Vampiro Vampiro
Professional wrestler
Vampiro Vampiro
Ian Richard Hodgkinson, better known by his ring name Vampiro, is a Canadian professional wrestler working with Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) as both a wrestler and a consultant. Hodgkinson is semi-retired and is a member of the citizen crime patrol organization Guardian Angels, acting as head of the group's chapter in Mexico City.
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  • 2015
    Age 47
    On May 24, 2015, Vampiro, along with Matt Striker, served as one half of the English language commentators for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración's Lucha Libre World Cup internet pay-per-view.
    More Details Hide Details On January 26, 2007 he was featured in a pilot for a new wrestling show produced for MTV called Wrestling Society X. He competed in a 10-man Battle Royal Death match, eventually securing one of two contracts earning him a shot at the inaugural Wrestling Society X Championship against 6-Pac (Sean Waltman). He won the WSX Championship, on the February 6th episode, after sending Waltman into an exploding coffin with a Tombstone piledriver. Vampiro was involved in a what MTV claimed was a controversial angle which led to MTV canceling the fourth WSX show, due to air on Tuesday February 20. In the (pre-taped) show, he was the recipient of a fireball to the face thrown by Ricky Banderas which resulted in Vampiro's head momentarily catching fire. The footage has since been leaked onto the internet. Later in his debut WSX match, Ricky Banderas defeated Vampiro to claim the WSX Championship.
    He made his in-ring debut for the promotion at the Ultima Lucha tapings on April 19, 2015, where he was defeated by Pentagón Jr. It was revealed after the match that he is the master of Pentagon Jr. In a podcast interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vampiro revealed that he wasn't supposed to be Pentagon Jr's opponent at Ultima Lucha but after Pentagon Jr's original opponent backed out of the match, Vampiro went up to creative and requested to work the match with Pentagon Jr. and put him over because of how over Pentagon Jr. is with the fans despite being portrayed as a villain.
    More Details Hide Details Hodgkinson grew up in a single parent home with his mother and two sisters. Hodgkinson is divorced from Kitsu with a daughter named Dasha, whose godfather is Norman Smiley. Hodgkinson is a self-proclaimed juggalo, the name used by fans of the Insane Clown Posse and their record label, Psychopathic Records. The documentary film Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero was produced by Odessa Filmworks and Zed Jamaica and screened in Canada on November 12, 2008. He was involved in a relationship with Mexican actress Stephanie Salas and Mexican/US rock singer and Songwriter Ana Sidel co-star of the movie The Dead Sleep Easy. He has a tattoo on his left arm that reads "Mexico City", citing where he had many of his matches. He is fluent in Spanish.
  • 2014
    Age 46
    On September 5, 2014, it was announced Vampiro signed with Lucha Underground as color commentator for the English and Spanish-language airings.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    On August 11, 2013, Vampiro made his return at Bloodymania 7 teaming with 2 Tuff Tony defeating The Boogeyman and Kongo Kong.
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    On May 22, 2013, Vampiro and Líder were stripped of the AAA World Tag Team Championship.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    He made his acting debut in La Mujer de Judas, 2012 telenovela produced by TV Azteca.
    More Details Hide Details Hodgkinson also appeared on Fuse's ICP Theater as a heckler to the Insane Clown Posse. 1Even though CMLL still uses the NWA initials in the title's name, the National Wrestling Alliance itself no longer recognizes or sanctions the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship since CMLL is no longer an NWA affiliated promotion.
    Vampiro returned August 12, 2012, defeating Colt Cabana at Bloodymania 6.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    On February 23, 2011, Vampiro officially came out of retirement and returned to Juggalo Championship Wrestling as both a wrestler and a company consultant.
    More Details Hide Details He raised hopes of developing talent, taking the company international, and, more specifically, bringing it to Latin America. At Monster's Island, he was placed in a rivalry with giant wrestler Kongo Kong. Raven interfered in the match and attacked Vampiro, resulting in him losing by pinfall. Vampiro lost his rematch with Kong at Juggalo Championship Wrestling's first internet pay-per-view Hatchet Attacks. On August 14, Vampiro took on Corporal Robinson for the JCW Heavyweight Championship at Bloodymania V which Vampiro lost.
