Alex Wright


Height: 6'3"

Weight: 222 lbs

Real Name: Alex Wright

DOB: 5/17/75

Hometown: Noremburg, Germany

Other Names: "Wunderkind" (WCW), "Evil" (WCW), Berlyn (WCW)

Wrestler Since: 1994

Finishing Maneuver: Spinning Leg Lariat, Flying Moonsault, STF

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #170(1998), #127(1997), #101(1996), #54(1995)

History: Alex Wright's career was made from the day he was born, as his father, Stephen Wright, soon began training him to follow Stephen's dream. Stephen had also been a wrestler, until an injury by "Fit" Finlay ended his run. Alex first came to prominence at age 10, when he won the Bavarian Weight-Lifting Championship. He first appeared in WCW in '94, while also wrestling in Germany. He also spent some time in Japan before fully committing himself to WCW, training some in the WCW Power Plant. He was a face at first, earning a lot of recognition for his wrestling skills by the wrestling press. However, in '97, he finally started making a push, becoming "Evil" Alex Wright, a wrestler who believed that his good looks made others jealous of him. In July '97, Wright won the WCW Cruiserweight Belt from Chris Jericho. Jericho reclaimed the belt less than a month later. Unperturbed, Wright earned a title shot against the Ultimo Dragon a week later, and managed to win the WCW Television Title. This title reign lasted slightly longer than the last, as he lost to Disco Inferno in September. After engaging in a feud against Steve "Mongo" McMichael, which was ordered by Wright's manager Debra McMichael, Wright fired Debra and briefly disappeared from WCW, due to injuries.

Wright reappeared in April '98 dancing with the Nitro Girls, a feat that quickly got him dragged off by security. After numerous such instances, Wright started teaming with the Disco Inferno, and the two were quickly named "The Dancing Idiots". Wright and Disco also kept Tokyo Magnum as their pupil for a while, creating a very strange stable at best. Wright then began a campaign proclaiming himself the best WCW wrestler to come out of Europe, and had various brawls with the British Bulldog and Dave "Fit" Finley, who disputed his proclamation. There was a definite personal grudge between Wright and Finlay, since Alex blamed Finlay for ending his father's wrestling career. The two wrestlers met at Halloween Havoc '98, with Alex getting some revenge for his own man, defeating Finlay. Soon afterwards, however, Alex once again disappeared from WCW for a time. In April '99, Wright appeared at a Monday Nitro with a brand new look. He was sitting in the stands, and it looked like he had some metal around his fingers. He was seen a few more times, but nothing ever came of it. Few knew at the time that this was the birth of Berlyn.

In August '99, the segments started to be played, with German music in the background, of items such as the Berlin Wall falling and other visuals. Berlyn was announced to be coming, and made his first appearance at a Monday Nitro. He now had a mohawk hair style, and only spoke German, using an interpreter, Uta. Although it was well-known that he did know English, this was explained by having the announcers tell them that Berlyn hated America so much, he won't even speak its language anymore. He had multiple bodyguards, and appeared every night in a limo. Berlyn set out his first challenge as Buff Bagwell, and was slated to face him at Fall Brawl. However, due to Buff not making it in time to the arena, Berlyn faced "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, another true American. Berlyn defeated Duggan with an illegal shot from one of the bodyguards, followed by a neckbreaker. On the next Nitro, Berlyn won in a similar fashion over Bagwell. His main bodyguard who did the attacks soon became known as Berlyn's Wall.

Berlyn next began feuding with "BA" Brad Armstrong, a long-time wrestler in WCW who was finally getting a push. The two met on countless occassions in their low-card battles, finally arranging for a match to be signed at Halloween Havoc. The crowd was definitely behind Armstrong, giving a 'USA' chant. After various back-and-forth maneuvers, Berlyn tried for his Reverse Neckbreaker, only to have Armstrong hang onto the rope, shoving Berlyn down and getting the quick cover for the victory. After the match, Berlyn & his bodyguard beat Armstrong down. The next night on Nitro, it was announced that the World Title was vacated, and that there would be a tournament going into the next PPV, Mayhem. Berlyn quickly entered the tournament, but also quickly left, surprisingly losing in the first round to Vampiro. This kicked off a major feud between the two, as Berlyn later cost Vampiro his tournament push as well. The two met up at Mayhem in a "Chain" match. During the battle, tensions between Berlyn & the Wall erupting, causing the Wall to leave the ring. This allowed Vampiro to get behind Berlyn and choke him out in a submission hold, getting the victory.

Berlyn would briefly feud with his former bodyguard for a time, with no PPV match coming out of it. He also competed in the WCW World Tag-Team Title Tournament, being paired up with "The Dog-Faced Gremlin" Rick Steiner. Unfortunately, the two individuals could not co-exist, and lost in the first round to PG-13. Berlyn then slowly drifted out of WCW, with his angle having run its course. For the next few months, Berlyn was not seen in professional wrestling, spending more time with his new wife in Germany.

In October '00, the Disco Inferno had broken away from his compatriots in the Filthy Animals, due to various miscues between them. In his feud with Konnan, Billy Kidman, & Rey Mysterio Jr, Disco was outnumbered. During a match-up with Konnan on a Monday Nitro, Alex Wright reappeared, bald but still dancing. He helped Disco win the match, allying himself once again with the Disco Inferno. They formed the tag-team the Boogie Knights, and soon had a major feud going with the Filthy Animals. The Natural Born Thrillers were also included, due to their problems with the Animals. At Halloween Havoc '00, the Boogie Knights fought in a Triangle Match against Kidman & Mysterio and the Tag-Team Champions, Jindrak & O'Haire. It was a wild affair, with three men being legal at all times. In the end, while Wright was fighting with others on the outside, Disco was hit by O'Haire's Sean-Tom Bomb and pinned, allowing Jindrak & O'Haire to keep the tag-team titles.

