The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.
Victor Ceron was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and at 12 years old…his family moved to Mexico. They eventually settled in California. Ceron fell in love with professional wrestling and made the decision to start training to make it a career. Ceron was skilled in a Brazilian martial art form known as Capoeira. He was trained by the likes of Michael Modest and Bryan Danielson. Ceron began wrestling on the independent circuit beginning in 2002.
Eventually, Ceron joined New Japan’s Dojo in Los Angeles and began intensive training. Ceron began wrestling internationally in places like Japan, Mexico, Canada and Portugal. In 2008, he was scouted and signed a three year developmental contract with WWE. Ceron was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) based in Tampa, Florida. He initially adopted the ring name ‘Victor Calvio’…but eventually took the name of ‘The Brazilian Beast, Kafu’
The name Kafu came from a character in Brazilian stories which was a version of Robin Hood. Kafu would team with Sheamus and challenge for the FCW tag team titles. The ultimately split up and feuded with one another. Kafu remained with FCW until 2009, when he was given his release from the company. Victor Ceron would return to the independents until he retired from pro wrestling in 2010.
Since his retirement from the wrestling business, Victor Ceron began working at a retirement home in the Northern California area. He is currently the Senior Facilities Director at a Senior Living Facility in the San Jose, California area.