Former CZW World Heavyweight Champion Ruckus Joins Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame

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Earlier today, the first two inductees into Game Changer Wrestling and Orange Crush’s Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame¬†were announced. Already confirmed for the event in question are Jerry Lynn and Homicide. However, to close out the evening, GCW confirmed the third inductee into this class. Entering the Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame will be Ruckus, who will be inducted by longtime rival Sonjay Dutt. Though less known compared to his fellow inductees, on a mainstream level, the Baltimore native’s influence on the independent wrestling scene can’t be denied.

Ruckus Joins the Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame

Ruckus’s professional wrestling career dates back to the late 1990s. Prior to this, he was a known backyard wrestler, primarily for Hardcore Championship Wrestling. However, it was in 2001 when he began to work for Combat Zone Wrestling, which was the promotion he became most closely associated with. Ruckus was recruited by company owner John Zandig, who saw potential in the young independent star. From 2001 to 2018, he became one of the more consistent performers in CZW, wowing viewers with his high-flying, fast-paced approach. During his time in the promotion, he became a 3x CZW World Heavyweight Champion, 2x CZW World Junior Heavyweight Champion, and, alongside BLK Jeez, a 5x CZW World Tag Team Champion.

This isn’t to say that Ruckus became solely known for his work in CZW. Case and point, in 2007, he debuted for Ring of Honor, where he joined The Vulture Squad, led by Jack Evans. Today, Ruckus wrestles primarily in the Northeast, not only in his home state of Maryland, but New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. He has also become a notable competitor in Maryland-based promotion Adrenaline Championship Wrestling, winning the ACW Tag Team and Heavyweight Champions on different occasions.

GCW fans can also see Ruckus compete in the company’s various events. His most recent took place at this past July’s GCW Homecoming, where he faced Calvin Tankman in a losing effort. Due to his efforts in not only CZW but promotions around the world, Ruckus’s induction in the Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame is well-deserved.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. The Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame will take place on January 22; tickets are set to go on sale on November 22.