Dean Roll (born January 28, 1975) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Shark Boy. He is currently wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and in the tag team divison.
Roll began training under Les Thatcher
in October 1995 at the age of twenty. He debuted on May 3 1997
in Thatcher's Heartland Wrestling Association
, wrestling as the masked
El Piranha. An HWA mainstay, Roll also occasionally portrayed the character
of Dean Baldwin, the purported fifth, lesser known Baldwin brother
Later that year, Roll (Shark Boy) debuted in the Independent Wrestling Association, where he developed the cartoonish character Shark Boy, partly inspired by the 1995 song "I Come From the Water" by the Toadies. In 1999, Roll trademarked the name "Shark Boy". In 1998, Shark Boy received a flurry of media attention. He was featured on ABC in an episode of 20/20 featuring professional wrestling, on the Discovery Channel as part of the annual Shark Week and on a documentary produced by MTV entitled True Life: I'm a Professional Wrestler.
On May 19 1999, Shark Boy wrestled at the second annual Brian Pillman Memorial Show, defeating Matt Stryker, Tarek the Great and Chip Fairway in a tournament and receiving a trophy. Following the match, numerous World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation wrestlers, including Al Snow, Mankind and D'Lo Brown, entered the ring and lifted Shark Boy onto their shoulders. Shark Boy also wrestled at the 1998, 2000 and 2001 Brian Pillman Memorial Shows. As a result of the exposure gained by his appearances on television and at the Brian Pillman Memorial Shows, coupled with his "cult" following, Shark Boy was signed to a contract by World Championship Wrestling in 1999. He made several appearances on WCW Saturday Night on WTBS before being released six months later in early 2000.
World Wrestling All Stars (2002)
In November 2002, Shark Boy toured Europe
with the World Wrestling All-Stars promotion
. At the Retribution pay-per-view
on December 6 2002
, Shark Boy defeated Frankie Kazarian
. During this same time from 2002 till its closing, Shark Boy joined and toured with XPW
where he had memorable bouts with Kaos
, Tracy Smothers
, Juventud Guerrera
, and Jerry Lynn
On March 7, 2004, Shark Boy opened a professional wrestling school named The Shark Tank in Ohio. His most notable trainees are Dustin Thomas, Tom Bellman, Darrell Hazel, Jerrod West, Todd Mullins, Ed Gonzales, Donny Redd, Scary Garry, Jake Omen, and Tony X.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–Present)
Shark Boy debuted in TNA
in mid–2002. For the next few years, he would become a lovable character, who for the most part was a jobber with a cult following.
In 2008 he made his return to TNA after a brief hiatus from a (kayfabe) coma suffered from multiple ambushes, and tweaked his Shark Boy gimmick into that of a Stone Cold Steve Austin parody, even going as far as to drink "Clam Juice" (a reference to Austin's infamous beer drinking) in the ring after his matches. Upon his gimmick change, he would occasionally team up with Curry Man to form a comedic tag team that was a moderate success. Shark Boy took part in TNA's TerrorDome match on May 10, but it was won by Kaz. Because of that TerrorDome match, Shark Boy was injured, he returned backstage on the July 17th Episode of Impact with Curry Man and Super Eric as part of a Justice League knock off, called The Prince Justice Brotherhood, where he got whipped by Beer Money Inc. during a backstage segment. He appeared again with the Brotherhood on the July 24th episode of Impact.
Dean is married and has one son.
- Finishing and signature moves
- Eat Me by Dale Oliver
- "I Won't Do What You Tell Me (remixed with Eat Me in the background)" by Dale Oliver
- Holds his hand vertically, fingers and thumb together and pointing up, and holds his hand to his forehead, symbolizing a shark fin whilst shaking his hand.
- Stone Cold Salute (Sticking up a shark fin gesture, instead of a middle finger to the audience
Championships and accomplishments
- *APW Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- *BPW Heavyweight Championship (2 times, current)
- *BPW Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Cody Hawk
- *EPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rocco Abruzzi
- Hardkore Championship Wrestling
- *HCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *HCW Incredible 8 Tournament Winner (1 time)
- *HWA Cruiserweight Championship (4 times)
- *HWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *IWA Mid-South Television Championship (1 time) (Last)
- *MEWL Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- Mid-West Wrestling Connection
- *MWWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *NWA East Television Championship (1 time)
- New Breed Wrestling Association
- *NBWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *NEPW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- *MWA Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *RAW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- *WPL Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
On June 8
, Roll filed a lawsuit
against Miramax Films
, claiming that the Miramax release "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
" infringed upon his trademark and demanding any "money, profits and advantages wrongfully gained". In November 2005, it emerged that Miramax had attempted to have the case dismissed, in addition to requesting that the court nullify Roll's trademark on the basis that "Plaintiff
is a male whose services are rendered only when he is wearing a costume depicting 'shark-like' attributes." In April 2007, the suit was settled for an undisclosed amount.