    Vampiro returned to AAA on December 16, 2011, at Guerra de Titanes, saving El Mesías from La Sociedad and pledging his loyalty to the promotion.
    More Details Hide Details Vampiro then started feuding with La Sociedad member Chessman. On October 7 at Héroes Inmortales, Vampiro and Joe Líder defeated Abyss and Chessman to win the AAA World Tag Team Championship. On December 2 at Guerra de Titanes, Vampiro lost his hair to Chessman in a six-way steel cage Lucha de Apuestas, which also included Cibernético, Dr. Wagner, Jr., L.A. Park and El Hijo del Perro Aguayo.
    In January 2011, Vampiro was a guest at WrestleReunion 5 in Los Angeles, California.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    After not appearing for the promotion again for four months, Hodgkinson gave his notice and quit AAA on December 20, 2010.
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    On August 15, 2010, at Verano de Escandalo Vampiro unsuccessfully challenged Dr. Wagner, Jr. for the AAA Mega Championship in a three–way match, which also included Silver King.
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    On April 17, 2010, Vampiro turned rudo and aligned himself with El Zorro of La Legión Extranjera.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    In April 2008, Vampiro made his return to AAA by challenging El Mesias to a match at TripleMania XVI.
    More Details Hide Details The match took place on June 13, 2008 in Mexico City, Mexico. The two fought each other in a Hardcore match which ended in a draw. Vampiro defeated Konnan at Rey de Reyes (2009) with the help of Marco Corleone. At Triplemania XVII Vampiro represented Team AAA in a match where they defeated Konnan's La Legión Extranjera to regain control over AAA and force Konnan out of the company.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    On April 3, 2005, Vampiro returned to the AAA ring in a six-man tag match.
    More Details Hide Details Vampiro would team up with Shocker to help him deal with Abismo Negro and Cibernético after Cibernético attacked Shocker's father. In his two years with AAA, Vampiro would mainly appear on TV show tapings and rarely competed at house shows.
    In 2005, he jumped from CMLL to their rival promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) with Shocker and various other CMLL talents.
    More Details Hide Details While at AAA, both he and Konnan held booking positions. During that time, he stated that he had no plans to return to TNA or work for WWE. He stated in interviews with the UK's Power Slam Magazine that he had no objection to joining TNA - although he suspected it would not happen due to the presence of Sting on their roster.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    September 17, 2003, Vampiro made his TNA debut costing Raven a Hair vs Hair” match against Shane Douglas.
    More Details Hide Details On September 19, Vampiro defeated CM Punk in an “Open Challenge” match. Then on October 1, Vampiro teamed with Sinn and Slash to face 3Live Kru (Konnan, Ron Killings, BG James) with the match ending in a DQ. The next week, Vampiro attacked Raven, and tried to hang him but Raven was saved by the Gathering. The following week, Vampiro and Slash defeated CM Punk & Julio Dinero. On October 29, Vampiro faced Raven in a “Blood Gallows of Retribution” match where he lost. This was Vampiro's final match with TNA. Hodgkinson had a short stint in the American hardcore promotion Xtreme Pro Wrestling. Hodgkinson had a notably stiff match with Kaos during XPW's Cold Day in Hell.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    On August 26, 2001, he would start his first tour of All Japan Pro Wrestling lasting only a month where he would participate in mostly opening card matches and very few TV tapings.
    More Details Hide Details Vampiro would return in October, 2006 to participate in World's Strongest Tag Determination League 2001 and would team up with George Hines, the team would only win one match and draw another leaving them with three points and not enough to win progress to the semi final. Vampiro would go on two more tours of AJPW one in September 2006 and the second April 2007. In his last match for the promotion, Vampiro teamed up with The Great Muta to take on Taiyo Kea and Toshiaki Kawada for the World Tag Team Championship and lost.
