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 agianst all comers including X-Pac, Al Snow, Rhyno and even Tony Scarpone in a "Dog Collar Match".
After losing his title in late 2011, Craig is still at it after 21 years in wrestling. Go to his schedule page to see where to catch him next !