PAC (wrestler)


PAC (wrestler)
Ben Satterly
Ring name(s) PAC / Pac[1]
Jungle PAC[1]
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Billed weight 171 lb (78 kg)[2]
Born August 22, 1986 (1986-08-22) (age 25)[1]
Newcastle upon Tyne, England[1]
Billed from Newcastle upon Tyne (as PAC)
The Jungle (as Jungle PAC)
Trained by Dragon Asiu[1]
Debut 2004[2]

Benjamin "Ben" Satterly (also spelled Satterley in some sources, born on August 22, 1986) is an English professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Pac (stylized as PAC), who is currently working for Dragon Gate, and Dragon Gate USA. He is noted for his exceptional high flying style which has earned him the nickname "The Man That Gravity Forgot". Satterly began his wrestling career in the North-East of England with a small promotion, the Independent Wrestling Federation, and after establishing himself in the United Kingdom and Ireland with promotions such as Real Quality Wrestling, One Pro Wrestling, and Irish Whip Wrestling, he began to perform overseas, most notably for the Italy-based Nu Wrestling Evolution, the United States-based Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Chikara, and the Japan-based Dragon Gate.

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Professional wrestling career

After training under Dragon Asiu, Satterly made his debut in 2004 as PAC. After joining One Pro Wrestling in May 2006, PAC became the first ever Openweight Champion on November 26 after winning a battle royal.[1] He would successfully retain the title on several occasions before losing it to James Wallace on June 30, 2007 in a match that started immediately after PAC retained the title in a four-way match.[1] On December 29, PAC failed to reclaim the title after losing to then-champion Darren Burridge.[1]

Foreign excursion

In January 2007, PAC wrestled as part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact! Total tour in Portugal along with fellow British wrestlers Spud, Jonny Storm and Jody Fleisch.[3]

Soon after the tour, PAC debuted in Ring of Honor at their March 3 and 4 shows at the Liverpool Olympia in Liverpool, England. On the first night, he lost to Roderick Strong in a match for the FIP World Heavyweight Championship. On the second, he was defeated by Matt Sydal.[4] On April 22, he debuted in Chikara at their show Rey De Voladores in a four-way elimination match against Chuck Taylor, Ricochet and Retail Dragon, which was won by Taylor.

In late April, PAC represented International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom in the prestigious King of Europe Cup. He defeated Trent Acid in the first round before falling to Nigel McGuinness in the quarterfinals.[5]

In August, PAC returned to Chikara at their International Invaders weekend. On the first night, he was defeated by Ricochet. The next night, he was defeated by Claudio Castagnoli. On August 23, he participated at the eighth Ballpark Brawl, where he lost a six-way elimination match that featured Sterling James Keenan, Trent Acid, El Generico, Xtremo and John McChesney, which was won by Keenan.[1] The next day, he returned to ROH in a losing effort against Bryan Danielson.[1] At ROH's Manhattan Mayhem, he lost to Davey Richards.[1]

In 2007, Satterly began wrestling in the Italy-based Nu-Wrestling Evolution under the ring name Jungle PAC. As Jungle PAC, Satterly's character is that of a jungle native, which is emphasized by his attire consisting of a loincloth or a lava-lava over his trunks as well as being billed from "The Jungle". On April 19, 2008, Jungle PAC competed in a four-way ladder match for the vacant Cruiserweight Championship against Juventud Guerrera, Matt Cross and Super Nova, which was won by Guerrera.[6] On October 26, Jungle PAC wrestled against Guerrera and Super Nova in a three-way match for the Cruiserweight Title, but was unable to win the title.[7] He wrestled against Guerrera and Nova in two more three-way matches for the title on November 1 and 2, but was again unable to win the title.[7]

