Sammy Guevara
Guevara in April 2019
Birth nameSamuel Moises Guevara
Born (1993-07-28) July 28, 1993 (age 28)[1]
Houston, Texas, U.S.[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Sammy Guevara
Billed height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[2]
Billed weight185 lb (84 kg)[3]
Billed fromHouston, Texas[4]
Trained byReality of Wrestling[5]
DebutDecember 11, 2010[6]

Samuel Moises Guevara[7] (born July 28, 1993) is a Cuban-American[7] professional wrestler signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Guevara debuted in 2010 after training at Reality of Wrestling (Booker T's wrestling school/promotion), and has worked for many independent promotions inside and outside the U.S. (e.g., Major League Wrestling [MLW], Evolve Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla [PWG], DDT Pro Wrestling). Guevara has also worked in other major companies besides AEW, including Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) and Impact Wrestling.

Guevara has been with AEW since 2019, featured as a founding member of Chris Jericho's stable, The Inner Circle (along with Santana and Ortiz, and Jake Hager). Guevara's style mixes graceful acrobatics, smooth technical skills, harsh striking and explosive speed. His AEW character blends heroic and villainous behaviors with playfully ironic, self-deprecating comedy.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2013–2019)

Guevara made his major promotion debut on January 5, 2013 for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).[8] On April 7, 2015, Guevara wrestled a AAA tag team dark match with Tony Guevara (The Laredo Kid) against Los Matadores (Primo and Epico Colón). Guevara first worked for Impact Wrestling in 2017 on its weekly TV show, Impact Xplosion, in a tag team match (with Davey Richards) against Drago and Taiji Ishimori.[9] Guevara was later in Impact's Super X Cup tournament, losing to Drago in its opening round.[10] Guevara debuted for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) in its 2017 Battle of Los Angeles tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals.[11][12] At PWG's May 2018 Bask In His Glory event, Guevara wrestled PWG World Champion WALTER in the main event for the title.[13] On December 7, 2017, Guevara debuted in Major League Wrestling (MLW),[14] and appeared many times on its TV show (MLW Fusion) in 2018.[15]Guevara won the PWFP Ultimate Championship from Raja Naveed at the Rumble in Pakistan event on April 28, 2019, [16] but was later stripped of the title for going 340+ days without making any title defenses.

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (2018–2019)

Guevara was a cast member for season four of Lucha Underground, the scripted TV show AAA co-produced with the El Rey network.[17][18] Guevara made his Lucha Libre AAA World Wide debut at Verano de Escándalo 2018.[19] He won the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship at the Triplemanía XXVI annual event on August[20] before losing it to Laredo Kid on February 16, 2019.[21] At Triplemanía XXVII, Guevara teamed up with Scarlett Bordeaux in a match for the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship where they were unsuccessful.[22]

All Elite Wrestling

Formation of The Inner Circle and feud with The Elite (2019–2020)

On February 7, 2019, Guevara was announced to have signed with the newly formed All Elite Wrestling (AEW).[23] At the promotion's inaugural event, Double or Nothing, on May 25, Guevara was defeated by Kip Sabian.[24] At Fight for the Fallen on July 13, Guevara teamed with MJF and Shawn Spears to defeat Darby Allin, Jimmy Havoc and Joey Janela in a six-man tag team match.[25] On the premiere episode of AEW Dynamite on October 2, Guevara lost to Cody. After the match, Guevara shook hands with Cody, before AEW World Champion Chris Jericho viciously attacked Cody from behind in front of him. Later on that night, Guevara established himself as a heel when he assisted AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Jake Hager (who made AEW debut), Santana and Ortiz attacking Cody, The Young Bucks and Cody's half-brother Dustin Rhodes.[26] They created a group that would become known as "The Inner Circle".[27] Later that night, Jericho said that Guevara looked like a “Spanish God”. Soon, that became his nickname. Guevara would begin a feud with Darby Allin leading into 2020,[28][29] all the while assisting Jericho in his rivalries and championship defenses.[30][31] At Revolution on February 29, 2020, Guevara was defeated by Allin.[32] On the March 25 episode of AEW, The Inner Circle and The Elite were set to compete in a Blood and Guts match, but the COVID-19 outbreak would cause AEW to postpone the match.[33] Guevara would then compete in a tournament to crown the inaugural AEW TNT Champion. He was again beaten by Allin in the first round of the tournament.[34] A match between Matt Hardy and The Elite (Adam Page, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) and The Inner Circle would be announced for Double or Nothing, called a Stadium Stampede match. At the event, The Inner Circle faced The Elite and Matt Hardy, but were unsuccessful in winning.[35]

Hiatus and feud with Matt Hardy (2020–2021)

On June 22, 2020, Guevara was suspended by AEW after it was revealed that he made an inappropriate joke about wanting to "go rape" WWE wrestler Sasha Banks during a podcast in January 2016. He later made a YouTube video apologizing for the remarks and taking accountability for what he said. Later that day, Banks announced that she and Guevara were in contact with each other, that he had apologized to her, and that they had engaged in an "open discussion" to help him understand the severity of his comments.[36] The conditions of his suspension are that he was required to attend sensitivity training, while his weekly pay was donated to the Women's Center of Jacksonville during the course of his suspension.[37] Guevara returned on the July 22 episode of Dynamite, disguised as Serpentico, as he interfered to help Jericho and Hager defeat Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus in a tag team match.[38][39][40]

