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A.J. Morales
« on: August 03, 2018, 06:13:34 AM »

NAME: A.J. Morales (real name: Andrew Jones de Morales y Layton)
NICKNAME: The Revolution, The Rawest Wrestler Alive, El Alcalde (while ACM Mexico City Champion)
DATE OF BIRTH: February 7th, 1992
PROFESSIONAL DEBUT: 2014 (backstory); April 3rd, 2017 (first “on-camera” match in XWA)
HEIGHT: 6'0"
WEIGHT: 187 lbs
BILLED FROM: (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon by way of) San Francisco, California [only uses the longer billing in Mexico]
ENTRANCE MUSIC: "Rolling Stone" by Falling in Reverse (standard); "Champion (Rawest Remix Alive)" by Falling in Reverse (while a champion in any 4CW brand)
PICBASE: Seth Rollins (blond streak era)
DESIRED DIVISION: Div. 2 (Adrenaline) & 3 (ACM)

A.J. Morales is a man with a principled core wrapped up in rockstar packaging. He gives his all in the ring and shows as much love to the fans as he gets from them because, as far as he’s concerned, it’s just the right thing to do. He gives his opponents a fair fight, or at least what amounts to one for the rules of a particular match, and there’s nothing he loves more than standing up to the many would-be tyrants of the business and punching them square in the face. To his enemies, A.J. can be downright irritating, since he loves to run his mouth and absolutely does not let getting screwed over go until he feels he’s gotten payback, but to the fans, and to his squad of associates, he’s exactly the sort of loyal, determined ally you’d want on your side.

Lean, but muscular build. Somewhat swarthy skin tone, reflecting his mixed Mexican and Irish ancestry. Long dark hair, with a streak dyed blond on one side, and a full, decently-kept beard. Fashion sense combines elements of metalhead, skater, and sportswear styles. For backstage appearances in his street gear, tends to pick at least one article of clothing tailored to the location (e.g. a Jimmy Eat World shirt in Arizona, a SuperSonics track jacket in Seattle, etc.).

White Mexico 1998 World Cup jersey with the sleeves/collar torn off
Black elbow pad on right arm
Black fingerless gloves, with his logo on the right hand ring knuckle and interlocking "E.L." initials on the left ring knuckle
Black jeans
Black cross-training sneakers
Black kickpads, with red accents and red five-point stars on the front


  • Armdrag
  • Axe kick
  • Clothesline
  • Codebreaker
  • Dropkick
  • Elbow smash
  • Irish whip
  • Jump kick
  • Knife-edge chop
  • Knee strike
  • Roundhouse kick (standard, down and reverse variations)
  • Shoot kick
  • Spinebuster
  • Spinning backfist
  • Straight punch
  • Suplex (exploder, German, snap, vertical, and X-plex variations)
  • Uppercut (boxing, European, and rising variations)
  • Ushigoroshi

  • Armbar (cross, Fujiwara, and headscissors variations)
  • Kip-up
  • Leg sweep
  • Matrix escape

  • Baseball slide
  • Bicycle knee strike
  • Flying knee
  • Leg lariat
  • Slingblade
  • Suicide dive
  • Suicide senton

  • 450 splash
  • Blockbuster
  • Crossbody
  • DDT (jumping and springboard variations)
  • Elbow drop
  • Hurricanrana (standing, swinging, and diving variations)
  • Meteora
  • Shooting star press (standing and top-rope variations)
  • Spanish fly
  • Spiral Tap
  • Springboard high knee

  • Before the Liberator: Looks back and forth between his clenched right hand and his opponent, then kisses his right ring knuckle
  • Before the Diamond Killer: Goes into a crane stance on the top rope and kicks the air twice
  • Raised-fist salutes to the crowd
  • Air-guitaring along with certain chants (anything set to the tune of "La Cucaracha")
  • If near a camera at ringside, tends to talk into it when he has a moment
  • Before the Prikasa: Kisses his left ring knuckle

94 Blitz: Striking spear
Golden Goal: Pele kick
El DiaBlade: Leaping clothesline
Lantern’s Flight: Moonsault
Fuckin’ Slayerrrr: Superkick

Liberator: Superman punch
Diamond Killer: Top rope spinning heel kick
Lethal Protector: Ripcord slingblade into Coquina Clutch
Prikasa: Top rope diving cutter (borrowed from Emery Layton; super finisher, no kickout)

A.J. Morales is a young, hungry competitor fueled by years of economic angst. Born Andrew Jones de Morales and raised in a working-class, primarily Latino neighborhood in San Francisco, his mixed heritage made him a bit of an outsider among his peers, but by high school, he felt like an outsider in most of the entire city. Waves of gentrification meant that his family was repeatedly displaced, sometimes three times in a single year, by Silicon Valley tech workers and trust fund babies who drove up the rent by absurd multipliers and remade the streets according to their safer, cleaner tastes.