On November 17, 2009, PAC debuted in American Wrestling Rampage during its European Invasion tour, and lost to Dunkan Disorderly in a three-way match also involving Shawn Maxer for the promotion's No Limits Championship.[8] Two days later, he wrestled against Disorderly in a singles match for the title, but was defeated.[8] After defeating Disorderly in tag-team matches over the next two days, PAC and Maxer wrestled against Disorderly for the No Limits Title in another three-way match on November 22, but were again defeated.[8] After trading wins with El Generico over the next few days, PAC finally won the title after defeating Generico and new champion Michael Knight on November 29.[8] After successfully retaining the title against Generico on December 4 and 6, PAC lost the title to Dunkan Disorderly on December 8.[8] The next day, PAC and Generico defeated Disorderly and Shawn Maxer in a tag-team match.[8]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2006–2008, 2011)

On November 17, 2006, PAC made his debut in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. He competed against AJ Styles in a losing effort of the first night of All Star Weekend IV. The next night, he faced El Generico in a match that was considered by those in attendance a serious Match of the Year contender. PAC would return to PWG on February 24, 2007, defeating Kevin Steen to pick up his first win in the promotion. He would face Generico again on April 7, this time in the main event of the first night of All Star Weekend V with the PWG World Championship on the line. Though they would replicate, and in the opinion of many supersede the acclaimed received from their first match, Generico once again came out on top. The next night, PAC faced All Japan Pro Wrestling star Kaz Hayashi in a losing effort.

PAC was originally scheduled to compete in singles matches during the first PWG Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament on May 20 and 21. However, Roderick Strong's original partner, Jack Evans, had been called back to Dragon Gate at the last moment and decided to have PAC fill the vacant spot. After defeating Super Dragon and Davey Richards in the first round, Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino in the second round and then the Briscoe Brothers in the finals, PAC and Strong won the tournament and as a result, became the new World Tag Team Champions.[1][9][10] In their first title defense, PAC and Strong defeated The Havana Pitbulls (Ricky Reyes and Rocky Romero) at PWG's event Roger Dorn Night on June 10.[1] Through July 15 to July 22, PAC took part and competed for Dragon Gate's biggest tour of the year, Wrestle JAM, where he and El Generico represented PWG alongside Ring of Honor representatives Austin Aries, Delirious, Jack Evans, Matt Sydal and Jimmy Rave.

On July 29, PAC and Strong were scheduled to defend their World Tag Team Championship against the Briscoe Brothers in a 2 out of 3 falls match. However, they were replaced by Kevin Steen and El Generico, who ended up winning World Tag Team Championship in a one fall match.

PAC was among the 24 participants in the 2007 Battle of Los Angeles Tournament in Burbank, California that ran from August 31 to September 2. He defeated Jack Evans in a first round match then Claudio Castagnoli in a second round match before losing to eventual tournament winner CIMA in a semi-final round match.[1]

After almost a year-long absence from the company, PAC made his return to PWG at All Star Weekend VII on August 30, 2008, where he picked up the win for the team of himself and The Young Bucks by pinning Kevin Steen, who teamed with El Generico and Susumu Yokosuka.[6] The next night, Pac was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the World Championship from then-champion Chris Hero.[6] Pac returned to PWG on July 23, 2011, facing Kevin Steen in a losing effort.[11]

Dragon Gate (2007–present)

