Name: Ultimate Pain
Nickname: Pain, Ulti, Best in the World, Best in the Business.
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Gimmicks: Circa 06 – 08: Resident “badass” heel who struggled to control his temper, particularly around his brother and former tag partner Grifford. Also likes to maintain a chiselled physique.
Circa 09 – 11: Pain is a more matured, well-rounded heel. He still shows flashes of his aggressively bad temper, usually still around his younger brother Matt “Mini Pain” Jones. Has also become an “anything to win” sort of heel, including assistance from his stables.
Circa 2012: Man on a mission to regain his World Championship from Roberto and hence proving to everyone that he is the greatest wrestler in the world. Wants to win clean, and has become obsessed with becoming the best in CWA.
Circa 2013: Darker, more mysterious side to Pain. Has lost the obsessive trait from 2012, and appears to be much more content within himself. Doesn’t abide by rules, does what he wants and has become popular for it.
Disposition: Upon his CWA return has become a face with heelish tendencies.
Appearance: Previously had long, straggly hair with an over-grown unkempt beard but was last seen with this all shaved off.
Outside the ring: Has progressed from suits, to tight-fitting casual shirts and jeans, to now simply one of his signature CWA t-shirts over his wrestling trunks. One thing that has remained however are his trademark over-sized aviators.
Inside the ring: Has progressed from coming down in a long-overflowing robe, coupled with wrestling tights early in his career to now just a t-shirt and trunks.
- “For I am, The Ulllltiiimaaaateee…Paaaaiiiiinnnn!”
- “I’m the best in the world, property of nobody!”
Intro Music: Supernaut - Black Sabbath
Manager (currently inactive): Matt “Minimal Pain” Jones – Pain’s younger brother who like his brother attempted to make it in the world of professional wrestling with his biggest win coming against Joey Nicholas. Typically known for coming out with idiotic statements and regularly irritates Pain.
Wrestling Style: Powerful technician
Signature Moves: Sit-out full nelson atomic drop (full nelson bomb), half nelson, running suplex powerslam, sidewalk slam, headscissors armbar.
Finishing Moves: Spin-out powerbomb (Ulti-Bomb), Cross-legged STF (Ulti-Vice)
- 1x IWF Tag Team Champion (w/ Grifford)
- 2x CWA World Heavyweight Champion
- Former co-leader of the Brotherhood
- Former leader of The Elite
- Longest reigning IWF Tag Team Champions in history
- Longest and second longest reigning CWA World Champion in history
- 2009 CWA Wrestler of the Year
- 2009 Feud of the Year w/ Roberto
- 2011 TRO Match of the Year w/ Roberto & Rolando Fuentes
- 2012 Hall of Fame inductee
Career Anaylsis (Bio):
Early Career - IWF
Began his professional wrestling career in IWF back in 2005. After making an impressive start, Pain soon fell in with senior roster members Guardian Devil and Kenneth LeBlanc backstage. This pair along with Grifford had become very popular within the federation as part of a stable known as The Brotherhood. With Grifford needing a partner, GD and LeBlanc pushed for their younger friend to be given a chance to work with them and so Pain became a member of the stable. The friendship with these two men would prove to shape Pain’s career, as The ‘Hood became one of the most successful stables in wrestling history, arguably due to the clout the members of it held backstage.
Pain was not believed to be ready to break out in IWF, and was used as something of a “big man” of the stable, teaming him with Grifford who would regularly irritate Pain to comedic affect. The pair quickly became a formidable tag team and would go on to win the IWF Tag Team Championships, holding them for a record time.
By late 2006 IWF would come under pressure financially and was eventually forced to fold, with Pain and Grifford still as tag champions. However, following the close of the company, Pain felt it was time to travel and work with some independent organisations, in an attempt to hone his skills. Unfortunately disaster would strike Pain just a few months later, seriously injuring his back; the first of several times his back would cause him problems.
Pain signs for CWA
Almost a year after his injury, Pain returned to action and was quickly snapped up by a fledgling federation by the name of Clique Wrestling Alliance. Charles Anderson believed Pain had the potential to be a big star for the company and instantly gave him a chance to main event for the first time in his career. With Pain receiving an impressive push, this led to his friend Guardian Devil to also join the company. This of course saw the Brotherhood reuniting, minus LeBlanc and Grifford, who were replaced by Shaun Quinn, Pain’s brother Matt “Mini Pain” Jones and a mute wrestler by the name of Kennif LeBlanch.