    With WCW out of business Vampiro headed back to CMLL and returned to action in June, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Vampiro would appear on several Pay-per-views and mostly teamed up with top CMLL name Shocker. On September 13, at CMLL 69. Aniversario, Vampiro and Shocker took on Los Guerreros del Infierno for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and lost. Vampiro's last match for CMLL for two years came on April 3, 2005, where Shocker would defeat him. In 2007, Vampiro would return to CMLL for a second time where he competed for only a few months.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    Thus, his final WCW appearance was on the November 1, 2000 episode of WCW Thunder when he teamed up with Jeff Jarrett to take on Sting and Mike Awesome, which led to a loss for Jarrett and Vampiro after Awesome performed a running powerbomb on Vampiro and pinned him.
    More Details Hide Details Hodgkinson has claimed that he was hospitalized during the purchase of World Championship Wrestling by Vince McMahon. Hodgkinson was informed that WWF creative team had no plans for him and would not pick up his contract post-merger.
    Vampiro won his first and only title in WCW with The Great Muta, by defeating KroniK in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 13, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details This reign was very short lived, however, as they lost the Tag Team Championship the very next night to Rey Mysterio Jr. and Juventud Guerrera in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Vampiro later turned his back on Muta, setting up an 3 Way match at Fall Brawl with himself, Sting and Muta, which was won by Sting. Vampiro then took time away from the sport as his wife had a baby. He returned a month later, where he defeated Crowbar in a Hardcore Match. Vampiro then challenged Mike Awesome at Halloween Havoc, losing via pinfall after a top rope Awesome Bomb. He was put out with an injury and did not recover before WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation.
    This did not last long, with Vampiro turning on Sting when he pulled Sting underneath the ring at Spring Stampede 2000.
    More Details Hide Details They feuded throughout the spring, with Sting getting the upper hand on Vampiro in nearly all their encounters. This set up the Human Torch match, in which Vampiro won by setting Sting on fire. Vampiro then focused on The Demon due to his defection from the ICP formed stable, "The Dark Carnival." He kidnapped his fiancee, Asya, in a skit resembling the 1988 film Spoorloos. Afterwards, he challenged him to a Graveyard Match, which sparked the return of Sting. Vampiro entered into the vacant WCW United States Title tournament, with his first round opponent being The Great Muta, who Vampiro lost to. Vampiro later joined up with Muta to attack Ernest 'The Cat' Miller.
    In early 2000, he formed an alliance with Sting, as the "Brothers in Paint," after he helped Sting to defeat Lex Luger in a lumberjack match.
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    This feud lead into the 1999 Mayhem event, where the two fought in a Dog Collar match and Vampiro made Berlyn submit to the Camel Clutch.
    More Details Hide Details Vampiro later brought The Misfits into WCW, and began a feud with Oklahoma and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams. Vampiro and Dr. Death then faced off at Starrcade, with the stipulation that if Vampiro won, he would get five minutes in the ring against Oklahoma. After Williams was disqualified, Vampiro had his match with Oklahoma. Surprisingly, Oklahoma was able to mount a bit of offense, until Vampiro took Oklahoma's cowboy hat and then pinned him following the Nail In The Coffin.
    He would not return to WCW until the March 18, 1999 episode of WCW Thunder, when he defeated Prince Iaukea.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he formed a stable with the Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and Raven called 'The Dead Pool' (initially called 'The Necro-Ward'). Even though the stable was short-lived, they gained popularity and had a heated feud with Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Jr., and rival Konnan. Vampiro then feuded with Berlyn. The feud began when Vampiro beat Berlyn in the WCW World Title tournament on Nitro. To exact revenge later in the night, Berlyn cost Vampiro his match against Buff Bagwell and, as a result, Vampiro was eliminated from the tournament.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    His last match for CMLL for many years would take place on December 11, 1998.
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    However, in 1998 he would return to CMLL, he would take part in the CMLL World Trios Championship tournament and Gran Prix 1998 and would lose both.
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    His first match was on the June 29, 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, defeating Brad Armstrong.
