On February 28th, after a thrilling contest and a three count signaling the end of a hard fought No DQ Match, Anaya made history. Not just by becoming the Rocky Mountain Pro Champion for the first time in his career. But he joined an a certain club. A club, that before that night only housed two other members. On February 28th Anaya become only the third man to hold the Rocky Mountain Pro, CHARGED, and Tag Team Championships through their time in Rocky Mountain Pro. Let’s take a look at the three men who hold the distinction of being Triple Crown Winners in RMP.
The first person become a Triple Crown Winner in Rocky Mountain Pro was Stephen Ashburn. Then known as Stefan Lacroix, Ashburn was only a few months into his professional wrestling career when he earned a Championship Match for the (then) NRW Championship. The rookie shocked the entire NRW fan base as he took the Championship at Shocktober, just 3 months after it was taken from Danger Dean who held the title an incredible (and yet to be even close to passed) 463 days. It was here Ashburn sided with Titus Machiavelli and would run roughshod over the entire NRW roster defeating challenger after challenger until he finally lost the Championship to Hoodlum at Milestone 5.
Ashburn’s next taste of Gold would be with an unlikely partner, Tyler Stinson, as the two formed a team known as The Balance. The two would provide an interesting dynamic with Stinson being able to hit harder and fly higher while Ashburn would focus more on mat based attacks, causing issues for all of their challengers. Finally defeating the Canadian Pitbulls at Never Broken in 2016, The Balance would continue to be the standard bearer in the NRW Tag Team division until a change in heart for Ashburn caused them the Titles as Ashburn gave a low blow to Zero Cool. At the time, Championships could change hands by Disqualification, thus taking the titles away from The Balance.
It wouldn’t be too long before Ashburn held Championship gold again, this time with the DQ rule playing into his favor. On a January 2017 edition of CHARGED, Curtis Cole would lose his CHARGED Championship to Ashburn due to a chair shot by Tyler Stinson. He would go on to hold the Championship for just over seven months before losing it to Mario Vanjur at Milestone in a Championship for Championship Match. In March of 2018, he would once again hold the Championship, defeating Anaya with the help of Aria Aurora only to lose it back once week later.
In a shocking turn of events, Ashburn would be the only male star to hold the Rocky Mountain Pro Lockettes Championship as he pinned Allie Gato in a Mixed Tag Team Match with both the CHARGED and Lockettes Titles on the line, but with the rules never specifying which title went to who, Ashburn was awarded the Lockettes Championship in, what many say, was the lowest point in the divisions history.
Curtis Cole was the second man to become a Triple Crown winner as his rise to the top of Rocky Mountain pro was a long one. Following a fan demanded accent, Curtis Cole would defy the odds and challenge Anaya time after time to a shot at the CHARGED Championship. A title, which at the time, was only held by Anaya and Dozer (WWE’s Otis Dozovic). When the match was finally made, Danger Dean was added giving yet another obstacle to Cole. However the stars aligned at Milestone 6 as NRW turned into Rocky Mountain Pro, Curtis Cole would defeat Anaya and Danger Dean to capture his first RMP Championship in the form of the CHARGED Championship. As already mentioned, Cole would lose the Championship to Ashburn the following year.
A budding friendship (depending on which part you ask) began to arise as Curtis Cole and Humphrey Jacobs the 1st began to team up on Rocky Mountain Pro events, allowing Cole and fans to dub the team the Mile High Express. This would catch the attention of Vince Russo who gave the unlikely team a match on CHARGED against makeshift tag team Duane Douglas and Warren Cadence for the Tag Team Championships. After a Blockbuster and Spinebuster later, The Mile High Express would become Rocky Mountain Pro Tag Team Champions. However the team and reign wouldn’t last long as HJ1 decided he was tired of sharing the spotlight and turned his back on Curtis leading to an eventual Match at Milestone 7 with Jacobs taking the victory and sole possession of the Tag Team Championships. Cole would later team with Mercury Yaden to claim his second Tag Team Championship as the Most Funnest Tag Team on The Planet.
October 27th, 2017 Mario Vanjur was forced to vacate his Rocky Mountain Pro Championship due to injury. A Championship he held for ten months and defended more than any other Champion up until that time. His opponent Tyler Stinson was then placed into a Fatal Four Way Match with Curtis Cole, Stephen Ashburn and Danger Dean as the Main Event of Shocktober took place. In what has become known as the biggest “Shock of Shocktober” Curtis Cole was able to land a Blockbuster and pin the favorite of the match, Tyler Stinson, to capture his first Rocky Mountain Pro championship. The RMP fans and Cole celebrated as the favorite son of RMP had finally made it to the top of the mountain in Rocky Mountain Pro. Cole himself would hold the title for 10 months as he took on and overcame every challenger for the Title including former and soon to be Champions Mario Vanjur, Anaya and even his old nemesis Humphrey Jacobs 1st. However, injury and anger would cause Cole to lose the Championship to Tyler Stinson.
Anaya has become synonymous with the CHARGED Championship, as is to be expected when someone holds the Championship four separate times including one reign over 300 days and when he is the first Champion. At New Years Revolution, in January 2016, Anaya became the first CHARGED Champion by winning a Tournament defeating Stephen Ashburn. His second reign would come by defeating Dozer in a 60 Minute Iron Match Match, not only taking the Championship but sending Dozer out of RMP. Anaya would hold the title two more times making him the figure head of the Championship. It’s no doubt that for the foreseeable future, when someone thinks of the CHARGED Championship, you will think of Anaya.
One question many had was how were the Left Coast Guerrillas not running roughshod over the tag team division. Regardless of why or how, the Left Coast Guerrillas were without question of the best, if not the best tag team Rocky Mountain Pro has ever seen. The two would claim their (as of now) only Tag Team Championship in Rocky Mountain Pro at Milestone. While the reign would not be long, it is good to see that a name that belongs in that list of Champions be there and not vacant.
“Four Years Too Late” was what Anaya claimed as he held the Rocky Mountain Pro Championship. Long regarded as the best wrestler in Colorado or the best wrestler in the Rocky Mountain Region, Anaya finally claimed the Rocky Mountain Pro Championship defeating Atiba in a No Disqulification match. The reign of “The HiesenBrother” is just starting but promises to be one for the record books. Who can stop Anaya and who will be the next Triple Crown Champion at Rocky Mountain Pro?
LET US KNOW WHO WILL BE THE NEXT TRIPLE CROWN WINNER?
Mario Vanjur (Tag Team Title)
Mercury Yaden (CHARGED Title)
Tyler Stinson (CHARGED Title)
Atiba (CHARGED & Tag Team Title)
Filter (CHARGED & RMP Title)
Severino Corrente (RMP & Tag Team Title)