Pain, Roberto and the CWA World Championship
Pain’s first feud was to be for the CWA World Championship, and is largely credited as the feud that put CWA, Pain and Roberto all on the map. The two competed at the first ever CWA PPV, Uprising, for the World Title, but it was babyface Roberto who would come out victorious. Rumours circulated soon after that Pain’s back was beginning to cause him some problems already and that was the reason for Roberto’s victory and Pain’s particularly poor performance.
However, true or not, Pain did not take time off and was granted a rematch with Roberto at In Exile. Pain did the unthinkable and put his career on the line, saying he would be willing to simply manage Matt if he couldn’t beat Roberto. Fortunately for Pain and CWA, he got the win and his first World Championship.
Following this, the feud raged on, as both men tried to prove they were truly the superior wrestler. At Hostile Takeover, Roberto invoked his rematch clause but truly proving there was nothing to separate these two men, the match ended in a draw as both men were counted down for a 10 count, meaning Pain retained his title.
It was around this time that Pain would completely change the Brotherhood’s members, freshening it up in the absence of founder Guardian Devil. Pain recruited The Future, CWA Tag Champions, Axl and Daren Storm, with their manager Alexis, CWA Women’s Champion in her own right, and finally Pain’s right hand man, CWA X-Fly Champion, Joey Nicholas. Quinn and LeBlanch were kicked out, whilst Matt remained a member. Meaning all but Matt were Champions and The ‘New’ Brotherhood held every title within CWA at one time.
Longest reign in CWA history and recurrence of back injury
Pain would go on to defend his CWA World Title twice more, at Redemption and Meltdown, defeating Rich Stone and Dr Jack Adams respectively, largely with help from his stablemates. In doing so Pain set a record for the longest reign which is still insurmountable to this day.
However, Pain then went MIA from television, many believed he was simply being allowed some time off to recover from a few niggles but it would turn out that this was not the case. Almost a month after retaining his title at Meltdown, Pain would return to action, being placed in a gauntlet match in which his title was on the line against every opponent. Pain defeated two opponents but a shock debutant, Pain’s former friend, Kenneth LeBlanc would go on to the get the better of him and win the CWA World Championship from Pain.
It was revealed soon after that Pain’s back injury had returned and he would be out of action for quite some time, hence the shock decision for Pain to drop the title. To write Pain out for the foreseeable future, The Brotherhood would turn against Pain, with Joey in particular believing they had out-grown Pain.
Second Coming and Stable Wars
In Pain’s absence, his brother Matt would shine, becoming one of the most over faces of the company, and feuding with the Brotherhood, particularly Joey Nicholas who had injured his brother. In typical babyface fashion, Matt would regularly come up just short against Joey until finally at In Exile, his brother would return to help Matt pick up the biggest win of his career by pinning Nicholas.
In Pain’s absence The Brotherhood name had been kicked to one side by The Future and Nicholas, who were now calling themselves The Elite. Pain of course had revenge on his mind and so for the next few months it would become the Brotherhood, made up of Matt, Kennif and Pain, against Joey and the Future, or The Brotherhood against The Elite.
In Pain’s return to PPV action, the Brotherhood would defeat The Elite in six-man tag action, with thanks to a returning Guardian Devil who took an injured LeBlanch’s spot in the match. There were rumours at this point that Pain and GD would unite to form a tag-team but Pain still had unfinished business with Joey and so at Redemption 2010, Pain would defeat Nicholas thus ending the feud. Following this run in CWA, Pain would again take a couple of months off to rest his weakened back.
Arsen, Megan and Pain
Pain would once again return unannounced as the final entrant in the 2010 Meltdown Rumble, with the winner guaranteed a title shot at Five Star Attraction. However, Pain would come up just short as he was eliminated second to last, largely due to Nick Arsen, a former friend of Pain’s from IWF.
This led to a bitter feud between the two, in which Pain appeared to side with Charles Anderson’s daughter and Adrenaline Rush’s General Manager, Megan Anderson. In arguably Pain’s most personal feud to date, he would come out victorious. Thanks to this win, Pain would finally be given a chance to fight for the CWA World Championship once again, over a year after losing it. During this period, Pain would also team up with The Future and Rolando Fuentes to form another version of the Elite.
The World Champion at this time was Mr Showtime but unfortunately this feud never really took off, due to Pain’s injury prone back snapping again. Pain would lose to Showtime in another poor showing, largely due to his injured back. Following this loss, Pain was again out of action for a number of months. Due to the recurrence of his back injury, and surgery being required for Pain to even continue to wrestler, there were a lot of rumours that Pain may hang up his wrestling boots once and for all at this stage.