Shortly after participating in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Battle of Los Angeles tournament, PAC was invited to Dragon Gate for their Dragon Storm 2007 tour beginning on September 8. The tour was the last for World Wrestling Entertainment-bound Matt Sydal, who on September 14 endorsed PAC to be his replacement on the Dragon Gate faction Typhoon. On September 15, PAC defeated Dragon Kid for the westside Xtreme wrestling World Lightweight Championship.[1] On April 25, 2008, PAC lost to Gamma in the first round of a tournament for the Open the Brave Gate Championship.[6] On May 31, PAC and Dragon Kid wrestled against fellow Typhoon members Ryo Saito and Susumu Yokosuka for the Open the Twin Gate Championship, but were unable to win.[6] On July 27, PAC, Dragon Kid and Anthony W. Mori represented Typhoon in a four-way match for the Open the Triangle Gate Championship, but were unable to defeat Gamma, YAMATO and Yasushi Kanda for the title.[6] After Typhoon disbanded in 2008, PAC joined WORLD-1 in 2009.[7] On March 22, 2009, PAC, BxB Hulk and Naoki Tanisaki represented WORLD-1 in a losing effort to the Open the Triangle Gate Champions KAMIKAZE (Dragon Kid, Shingo Takagi and Taku Iwasa) in a three-way match also involving Real Hazard (Keni'chiro Arai, YAMATO and Yasushi Kanda).[12] WORLD-1 again challenged for the title on May 24, but were defeated by the new champions WARRIORS-5 (CIMA, Gamma and KAGETORA).[12] On June 7, WORLD-1 finally won the Open the Triangle Gate Championship after defeating WARRIORS-5.[12] WORLD-1 made their first successful title defense on July 19, where they defeated KAMIKAZE (Akira Tozawa, Dragon Kid and Taku Iwasa).[12] On August 8, WORLD-1 suffered their first loss since winning the championship after being defeated by WARRIORS-5 in a non-title match.[8] Eight days later, WORLD-1 retained their title against Akebono, Don Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki.[8] On October 14, WORLD-1 lost the Open the Triangle Gate Title to Akebono, Fujii and Mochizuki in a rematch.[8] On February 7, 2010, PAC lost to K-ness in a match for the Open the Brave Gate Championship.[8] On August 29, 2010, PAC defeated Susumu Yokosuka in a tournament final to win the vacant Open the Brave Gate Championship for the first time.[13] On April 14, 2011, PAC, BxB Hulk and Susumu Yokosuka failed to win the Open the Triangle Gate Championship from Blood Warriors (CIMA, Dragon Kid and Ricochet) and, as a result, World-1 was forced to disband.[14] On April 24 former World-1 members PAC, Hulk, Yokosuka and Yoshino agreed to form a new alliance with Masaaki Mochizuki to battle Blood Warriors.[15] On June 8, the new group was named Junction Three in reference to it being a union between the former members of World-1, KAMIKAZE and the Veteran Army.[16] On June 19 PAC and Dragon Kid defeated the Blood Warriors team of Ryo Saito and Genki Horiguchi to win the Open the Twin Gate Championship. They would lose the title to Blood Warriors representatives CIMA and Ricochet on July 17.[17] On November 19, PAC lost the Open the Brave Gate Championship to Ricochet, ending his record reign at 447 days.[18]

Dragon Gate USA (2010–present)

On July 5, 2010, PAC made his debut for Dragon Gate's international expansion Dragon Gate USA, wrestling in a match where he and BxB Hulk were defeated by YAMATO and Shingo.[19] At the following day's tapings of the Uprising pay-per-view, PAC and Naruki Doi defeated Jigsaw and Mike Quackenbush.[20] On December 20, 2010, Dragon Gate USA announced that it had signed PAC to a contract that would make him a regular member of the promotion's roster.[21] On January 30, 2011, PAC and Masato Yoshino defeated Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano to become Dragon Gate USA's first ever Open the United Gate Champions.[22] On September 11, PAC and Yoshino lost the Open the United Gate Championship to Open the Twin Gate Champions, CIMA and Ricochet, in a title vs. title match.[23]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • 3 Count Wrestling
    • 3CW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[36]
    • 3CW North East Championship (1 time)[36]
  • American Wrestling Rampage
    • AWR No Limits Championship (1 time)[36]
  • Frontier Wrestling Alliance
    • FWA Flyweight Championship (1 time)[38]
  • Independent Wrestling Federation
    • IWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Harry Pain[36]
  • SoCal Uncensored
    • Match of the Year (2006) vs. El Generico, November 18, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla[41]
  • westside Xtreme wrestling
    • wXw World Lightweight Championship (2 times)[42][43]
  • Wrestle Zone Wrestling
    • wZw Zero-G Championship (1 time)[44]

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