||July 14, 1950 in Puerto Rico
||Originally from Peurto Rico
Moved Boston, MASS
Settled in Edmonton, ALB
||Married: Susan Cruz
|Height & Weight:
||Hercules Ayala Cortez
Abdullah the Butcher
WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Tag Team title;
World Class World Tag Team titles;
(Montreal) Canadian International Heavyweight title;
(Calgary) Stampede International Tag Team titles;
EWU (South Africa) World Super Heavyweight title;
NWA (Texas) World Tag Team titles;
WWC (World Wrestling Council) World Tag Team titles;
WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Heavyweight title;
WWC (World Wrestling Council) Puerto Rican Heavyweight title (5);
WWC (World Wrestling Council) Universal Heavyweight title (3);
WWC (World Wrestling Council) Caribbean Heavyweight title (3);
AWF (Puerto Rico) Heavyweight title;
AWF (Puerto Rico) Tag Team titles;
In The Beginning:
Hercules took the name "Ayala" because it was his mother's maiden name..
Hercules Ayala, living in Boston, began working out and met wrestler Angelo Savoldi, who trained him..
Hercules Ayala debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation..
World Wrestling Council:
Early 70s: Hercules Ayala returned to his native Puerto Rico to work for Capital Sports Promotion, better known as WWC..
~~~Hercules Ayala made a shocking heel turn on Carlos Colon and feuded with him..
1977: Hercules Ayala met Bret Hart & Dynamite Kid while on tour in Germany, Ayala was soon booked in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling..
~~~Hercules Ayala agreed to a six month run, but ended up staying eight years!
~~~Hercules Ayala left Stampede just before the WWF expanded and bought the promotion..
~~~Hercules Ayala was often billed as 'The Strongest Man in Wrestling'..
~~~Hercules Ayala met his wife, Susan, while working for Stampede, who was from Edmonton, Alberta..
WWC + Eastern Canada:
March 1985: Hercules Ayala defeated Randy Savage to win the WWC North American title..
Hercules Ayala also did a couple of tours of duty for the Atlantic Grand Prix circuit, as Hercules Ayala Cortez (not the original)..
January 1987: Hercules Ayala defeated Dr. D. David Shultz for Montreal's International Wrestling title..
~~~Hercules Ayala would eventually lose the title to Abdullah the Butcher..
1988: Hercules Ayala was in the 'heel' dressing room when Bruiser Brody was killed (in the 'face' locker room) in Peurto Rico..
Ruben & Susan Cruz now live in Edmonton with their two daughters, who have dual citizenship..
Ruben, who is a landed immigrant in Canada, also has a son from a previous relationship in Puerto Rico..