Jan 18, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Tom Howard
Weight: 260 lbs.
Date of birth: December 26, 1969
From: Huntington Beach, CA
Pro debut: 1995
Trained by: Bill Anderson &
Finishing move: Special technique #1-100
- In 1993, Howard enrolled at the School of Hard Knocks training school.
- Howard appeared on NCW television in Las Vegas as Zuma in 1995.
- Howard later moved to Mexico City, and began competing for AAA as KGB.
- In 1996, Howard took a break from the squared circle to train with Gokor Chivichyan and Gene Lebell for No Holds Barred competition.
- Howard became the head trainer for Rick Bassman’s Ultimate Pro Wrestling school, and competed in the ring for UPW.
- WWF signed Howard to a developmental contract in 1998.
- Howard’s developmental contract was not renewed in 2000, and Howard returned to UPW.
- On June 26, 2001, Howard pinned Tony Jones to capture the Southern California Heavyweight title.
- Howard became UPW’s Shoot champion on August 22, 2001, as the Southern California title is renamed.
- Following a strong performance on a Zero-One PPV in Japan, Howard signed a contract with the promotion.
- At Shingeki II on August 30, 2001 in Tokyo, Japan, Howard knocked out Lee Young Gun.
- On May 8, 2002, Howard defeated Christopher Daniels in Santa Ana, CA to unify the UPW and Shoot titles.
- On July 7, 2002, Howard and Nathan Jones defeated Steve Corino and Rapid Fire Maldon at Sumo Hall.
- Howard and Matt Ghaffari defeated Shinya Hashimoto and Naoya Ogawa to capture the NWA I-C Tag Team Title on December 15, 2002.
- At Zero-One’s True Century Creation II on March 2, 2003, Howard and Samoa Joe defeated Gary Steele and Corino.
- On October 22, 2003, Howard defeated Adam Pearce in Santa Ana, CA to regain the UPW title.
- At UPW’s Fifth Anniversary show in Anaheim, CA on February 20, 2004, Howard and Christopher Daniels defeated the Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.
- On March 5, 2004, Howard and Dusty Rhodes defeated Steve Corino and Dustin Rhodes in Korakuen, Japan.
- Howard defeated Sean O’Haire on July 31, 2004 in Anaheim, CA.