STAR OF THE STAGE, RADIO, SCREEN AND RING
RAY ALEXANDER HAS WORKED DIRECTLY OR IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES
Born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, Ray Alexander is no stranger to performing. A 1999 graduate of Central York High, Alexander started performing as a DJ that same year. While working at Holiday Inn Holidome, he befriended the managers of the O-Town tour who were in town for the York Fair. This newly forged friendship led to an invitation for Alexander to the Jive Records Pre-Grammy Party at the famed Playboy Mansion.
In 2003, Alexander relocated to Orlando, Florida, becoming a Entertainer and Show Lead at NBC's Universal Studios theme park where he saw success in such attractions as Halloween Horror Nights, Animal Planet Live, Nickelodeon and Barney. But his true passion was yet to be realized: in 2004 when TNA Wrestling moved to Universal to begin filming their weekly televised show for SPIKE TV Alexander, lifelong wrestling fan quickly applied for and was awarded a position as an Assistant VIP Coordinator.
Alexander became fast friends with legendary, six-time world champion Jeff Hardy. This proved to be just the push Alexander needed on the next step in his career; Hardy convinced him to give pro-wrestling a shot.
Working his way up the ranks, Alexander returned home to York making his wrestling debut as Ray "The POA" Alexander in November 2005. Winning his first match against Chio Frost, Alexander quickly emerged as the hometown favorite. Known for his signature moves of diving off of balconies and the Power Bomb Back Cracker, Alexander found himself in matches pitted against wrestling greats including TNA Superstars Homicide and Sonjay Dutt; WWE superstar Adam Cole; WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana; ECW Star Axl Rotten; former WWE Stars Matt Hardy, Maven, and The Patriot and current star Cesarro. He also trained current TNA star Rich Swann.
Cashing in on these achievements, Alexander, along with long time friend and fellow wrestler, Judge Lawless (now retired) established his own local wrestling enterprise, the PWA, in 2010, where he continued to command audience attention. Bringing old school favorites, including Tito Santana, Matt Hardy and Jake "The Snake" Roberts in to his shows guaranteed sell-out crowds time and time again.
2010 also brought Alexander his first appearance in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "PWI 500," a list of the top 500 Pro Wrestlers World Wide. He has held his prestigious award on three separate occasions, appearing again in 2012 after a win of 14 Championships and then once more in 2013. Alexander also has the rare honor of wrestling in more Championship matches and Main Events than in regular matches.
In 2008, capitalizing on his hometown fame, Alexander began hosting the widely popular "This Is Our City," a show that featured the places that made York unique. After its four-year run, he began hosting the Award Winning "The Ray Alexander Show," a program that follows Alexander and crew on his antics. His live broadcasts from York's "First Night York" New Years Eve celebration and the annual Mother's Day Street Fair are hometown favorites, and he was named Entertainer of the Year 5 years in a row from 2009-2014. To date, Alexander has hosted close to 200 episodes on White Rose Television, and the show has been filmed on location in Puerto Rico, Orlando, FL and York, PA.
There is no doubt that Ray Alexander's heart is even bigger than his celebrity status. His future plans include a philanthropic program to help families and kids in need through fundraising and corporate sponsorship efforts. When asked why, Alexander simply states, "This community has supported me from the very beginning . . . without them, I would be nothing. It is my duty and honor to give back to those who have given me so much!"
TELEVISION AND MEDIA
2010 Media Award Winner- YWCA
2009 Media Award Winner- YWCA
2008 Media Award Winner- YWCA
2013 Central PA Entertainer of the Year
2011 Central PA Entertainer of the Year
2010 Central PA Entertainer of the Year
2009 Central PA Entertainer of the Year
2013: Ranked #425 of the Top 500 Wrestler of the World- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
2012: Ranked #325 of the Top 500 Wrestler of the World- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
2010: Ranked #479 of the Top 500 Wrestler of the World- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Seven time "Wrestler of the Year"
41 Career Championships
Best Actor- HHN, Universal Studios (2004)
Best Performer in Parade-Uinversal Studios (2004)
Performer of The Year- Universal Studios (2005)
Ray Alexander with Future WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Hardy who convinced Alexander to Wrestle. Ten Years later Alexander wins Tag-Title with Jeff's brother Matt Hardy
A very young Ray Alexander with Grammy winner Beyonce at an event hosted by the Playboy Mansion
Ray Alexander featured in Pro Wrestling Ilustrated