Terrance Guido Gerin is an American professional wrestler and politician signed to WWE performing on the Raw brand under the ring name Rhyno. He has worked in Extreme Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Ring of Honor under the ring name Rhino. Rhyno held the ECW World Heavyweight Championship and NWA World Heavyweight Championship once each, was the final ECW World Heavyweight Champion within the original ECW promotion, he is a one-time WCW United States Champion, two-time ECW World Television Champion, three-time WWF Hardcore Champion, a one-time and inaugural WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion with Heath Slater. Gerin was born on October 1975, in Detroit, Michigan, he is of Italian descent. Gerin trained as a wrestler at the Can-Am Wrestling School located in Windsor, Ontario under Scott D'Amore, with whom he reunited in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, he began training on September 24, 1994, had his first match on March 10, 1995. Gerin made four appearances in World Championship Wrestling as enhancement talent under the ring name Rhino Richards.
Richards lost to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan on the August 1994 edition of WCW Saturday Night. WCW Television Champion The Renegade defeated Richards on the September 9 edition of WCW Pro. Richards and Johnny Swinger lost to the Nasty Boys on the September 16 edition of WCW Saturday Night, his final appearance was a loss to Road Warrior Hawk on the September 24, 1995 edition of WCW WorldWide. In the World Wrestling Federation, Gerin lost to Henry O. Godwinn on the November 6, 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw, he was part of the losing team in a six-man tag team match against The Truth Commission at the June 23, 1997 WWF Shotgun Saturday Night taping. Gerin adopted the ring name Rhino Richards and began wrestling in Canada, where he formed a stable known as "THUG Life" with Joe Legend, Zakk Wyld, Christian Cage, Bloody Bill Skullion, Brett Kimball, Sexton Hardcastle, he wrestled a dark match at the June 29, 1998 WWF Shotgun Saturday Night taping, defeating Breyer Wellington. In 1997, Gerin relocated to Hanover, where he began competing for the Catch Wrestling Association under the ring name "Rhino Richards".
On October 10, 1998, he teamed with XL Legend to win the vacant CWA World Tag Team Championship, defeating Rico de Cuba and August Smisl. The titles were vacated in October 1998 when Gerin left the promotion after signing with Extreme Championship Wrestling. Gerin debuted in ECW in 1999 as Rhino. Rhino joined forces with Steve Corino and Jack Victory. Rhino and Corino challenged Tommy Dreamer and Raven for the ECW World Tag Team Championship at Anarchy Rulz, but were defeated. In late 1999, Rhino began feuding with The Sandman, at November to Remember he teamed with the Impact Players to defeat Dreamer and Sandman. On March 12, 2000, Rhino lost to Super Crazy in the finals of a tournament for the World Television Championship at Living Dangerously, he won the title on April 22. He lost the title to Kid Kash on August 26, but regained it a little over two weeks on September 9. Throughout mid-2000, Rhino continued to feud with The Sandman, defeating him in title matches at Hardcore Heaven and Heatwave.
In the course of the match with The Sandman at Hardcore Heaven, Rhino performed a Rhino Driver to the Sandman's wife and valet, Lori. At Heatwave, Rhino attacked the couple before his match and attempted to force Lori's head into a toilet. Rhino won the World Heavyweight Championship on January 7, 2001 at Guilty as Charged, defeating Sandman in a squash match after The Sandman had won the title from Steve Corino in a three-way tables, ladders and canes match, he defended the title twice afterwards, defeating The Sandman on January 12 and Spike Dudley on January 13, 2001 on the last two ECW shows before becoming both the final World Heavyweight Champion and World Television Champion due to the company folding in April. Following the closure of ECW, Gerin signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation, he debuted on the March 19, 2001 episode of Raw, in Albany, New York at the Pepsi Arena, under the ring name Rhyno as a heel, aligning himself with Edge and Christian. Rhyno went on to help Edge and Christian defeat The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz for the WWF Tag Team Championship in a Tables and Chairs match at WrestleMania X-Seven.
