William McClinton Jr. (January 5, 1987) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Willie Mack currently signed to Lucha Underground, where is the current Lucha Underground Trios Champion, in his first reign. He is best known for his work with California-based promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla,National Wrestling Alliance, NWA associates Alternative Wrestling Show and Mach One Pro Wrestling, and Lucha VaVOOM.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Willie Mack began his wrestling training while still in high school, but put it on hold until he graduated. He then attended Martin Marin’s WPW Training School in Anaheim, CA and wrestled at their weekly events at the Anaheim Marketplace. Knowing that he needed further training, Mack moved on to Bart Kapitzke’s AWS School in City of Industry, CA and began wrestling for the NWA sanctioned Alternative Wrestling Show.
At AWS he got noticed by NWA producers and was invited to appear at tapings of NWA Wrestling Showcase where he had the opportunity to face such wrestlers as Adam Pearce, Brent Albright, Joey Ryan, Chris Escobar and more. Mack also wrestled at the tapings as part of a tag team with his best friend and fellow WPW graduate Jerome Robinson.
Mack began wrestling for another NWA sanctioned group, Mach One Wrestling, who run weekly events at the American Sports Center across the street from where WPW had run previously. Mack was instantly one of the most popular wrestlers in the group. On February 5, 2010 after defeating Scorpio Sky in a number one contenders match for the M1W Championship, Mack entered himself into a 3-Way elimination match later that same evening, making it a 4-Way. After Joey Ryan and James Morgan were eliminated, Mack defeated reigning champion, Australia's Bobby Marshall to claim the title. Since then, he has been taking on all challengers for his belt.
On March 5, 2011, Mack lost the M1W Championship to James Morgan in a four-way match that also involved Nick Madrid and Andrew Hellman. On November 2, 2013, Mack participated in a tournament to crown the first MexPro Wrestling United States Champion. He defeated Jacob Diez and SoCal Crazy in the semi-finals, but he lost to CJ Kruz in the finale. On November 3, 2013, Mack was defeated by Samoa Joe at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood's Open Door, in a Dream match. On November 14, 2013, Mack was defeated by the CWFH Santino Bros. Wrestling Champion Robby Phoenix.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2010–2014)Edit
Mack debuted for the Southern California-based company Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on December 11, 2010, winning his first match. It has been acknowledged on DVD commentary that he attended PWG shows as a fan before training to be a wrestler. On March 4, 2011, Mack participated in the 2011 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament, pairing with Brandon Gatson in a loss against The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), the eventual winners, in the Opening Round. On May 27, Mack gained a substantial win by upsetting Kevin Steen. He then began a streak of wrestling top names on the independent scene, defeating Chris Hero in the first round of the 2011 Battle of Los Angeles before losing to El Generico, the eventual winner, in the Semifinal Round. On December 10, Mack beat Chris Hero for a second time in what ended up being Hero's PWG exit match. He continued his streak by beating Naruki Doi on January 29 and Roderick Strong on March 17, 2012.
Mack took part in the 2012 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament, teaming with El Generico as 2 Husky Black Guys. The duo beat Roderick Strong and the debuting Sami Callihan in the Opening and the RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime and Johnny Yuma) in the Semifinal Rounds, before succumbing to the Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno and Stupefied) in the Final. On May 25, Mack faced and beat debutant Michael Elgin. On July 21 at Threemendous III, PWG's nine-year anniversary event, Mack received a shot at the PWG World Championship, but was defeated by defending champion Kevin Steen. The match saw an interference by Brian Cage, which launched a feud between Cage and Mack. The 2012 Battle of Los Angeles, taking place in September, saw Mack lose against Sami Callihan on Night One. The following month at Failure to Communicate, Mack lost in his first encounter against Brian Cage. At Mystery Vortex on December 1, he faced Cage once more, this time in a match also involving B-Boy and T.J. Perkins, with Mack emerging victorious.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2014)Edit
On September 1, 2014, it was confirmed that McClinton had passed WWE's medical testing and was scheduled to report to the promotion's developmental territory, NXT. He was released on October 13, before ever beginning his WWE training.
Lucha Underground (2015–present)Edit
On February 2015, it was announced Mack worked at Lucha Underground's TV Tapings. He wrestled under the ringname The Mack, Big Ryck's cousin. On February 8, 2015, along with Kill Shot and Big Ryck participated in a tournament for the LU Trios Championship, but they were defeated in the semi-finals by the eventual winners Angélico, Son of Havoc and Ivelisse Vélez. He won the Lucha Underground Trios Championship with Dante Fox and Killshot on June 26, 2016 after Drago, Pindar & Vibora during Part 3 of Lucha Underground Episode: "Ultima Lucha Tres".
McClinton Jr. attended Los Angeles Southwest College.
- Finishing moves
- Chocolate Thunder Bomb (Scoop lift sitout powerbomb)
- Chocolate Thunder Driver (Over-the-shoulder reverse piledriver)
- Signature moves
- MDX – My Dick Xplodes (Leaping corner clothesline with Mack's legs going through the ropes)
- Samoan drop followed by kip-up and standing moonsault or running shooting star press
- Frog splash
- High-angle belly-to-back suplex
- Pop-up elbow smash
- Over-the-ropes suicide senton
- Jumping knee drop
- Running low-angle shoulder block after opponent has been Irish whipped off adjacent ropes – adopted from Human Tornado
- Jumping spinning uppercut – adopted from Human Tornado
- "Milk Chocolate"
- "Chocolate Caliente"
- "The Chocolate Juggalo"
- Entrance music
- "Game Over (Flip)" by Lil' Flip (NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood)
- "Put You On The Game" by The Game (Mach 1 Wrestling)
Championships and AccomplishmentsEdit
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #332 of the top 500 wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012
- World Pro Wrestling (Anaheim, CA)
- WPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
|Adam Thornstowe • Alkatrazz • Brandon Gatson • Brian Cage • Bryce Harrison • Che Cabrera • Disco Inferno • Funny Bone • Gregory Sharpe • J-Cash • Jakob Austin Young • Kenny King • Kevin Kross • Killa Gorilla • Lance Hoyt • Legacy • Leon Hater • Luster The Legend • Michael Modest • Phil Baroni • Ryan Taylor • Sikou • Sinn Bodhi • Tito Escondido • Troy McClain • Tyler Cintron • Tyshaun Prince • Vegas • Willie Mack|
|Cold Cold World • Reno Scum • Suburban Commandos • The Young Bucks•|
|Staff & Other Personnel|
|Bruce Radell (Ring Announcer) • Jack Slammy (FSW High Octane Show Co-Host) • Pauly Kover (FSW High Octane Show Host)|