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Sharkboy

REAL NAME: Dean Roll
5' 10 ", 180 pounds
BORN: January 28, 1975 in Lebanon, Ohio
NICKNAMES:Sharkboy, Dean Baldwin

No matter what he does in the ring, Sharkboy will certainly always make an impression on wrestling fans seeing him for the first time.

Before he became known to a wider audience from his appearances in NWA-TNA or even WCW, Sharkboy was earning his...er, fins...on the independent circuit, after being trained by Les Thatcher. Debuting on May 3, 1997, the erstwhile Dean Roll worked for small organizations such as the Independent Wrestling Association, Heartland Wrestling Association and many others.

His first championship came on April 2, 1998, when he defeated Chip Fairway in Louisville, KY for the IWA Mid South Television title. After his time in the IWA, Sharkboy headed to HWA where he adapted the gimmick of Dean Baldwin one of Hollywood's Baldwin brothers. He would also gain some gold in HWA, winning his first of four HWA Cruiserweight Championships on May 26, 1999 when he defeated Bobby Kane in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Shortly after, however, Sharkboy was forced to vacate that title. WCW had offered him a dark match tryout and, on the strength of that match, offered him a contract. In early 2000, Sharkboy began appearing on WCW Saturday Night, only to be let go soon after. By February 2000, he was back in HWA and had regained the Cruiserweight Championship. He would also begin appearing in other independent organizations, winning the Pro Wrestling Express Television title in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 2000, and the Real American Wrestling Cruiserweight Championship in West Union, Ohio in September. In May of that year, he defeated Jamie Noble at the 3rd Annual Brian Pillman Memorial show.

In February 2001, Sharkboy made the leap from Cruiserweights to Heavyweights (at least temporarily) by winning the HWA Heavyweight title in a battle royale. That victory aside, he still hadn't turned his back on the Cruiserweights, nor had he given up his barnstorming ways, traveling to Geneva, Ohio in March to win the NEPW Cruiserweight Championship.

At the time, Sharkboy was a year away from appearing on his first NWA-TNA show. On July 31, 2002, Sharkboy fell to NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Rave in a dark match before the TNA pay-per-view. Two weeks later, Sharkboy would make it to the pay-per-view, teaming with Kid Kash and Slick J but losing to the Spanish Announce Team.

Sharkboy would make sporadic appearances in TNA over the next few months before picking up a victory over Mike Sanders, on July 2, 2003. (He would gain several victories in dark matches prior to that win.)

But he would also continue to make appearances on the independent circuit, where he achieved much more success. He won the HCW Heavyeight Championship in a July 2002 tournament. In November 2002, he travelled to Europe with the World-Wrestling All-Stars and defeated Frankie Kazarian at WWA's Retribution pay-per-view in December 2002.

He would even make a couple of aapearances in WWE, mostly dark matches, but was defeated by Christopher Nowinski in a match taped for Sunday Night Heat on April 21, 2003.

After his victory over Sanders in TNA, Sharkboy was attacked by the Harris Brothers and would continue to be attacked in the weeks to come by Ron and Don Harris, until receiving some help from New Jack. Save for that short program, however,Sharkboy would continue to win in dark matches while losing his televised bouts for TNA.

Sharkboy would begin teaming with D-Ray 3000 but a loss to Abyss and Alex Shelley in late July 2004 meant that Goldylocks won their contracts. They would only remain with Goldylocks for a few weeks before Sonny Siaki and Erik Watts defeated Abyss and Shelly to get D-Ray and Sharkboy away from her control.

While Sharkboy continued to wrestle for independent promotions (including USA Pro Wrestling and Buckeye Pro Wrestling), he opened his own wrestling school in Hamilton, Ohio in August 2004.

Sharkboy and D-Ray 3000 would continue to team until the end of 2004, and would gain several victories on TNA Impact. However, as the new year began, Sharkboy would wrestle less in TNA and return more and more to the independent scene.

Sharkboy would make some headlines outside of the ring in June 2005 when he announced he was going to bring legal action against Dimension Films & Miramax Films Corporation over the film Shark Boy and Lava Girl. That same month, he would return to wrestling in TNA more often, winning a six-way match against Elix Skipper, Zach Gowan, Amazing Red, Delirious and Jerrelle Clark at Slammiversary.

A long-time participant in the X-Division, Sharkboy defeated then-champion Christopher Daniels in a non-title match in September, 2005, thanks to help from A.J. Styles.

Daniels and Sharkboy would clash again, this time on the October 15, 2005 episode of TNA Impact in the first leg of Daniels' Iron Man challenge match, with Daniels getting by Sharkboy after a minute and a half.

Sharkboy continues to wrestle in TNA, as well as appearing on various independent shows including Christian Wrestling Entertainment, NWA Cyberspace and International Wrestling Cartel. As of late, he has formed an alliance in TNA with Norman Smiley.

SHARK BOY STORIES

  • May 25, 2011: Shark Boy chooses to swim upstream
  • Jan. 2, 2009: Getting chummy with Shark Boy
  • Sep. 13, 2005: Everybody wants to know ...
  • Aug. 13, 2005: Shark attack

    --- compiled by John M. Milner