Dubbed the "Prince Of The Death Matches" by Ian Rotten, Hardcore Craig has proven that he can go toe to toe with the biggest, toughest monsters and still stand tall. He can take a beating and dish one out as well and has a tremendous pain threshold. (Mid American Wrestling)
In 1989, Craig started his wrestling training under A.W.A. wrestler Jonnie Stewart. Around 6 months after training with Stewart, Craig moved his training to Mil. Wis. under W.W.F./W.C.W/A.W.A. wrestler "Rocky" Tom Stone. During training, Craig wrestled on house and TV shows for Stone's promotion, International Association of Wrestling. From there, meeting with other wrestlers and promoters, other shows for outside promotions were booked.
From day one, Craig has wrestled for Mid-American Wrestling, starting with their very 1st show in 1993. He teamed with "The Beach Bum" (later to be known as Barfly Mike) to form the tag team of "The Waveriders" and proceeded to win tag team titles all over the Midwest. During this time Craig wrestled on WWF's TV shows "Wrestling Challenge", "Superstars of Wrestling" and "Monday Night Raw" with stars such as Rick Martel, The Bushwackers, Bam Bam Bigalow, "Doink" the clown, The Heavenly Bodies, Kamala The Ugandan Giant, Lex Luger, The Steiner Brothers, Gangrel from "The Brood" and The Undertaker.
As the times and wrestling scene started to change, Craig already had, and his name was changed to Hardcore Craig in 1995. Going from winning tag team and Cruiserweight titles all over the Midwest, now Craig started winning heavyweight titles and wrestling a lot more dangerous, risky matches. At this point wrestling went from wetsuit wearing, long bleach blonde hair, high-flying matches to brutal, bloody, no holds barred wrestling. Tables, ladders, chairs, fluorescent light tubes, fire, barbed wire and thumbtacks were plentiful. This wrestling style was already set in stone during The Waverider days, when Craig and Mike were the first to wrestle in a "Barbed Wire Match" in West Allis, Wisconsin. The show was protested and they even shared the front page on two of Milwaukee's largest newspapers, The "Sentinal" and "The Journal" with the death of Jackie Kennedy Onassis on the top of the page, and "Barbed Wire Death Match" to be held in church assembly hall on the bottom of the page. All in all, you know the saying, any publicity is good publicity.
After splitting with Mike, Craig wrestled singles matches mostly in the Midwest with misc. matches around the U.S., a tour through Canada, and three tours to Europe which included wrestling his wrestling idol, "The Dynamite Kid" from the former WWF tag team, "The British Bulldogs". Then came the haircut, ring attire and partner change. Craig teamed up with former opponent, Corp. Robinson, to form "The Extreme Dream Team". Wrestling as a tag team in Mid-American Wrestling, the tag titles were won quickly, only to be stripped just as quick, due to a knee injury followed by a shoulder injury and broken sternum.
After a brief rest/healing, Craig went right back to wrestling singles matches for awhile with a few Indiana promotions. Then once everything was back to normal, "The Extreme Dream Team" was reformed and Craig and Corp. were back at it. Also with all the promotions in the Midwest, Craig has formed another tag team with friend "Metalhead" Steve Stone. The new tag team, "American History Next", is also wrestling all over the Midwest.
While wrestling mostly in the southern Midwest with American History Next, Extreme Dream Team had captured the NWA Midwest Tag Titles. Shortly after losing those titles to the Scull Crusher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Craig & Corporal called it quits after finally realizing Corporal was more focused on himself and not Extreme Dream Team
Now with more time to spend focusing on American History Next, Craig & Steve start filling up their date book. Averaging about 60 shows a year, American History Next started to gel and take tag titles in whatever promotion they wrestled for.
04/21/07 - The POWW promotion was first to be taken over and the Tag Team Titles were easily won. Then came the AWA/Brew City titles, NWA Wisconsin titles, GLCW titles, then the AWA Platinum Pro titles.
2010 proved to be the year for American History Next. They held titles all over the Midwest when suddenly, Steve Stone was forced to retie due to numerous concussions. At the advice of Steve's doctor, American History Next had their last match with Brew City Wrestling in West Allis, Wisconsin.
With Steve retired, Craig focused all his energy towards the end of 2010 and into 2011 on a Heavyweight Title. After going thru 29 other wrestlers and lasting over an hour in a "Over The Top Battle Royal", Craig was crowned the first Pro Wrestling Blitz Heavyweight Champion. His title reign lasted over a year while defending his title against all comers including X-Pac, Al Snow, Rhyno and even Tony Scarpone in a "Dog Collar Match".
After a few months of wrestling singles matches all over the Midwest, longtime friend, Brandon Blaze and Craig teamed up and formed the tag team called Hardcore Binge. Brandon and Craig began where Steve Stone and Craig left off, dominating the tag team scene and not holding anything back. With all good things, they come to an end after a brutal "Hardcore Cage Match" that left Craig with an injury that almost broke his neck, thousands of thumbtacks, chairs, blood, flaming tables and Brandon leaving the team. Still friends to this day, they both know it was a hard choice to make, but the right choice.
