Professional wrestling career
Perez began wrestling as an amateur in high school and was one of the top athletes in his home state of Florida. He started professional wrestling in 1982.
He formed a team in ICW with Joe Savoldi known as the "New York Rockers". Perez went on to make a name for himself as "The Latin Heartthrob" in World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987, where he was the top heel for several months. He was managed by Gary Hart and feuded with Kevin Von Erich, Kerry Von Erich and Dingo Warrior. In 1988, Perez moved to the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions with Hart and teamed with Larry Zbyszko along with feuding with Nikita Koloff and Dusty Rhodes. In 1989 he wrestled in Championship Wrestling from Florida, and he lost the FCW Heavyweight Championship to Dustin Runnels. In September 1990, Perez competed as The Black Scorpion, wrestling Sting in a losing effort at Clash of Champions XII. According to Ric Flair, Perez was always meant to be the Black Scorpion but quit after finding out he was going to lose. This doesn't seem to fit with the fact that Perez did compete and lose at COCXII.
Perez debuted in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1989 where he wrestled against the likes of The Brooklyn Brawler, Koko B. Ware, The Red Rooster, and Bret "Hitman" Hart. In the beginning of 1990, Perez left the WWF and appeared in WCW.
Over the next several years, Perez competed in several independent promotions around the United States, including a return to Liberty All-Star Wrestling (LAW) in 2001 where he beat Jimmy Jannetty for the LAW Heavyweight title, before retiring from the business in 2002.
Perez has a cousin who wrestles as Lou Perez, and two sons Michael and Cody. He currently works for UPS, as well as doing concrete work.
Championships and accomplishments
- SWF Tag Team championship (1 time) - with Paul Orndorff
- PWI ranked him # 272 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
- Al Perez at Online World of Wrestling