Nickname: The Crownless King, the Crumbless King, Hard Boiled
First Name: Coral
Last Name: Avalon
Date of Birth: 12/23/1983
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Weight: 214 lbs.
A twenty year veteran and journeyman wrestler who's been around the world and back. The original founder of the Crownless Kingdom. Through hardships, setbacks, injuries, and more, Coral Avalon continues to seek the only accomplishment he has left to earn: a world championship.
An underground legend finally risen to the surface.
Once a Rogue.
Presently a Bandit.
Forever a King without need of a crown.
Thy kingdom come.
- 1x PRIME 5-Star Champion
- 1x PRIME Tag Team Champion (w/ Codemaster)
- 1x fWo Tag Team Champion (w/ Codemaster)
- 1x ACW Scorpion Fighting Champion
- 1x Action! Bantam Champion, longest-reigning
- 1x SCCW Gateway Champion (as Baron von Blackberry)
- 1x SCCW LiveWire Champion (as Baron von Blackberry)
- 2x Bang! Hardweight Champion
- 5x Bang! With Your Partner Champion (once with Codemaster, four times with Franco Marchesi)
- 3x Bang! With Your Friends Champion (once with Mega Job, twice with the Squadron)
Tournaments & Awards:
- 3-time winner of the Bang! Terminus Complex (TC-X) (2014, 2016, 2021) (First gaijin winner, only three-time winner. Famously considered to be the man who put the TC-X on the map.)
- 3-time winner of the Bang! Celestial Dragon Tag League (2015, 2016, 2018)
- Belmont Classic winner (2002)
- Action! Match of the Year (vs. Jeff Garvin, 2002)
Theme Music: “Real Me” by Monster Siren
Finishing Move: The King's ArmamentsAny two of the "King's Armaments" (listed below) performed back-to-back in succession.
The King's Armaments:
- Rhongomyniad: Yakuza kick (video)
- Excalibur: Sitout double underhook piledriver (Jay Driller) (video)
- Camelot’s Turntable: Wrist-clutch snap Angle slam (Buddy Matthews/Murphy’s “Murphy’s Law”) (video)
- Vortigern’s Pillory: Omaplata armbar (video)
- Carnwennan: Top rope diving double stomp
- Secace: Running, diving European uppercut to a seated/kneeling opponent, usually to their back (Shota Umino's "Bane Blade") (video)
Individually, none of these are Coral's finisher. The true finisher is hitting two in a row. Aside from the constant threat of hooking in the Pillory out of nowhere, Coral does not go for a pin after he connects with an Armament. He always follows up for a second afterwards and then takes the win from there. Coral doesn't usually need more than two Armaments to win a match, but the use of three is permitted for big matches (mainly title matches).
If you're looking for near-falls, you're looking for the stuff below.
Trademark Moves/Alternate Finishers:
- Frog splash
- Koji clutch
- European clutch
- Half-nelson backbreaker
- All forms of backbreakers: Pendulum, spinning pendulum, tilt-a-whirl, Lungblower/Backstabber, etc...
- Suplexes: German, butterfly, vertical, backdrop, Saito, belly-to-belly, wheelbarrow.
- European uppercuts: Standard, charging, corner, springboard, ripcord.
- Other strikes: Headbutts, elbows, knee strikes, clotheslines, snap kicks to the thigh/chest/head.
- Flying moves: Moonsault, flying forearm, missile dropkick, hurricanrana, poison rana
- Submissions: Octopus hold, triangle choke, bulldog choke, ankle lock, half crab, STF, bridging arm triangle choke.
- Other Moves: Beach Break, Pele kick to the arm, ripcord Spanish fly
Noteworthy Spots and Tendencies:
- When getting whipped into the corner, he tends to hit the turnbuckles chest-first instead of turning and taking it on his back, Bret Hart-style.
- There's a chance that if he takes a hard enough suplex, he'll get up immediately and swing for the fences at an opponent four feet away and whiff hilariously. Sometimes, he'll instead look like he's about to go full fighting spirit, only to collapse to the ground.
- If he takes a lariat, he's going head-over-heels.
- He's agile enough that if he takes a top rope hurricanrana, there's a good chance he'll flip through it and land on his feet and then you're probably getting a Rhongomyniad to the face.
- He's a yakuza kick guy, not a superkick guy.
- He’s capable of doing a lot more complex high flying moves than the ones listed above, but because of the few years he spent wrestling as Baron von Blackberry, he's made it a habit of keeping it simple to minimize his risk of injury. The more elaborate high risk moves he's done in the past are now reserved for bigger matches and opponents.
Coral Avalon is a jack-of-all-trades type of wrestler, capable of just about anything because of his ring knowledge and preparation before matches. While never infallible (he will almost always lose to a specialist if he tries to match them move for move), the secret to his success is being able to blindside his opponents by wrestling in a way they don’t expect. The very essence of a professional wrestling counter-puncher, the kind who will take a suplex if it means he makes you pay for it tenfold.
Coral is deceptively strong for his size and about as quick as a cruiserweight-classed wrestler can be, meaning that his Armaments – the heart of his wrestling style – can be used on a wider variety of opponents than you might expect. However, his Armaments are recognizable enough as a foundational part of his current style that it can be easy to plan around them, leading him to sometimes catch opponents off-guard with a trap of some kind.
Surprisingly ruthless, and he’ll use anything within legal means to pick up victories. Once wedged an opponent’s head against the turnbuckles and then busted them open with a Rhongomyniad. (In his defense, they fucking had it coming.) He will ruthlessly target whatever weaknesses he detects in his opponents, but if there are no such weaknesses, then he typically favors working over the arm to set up Vortigern's Pillory.
Refuses to cheat in matches, and that refusal runs deep because he also refuses to use weapons in matches that would allow them. Many is a time when Coral Avalon takes an absolute beating in a match, not because his opponent is better than him, but because his opponent has fewer compunctions about cheating or using a weapon against him. Doesn’t need a weapon to make you bleed, though. Will still take advantage of the environment, though, but he’s never to be seen swinging anything but his hands and feet at his opponents.
He also refuses to take outside interference, even if it’s to his own benefit, and his allies and stablemates will usually know he wouldn’t want help in a match unless it’s to get rid of other people interfering.
He was once best known as “the Kleptomaniac”, a wrestler who steals moves from other wrestlers. He stopped doing this when he became the Crownless King nearly ten years ago, though shades of the old Kleptomaniac will sometimes reveal itself by way of using specific moves against specific opponents to annoy them or send a message. He also has no compunctions over using his opponent’s finishing move against them, though that depends on the opponent.
There can always be more Armaments.
(generic entrance because I usually write a new one for every show)
The haunting opening notes of "Real Me" plays. A single light shines through the billowing fog at the entryway, from behind a single figure standing at the center of the stage, the light and the fog shrouding him in silhouette. He wears a patchwork fur cloak, with the right shoulder having the faux head of a lion stitched to it and the left shoulder spiked with claws and fangs.
The moment the guitars hit, the lights come back on, and there standing at the top of the stage is the Crownless King himself. Coral Avalon makes his way down to the ring, hopping up onto the apron, and stepping inside. Once in, he turns to the side of the ring with the hard camera. After standing for a few moments, he brings his fists together, sticking out his ring and pinkie fingers.