With a short time taken off to heal his neck, Craig jumped right back into the ring due to the fact that he is stubborn and that's where his is most comfortable, wrestling and kicking ass! Going back into action after an injury always has the newer guys trying to take advantage of that and make a name for themselves, so in comes Matty Starr. Upon entering the ring, Matty was all over the opportunity on jumping in on any matches that Craig was involved in. He even went as far as putting a $10,000 bounty on Craig's head for any wrestler that could take him out, since he was so frustrated that he couldn't do it himself. After about 8 months of going through bounty hunters with the likes of Rhyno in a Hardcore Match that had weapons and tables scattered throughout the building to longtime friend/wrestling superstar Mr. Anderson even trying to collect the bounty, it all came to a head when Craig declared "enough is enough, it's time to end this once and for all.....in a T.N.T. Match!" After all the months of being chased and looking over his back, he had convinced the commissioner of Pro Wrestling Blitz, Mike Brooks to sign the match that Craig had came up with to end the feud, a tables and thumbtacks match! After beating each other to a bloody mess, throwing each other around and being covered in over 10,000 thumbtacks and resulting in Craig jumping out of the camera man's man lift from over 15 feet, crashing down and through Matty and a table, the feud was finally put to rest.
Insert longtime friend and wrestler Pauly Thomaselli. Coming to Craig's side after fighting off numerous foes in a battle royal, they decided that their talents and experience could be utilized best if they formed a tag team together. Their roots go all the way back to early 2004 in Mid American Wrestling where Pauly, formally Brandon, was first getting his start as a wrestler and getting his feet wet. Craig was one of the first in Mid American Wrestling to wrestle a bunch of matches with Pauly and even though opponents, Craig always saw something in Pauly and knew he had a future in the wrestling business. After all the years that went by, once again, Pauly and Craig were in the ring together again.....but this time, they decided to bond and form the team composed of Hardcore Craig and "The Impact Player" Pauly Thomaselli...."Hardcore Impact". Instantly they clicked and began taking over the tag team scene.
Now, to skip forward a few months, while competing all over throughout different promotions such as POWW, Pro Wrestling Blitz, GLCW, ARW and various other promotions, comes one of Craig's biggest surprises and matches up to this point. While Pauly and Craig are working their way to Pro Wrestling Blitz' biggest show of the year, Wrestlefest, out of nowhere, a surprise challenge is made by ECW hardcore legend....the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal....Sabu ! Sabu makes a challenge to wrestle Craig at Wrestlefest 5. After all the years of the fans and Craig always wanting this match, along with Pauly's blessing, it was finally coming to a head and going to happen! Then, to Craig, the fans and even Sabu's surprise....enters Rhyno! The longtime on/off friendship between Craig and Rhyno was really going to makes things interesting as Rhyno has now inserted himself into this match and declaring it a "Hardcore 3-Way Match". August 9th, 2014 was set to be Craig's greatest challenge. Joliet, Illinois was set to be the place where it all goes down. Craig, Sabu and Rhyno wrestled and fought their asses off in front of a sell out crowd, with almost 500 being turned away, to what ended up being one of Craig's greatest moments, he ended up giving not only Sabu his finishing move, the Hardcore Hangover, but then giving it to Rhyno not once, but twice, to get the 3 count!
Now that Wrestlefest 5 is over, Hardcore Impact is ready to take on all challengers. The team of "The East/West Express" comes along and puts out the challenge. Craig also makes his debut back to West Allis, Wis. and Brew City Wrestling on October 24th 2014. On the very next night, after winning his first match back at Brew City Wrestling, Hardcore Impact is set to wrestle a 6-man tag team match with "Shogun" Chris Logan vs. The East/West Express and Resse and in the middle of the match, Craig received a blow to his left arm, and his wrestling momentum, when the lights went out unexpectedly, and his bicep was completely torn off at his forearm. After continuing to wrestle for another 10 minutes with the injury and finishing the match, once backstage, it was apparent that surgery was unavoidable since his bicep had rolled up to his shoulder. That following Monday, Craig consulted with a surgeon and surgery was immediately set up for Wednesday. After surgery, physical therapy and time off of wrestling was a must for the next 6 months. Upon getting his release, he didn't rush back into the ring, took the proper time to rest and heal, then it was back to the gym to prepare for his come back to the only place he knows where he belongs, the wrestling ring.
Craig, Pauly and Brandon Blaze decide to take a booking together in a 6-man tag team match on April 25th to test out his arm to see if it's ready to go back at it. After realizing that it is probably 80% back to normal, that's close enough to start back to where he belongs, the gym and the ring. The decision is made by Craig and his partner Pauly, that it's time to get back at it. Friday, May 22nd 2015 is set for the return of Hardcore Craig and the debut of Hardcore Impact vs. The Beer City Bruisers in West Allis, Wis. for Brew City Wrestling and the very next night, Craig was booked to make his comeback match at Pro Wrestling Blitz. Craig had made a surprise of his own the previous month by running in to Pro Wrestling Blitz in Joliet, Illinois, putting a pounding on Matty Starr and Brubaker and announcing to a surprised crowd that "I got 2 words for ya....I'M BACK!!!" After tearing down the house with The Beer City Bruisers and the next night at Pro Wrestling Blitz, it was certain to Craig that it was perfect timing. After his match on May 23rd with Brubraker, which ended with outside interference to help Brubaker win the match, Pauly coming down for the save and a Samoan getting thrown through a table. Tony Scarpone came to the ring to announce his plans for Wrestlefest 6.....A "Tables Match" with Hardcore Impact taking on the ECW, WWF/E and TNA Tag Team Legends....The Dudley Boyz!
The following week, Craig also made his debut back to POWW in Fox Lake, Illinois.