[Rico Gallery]
Wrestler: Rico
Real Name: Rico Cosantino
Birthday: October 1, 1961
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Marital Status: Married
Height & Weight: 6' - 238 lbs
Trained by: Jesse Hernandez
Danny Davis
Debut: 2001
Previous Gimmicks: The Cobra
Rico Constantino (OVW)
Finishing Move: Kneeling Neckbreaker
Spinning Roundhouse Kick
Favorite Moves: The Ricosault/High Hard One
Arm Wrench and kick
Leaping Double Knee Backbreaker
Middle Rope Springboard Corner Enziguri
Slap and Spank
Notable Feuds: Rikishi
Bob Holly
Billy & Chuck
Stephanie McMahon
Fan Website: Rico FanSite

  • American Gladiators Champion;
  • EWF Heavyweight title;
  • PPW Heavyweight title;
  • HWA Heavyweight title;
  • OVW Heavyweight title (3);
  • OVW Southern Tag Team titles;
  • WWE Tag Team titles w/Rikishi;
  • WWE Tag Team titles w/Charlie Haas;
  • All-Asian Tag Team titles w/Bull Buchanan defeating Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse (February 2, 2005);

  • In the Beginning:
  • Rico Cosantino led a relitively turbulant life until his entrance to Northwest military academy..
  • Rico Cosantino graduated at the top of his class and at one point considered enrollment at West Point..
  • ~~~~Instead, Rico returned to Las Vegas and settled into a career as a paramedic..
  • ~~~~This led to enrollment in the police academy, and graduating first in the entire state..
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~Rico Cosantino was also on the SWAT team at one point..
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~This also paved the way for Rico's next career, as a body guard..
  • Rico Cosantino worked as a stuntman as Batman & Conan in a California theme park, and injured his knee doing this..
  • Rico was challenged by American Gladiator "Gemini" to find out if he "had what it took" to be a contestant for the show..
  • Rico Cosantino would end up defeating Gladiator Gemini in his own best event, the Joust, the only person to ever do that..
  • Rico Cosantino defeated all the other contestants and Gladiators to become the champion for the 1990-1991 season..
  • Rico's only loss was on the "Wall" portion of the American Gladiators series was due to a concussion suffered in a prior event..
  • ~~~There are four American Gladiator trading cards featuring Rico, as well as a Red Challenger action figure that bears his image..
  • Rico next appeared on the European game show "Capture Ft. Boyard", and a win over his former Gladiator nemesis Craig Branham..
  • ~~~In the show, he was the first and only competitor to capture the needed key in the bungee jump challenge on an upswing..
  • ~~~The rules were changed after that, as no one actually thought it could be done until that point..
  • ~~~Use their clothing to carry the valuable coins was not allowed, so Rico picked up one of his female teammates and filled her lap..
  • A chance encounter led Rico to being recruited by the Power Team..
  • ~~~A two week tryout lasted almost two years as Rico traveled the world impressing young people with feats of strength..
  • ~~~At one point while with the Power Team, he was ordained as a minister to further allow him to counsel kids..
  • ~~~His work with children has been vast - from the Special Olympics and various other children’s charities..

    Getting into the Business:
  • Rico Cosantino began to train with the Empire Wrestling Federation for a career in the wrestling business..
  • Rico Cosantino was 'discovered' by WWF officials Terry Taylor and Dr. Tom Pritchard..
  • 2001: After ONLY 12 professional matches, Rico signed a developmental deal with the WWF..
  • Rico Cosantino was sent to Ohio Valley wrestling for further training and molding by Danny Davis and Jim Cornette..
  • Rico Cosantino's first OVW opponent was Rasputin, and it was a slaughter..
  • Rico Cosantino's first tag team partner was Flash (Flanigan)..
  • At one time, he held three belts simultaneously: EWF, OVW, and PPW..
  • Rico Cosantino teamed with Prototype as one of the all time greatest heat generators in Ohio Valley History..
  • 2001: Rico Cosantino was nominated for PWI’s rookie of the year..
  • Early 2002: Rico Cosantino wrestled dark matches on RAW and SMACKDOWN, plus performs at NON-TELEVISED LIVE EVENTS..
  • March 2002: Rico is sent to HWA (Heartland Wrestling Association) to sharpen his skills..
  • ~~~While competing in HWA, Rico formed a tag team with Tough Enough winner Maven..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - Smackdown!:
  • March 21, 2002 - Smackdown!: Rico finally debuts on WWF Television as the "Stylist" to Tag Team Champions, Billy & Chuck.. Going by just "Rico".
  • May 9, 2002 - Smackdown!: Rico makes his first in-ring TV appearance.. Billy/Chuck & Rico defeat Al Snow/Mavan & Rikishi!
  • May 16, 2002 - Smackdown!: Defeated by Rikishi, squashed, literally..
  • May 19, 2002 - Judgement Day: Rico gets his first taste of Gold in the WWE, ordered to team with Rikishi against his own men, Billy & Chuck.. Rikishi & Rico capture the WWE Tag Titles!!
  • May 23, 2002 - Smackdown!: Rico says that he will make it up to Billy & Chuck somehow...
  • June 6, 2002 - Smackdown!: Billy & Chuck defeat Rikishi & Rico to recapture the WWE Tag Team Titles, with help from Rico!
  • August 1, 2002 - Smackdown!: Rico is defeated by John Cena, but Billy & Chuck attack Cena after the match..
  • August 15, 2002 - Smackdown!: Hurricane, Shannon Moore & Hardcore Holly defeat Billy, Chuck & Rico..
  • August 17, 2002 - Velocity: Hardcore Holly defeated Rico Constantino..
  • September 4, 2002 - OVW "Fall Brawl": Defeated by Lance Cade..
  • September 12, 2002 - Smackdown!: Rico convinces Stephanie McMahon to attend the "Billy & Chuck Commitment Ceremony"..
  • ~~~The Cemony ends when Rico, Bischoff, Rosey & Jamal outsmart Stephanie |||||| Rico jumps to RAW!