After eight years of this pattern, Andrew couldn’t take feeling like a pinball anymore. He left home and became a bit of a drifter, crashing at friends’ houses and working odd jobs all over the Bay Area to support himself. Things were tumultuous for a while, but when he reconnected with his childhood love of lucha libre, he started putting together a path for himself. He trained in martial arts until he turned 21, at which point he applied to Zapatista Lucha Academy, the official training school for a lucha libre promotion based primarily in San Jose. This eventually led to his run in Zapatista Lucha Libre as one-third of Los Monterrockers, where he took on his current ring name, established his rockstar persona, and even had a taste of gold in a run as ZLL Trios Champion until one of his teammates got into a career-ending bus crash, forcing the team's breakup.

It was during that run that Morales caught the eye of XWA talent scouts, and shortly after leaving ZLL, XWA co-owner Bella Quinn personally called him to offer a contract. Now on his own and traveling the world with XWA's World Domination Tour, Morales quickly established himself as a singles star to watch, even before he called out the Survivors on an episode of XWA Massacre. This act drew the ire of one Diamond Jack Sabbath, who saw an uncomfortable amount of himself in the rising young star, and as the battle for the XWA progressed and Morales aligned himself with Taylor Promotions, the two would become each other's top targets. For months, Morales and Sabbath traded barbs and sneak-attacks, directed both at each other and at their immediate allies, until things finally seemed to come to a head with XWA With a Vengeance, Morales's first Supershow main-event match, where he defended the Hardcore Championship he'd won off of Kryptops the previous month against Sabbath. Although Sabbath beat him initially, Morales quickly took advantage of the 24/7 rule and Sabbath's own ego to snatch the title back, breaking Sabbath's two-year XWA singles winning streak. And if that wasn't enough, that same night, Morales and Sabbath got drafted into a trios elimination match at Legends, where the title, Sabbath's career, and control of the XWA itself were all on the line. Representing XWA alongside Emery Layton and Adam Fenric, Morales eventually found himself alone against Sabbath and Ace Andrews, but managed to overcome the odds, saving the company, defending his title, and ending his nemesis's career all in one fell swoop.

After such a strong breakout year in wrestling, A.J. entered 2018 with two belts in two different promotions and one singular goal: to stay hungry and find a way to top himself. This meant holding down the Hardcore Championship fort, fending off challengers and racking up immediate win-backs until the end of July, by which point he’d held the belt for 293 consecutive days and 7 reigns, the most reigns with any XWA belt in history. But it also meant signing new deals with Seattle Pro Wrestling and Alianza Campeonato Mexicano, where he quickly found himself on a successful trajectory. It meant starting to earn his way into world championship matches for the first time in his career. It even meant booking and hosting the star-studded Hard Rock Is Dead show in Las Vegas. But above all, it meant pushing his horizons at every opportunity, and it was that drive that led him to 4CW to challenge Bronx Valescence to arguably one of the year’s biggest dream matches. While Morales lost that match, his skill and tenacity won him the crowd's respect, as well as the respect of Bronx himself.

With a debut like that, it was only a matter of time before A.J. would come back, and when he heard Fright Night V would take place at Arena México, lucha libre's most hallowed ground, on Día de Muertos, Morales knew this was the right place to do it. After some difficulties finding an opponent, Morales ultimately faced Conglomerate leader Damien Miri, wrestling on behalf of the King's Road brand, and came away victorious. Not long after the event, lucha libre peomotion Alianza Campeonato Mexicano, where A.J. was the reigning Mexico City Champion at the time, entered an agreement with 4CW to become its third brand, bringing A.J. into the fold, and he held that gold until the first 4CW-produced episode of ACM Campo de Batalla, where he dropped the title to Mariano Fernandez, concluding a record-breaking 149-day run as champion.

Meanwhile, A.J. crossed over to the Adrenaline roster and became a full-time member there. He formed the tag team Reedvolution with fellow newcomer Bianca Reed, and together, they entered the first-ever Tag Team Into the Future tournament. In their debut match as a team, they defeated Kat Jones and 4CW Hall of Famer Chris Madison in the opening round before losing their semifinal title shot against the recently-crowned American Mangs (American Tommy and Mariano Fernandez), who went on to win the entire tournament. Despite their loss, and their respective singles losses at the Adrenaline after their title shot, Reedvolution put in an impressive enough showing to face the tournament runner-ups, the Sadboiz (Bryan Williams and Persephone Marquis) at Retrograde II, who they defeated in decisive fashion. With that win under their belts, A.J. and Bianca headed into the spring with tag gold on their minds, knowing they had another shot on lock. After a mixed-bag series of singles contests over the next three Adrenalines, with Morales beating Alessandro Quagliaterre before coming up inches short against Eden Connors and Eli Carlson, Reedvolution and American Mangs would face off once again at South Beach Brawl V, a closer affair than last time, but one that still ended with Tommy pinning Bianca to retain the titles.