Return from injury and second feud with Roberto
Despite the rumours, another Pain return was just a few months down the line. Whilst Pain had been feuding with his former stablemates and struggling with injury, his arch-rival Roberto was continuing to win World Titles on a frequent basis. This was the basis behind Pain’s latest return. He wanted to prove he was better than Roberto, and so their feud was reinvigorated.
Pain made his return at Meltdown 2011, after watching Roberto win the Rumble, guaranteeing him a title shot at Five Star Attraction. However, Pain was set to cause some confusion by demanding he faced Roberto at Five Star. Eventually this would lead to a triple threat between Roberto, Pain and Pain’s former protégé, the current World Champion, Rolando Fuentes. In a controversial result, Roberto would become a five-time World Champion. However, Pain was not pinned in the match and so this opened the door to a singles match against Roberto at Uprising, provided Roberto could get through his rematch with Rolando. Roberto did this on Adrenaline Rush and so the first singles match between these two men since their draw almost three years ago was set.
Second World Championship Reign
In a historic battle, and their last to date, Ultimate Pain would come out on top against Roberto, and in doing so would become a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. However, controversy was never far away as Austerio played a role in Pain’s victory, much to Pain’s dislike as he had wanted to prove he was the better man once and for all. This certainly left the door open to a future feud between the two, presuming both remained active.
However, first of all Pain had more unfinished business to right. This time it was Mr Showtime who Pain would face for the World Title. This time however it was not just for the World Title, it was also the beginnings of Adrenaline Rush versus High Voltage as CWA attempted to buy out PNH, essentially a brand of CWA that had been set up a couple of years previously. Shwotime was a PNH roster member and was aiming to take CWA’s World Title back to PNH. This wouldn’t prove to be possible though as Pain would be victorious at In Exile, and Megan Anderson would then announce the merging of the two brands.
This saw new, fresh feuds for Pain emerge as Cyrus T and Novakain were the next two men to face Pain, in a triple threat match for the World Title at Hostile Takeover. Pain once again managed to retain his title against the two former PNH stars, and helping to go some way to proving CWA’s superiority. It was short-lived though as Cyrus would then face Pain in singles action at Redemption 2012, defeating him for his first World Championship and thus ending Pain’s second reign as World Champion, which is credited at present as the second longest reign in CWA history. Since this, Ultimate Pain has not been sighted in CWA, and the rumours of his impending retirement have risen once again.
W - L - D
36 – 11 – 1
Introduction to CWA (I’m going to call that previous fed IWF as I think it was something like that for the purpose of this promo):
*In a darkened room, backstage, there is a large leather chair facing away from both a desk and the camera. The chair then spins around to show a familiar face to any IWF fans*
Ultimate Pain: “Well, well, well. It’s been a while since I’ve been in front of the camera, but as I’m sure you can all see, I haven’t lost my…infamous good looks. And much like my looks, I haven’t lost my in-ring talent.”
*Pain looks down at the desk in front of him for a moment, before returning his gaze to the camera*
Ultimate Pain: “Back in IWF, I was on my way to the top. A group of now…disbanded ‘brothers’ and I were on route to hold every title in the federation, but a folded company and a career-threatening injury later and I was out of a job, and my one love in this life, wrestling, shut the door in my face.”
*Pain again looks down at the desk, this time picking up, what appears to be a photo, before once again returning his now cold stare to the camera*
Ultimate Pain: “And let me tell you, that feeling hurt me. I promised myself though, I would get back in that ring someday, one way or another. And finally, come the 31st of December 2008, at the first CWA Adrenaline Rush show, the time will come for me to re-enter that ring. When that moment comes, the new promise I will be making to myself will be, to never stop until I reach the top of the CWA, until I am holding that Heavyweight Championship, and most importantly of all, until I reach the potential that I always knew I had.”
*Pain looks down at the desk for a final time, when suddenly, the lights in the room come on. Pain looks up angrily at whoever has done this, when into the camera shot walks Pain’s little brother, Matt*
Ultimate Pain: “Matt, what the hell?!”
Matt Jones: “Oh yeah, you were shooting a promo. Sorry man. How’d it go?”
Ultimate Pain: “…It’s still rolling.”
Matt Jones: “Awh crap. You want the lights off again?”
Ultimate Pain: “No! Just forget it. Screw the whole promo. All you idiots in the back need to know is, that I’m coming to CWA, and no one will get in the way of…”
*Pain looks away from the camera, towards the ceiling*
Ultimate Pain: “The Ultiiimaate…”
Matt Jones: “…”
Camera man: “…”
Camera man: “…”
Matt Jones: “We have a plane to catch you know?”
*Pain turns his head slowly to Matt, before meeting his eyes*
Ultimate Pain: “…Paaaaaiin!!”