Michael Modest
Birth nameMichael K. Cariglio
Born (1971-07-19) July 19, 1971 (age 52)[1]
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)La Migra[2]
Michael Modest[1]
Mike Modest[1]
Private Pain[3]
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Billed weight212 lb (96 kg; 15.1 st)[1]
Billed fromSan Francisco, California[1]
Sacramento, California
Trained byRick Thompson[1]
Jerry Monti[1]

Michael K. Cariglio (born July 19, 1971)[1] is an American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name, Michael Modest (sometimes shortened to Mike Modest).[1] Modest ran the promotion Pro Wrestling IRON with tag partner Donovan Morgan and Frank Murdoch until its closure in 2005.[1] Modest has also wrestled in Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah, winning the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship after defeating Yoshinobu Kanemaru. He has also wrestled in Canada, Mexico and Ireland. He is perhaps best known for his appearances in the wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat,[1] the film Ready to Rumble, and the TV special Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets (under a mask as "Private Pain").

Professional wrestling career

Modest began wrestling in 1991, and has worked for All Pro Wrestling, Universal Wrestling Association, and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), along with both AAA and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in Mexico. Modest had try-out matches for both the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and WCW, and eventually got signed to a WCW contract, although he was released after WWF bought WCW. After his release, he began working for Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan. In 2001, he also worked for Stampede Wrestling, and won the North American Heavyweight and Pacific Heavyweight titles. He was the last Pacific Heavyweight Champion.

Modest also operated the Pro Wrestling IRON school and promotion in the US, along with his tag team partner Donovan Morgan. He also briefly worked for Ring of Honor.

On March 18, 2005, Modest won the Mike Lockwood Memorial Tournament held by New Breed Wrestling Association, defeating Jamie Noble in the finals. On February 18, 2006, Modest wrestled in a six-man tag team match with Morgan and Ryan Drago, as "La Migra" on an episode of TNA Impact!.[2] They lost to the Latin American Xchange.[2]

In March 2006, Modest took part in a six-man tag team match with partners Frankie Kazarian and Scott D'Amore against Cibernético, Chessman, and Muerte Cibernética at a AAA taping in Querétaro.

In 2014, YouTube personality Brian Zane interviewed Modest, who described his involvement with the NBC TV special Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets, where Modest described how the producers of the special orchestrated how they created the special. Modest testified that "they took bits and pieces" of what the producers thought would cause a reaction towards their ultimate goal of proving professional wrestling as fake.[4]

Personal life

Modest is divorced and has two sons. Modest currently lives in Las Vegas and is working for the Las Vegas Wrestling promotion Future Stars of Wrestling, where he is also the head trainer.

Championships and accomplishments


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  2. ^ a b c "TNA Wrestling Results - TNA Impact! on SpikeTV". Online World Of Wrestling. 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  3. ^ Hunter, Jay (August 30, 2019). "Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets – OSW Review 82" (Podcast). OSW Review. Event occurs at 13:41. Hunter: Private Pain, the army gimmick...that's Mike Modest! Doing double duty here on Exposed, and he's also in Beyond the Mat!
  4. ^ "Michael Modest Interview - Wrestling With Wregret". March 21, 2014. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "APW Worldwide Internet Title (California)". www.wrestling-titles.com.
  6. ^ "APW Tag Team Title (California)". www.wrestling-titles.com.
  7. ^ "APW Universal Heavyweight Title (California)". www.wrestling-titles.com.
  8. ^ "Mike Modest es introducido en el Indie Hall of Fame 2023". 22 March 2023.
  9. ^ Westcott, Brian; Roelfsema, Eric. "PCW Heavyweight Championship history". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  10. ^ "Michael Modest « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH". Archived from the original on 2012-10-07.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-08-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Michael Modest « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH". Archived from the original on 2012-10-07.
  13. ^ "GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship history". Archived from the original on 2010-07-28.
  14. ^ Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary. "Stampede Wrestling North American Heavyweight Championship history". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  15. ^ Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary. "Stampede Wrestling Pacific Heavyweight Championship history". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  16. ^ "WCWC Tag Team Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  17. ^ "WCWC Tag Team Title (Oregon)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017.