July 15, 2011
SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Chi Chi Cruz
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
REAL NAME: Corey Peloquin
Cruz has also been to a tryout at the WWF dojo in Stamford, CT, and though he wasn't signed, he was told to stay in touch.
In the immediate future, he is running a training camp with Condello. "There's a lot of people that want to train. And there's too many guys wrestling that don't have a clue."
He doesn't wrestle on any shows around Winnipeg, except the occasion show or tour for Condello. "I find the local scene embarrassing and I think of myself as being way above that. So I don't like to involve myself with guys that are 130 pounds and calling themselves heavyweight wrestlers. Guys who don't have a clue what they're doing and have no idea about psychology or anything that has to do with wrestling. With a $2 ticket price at the door, how much of a professional can you be? I don't want to be involved with any of that."
Cruz thinks it's a case of the blind leading the blind. "The local scene has been marred, bogged down with guys who think they know what they're doing, taking guys under their wings, but they don't know how to fly yet."
Following the training camp, he's willing to see where things go. "I'm content to keep plugging away if that's what it's going to be, but my goal is to get to the WWF."
I saw Chi Chi Cruz this summer in Halifax 7 times in Atlantic Grand Prix. His matches with Joe E legend were great. He is a great wrestler and should get a chance in the bigs soon.
I saw Chi Chi wrestle over the summer of 1999 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was great! He is one of my favorite wrestlers of all time due to the fact that he goes out there and has fun. We used to yell to him while he wrestled and started losing, "Don't worry Chi Chi, it's all about the money!!!" He loved it. The next time they came I brought a hand full of monopoly money that he toke and brought into the ring and used through the match. I'm not sure what he did everywhere else but his gimmick in North Sydney is that no matter if he wins or loses, it's all about the money! Chi Chi signed my cigarette package that day and I still hold it dear to me. You rule Chi Chi!
I remember Chi Chi Cruz's last match in Winnipeg. I was very impressed with his skill because the guy he was wrestling was not in his league. My hat goes off to Chi Chi to try and help out the local talent, if they take it is another story. It was an IWA card and unfortunately Tony Condello was forced to use local talent. He stole the show plus also gaining the IWA heavyweight title. GOOD GOING MAN!!!!!!!
I remember the first night of the GPW tour in North Sydney, NS, ChiChi was up against the returning Cuban Assassin in the main event. When he came out, we were all cheering for the Cuban Assassin (for whatever reason). Someone said, "Hey, ChiChi, you suck!" He turned toward us and said, "I may suck, but I'm still getting paid!" Then he started stomping his feet and chanting "I suck, I suck!" You could see the amusement on the Cuban's face.
After that, he went on to have some tremndous matches against Joe E. Legend. He gave Joe E. some awesome moves (i.e. Superplex off the top turnbuckle and a Running Liger Bomb). When he did those moves, I couldn't believe that the ring held up. ChiChi was a class act!
Ryan (Doobie) Doucette, Glace Bay, NS
I went to GPW at The North Sydney Forum and I remember when I first saw Chi Chi. He was wrestling against Joe E. Legend who was formally known as "The Pro" then. Chi Chi was a amazing athlete who wasn't afraid to try anything new at GPW. The most memories I have of Chi Chi are his amazing Hardcore Match with Joe E., The time he won the GPW Continetal Title, and his famous line, "Show me The Money"!