On the April 17 edition of SmackDown, Rhyno defeated Kane to win the WWF Hardcore Championship. At Backlash, he defeated Raven to retain the title. At Judgment Day, Rhyno and Christian formed a stable with Kurt Angle known as Team RECK, with all four members reaching the semi-finals of the King of the Ring. Rhyno was eliminated from the event by Edge, he won the Hardcore Championship a total of three times in mid-2001. On the July 9 episode of Raw, Rhyno "invaded" the WWF along with other ECW wrestlers; the group, led by former ECW owner Paul Heyman, went on to merge with rival organisation WCW that night, forming The Alliance. At Invasion, Rhyno competed in the main event the Inaugural Brawl match. One notable moment during the feud saw Rhyno Gore Jericho through the SmackDown! Stage set on the August 9 episode of SmackDown!. at SummerSlam, Rhyno faced Chris Jericho in a losing effort
Austin Watson is an American professional wrestler and YouTuber signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Xavier Woods. He is part of The New Day, along with Big E and Kofi Kingston, where they are former three-time SmackDown Tag Team Champions, they are former two-time Raw Tag Team Champions, with their second reign being the longest tag team title reign in WWE history. He worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as Consequences Creed, was a one time TNA World Tag Team Champion with Jay Lethal as Lethal Consequences, he has worked for NWA Anarchy and other independent promotions under the ring name Austin Creed. Watson was born in Georgia, he graduated from Sprayberry High School in 2004. That year, he began studying psychology and philosophy at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. While attending Furman University, Watson began training for a career in professional wrestling and, in 2005, began wrestling part-time with Rob Adonis' Ultimate Christian Wrestling promotion.
While in the Greenville, South Carolina-based World Wrestling Council, he developed his Austin Creed gimmick, based on the character Apollo Creed from the Rocky series. During his time in NWA Anarchy, Creed was part of a tag team called Awesome Attraction with Hayden Young; the pair had one of the longest title reigns in the promotion's history after defeating Justice Served in Cornelia, Georgia on April 7, 2007. In 2006, Creed won. On July 12, 2007, Creed defeated Murder-One to become the first DSW Heavyweight Champion following the promotion's split from World Wrestling Entertainment. Creed appeared at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Bound For Glory pay-per-view event, teaming with Ron Killings as the replacement for Adam "Pacman" Jones. Creed wrestled under the name Rasheed Lucius "Consequences" Creed, his union with Ron Killings was dubbed Truth and Consequences, a combination of Killings' nickname "The Truth" and Creed's nickname "Consequences" as well as a play on words on the game show of a similar name.
On October 21, 2007, it was reported that Creed had signed a contract with TNA. The signing was reported when Creed appeared on the radio show Trash Talking Radio on October 23 with Tommy Cairo and Sabian, his signing was confirmed at a NWA Anarchy show where Creed was presented with the contract by TNA Booking Director Bill Behrens. Following Bound For Glory, Creed was not seen on TNA television for months after Killings asked for and was granted his release from the company. On February 10, 2008, Creed wrestled in a dark match before Against All Odds, he teamed with Sonjay Dutt defeating The Rave Infection. On the March 13 episode of Impact!, a promo video with the words "prepare to face the consequences" showed Creed training and announced that he would make his return at the Lockdown pay-per-view on April 13. The following week, the return date was changed to April 10. On the April 10 episode of Impact!, Creed made his in-ring return and defeated Jimmy Rave of The Rock'n Rave Infection, thus qualifying for the Xscape match at Lockdown.
During the match, Creed eliminated Shark Boy, but was eliminated by Curry Man. Creed wrestled in the first TerrorDome match at Sacrifice, won by Kaz. At Hard Justice, Creed faced Petey Williams for the X Division Championship, but lost after interference from Sheik Abdul Bashir. On the September 4, 2008 episode of Impact!, he won a number one contenders match against Bashir for the right to face Williams again at No Surrender for the X Division Title. However, the match was changed to a triple threat after Bashir attacked Creed and Bashir won the match and the X Division title. At Bound for Glory IV on October 12, 2008, Creed was defeated by Bashir in another match for the X Division Championship. On the October 30, 2008 episode of Impact!, along with Samoa Joe, A. J. Styles, Jay Lethal, Petey Williams, Eric Young, ODB and The Motor City Machineguns formed a faction of younger wrestlers, known as The Frontline, to oppose The Main Event Mafia. On January 8, 2009, fellow Frontline member Lethal chose Creed to cash in his Feast or Fired briefcase with, the pair won the World Tag Team Championship from the champions Beer Money, Inc..