After Guevara's return, he would resume his feud with Matt Hardy. On the August 5th episode of Dynamite, Guevara would get into a brawl with Hardy, resulting in Guevara hitting Matt Hardy with a chair, busting him open. He followed this with a 630 senton through a table.[41] On the August 22 episode of Dynamite, Guevara would be attacked by Hardy during his cue cards segment. Matt would then launch Guevara through a table. A match between the two was made for All Out. The match would be a "Broken Rules" match, also known as a last man standing match. At the event, Sammy Guevara would lose to Matt Hardy.[42] Their feud would yet again be put on hiatus, due to Hardy sustaining an injury during the match.[43] On the September 16th episode of Dynamite, Matt Hardy would be found unconscious backstage, and he would later state that someone had attacked him.[44] The attacker was revealed to be Guevara a month later, where he burned photographs of Hardy.[45] And "The Elite Deletion" match was announced, taking place at The Hardy Compound in Cameron, North Carolina.[46] The match was aired on the Full Gear pay-per-view on November 7, with Santana, Ortiz, and Gangrel running to aid Guevara and Private Party and The Hurricane evening the odds for Hardy. After sealing off the interfering parties, Hardy defeated Guevara again, ending the feud.[47] At Full Gear, MJF and Wardlow became Guevara's new teammates in The Inner Circle after MJF defeated Jericho. On the December 9th Dynamite, Chris Jericho held an ultimatum for the Inner Circle, with many members showing frustrations with MJF. Sammy Guevara would declare that if one more thing happened with MJF, then he would quit the Inner Circle. The two would then shake hands.

Feud with The Pinnacle (2021–present)

On the February 10, 2021 edition of AEW Dynamite, following weeks of growing tension between the two, Guevara attacked MJF following a backstage confrontation which gave MJF a kayfabe rib injury. Later on that night, Guevara announced his departure from The Inner Circle.[48] This was set to leave him appearing on Impact Wrestling,[49] but both parties couldn't come to an agreement about Guevara's storylines.[50] A month later on the March 10th episode of Dynamite, Guevara would make a return to AEW. He would reveal that he had set up a camera in The Inner Circle's locker room, which recorded MJF convincing Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz to turn on Chris Jericho. When it looked as though the three were about to attack Guevara and Jericho, they instead turned to MJF. Jericho would then fire MJF on the spot. However, MJF would state that he had already begun creating his own group, which led to Shawn Spears, Wardlow, FTR, and Tully Blanchard coming out and attacking The Inner Circle.[51] On the March 31st episode, Guevara, along with all of the other Inner Circle members, would return yet again and attack the group now known as The Pinnacle. They would kick The Pinnacle out of their locker room, as they had taken over it during the Inner Circle's absence.[52]

Two weeks later on April 8, Chris Jericho (along with the rest of the members of the Inner Circle) would challenge The Pinnacle to a Blood and Guts match.[53] At AEW Blood and Guts, The Pinnacle would defeat The Inner Circle, after Guevara forfeited the match to save Chris Jericho from being pushed off the top of the cage by MJF. However, MJF would still push Jericho off the cage onto the ramp. On the next episode of Dynamite, The Inner Circle would interrupt The Pinnacle's celebration by coming out in a "Bubbly Truck" (reminiscent of when Kurt Angle sprayed The Alliance with milk in a truck.) The Inner Circle would do the same thing to The Pinnacle, spraying them with bubbly and ruining their celebration. However, MJF would challenge The Inner Circle to a Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing, with the stipulation being that if The Inner Circle lost, they had to disband. Chris Jericho would accept the match. At Double or Nothing, The Inner Circle would win after Guevara hit a 630 senton on Shawn Spears, keeping the group alive. On the episode following the pay-per-view, The Inner Circle would declare a "summer of violence" for the Pinnacle. On the June 30th edition of AEW Dynamite, Sammy Guevara would lose to MJF after Spears hit him with a chair to the head.[54] On the August 20th episode of Dynamite, Guevara would announce his engagement to his girlfriend. Later in the night, Guevara would defeat Shawn Spears.

Personal life

Guevara previously worked at Taco Bell before and during his early wrestling career. Guevara became engaged to his girlfriend of 8 years on August 18, 2021.[55]

Other media

Sammy Guevara
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2009–present
GenreVlogging
Subscribers156 thousand[56]
(May 31, 2021)
Total views15 million[56]
(May 31, 2021)
Associated actsBrandon Rogers
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2020

Updated: June 3, 2020[57]

Guevara has his own YouTube channel, which has 156,000 subscribers as of 2021. He regularly uploads vlogs on the channel.[58] Guevara featured in the AEW mobile game, "AEW Elite GM" in 2021.[59]

Championships and accomplishments

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