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Preston prepares for his Title match vs. The "Nightmare" Nick Steel in New Bedford, MA

Preston prepares for his Title match vs. The “Nightmare” Nick Steel in New Bedford, MA

The “One Man Thrill Ride” Jimmy Preston

Height: 5’10”                                                         

WEIGHT:227 Lbs

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Finishing Maneuver: The Thrill Ride Express (T.K.O., or Fireman’s  Carry into a spinning neck breaker)

Trained by: Spike Dudley (Former WWE Tag-Team, Cruiserweight and Hardcore Champion, ECW and TNA Superstar) and “Brutal” Bob Evans, (Ring of Honor)

Turned Pro: Originally in 2003, Returning in 2009  

Athletic Background and Accomplishments

“Jim was a very smart baseball player with a relentless work ethic. He was intense and focused on and off the field. Jim always looked to challenge himself and his teammates to improve. He led by example and was loyal. I was never sure which career he would pursue, but I was sure that he would be successful in any endeavor he chose.”

Pete Egbert – Misericordia University Head Baseball Coach & former Head Baseball Coach at Fitchburg State University, 6-Time Conference Coach of the Year

“Jimmy is the most dedicated, self-motivated athlete I have ever had the pleasure of playing with. I have never known Jimmy to half-ass anything in life. His attitude and elite work ethic will serve him well in his professional wrestling career.”

Jeff Paquette -Toronto Blue Jays and Fitchburg State University Co-Captain

 “Jimmy was a coaches dream. He played hard every day and inspired his teammates to do the same. He had his fun when it was time. But when it was time to work, he went all in and that mentality will not go away with wrestling. I would give Jimmy the highest compliment I feel I could and one that I have only said maybe one or two times. I hope my son plays the game the way he did.” 

Todd Lynch – Head Baseball Coach in 2008 and Assistant for 3 Seasons

 High School Athletics

 In high school, Jim earned Varsity Letters in Football and Baseball at Mansfield High School. In football, Jim played Middle Linebacker/Strong Safety and Special Teams. He left the team during his Sophomore Season and didn’t play as a junior, to play fall baseball and concentrate fully on one sport. His penalty for leaving the team was to perform during a talent show during football camp with Freshman and Sophomores, as a Senior. He earned the respect of his teammates during an infamous and hilarious poem he performed, where he roasted himself about his inability to get girls despite having a tremendous physique (or so he proclaimed). More importantly, he began earning recognition for his accomplishments in the weight room during his time with this very successful Football Program (Consistently one of the best in Massachusetts, ranked #1 in the State at the writing of this bio). During the team’s testing period he excelled in upper body strength.  He was the 2002 MHS Team Bench Press Champion (Bodyweight for 27 reps), as well as, Military Press Champion (.75 x Bodyweight for 21 reps). By the time Jim graduated from Mansfield High School, his one-rep-max on the bench press was 365 lbs (an impressive feat for 185 lb student athlete).   In Baseball, Jim started every game for the 2002 Hockomock League Champions (Mansfield High’s first League title since 1968). His performance during that season, as well as, attitude and hustle were the main factors that led to his peers electing him as a Captain for the 2003 season. It was in 2003 when Jim broke out as a star in Baseball and had a fantastic run, in both High School, Legion and eventually college. The captain led the Mansfield Offensive attack from the middle of the order.  Jim put up tremendous numbers and was the Hockomock League Batting Champion, with a .463 Avg., 31 hits in 67 at bats, and only 1 strike out in 78 Plate Appearances (The batting Title is still disputed because the Head Coach lost the book during a Florida Trip that was considered to be exhibition. Jim hit over .700 on the trip over a 5 game span, which was not included in his official average and would have put him well over .500). He was named the MHS Team Most Valuable Player, First-Team All-Hockomock League, First-Team All-Brockton Enterprise and First-Team All-Sun Chronicle. In the summer of 2003, he followed this season by leading a very strong Post 93 Foxboro Legion Team with a batting average of .448, which featured many Divsion I, II, and III collegiate baseball stand-outs. In college, Jim maximized his potential as a ball player with a dedicated work-ethic that earned the respect of his peers. He was a four year member of the Fitchburg State University Baseball Team (2004-2005, Red-Shirt 2006 due to wrist surgery, 2007-2008). He was consistently on the Dean’s List, he was a member of the MASCAC Conference All-Academic Team. In summary, Jim was a three-year starter, two-year Captain (07 & 08), two-time All-MASCAC Selection (07 & 08), the 2006 Fitchburg State “Coach’s Award” Winner, the 2007 Fitchburg State University Offensive Player of the Year and 2008 Fitchburg State University Team Most Valuable Player. In 2007: Led team in hitting (365 avg), Hits (48) and Doubles (11, 2nd all-time) In 2008: Led team in hitting (.373 avg), Hits (44) and RBI’s (29)     In college, he also demonstrated the ability to “Public Speak” at an elite level. He participated in Moot Court in College at Fitchburg State ran by the American College Moot Court Association. A competition where students were evaluated on public speaking. Jim debated in front of real judges and attornies, while citing constitutional precedent regarding the 2nd Amendment and Interstate Commerce Clause. Jim finished 3rd in New England, advancing to the National Championship, where he finished 23rd in the Nation in public speaking (ACMCA).

