polar as well as recording an intro to
Psychopathic Records Twiztid's "Maniac Killa".

In July, 2009 Hodgkinson reportedly had a break-in at his house; he got startled and jumped 15
feet to the ground from his bedroom window, which broke his back. The Sun reported that he
broke four vertebrae in his back and needed several months to heal. In a letter posted on the
JCW website in 2012, Hodgkinson admitted to having a brain tumor and stomach cancer.

Hodgkinson has stated his interest in world religions, particularly occult religions such as
voodoo and vampirism. Hodgkinson also claims that two spirits from Guadalajara are presently
following him as the result of an unfinished ritual.

On July 5, 2017, Hodgkinson revealed via Facebook he has been a victim of identity theft and
cyber hacking for 8 years.

Other media

Vampiro was featured in the video game WCW Backstage Assault, Backyard Wrestling 2: There
Goes the Neighborhood and Lucha Libre AAA: Héroes del Ring.

As of 2011, Hodgkinson makes occasional appearances on the Mexican show Extranormal,
which deals with paranormal activities in the world. He made his acting debut in La Mujer de
Judas, 2012 telenovela produced by TV Azteca. Hodgkinson also appeared on Fuse's ICP
Theater as a heckler to the Insane Clown Posse.

Music

Vampiro made his debut on the album FREEKSHOW by the band Twiztid on the track Maniac
Killa where he recorded the introduction of the song.
On the Insane Clown Posse album Forgotten Freshness 3 the spitball recording for that into on
the twistid album was released as one of the gag tracks on the cd.
In 2006, Hodgkinson formed the industrial metal band Droch Fhoula. In January 2007 Carpatos
Records released the band's debut maxi-single Alter Deus. A year later in June 2008, the band
released its first 6-track EP under the same title of the single.

 

 
   
   

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