Kenny Marquez (October 5, 1994) is an American professional wrestler known by his ring name Jake Atlas. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the NXT brand. He is largely known for his work in the independent circuit, with numerous matches held throughout the California and western United States promotions.
Professional wrestling career
Early years (2016-2017)
As a native resident of California, Marquez trained at the local Santino Bros. Wrestling Academy, making his in-ring debut on August 6, 2016 under the ring name Jake Atlas. He went on to appear in numerous California promotions including Orange County Championship Wrestling, Empire Wrestling Federation, Baja Star's USA, All Pro Wrestling, Gold Rush Pro Wrestling and Championship Wrestling From Hollywood among several other promotions between 2016 and 2017. During his career, Atlas won titles including Santino Bros. Wrestling's SBW Championship and All Pro Wrestling's Universal Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Championships.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2018-present)
Atlas' earliest association with WWE occurred as early as 2018. He first appeared with Stephanie McMahon on an episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss. Atlas reportedly received $25,000 as a downpayment for a house and was hired as an Ambassador for the WWE. During July of that year, Atlas worked in the "Be A Star" program in the Boston, Massachusetts area. It was also reported Atlas received a WWE tryout during December 2018 and would begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Florida.
Atlas made his WWE debut in NXT during a January 31 live event in a match lost to Ridge Holland. He made his televised debut on the April 1 episode of NXT in a match lost against Dexter Lumis. He also competed in the 2020 NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, placing second in the Group A division of the tournament. On the November 11 episode of NXT, Atlas received a title opportunity however, he was unsuccessful in his challenge against NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar.
Marquez is openly gay and is a steadfast representative of the LGBT community.
- Finishers and signature moves
- Rainbow DDT
- Headlock Driver
- Entrance Music
- Managers and valets
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