The Boogie Knights continued to feud with the Filthy Animals in the next month, but Wright also had a chance to shine in his home country, when WCW had their Millenium Final in Germany. Wright was paired up with General Rection (due to Disco being injured) to face off against Jindrak & O'Haire for the belts. Surprisingly, Wright & Rection worked well enough as a team to get the victory, earning Wright the WCW Tag-Team Titles for the first time. This only lasted a few days, as Wright was forced by "Commissioner" Mike Sanders to defend the belts against the Perfect Event a few days later, with a new partner, Elix Skipper. The team couldn't work together, and the Perfect Event snuck away with the belts. Wright then concentrated on the Animals again, as he and Disco financed Kronik, one of the most dangerous tag-teams around, to aid them in squashing the cruiserweights. At Mayhem '00, Wright joined Kronik in a Handicap match against Kidman & Mysterio. For the first 7 minutes, Wright's team dominated, as Kidman & Mysterio couldn't cope with the huge goliaths. But when Kronik suddenly left the ring, claiming that Disco didn't pay for enough time, the handicap match became against Wright, who couldn't cope. Kidman & Mysterio walked out with the victory.

After that defeat, both Wright & Disco slowly faded out from WCW, rarely appearing on the major shows. Wright made one more big appearance in late January '01, when CEO Ric Flair tried to name him the next #1 Contender to the World Title, held by "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner. Kevin Nash, however, disagreed with the call, and when Wright decided to attack him, Nash powerbombed Wright straight through the stage. Wright then did not make another appearance in the Turner-ran WCW, not even showing up at the Season Finale. Instead, he returned to Germany, wrestling again overseas.

Pay-Per-View Summary: (13 - 23)
- WCW Starrcade '94 = Wright pinned Jean Paul Levesque.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXX (January '95) = Wright won over Bobby Eaton.
- WCW Superbrawl V ('95) = Wright defeated Paul Roma.
- WCW Uncensored '95 = Wright pinned Mark Starr in a dark match.
- WCW Slamboree '95 = Wright lost to then-WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson.
- WCW Great American Bash '95 = Wright defeated Brian Pillman.
- NJPW Best of the Super Junior '95 (June 23 - July 15, '95) = Wright competed in the League, which was won by Wild Pegasus.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '95 = Wright and Marcus Bagwell lost to Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck in a dark match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI (August '95) = Wright was defeated by Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW Fall Brawl '95 = Wright and Eddie Guerrero fought to a No-Contest in a dark match.
- WCW World War III '95 = Wright competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Starrcade '95 = Wright lost to Koji Kanemoto.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXII (January '96) = Wright was pinned by Dean Malenko.
- WCW Uncensored '96 = Wright lost to Dick Slater in a dark match.
- WCW Slamboree '96 = Wright and Disco Inferno lost to Dick Slater and Bobby Eaton.
- World Wrestling Peace Festival '96 (June '96) = Wright was beaten by Chris Benoit.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 = Wright defeated Bobby Eaton in a dark match.
- WCW World War III '96 = Wright competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January '97) = Wright was beaten by Masa Chono.
- WCW Road Wild '97 = Wright retained the Cruiserweight Belt by pinning Chris Jericho.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXV (August '97) = Wright defeated the Ultimo Dragon to win the WCW Television Title.
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 = Wright defended the WCW TV Title by defeating the Ultimo Dragon.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '97 = Wright managed to pin Steve "Mongo" McMichael.
- WCW World War III '97 = Wright lost to Steve "Mongo" McMichael. Later in the night, Wright competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW Road Wild '98 = The Dancing Fools (Wright and the Disco Inferno) lost to Public Enemy.
- WCW Fall Brawl '98 = The Dancing Fools were defeated by Jim Niedhart and the British Bulldog.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '98 = Alex beat Dave "Fit" Finley.
- WCW World War III '98 = Wright competed in the "3 ring Battle Royal", which was won by Kevin Nash.
- WCW Fall Brawl '99 = Berlyn made his "debut", defeating Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '99 = Berlyn was beaten by Brad Armstrong.
- WCW Mayhem '99 = Berlyn lost a "Chain Match" to Vampiro.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '00 = The Boogie Knights (Wright & Disco Inferno) lost a "Triangle" match to the World Tag-Team Champions, Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire. Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr were the other participants.
- WCW Millenium Final (November '00) = Wright competed in a Battle Royal, which was won by Mike Awesome. Later in the night, Alex Wright & General Rection defeated Jindrak & O'Haire to gain the WCW Tag-Team Titles. Wright then lost a Triangle match to Kevin Nash. Awesome was the other participant.
- WCW Mayhem '00 = Wright & Kronik were beaten in a Handicap Match by Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr.

Title Summary:
- WCW World Cruiserweight Champion (7/28/97 - 8/12/97)
- WCW World Television Champion (8/21/97 - 9/22/97)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ General Rection (11/16/00 - 11/20/00)

PWI Achievement Awards: (1 win, 0 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 1 3rd RU)
- 1995 Rookie of the Year
- 1997 Most Improved Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up