Nickname: The Crownless King
First Name: Coral
Last Name: Avalon
Date of Birth: 12/23/1983
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Weight: 214 lbs.
It is a longstanding goal of his to become a world champion, and the fact that he’s yet to achieve this goal is the source of his epithet: “the Crownless King”. The type of man who turns his failures into a sword. The type of man who names a kick after a legendary spear. The type of man pretentious enough to have six finishers and name them all after King Arthur shit.
Wait. What does that say about me?
Humble and affable, and doesn’t seem like the sort of man who’d be a pro wrestler because he doesn’t have the bombastic personality at first glance. But in stark contrast to how he is outside of the ring, within it, the man is a surgeon. The kind of surgeon that you might question the medical license of, but the description still holds true.
While his unusual name doesn’t often invoke the word “champion” or “hall of famer” when you first hear it, he is a very accomplished professional wrestler who likely doesn’t get a lot of the respect he deserves despite being a top-class wrestler and trainer, and also a popular cartoon character (as Baron von Blackberry).
Underestimate him at your own considerable peril, especially if you like your arms and other assorted limbs.
He wants to win, or even lose, his matches on his own merits. Never cheats. Actively refuses to swing a weapon, even in a deathmatch. Truly believes that he needs no weapon to make you bleed, other than his own four limbs. Helping him win a match might actually make him angrier with you than if you make him lose it.
He does not have a finisher he favors, but instead he chains together two or more of his “King’s Armaments” to put his opponents away.
Did I mention the pretentiousness yet?
Theme Music: “Real Me” by Monster Siren and Obadiah Brown-Beach
Finishing Move: The King's ArmamentsAny two of the "King's Armaments", listed below.
The King's Armaments:
1. Rhongomyniad: Yakuza kick. Usually running, sometimes in the corner or against the ropes, and sometimes off of a ripcord.
2. Excalibur: Sitout double underhook piledriver (Tiger Driver ’98)
3. Camelot’s Turntable: Pumphandle snap Angle slam (Buddy Matthews/Murphy’s “Murphy’s Law”)
4. Vortigern’s Pillory: Omaplata armbar
5. Carnwennan: Top rope diving double stomp (Finn Balor’s Coup de Grace)
6. Secace: Running, diving European uppercut to the back of a seated/kneeling opponent
The “King’s Armaments” refer to the six moves that Coral Avalon favors to win matches. The Armaments are *together* Coral's finisher. By this, I mean that once he hits one, he foregoes the pin or submission and goes straight into a second one to win the match. Two Armaments should be enough to win any match. Three would guarantee it. Any more than that, and it’s either overkill or spite, and really just doesn’t happen. A single Armament *can* win a match (most notably, Vortigern’s Pillory), but the one-two combo is usually the go-to.
- All forms of backbreakers. Pendulum, spinning pendulum, tilt-a-whirl, half nelson, Lungblower/Backstabber...
- Suplexes: German, butterfly, vertical, Saito, belly-to-belly, wheelbarrow.
- European uppercuts: Standard, charging, corner, springboard.
- Other strikes: elbows, knee strikes, clotheslines, snap kicks to the thigh/chest/head.
- Flying moves: Frog splash, flying forearm, missile dropkick, hurricanrana, poison rana
- Submissions: Octopus hold, triangle choke, bridging arm triangle choke, bulldog choke, kimura, ankle lock, half crab, STF.
- Has a tendency to pull a Bret Hart when getting whipped into the turnbuckles, taking them square in the chest and bouncing backwards like a pinball.
- Sometimes, after taking a suplex, he'll either get up immediately and swing for the fences at an opponent four feet away, or he'll look like he's about to make a big comeback in the style of Japan but instead collapses to the ground or all the way outside of the ring.
- A leaping European uppercut informally known as the "Sho-Euro-Ken" has been a part of Avalon's moveset since at least 2003, usually used as an anti-air. Just like an actual Shoryuken.
- Despite shedding the "Kleptomaniac" moniker and gimmick in 2014, he still sometimes steals signature or finishers from other wrestlers. This usually only happens in big matches, and usually only moves that are noteworthy to his opponent. This won't usually win him the match, but it'll be a big near fall or a prelude to the Armaments. It's also a good way to get in their heads.
- Always goes head-over-heels when he takes a lariat or similar charging move.
- Has a noted disdain for the big flipping "standoff" spot. Once his opponent starts doing the flips and showing off, he tends to immediately threaten them with Rhongomyniad to deter it from going to far.
- Can sometimes counter a top rope hurricanrana by flipping through the momentum and landing on his feet.
- Adaptive all-arounder. He changes his wrestling style on the fly in order to match up to his opponent better. Takes to the air against powerful opponents. Applies submissions to high flyers. Plays evasive against strikers. That kind of thing.
- The King's Armaments represent a defining threat to Avalon's arsenal, and should always be taken into account in matches. Even then, he possesses an entire litany of ways to win matches, even outside of the Armaments.
- The longer a match goes, the more momentum swings in his favor as he discerns moment-to-moment weaknesses in his opponents to capitalize on.
- Even before a match, he studies his opponents to find weaknesses to exploit.
- Has a knack for finding ways to make you lose your cool.
- Refuses to cheat or use weapons. Even in deathmatches. This has almost killed him a few times.
- Hates outside interference, even if it's to his benefit.
- While an all-arounder, he is not the best at any one thing, and loses to specialists in their areas if he grows stubborn and tries to outmatch them. He can sometimes be goaded into becoming stubborn simply by challenging him.
- Better built for marathons than sprints, meaning that quicker matches against people who can just run a train on him are never in his favor.
- Known to especially struggle against significantly larger opponents. It's not unheard of for him to pull a rabbit out of his hat, but most of his big offense is for people closer to his size.
- The humble brainbuster still remains his Kryptonite, from his time in tSC when it was a common way to defeat him. Thanks, Keith Scott Zimmerman. You ass.
- His near-pathological need to use two Armaments to seal his victory leaves him open to getting countered when he goes for the second one.
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.