Michael Awesome

Michael Awesome

American professional wrestler
Date of Birth: 24.01.1965
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Michael Osom
  2. Childhood
  3. Early Career
  4. FMW and ECW
  5. WCW and Return to ECW
  6. Later Career and Personal Life

Biography of Michael Osom

Michael Osom was an American professional wrestler, best known for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He also spent some time in Japan, competing in the Frontline Wrestling Martial Arts fights under the pseudonym 'Gladiator'. Throughout his career, Michael became a two-time world champion and a two-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion.

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Michael Osom, also known as Alfonso, spent his childhood playing wrestling games with his cousin, Michael Bollea, the nephew of the legendary Hulk Hogan. Their connection grew stronger when Alfonso's aunt married Hogan's brother. Alfonso and Bollea were convinced from a young age that they would make a career in the world of wrestling.

Early Career

Alfonso trained at Steve Keirn's camp, sponsored by the Pro Wrestling Federation (PWF). After participating in PWF matches, Michael teamed up with Brett Sawyer and fought in various independent projects. He spent some time in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), under the guidance of manager Nate Case. Alfonso made his television debut in a WCW match, portraying a Puerto Rican fighter under the pseudonym 'The Professional'.


In September 1990, Alfonso moved to Japan and joined FMW as 'Gladiator'. In 1993, he first participated in ECW fights under the name 'Stunning'. He didn't stay in ECW for long and returned to FMW. In 1994, Gladiator won his first major title alongside Big Titan in the Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship Tournament. He regained the title in October, this time with Mr. Pogo.

WCW and Return to ECW

In 2000, Michael joined WCW and became the ECW World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Taz. However, he left WCW due to payment disputes and returned to Japan. After recovering from a knee injury, he returned to ECW, defeating Taz and Masato Tanaka to reclaim the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

Later Career and Personal Life

From 2000 to 2001, Michael wrestled in WCW before it was bought by WWF. He then worked for various independent projects, including Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) under the name 'Gladiator'. In February 2006, he announced his retirement from wrestling to spend more time with his family.

Michael Osom married Delise Bauers on May 11, 1991, and they had two children together. In his later years, he enjoyed mountain biking and frequently visited the Alafia State Park in Florida. Sadly, on February 17, 2007, Michael was found dead by suicide in his Tampa home at the age of forty-two.