Danny Long, North Sydney, NS
During the summer of 1999 Grand Prix Wrestling was doing constant tours of (where else?) the Maritimes. When I first heard about it I was excited and made signs for almost all the wrestlers, even though I've never seen them before. One of the wrestlers I heard was going to be there was Chi Chi Cruz. His name through me off and I thought he was going to be a Mexican stereotype, so I made a sign saying that he was living la vida loca. When I got there I found that my sign was silly because he obviously wasn't. That night he fought the Cuban Assassin and we were all going for Cuba. That is until Chi Chi let his personality through. He started his very own "I suck, I suck!" chants. Even when asked by the referee he pulled the Cuban's hair Chi Chi entertained us. The ref (Frank) asked the pro-Cuban crowd if Chi Chi pulled his hair. We said "yes" to that Chi Chi said "Well then, I guess I did pull his hair." That same night the coolest wrestling gimmick ever was born when Mr. Cruz admitted that he jobbed for the $$$$$$. Ever time after that when Grand Prix rolled into town I was sure to have a new Chi Chi sign, including one that resembled a giant check that Chi Chi carried around the ring!! I have many great memories of Chi Chi: his matches with Joe E. Legend, his great personality and even talking to him next to the pop machines. Chi Chi Cruz is a tribute to all that is good in a pro wrestler and in all of mankind. $
Ian Chilly Morrison
While Grand Prix was in Halifax, I was never not in attendance, one of my favorite wrestlers was and is Chi Chi Cruz. He entertained the crowd, and gave it his all, he had some great matches w/ Joe E. Legend, Cuban Assassin, and probably the most technically sound match of the summer against Butcher Vachon. When I purchased a mini-poster of Chi-Chi and asked him to sign it, he gladly did, when I seen him wrestle this summer, I knew he would make it to the big time.
Troy M., email@example.com
I remember in the summer of 1999 when Chi Chi took on Joe E. Legend and they were the best matches we have ever seen in GPW. I hope Chi Chi comes back and does a good job. SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!
James Ashe, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
I remember in earlier this year (2000) when Chi Chi Cruz went one one one with Wild Man Austin in one of the greatest matches I have seen in Grand Prix Wrestling, even though he lost it was still a great match. Then after the show we were talking to Chi Chi and asked him some questions about when he would be returning to our arean and he said in about 2 weeks. Also he said if we brought him a table, that he would personally put someone (Wild Man Austin) through it for us. We hope to see Chi Chi Cruz in the WWF someday.
Good Luck Chi Chi.
I just saw Chi Chi for the first time this summer in Yarmouth, he was wrestling Wildman Austin and they stole the show! The match they had was phenomenal, it was more along the lines of a WWF pay-per-view, they brawled on the outside for a bit giving each other a ton of loud chops, then they went back in the ring for what had to be the most amazing superplex ever! Chi Chi put Austin on the top and climbed up to the top himself, did a vertical suplex on the top rope and then jumped backwards into the ring! It was amazing! Chi Chi is a great athlete with lots of charisma, I hope he makes it big. I wish you the best Chi Chi, you impressed the hell out of me!
I was at Wrestling on Sunday June the 18th in Antoginsh at 1:30 P.M and in North Sydney at 7:00 P.M. In the afternoon bout Chi Beat WildMan Austin in a great match . then in North Sydney they had a hardcore core match falls Count anywhere match and it was one of the best matches I have ever seen they put each other through hell hitting each other with roadsigns, toasters, chairs, and put each other through tables. Chi Is a class act and I can't Wait tell he beats Rene Dupre Ass All summer Long. ChiChi Is a Class Act and is a great guy. GOOD Luck Chi! SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!
I seen Chi Chi wrestle recently and he was the whole damn show. Too many guys don't work the crowd at all lately but Cruz made a point of involving the crowd, it was very entertaining. He took all the bumps in the match too, instead of the lame-o he was in there with. He obviously has a dedication to the sport he's in. If he doesn't make it to the top then I'll eat my shorts! Somebody sign him up!!!!!
Double D Danny Donaldson
I am writing this on the night of May 26, 2001. I just come home from watching RAW at the Yarmouth Exhibition Ground, and of course I was very happy to see ChiChi Cruz fighting. He was great and I really loved his match with 'wildman. You guys were great as tag team partners, pat yourselves on the back it is well worth it. I had the chance to talk with these great guys and get pictures taken with them. And I was very pleased to find out that Chi Chi had added a picture of himself and my kids on his website. Chi Chi, if you read this I want you to know that I came home and had to check it out and it was great. The whole family loves you and hope to see you again soon with more pics to give you.
P.S. From Brandon and Jessica: "Chi Chi we love you and thank you for making us part of your website"
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