Former WWE star and a former WWE Intercontinental Champion Carlito recently talked about his finishing maneuver The Backstabber. Carlito was one of the most active wrestlers in WWE during the ruthless aggression era and the beginning of the PG era.
Carlito joined WWE back in 2003. He spent one year in the Ohio Valley Wrestling which was the Development Territory of WWE back then.
Carlito Speaks On His Finisher
In one year time, he was given a main roster push and he made his debut against John Cena under the ring name off Carlito Caribbean Cool. He defeated John Cena to win his first WWE United States Championship. It was his first and only United States Championship Run though.
On the very next year he was drafted to Monday night RAW and he was given an intercontinental championship Run white soon after joining RAW. He defeated Shelton Benjamin to win the title. And these two were the singles championships that he won in WWE.
Carlito was given some tag team boost by having him team up with Chris Masters. In fact, Chris Masters and him challenged Kane And The Big Show at WrestleMania 22 for the WWE World Tag Team championships. Even though they lost the opportunity, as he was pinned by Kane. But he was given a time Tag Team title boost later when he unified the WWE Tag Team Championship and the world Tag Team Championship along with his brother Primo.
After WWE released him in 2010, he got fame in the independent promotions. He was seen giving some sporadic appearances in WWE after his release but he never got a steady contract after that.
Recently the former WWE star talked about his finishing Mini over the Backstabber. Here is what he had to say;
“The Backstabber, that’s [John] Cena’s fault. I just thought it was a cool move and Cena kept on pushing it on me, ‘That’s gotta be your finisher, that’s gotta be your finisher.’ ‘Yeah, but I gotta do that every night’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah, but it’s a cool finisher’ and I was like, ‘Alright’ so I guess I gave in because you know, my first couple of years when I came to WWE, I didn’t have a finisher, I was doing different things.
“So I said, ‘Yeah, alright’ so I kind of said, ‘Alright, it’s a cool move, nobody else does it. I mean, let me go ahead and use it and solidify it as my own finisher.’ Seems like everybody started using it after I left.”
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