Biography

  James Joseph Abreau was born on December 15, 1984 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  He is the son of Rick Abreau and Mary Ellen Woodward. He grew up in the town of Mansfield, MA, about 5 minutes from Gillette Stadium. He became a rabid fan of professional wrestling at age 9, religously watching his favorites like, Bret Hart and Lex Luger.   Jim was a solid student and very active in athletics. He particpated in baseball, football, hockey and basketball throughout his childhood (excelling in baseball). He began his “obsession” with weight training at age 13 under the guidance of his father.  Fitness remains a major part of his life, through today.   He attended Mansfield High School where he earned Varsity Letters in Baseball and Football, graduating in 2003. Jim’s love for Wrestling was well-known by his peers, as he was voted “Most Likely to be Famous” by the class of 03′ and posed with the “World Heavyweight Championship” for a photo in the yearbook.   After graduating, Jim attended Fitcbhurg State University where he pursued a degree in political science and played baseball, while participating in Moot Court. He graduated from Fitchburg after a successful academic and college career, in 2008.   Jim originally turned pro at age 18, during his senior year of high school. He wrestled for Yankee Pro Wrestling, South Coast Championship Wrestling and Slamtech. His first match was in the PAL Hall in Fall River, MA against “Goregeous” Gino Giovanni, where he picked up a victory with assistance from “Sweet” Scott Ashworth.   He was forced to leave wrestling to fully concetrate on college baseball, at the request of his coach at Fitchburg State University. He eventually made his return in 2009, after being trained by former WWE Superstar Spike Dudley. Jim continues to work for Top Rope Promotions (out of Fall River) while working as a Medical Software Sales Representative for an industry leading company out of the Boston Area.

Wrestling Career

  Jim turned pro in 2003, with his first match against “Goregeous” Gino Giovanni at the PAL Hall in Fall River, Massachusetts. Jim picked up a victory with an inside cradle, with the help from “Sweet” Scott Ashworth.   “The only two things I remember about the match, was that it wasn’t very good, and more importantly, how loud the building got when I picked up the upset win. It was an adrenaline rush that I’d never experienced before in my life. I was hooked.” – Jimmy Preston   Return in 2009: Trained by Spike Dudley and made an immediate impact at Top Rope Promotions. “Matt was an unbelievable trainer. Because it was just me and one other guy, Matt really focused on customizing my training based on my look and my athletic strengths. He taught ring-psychology better than any trainer I have worked with up to this date. I remember how much it meant to me whenever he gave me positive feedback. The man is a student of the business and I loved his wisdom.”

  • Defeated Top Rope Promotions Heavyweight Champion, “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett (Non-Title), in Franklin, MA (June 6, 2009)

 

  • Defeated Todd Sople

 

  • Defeated Ryan Waters

 

  • Defeated Johnny Angel

 

  • Defeated Ryan Waters

 

  • Defeated Johnny Angel

 

  • Winner of 20 Man Battle Royal to earn TRP Championship Match at the 2009 Whaling City Festival

 

  • TRP Heavyweight Title Match: Defeated by “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett

 

  • Defeated by “Tomasco” Ciampa (Ring of Honor)

 

  • Teamed with Matt Taven, Current Ring of Honor Television Champion

Since returning in 2013:

  • Defeated by “Brutal” Bob Evans, Ring of Honor

 

  • Defeated by the Wingmen (Gregory Edwards and Mark Sherman) for TRP Tag Team Titles, with Mikey Webb

 

  • Defeated Matt Magnum at Whaling City Festival

 

  • Defeated by Vinny Marsiglias (Featured on Ring of Honor)

 

  • Defeated “Brutal” Bob Evans (Ring of Honor)

 

  • Defeated the “Devil’s Reject” Brandon Webb

 

  • Defeated Mikey Webb

 

  • Defeated by Tito Santana and Craig Costa

 

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