  • ACM Mexico City Championship* (1x, 149 days)
* = championship became unaffiliated with 4CW after Morales's reign

  • BGDF Yin Yang Championship (4x, current w/Austin Carter)
  • XWA Hardcore Championship (7x)
  • XWA World Tag Team Championship (1x, current w/Minka Carter)
  • SPW Pride Championship (2x)
  • SPW Tag Team Championship (1x, w/Christina Idol)
  • SFW 24/7 Championship (1x)
  • SFW World Championship (1x, current)
  • DTW Eternal Warfare Championship (1x)
  • NVR World Championship (1x, current)


”A’right, stop, stop, hold on, hold on, hold on—”

"Just let me go, I'm on my own, a rolling stone and I'm in the zone"

After a brief interrupting voice clip, the opening riff to "Rolling Stone" by Falling in Reverse hits the PA. The lighting near the entrance turns gold, vapor starts hissing out of the fog machines, and a highlight reel of clips from A.J. Morales's past matches starts to play.

"Don't let me fall, just let me know when we'll..."

The Revolution himself emerges with his head down, his eyes closed, and his fist raised in the air.

"...make it..."

A.J. looks up and opens his eyes.


A.J. screams the words right on time with the music, bringing his raised fist down so he can start thrashing about and playing air guitar. He keeps this up until the first verse comes in, at which point he starts walking to the ring and giving fist bumps and high-fives to anyone in the crowd who reaches towards him.

POWERS: "From San Francisco, California, standing six feet tall, weighing in at 187 pounds...The Revolution! A! J! MOOOOOOORALEEEEEES!"

As the second chorus hits, A.J. climbs onto the apron and vaults himself over the top rope with a somersault. He pops up to his feet and gives a clenched fist salute to the side of the crowd facing the entrance ramp. He repeats this salute on all four sides of the ring, ending with the side facing the hard cam. For this last one, he looks directly into the camera, and after he drops the salute, he mouths “Mírame” before turning to his corner, taking off his jacket and beanie, draping both objects over the ring post, and limbering up for the match.


”A’right, stop, stop, hold on, hold on, hold on—”

Suddenly, A.J. Morales's custom edit of "Champion" by Falling in Reverse hits the PA, cutting off the whatever was playing before As the lights near the entrance ramp turn gold, vapor starts hissing out of the fog machines and A.J.’s personal highlight reel starts to play on the big screen. The Revolution himself emerges from behind the curtain, holding the 4CW [X] Championship like a guitar, headbanging and strumming along with every note as he approaches the ring.


The music suddenly comes to a stop, aside from a distant-sounding voice, and A.J. stops too, leaning forward and bringing his arms close in.


With a primal scream, the instruments kick back in, two columns of fire go up on either side of the stage, and A.J. brings his arms wide and screams to the sky. As the scream in the song ends, so too do the flames, and A.J. quickly puts the 4CW [X] Championship back on around his waist. Then, he starts to make his way down to the ring, giving out high-fives and fist bumps to those who reach out for them.

POWERS: "From San Francisco, California, standing six feet tall, weighing in at 187 pounds...he is the 4CW [X] Champion...The Revolution! A! J! MOOOOOOORALEEEEEES!"

”(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) I rise above it all and I’m not coming down… /
(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) Because a champion is what they call me!”

A.J. reaches the end of the ramp and climbs onto the apron, steadying himself.

”(OHHHHHH!) I rise above it all and I’m not coming down”

As the song launches into its chorus, A.J. vaults over the top rope with a somersault before popping up with a clenched fist salute, turning a full 360 degrees so everyone in the audience gets to see him head on.

”(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) Because a champion is what they call me now”

Then, he quickly climbs the nearest turnbuckle and unties his title belt from around his waist. Finding the nearest SkyCam, he looks right down the lens as he holds up the championship in one hand.

”And I’m not backing down (HEY, HEY, HEY!) /
I will stand my ground (HEY, HEY, HEY!)”

A.J. starts mouthing along with the music, punctuating both lines by looking to the crowd and pumping his fist in time with the heys, before jumping back down to the canvas and shifting his gaze to the hardcam.

”(WHOOOOOOOA-OH!) Because a champion is what they call me /
A champion is what they call me noooooow, huh!”

A.J. keeps lip-syncing and looking right at the camera, and once the song moves on to a verse, A.J. hands the belt to the referee before squaring up, ready to fight.

AGE: 21

« Last Edit: July 15, 2019, 07:08:41 PM by RevolutionJones »