    World Wrestling Entertainment - RAW:
  • September 16, 2002 - RAW: Rico defeats the Nature Boy Ric Flair!
  • October 21, 2002 - RAW: Big Show defeats Rico, Rosey & Jamal in a handicap match!
  • November 17, 2002 - Survivor Series: JHardy/Spike/Bubba defeat Rico/Rosey/Jamal in a six-man elimination tables match..
  • ~~~The finish saw DVon Dudley come out and help Bubba win the match, becoming the sole survivor..
  • November 18, 2002 - RAW: Bubba, DVon & Spike defeat Rosey, Jamal & Rico in a six-man match..
  • May 19, 2003 - RAW: The Dudley Boyz defeat 3-Minute Warning - Rico walks out on 3MW after the match..
  • June 16, 2003 - RAW: Rico returns to RAW using his new "Adrian Street" gimmick with Jackie Gayda as his valet, and beats Spike..
  • June 30, 2003 - RAW: Rico (not getting over) defeats Maven after Miss Jackie pushed Maven off the top rope!
  • August 11, 2003 - RAW: Rico & Miss Jackie beat Scott Stiener & Stacy Keibler with interference from Test..
  • November 3, 2003 - RAW: Lance Storm defeated Rico w/Miss Jackie -- Val Venis stood at ringside watching the match..
  • December 1, 2003 - RAW: Chris Jericho & Trish Stratus defeated Rico & Miss Jackie (Trish & Jericho's relationship heats up)..
  • December 14, 2003 - Armageddon: Rico defeated John Heidenreich with help from Miss Jacke (shown on Sunday Night Heat)..
  • Janaury 26, 2003 - RAW: Rico defeated Rob Conway after he was distracted when Jackie Gayda flashed him!
  • February 2, 2004 - RAW: Rico defeated Rene Dupre when Stacy Keibler flashed her butt at Dupre and he got pinned!

    World Wrestling Entertainment - Smackdown!:
  • March 22, 2004 - Draft Lottery: Rico & Miss Jackie were one of the first official trades that occur after the show, both heading to SD!
  • April 3, 2004 - Velocity: Rico Constantino defeated Jamie Noble..
  • April 15, 2004 - Smackdown!: Rico defeated Charlie Haas by Count Out after Rico kissed Haas and he refused to get back in the ring!
  • April 22, 2004 - Smackdown!: Charlie Haas & Rico defeated Rikishi & Scotty Too Hotty to capture the WWE Tag Team titles!
  • April 29, 2004 - Smackdown!: Charlie Haas & Rico defeated the Basham Brothers to retain the WWE Tag Team titles..
  • May 6, 2004 - Smackdown!: Charlie Haas & Rico defeated Paul London & Billy Kidman to retain the Tag Team titles (taped for HEAT)..
  • May 8, 2004 - Velocity: Rico Constantino & Charlie Haas defeated Billy Kidman & Paul London..
  • May 13, 2004 - SD!: Hardcore Holly w/Billy Gunn defeated Rico w/Miss Jackie & Charlie Haas..
  • May 16, 2004 - Judgment Day: Charlie Haas & Rico w/Miss Jackie defeated Hardcore Holly & Billy Gunn to retain the Tag titles..
  • May 20, 2004 - SD!: Charlie Haas & Rico w/Miss Jackie beat The FBI (Nunzio & Johnny Stamboli) in a NON title match..
  • June 5, 2004 - Velocity: Rico Constantnio & Charlie Haas defeated Akio & Sakoda..
  • June 12, 2004 - Velocity: Rico Constantino defeated Jamie Noble..
  • June 17, 2004 - Smackdown: The Dudley Boyz defeated Charlie Haas & Rico to capture the WWE Tag Team titles!
  • July 2004: Rico is expected to be out until September or October as he is recovering from a torn hamstring injury..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - Smackdown! Return:
  • September 16, 2004 - Smackdown!: Charlie Haas defeated Spike Dudley when the Dudleyz interfered (Rico made the save!)
  • September 25, 2004 - Velocity: Rico Constantino & Hardcore Holly defeated The Basham Brothers..
  • October 3, 2004 - No Mercy: Rico & Charlie Haas & Miss Jackie defeated The Dudley Boyz & Dawn Marie..
  • October 16, 2004 - Velocity: Buh Buh Ray Dudley defeated Rico Constantino..
  • November 4, 2004 - Velocity: Billy Kidman defeated Rico (Kidman went for SSP after, but Chavo made the save)..
  • November 4, 2004: Rico is officially released from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract, which comes as a huge surprise..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - Life After WWE:
  • February 2, 2005: Bull Buchanan & Rico defeated Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse to win the All-Asian Tag Team titles..