Chris Candido

American professional wrestler

Christopher B. "Chris" Candito (March 21, 1972–March 28, 2005) was an American professional wrestler. He was better known by his ring name Chris Candido. He was best known for his time with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW). He was also known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) where he competed under the ring name Skip and was part of the tag team, The Bodydonnas.

Chris Candido
Candido in 1998
Born(1972-03-21)March 21, 1972
Edison, New Jersey
DiedMarch 28, 2005(2005-03-28) (aged 33)
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Skip
Chris Candido
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Billed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Billed fromSpring Lake, New Jersey
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Trained byLarry Sharpe

He was married to wrestling valet, Tammy Lynn Sytch who is better known by the name, Sunny.[1]

On April 24, 2005 at Lockdown, Candido suffered a fractured tibia and fibula as well as a dislocated ankle during a steel cage match with Lance Hoyt against Apolo and Sonny Siaki.[2] He would undergo surgery the next day and would have titanium plates and screws inserted into his leg.[3] Candido would be at the following Impact! tapings and managed The Naturals when they defeated America's Most Wanted to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. On April 28, 2005, Candido felt ill and his condition had worsened during the day. Candido collapsed during the evening and he was rushed to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was diagnosed with pneumonia. The doctors drained his lungs, but he died shortly afterwards. His brother Johnny said that Candido had died because of a blood clot, a complication from surgery.[4]

On the April 29 episode of Impact! as well as at the Hard Justice PPV event, TNA paid tribute to Candido.[5][6] TNA decided to hold a tournament called the Chris Candido Memorial Tag Team Tournament in his honor in late 2005.[7] In 2009, Candido was inducted into the Hardcore Hall of Fame.[8]


  • Extreme Championship Wrestling
  • Legacy Wrestling Enterprises
    • LWE World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Mid-American Wrestling
    • MAW Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA New Jersey Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • NWA Midwest
    • NWA Midwest Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year in 2005
    • PWI ranked him #45 out of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI 500" in 1998.
  • Smoky Mountain Wrestling
    • SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship (two times)
    • SMW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • SMW Tag Team Championship (two times) with Brian Lee
    • SMW United States Junior Heavyweight Championship (three times)
  • United States Extreme Wrestling
    • USEW United States Heavyweight Championship (three times)
  • USA Pro Wrestling
    • USA Pro United States Championship (one time)
  • World Championship Wrestling
  • World Wrestling Council
    • WWC World Television Championship (one time)
  • World Wrestling Federation
  • Xtreme Pro Wrestling
    • XPW World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Most Underrated Wrestler in 1995


  1. "Christopher B. Candito, 33, of MATAWAN". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  2. "The latest on Chris Candido's injury, Matt Hardy talk, + Hard Justice PPV". WrestleView. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  3. "Chris Candido Update: Undergoes Successful Surgery + Return Timetable". WrestleView. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  4. "Chris Candido dead at 33". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  5. "4/29 TNA Impact on FSN: Caldwell's review of Naturals vs. AMW, Tribute to Candido, Dusty Announcement". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  6. "Keller's TNA PPV Report 5/15: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of PPV". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  7. "8/19 TNA Impact: Caldwell's review of Naturals vs. Team Canada, Candido Cup, Unbreakable hype". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  8. "Legends of the Arena Results 6.27.09". 411mania. Retrieved 2014-12-14.