Ricky Ortiz

 

Biography

American professional wrestler Richard “Rich” Young was born on May 12, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona, and is best known by his ring name, Ricky Ortiz. He is employed by World Wrestling Entertainment, under the ECW brand. Young is also a former professional football player, as he has spent time in the XFL, the Canadian Football League (CFL), the Arena Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). He attended Glendale Community College, and later transferred to the University of Tulsa, and was credited with 177 tackles as a linebacker.

After graduating, Young spent training camp with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and became part of the team’s practice squad. Later on, he joined the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and then played both fullback and lineback with AFL’s Milwaukee Mustangs. He then played with the short-lived XFL with the Orlando Rage, then the AFL’s Indiana Firebirds, and the Colorado Crush in 2004.

In late 2006, Young made his professional wrestling debut with Ohio Valley Wrestling, under the name “Atlas DaBone.” He soon became the number one contender to the OVW title, after beating Mike Kruel. After suffering from a torn knee ligament, he returned and joined Florida Championship Wrestling in 2008.

It was in July of that same year that Young debuted on WWE’s ECW brand as “Atlas Ortiz,” and won his first match against Armando Estrada. Later on, Young was referred to as “Ricky Ortiz,” and the name stuck. However, he used the nickname “The Latin Assassin,” for a time. Ortiz soon obtained an undefeated streak, but faced his first loss when he teamed up with Kofi Kingston, CM Punk and Evan Bourne. In an 8 man tag match, they failed to win against John Morrison, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase. Even so, Ortiz remained undefeated in the singles competition.

Other than his role on WWE, Young has been seen as a hunter on a 2008 episode of Cha$e.

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