Creed and Lethal went on to be named a combination of their respective names. Beer Money, Inc. regained their titles in a three-way match just three days at Genesis. For the next few months and Lethal teamed with the Motor City Machineguns to try and unmask Suicide. On the October 1, 2009 episode of Impact!, Creed and Lethal were part of a 5-man ladder match for a future X Division Title match. During the match, Amazing Red, who ended up winning the match, performed a hurricanrana driver, which caused Creed to projectile vomit after his head hit the mat. Watson was released from TNA on March 29, 2010. On April 4, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced Watson, under his Consequences Creed ring name, as a participant in the first Super J Tag Tournament. On May 8, Creed and his partner Kota Ibushi were eliminated from the tournament in the first round by the team of Gedo and Kushida. Creed returned to New Japan on June 28, 2010, teaming up with IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma in the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament.
After defeating Tamon Honda, Kentaro Shiga and Makoto Hashi in the opening round, the trio was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka and Tomohiro Ishii. On July 10, Creed defeated Brian Milonas, U-Gene
Sean Michael Waltman is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name X-Pac. He wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation under the ring names 1–2–3 Kid and X-Pac intermittently between 1993 and 2002, World Championship Wrestling as Syxx, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as Syxx-Pac and Sean Waltman. Waltman has won a dozen championships between WWE, WCW, TNA, he is the only wrestler to have held the TNA X Division Championship, the WCW Cruiserweight Championship and the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. He was the final WWF Light Heavyweight Champion before the title was retired in favor of the Cruiserweight Championship he held. Waltman's WWF World Heavyweight Championship match against titleholder Bret Hart on July 11, 1994, was ranked by WWE as the third-best match aired on the company's flagship Raw program, he was part of The Kliq, a group of wrestlers known for their influence on WWF storylines in the mid-1990s. Waltman joined the school wrestling team in ninth grade, but quit rather than cut his hair.
After training under Boris Malenko, Joe Malenko, Masami Soronaka and Karl Gotch, Waltman began his career as The Lightning Kid. He worked his way through various independent promotions, including Pro Wrestling America and the Global Wrestling Federation, winning the PWA Light Heavyweight title, the PWA Iron Horse TV Title and the GWF Light Heavyweight Championship. During this time, Waltman worked extensively with Jerry Lynn in North Japan, they wrestled each other, but teamed up to win the PWA Tag Team titles twice in 1993. While working for Larry Sharpe and Dennis Coralluzzo's WWA Promotion on November 28, 1992 in Clementon, New Jersey his opponent "The Kamikaze Kid" Bill Wilcox overshot a suicide dive and landed on Waltman's head, driving it to the concrete and causing a blood clot near his brain, he was hospitalized for three days, could not work for four months, was advised to give up wrestling completely. He appeared in New Japan Pro Wrestling's Top of the Super Juniors in 1993, facing the likes of Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Jushin Liger.
As The Lightning Kid, Waltman had his WWF tryout match in Phoenix, the day after WrestleMania IX, against fellow hopeful Louie Spicolli. He reminisced that he was lucky to have an opponent with a vested interest in an impressive match, rather than a disinterested WWF veteran jobber like Virgil or Jim Powers. After earning a contract, he made his TV debut as The Kamikaze Kid on Monday Night Raw on May 3, losing to Doink the Clown, he became The Cannonball Kid simply The Kid. He scored an upset pinfall on Razor Ramon on the May 17 episode of Monday Night Raw, thus becoming The 1–2–3 Kid. Razor challenged him to a rematch. Kid accepted the challenge, but ran from the arena during the match. Ted DiBiase, feuding with Razor, taunted him over losing to a nobody; this angered Kid, led to a match in which he upset DiBiase as well. Razor took Kid under his wing; the 1–2–3 Kid made his pay-per-view debut at SummerSlam, losing to DiBiase's tag partner Irwin R. Schyster after Razor had defeated DiBiase. At Survivor Series, Kid was on Razor's team in a four-on-four elimination match.