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    In 1998, after spending nearly his entire career to that point in Mexico, Vampiro was signed by WCW.
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  • 1996
    Age 28
    In 1996, Vampiro would leave CMLL to join other top Mexican promotions such as International Wrestling Revolution Group, Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion and Promo Azteca.
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  • 1995
    Age 27
    In July 1995, Vampiro reached the final of the Gran Prix 1995 before losing to Headhunter A.
    More Details Hide Details In what was perhaps his biggest matches of his career to this point, he took on Apolo Dantes in a best out of three falls match for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    In mid to late 1994, Vampiro would begin to team up with Pegasus Kid, in the final of the Trios Tournament along with El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. the pair would lose to El Dandy, El Texano and Silver King.
    More Details Hide Details Vampiro and Pegasus Kid would lose to El Texano and Silver King in the quarter finals of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship number one contendership tournament. Vampiro would go on to team up with Apolo Dantés and lost to Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pierroth Jr. in the semi final of the CMLL World Tag Team Championship number two contendership tournament.
    In the first round of the Gran Prix 1994 he lost to Yamato in the first round.
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  • 1993
    Age 25
    On October 3, 1993, Vampiro would debut for Wrestle Association R defeating Top Gun.
    More Details Hide Details On June 1994, Vampiro would start on a two-month tour of Japan where he won almost all his matches and also took part in a tag team tournament where he teamed up with Lionheart and The Warlord and would be knocked out in the first round. On his second tour of Japan, between the months September and October, Vampiro would once again win the majority of his matches. He would also team up with Bob Backlund and Dos Caras to take on Hiromichi Fuyuki, Gedo and Jado for the WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, which Vampiro's team lost. Vampiro would also sporadically take part in WAR events and his last match came on December 4.
    He would lose the championship to El Canek on December 19, 1993, holding the championship for almost a year, this would also be his last match for UWA.
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    He would defend his Championship over the course of 1993 in both single promotion and joint promotion events.
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    On January 31, 1993, Vampiro defeated El Canek in a two out of three falls match to become the UWA World Heavyweight Champion.
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    In early 1993, Vampiro would team up with Pierroth, Jr. to take part in the CMLL World Tag Team Championship tournament and progressed to the final where the two would take on Dr. Wagner Jr. and El Canek in a best two out of three falls match.
    More Details Hide Details Going into the last match the two teams where drawing with one win each, Dr. Wagner Jr. and El Canek would win the last match and therefore the vacant CMLL World Tag Team Championship.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    In late 1992, Vampiro participated in the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship tournament and reached the semi final before being defeated by Black Magic.
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    In 1992, Vampiro would be part of multiple hair vs hair matches.
    More Details Hide Details The first of which would be on March 21 defeating Bestia Negra II. Throughout the months Vampiro would beat Rick Patterson, Pirata Morgan, Aaron Grundy and Sangre Chicana in hair vs hair matches.
  • 1991
    Age 23
    In 1991 he would continue to take part in CMLL and UWA joint promotion events and in 1992 he debuted for Universal Wrestling Association in a single promotion setting.
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  • 1984
    Age 16
    Hodgkinson got his start in the business working for International Wrestling out of Montreal, Quebec. He often set up the ring before events and would train with the wrestlers before their matches. He made his debut as a jobber in 1984 at the age of 16 with little training, although he has credited Abdullah the Butcher as his trainer.
    More Details Hide Details After a few years in Montreal, in 1991, Hodgkinson headed down to Mexico City, looking for work in one of Mexico's premier wrestling promotions, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. He met with Paco Alonso and Antonio Peña, who took him as a joke because of his unique look (he had long dreadlocked blue hair and several tattoos). They decided to throw him in the ring as Vampiro Canadiense (Canadian Vampire) because he told them he liked vampires. To their surprise, with his very limited moveset that only consisted of punches, kicks, and headbutts, he became an overnight sensation, as his rock star appearance and natural good looks caught on with the young Mexican women in the audience.
  • 1967
    Born on May 31, 1967.
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