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Juan Rivera (born August 10, 1964), better known by the ring name Savio Vega, is a Puerto Rican professional wrestler.

Background

Pre-WrestleMania

After losing two dark matches in the World Wrestling Federation on July 1993, Rivera debuted as Kwang on January 10, 1994. He enters the 1994 Royal Rumble at entrant #4. During the match, he teamed with the fifth entrant, Owen Hart, battling the face wrestlers to a stalemate until Kevin Nash entered seventh and eliminated all the previous entrants.

WrestleMania XII (1996)

On the March 11 edition of Raw, he wrestled Stone Cold Steve Austin for the first time, resulting in a double countout. This led to a feud, and a series of matches.

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulations Date
Stone Cold Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) Savio Vega Anaheim, California XII Singles match March 31, 1996
Hawk/Animal/Ahmed Johnson Faarooq/Crush/Savio Vega Rosemont, Illinois 13 Chicago Street Fight March 23, 1997
Hawk/Animal (with Sunny) Battle Royal Boston, Massachusetts XIV Battle Royal to determine the #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship March 29, 1998

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Caribbean Kick (Spinning heel kick)
    • Painkiller (Superkick)
    • Spin kick – as Kwang
  • Signature moves
    • Cobra Dinamita (Cobra clutch)
    • Green mist
    • Jumping high kick
    • Knife edge chop
    • Throat trust
  • Nicknames
    • "The Caribbean Sensation"
    • "El Boricua Mayor"
    • "King of the Triple Threats"
  • Managers
    • Harvey Wippleman
    • Clarence Mason
  • Wrestlers trained
    • Germán Figueroa
    • Jonathan Ayala
    • Sami Zayn
    • Chris Angel
    • Dennis Rivera
    • Gilbert
    • Ivelisse Vélez
  • Entrance themes
    • "Star of Vega" by Jim Johnston (WWF)

Championship and accomplishments

  • Americas Wrestling Federation
    • AWF Americas Championship (1 time)
  • Borinquen Sports Promotion
    • BSP World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Champion Wrestling Association
    • CWA World Heavyweight championship (1 time)
  • Dominican Wrestling Entertainment
    • DWE World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Miguel Pérez, Jr.
  • International Wrestling Association
    • IWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • IWA Hardcore Championship (1 time)
    • IWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Miguel Pérez, Jr.
    • Bruiser Brody Hardcore Weekend memorial Cup
  • Latin Wrestling Alliance
    • LWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • New Revolution Wrestling
    • NRW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #49 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1996
    • PWI ranked him #321 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • Revolution X-Treme Wrestling
    • RXW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Association (Puerto Rico)
    • WWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WWA Puerto Rico Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Council
    • WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • WWC North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • WWC World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Mr. Pogo
    • WWC Television Championship (5 times)
  • Wrestling Alliance Revolution
    • WAR World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WAR Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Condor Ortíz
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Worst Feud of the Year (1997) – vs. Disciples of Apocalypse
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