He and Marty Jannetty were the sole survivors, which led to them forming a tag team and holding the Tag Team Championship for a week in January 1994 after beating The Quebecers. For the next two years, The 1 -- 2 -- 3 Kid was a natural fan favorite, he wrestled Bret Hart in an unusually long and acclaimed match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship on July 11, 1994 on Raw and had another brief tag title reign in January 1995, with Bob Holly beating Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka at the 1995 Royal Rumble before losing to The Smoking Gunns on Raw. After Kid and Razor failed to win back the Tag Team Championship from Billy Gunn and Bart Gunn in October 1995, Kid attacked the face Gunns after the match to tease a heel turn. On the Raw before the 1995 Survivor Series in November, he was the guest referee in a match between Razor Ramon and Sycho Sid; as Razor attempted his finisher, The Razor's Edge, Kid pulled Sid down from Razor, allowing Sid to hit Razor with his Powerbomb, Kid fast-counted the pinfall, thus turning heel.
At Summerslam 1995, he won a rematch in November after Ted DiBiase interfered. He was the sole survivor of his Survivor Series match, besting rival Marty Jannetty. Razor and Marty would team up to beat Kid and Sid at In Your House 5. After Survivor Series, Kid joined Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation faction, he remained with the group until May 1996 when Waltman left the WWF. He lost a "Crybaby match" to Razor Ramon at In Your House 6; the 1–2–3 Kid's final WWF match aired on the May 20 episode of Monday Night Raw. Notably, Waltman was the only Kliq member not involved in the infamous "Curtain Call" that took place at Madison Square Garden the night before his final match from his first WWF run aired, as he was in drug rehab at the time and thus didn't participate. On September 16, 1996, Waltman was shown sitting in the front row for a live episode of Nitro; that night, he stood and used a remote control to release New World Order propaganda from the ceiling, revealing himself as the newest member of the formed faction.
He was called Syxx, because he was the sixth member of the nWo, six is the sum of numbers in "1–2–3 Kid". In his first major angle, Syxx stole Eddie G
Robert Francis Roode Jr. is a Canadian professional wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand. Roode is best known for his 12-year tenure working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2004 to 2016, he debuted as part of Team Canada in 2004. After a singles run following the team's breakup, he formed a tag team with James Storm as Beer Money, Inc. Together with Storm, he is a six-time TNA World Tag Team Champion and they are the longest reigning champions in TNA history. Roode became a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, with his first reign being the longest reign in the company's history at 256 days. In his years with the company, Roode won the World Tag Team Championship with Austin Aries and was a one-time TNA King of the Mountain Champion. Roode had some matches with WWE from 1998 until 2004, but signed in 2016 and began his career in their development territory NXT and was a one-time NXT Champion prior to his main roster call-up. Roode debuted on SmackDown in August 2017 and was in the upper card scene, joining Team SmackDown at that year's Survivor Series and entering feuds for the United States Championship winning the title in January 2018, his first championship on the main roster.
He would win the Raw Tag Team Championship with partner Chad Gable in December 2018. Roode grew up around an athletic environment playing minor hockey in Peterborough and attended Kenner Collegiate HS, he was a stick boy for the OHL's Peterborough Petes and witnessed players such as future NHLers Mike Ricci, Tie Domi, Chris Pronger train for the local major junior team. Roode was trained in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario by fellow Ontarians Shane Sewell and Sean Morley, he completed his training after a year and wrestled his debut match in June 1998 as "Total" Lee Awesome against Pete Rock. He went on to work for various Canadian independent promotions, as well as making appearances for the Puerto Rican promotion, World Wrestling Council, he went on to work a series of dark matches for World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment between 1998 and 2004 before he was signed by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Roode began working for Real Action Wrestling in 2001, where he formed a villainous stable known as The Cardinal Sinners along with Kingman and Mike Hughes as well as part-time members Wildman Gary Williams and The Acadian Giant.
