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Super Crazy latest WWE release
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Super Crazy in Hamilton, ON, in May 2008. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


WWE is short one more ECW Original, as Super Crazy and the Fed have parted ways.

The announcement of Crazy's departure came on WWE.com today. In an article, the Fed stated that, "World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of SmackDown Superstar Super Crazy as of Nov. 5, 2008. WWE wishes Super Crazy the best in all future endeavors."

Crazy, real name Francisco Pantoja Islas, had most recently been part of the ECW roster, having moved from Raw during the 2008 WWE Draft. He had been seen sporadically since his move on ECW on SciFi and on Smackdown.

Crazy is perhaps best known for his run in ECW which followed his first stint in the then WWF. Back then, Crazy, then known as Super Loco, was one of several wrestlers brought in for the new Light Heavyweight Division, along with other past WWE superstars such as TAKA Michinoku, Brian Christopher, Yoshihiro Tajiri and others. Shortly after the division crowned TAKA as its first champion, however, Crazy, Tajiri and several others ceased appearing on WWE TV.

Soon after, the "Extreme Luchadore" began appearing on ECW shows and gained a measure of popularity thanks to a series of matches involving Tajiri and Little Guido Meritato. Crazy would also have a run with the ECW Television Championship after defeating Rhino in the finals of a one-night tournament during Living Dangerously 2000 to decide the new champ after Rob Van Dam went down with an injury.

After ECW folded, Crazy would return to his Mexican wrestling roots (he had begun his career in leagues such as AAA) and also wrestle for Xtreme Pro Wrestling alongside several of his fellow ECW alumns. Crazy was also booked on the first-ever Ring of Honor show, defeating Eddie Guerrero in an IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight championship match and had a one-off appearance for TNA.

In 2005, Crazy was brought back to WWE via ECW's One Night Stand in a match with old rivals Tajiri and Little Guido. Soon after, he was reintroduced on television alongside Psichosis and Juventud Guerrera as The Mexicools. The group had a semi-successful run, including a bout against the Stevie Richards-led bWo at the Great American Bash. Less than a year later, however, Guerrera was fired from WWE.

After losing Juventud, Psichosis and Crazy continued as a tag team. The partnership did not last long, however, and by September 2006, the team was dissolved completely. Crazy would re-emerge on Raw as a singles competitor and began a short feud with Chris Masters. He would continue to fight on Raw and its secondary show, Heat, intermittently over the next while, while also spending time on the injured list. He would also tag with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan during this time.

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