Roode rejoined them as a part of their Wrestling Reality show to be aired on The Fight Network, but he was not seen on these episodes due to contractual obligations with TNA. While in TNA, Roode wrestled for BSE Pro in Ontario, Border City Wrestling in Windsor, Ontario and at NWA Shockwave in New Jersey. On March 18, 2006, he won the NWA Shockwave Internet Championship from Josh Daniels at an NWAS/New York Wrestling Connection cross-promotional event. Eight days on March 26, Roode won the vacant NWA Shockwave Heavyweight Championship at Disturbing the Peace 2006 in a four-way match. Roode held both titles until May 21, when he dropped the Internet title and defended the Heavyweight title against Slyck Wagner Brown. Due to the restarting of the company, all of the NWA Cyberspace championships were vacated, including Roode's Heavyweight title. Roode performed for the WWF/WWE numerous times between 2001 and 2004, he appeared in secondary television programs like Jakked/Metal, Sunday Night Heat or Velocity.
He wrestled dark matches before Raw and SmackDown. In May 2004, Roode was brought into Total Nonstop Action Wrestling by Scott D'Amore, the owner of Border City Wrestling, a Canadian independent promotion for which Roode had worked on occasion. Roode debuted in TNA as part of the Team Canada stable, took part in the World X-Cup, won by Team USA. Team Canada went on to feud with America's Most Wanted; as the biggest and most powerful member of Team Canada at the time, Roode acted as the enforcer of the group, a role popularised by Arn Anderson. In early 2006, recognizing his comparisons to Anderson, he made the request that he be called "The Canadian Enforcer" from that point onward, began coming to the ring in sequined robes reminiscent of the flashy style popularized by the Four Horsemen and Rick Rude in the late 1980s. Roode began a feud with Dustin Rhodes in early 2005, losing to him at April's Lockdown in a best of three falls steel cage match, with the third fall a blindfold match. After that Roode feuded with Lance Hoyt, who he defeated at Slammiversary and at No Surrender with Team Canada, Hoyt teaming with The Naturals.
At Sacrifice, Team Canada defeated America's Most Wanted and The Naturals in an Eight-man tag team match. After defeating Jeff Hardy at Unbreakable in September and the remainder of Team Canada resumed their feud with 3Live Kru. At Bound for Glory, Team Canada defeated 3Live Kru. at Genesis, Team Canada lost to 3Live Kru in a 6-Sided Stick Fight with Kip James as special guest referee and at Turning Point Team Canada defeated 4Live Kru in an Eight-man tag team match. At Final Resolution, Roode began a singles career, while still being linked to Team Canada, by defeating Ron Killings. Five months on the June 29 episode of TNA Impact!, TNA Management Director Jim Cornette forced the breakup of Team Canada. However, on the July 6 episode of Impact!, Cornette gave Team Canada one more chance to stay together but only if they could win a match a week against Jay Lethal and Team 3D. On the July 13 episode of Impact!, Team Canada lost the match when Jay Lethal pinned A-1, disbanding Team Canada once and for all.
After the brea
Booker T (wrestler)
Robert Booker Tio Huffman, better known by his ring name Booker T, is an American professional wrestling promoter, color commentator, professional wrestler, signed with WWE. He is the owner and founder of the independent promotion Reality of Wrestling in Texas City, Texas. Booker is best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, holding 35 championships between those organizations, he is the most decorated wrestler in WCW history, having held 21 titles including a record six WCW World Television Championships, a record eleven WCW World Tag Team Championships: ten as one half of Harlem Heat with his brother, Lash "Stevie Ray" Huffman in WCW, one in the WWF with Test. Harlem Heat were recognized by WWE as being – along with The Steiner Brothers – WCW's greatest tag team. Booker was the final WCW World Heavyweight Champion and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion under the WCW banner. Booker is a six-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship five times and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship once.
He is the first non-mixed race African American to become a world champion in WWE, was voted the greatest World Heavyweight Champion in a WWE viewer poll. Booker is a 15-time world tag team champion between WCW, WWF/E, TNA. Additionally, he was the winner of the King of the Ring tournament in 2006, the sixteenth Triple Crown Champion, the ninth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history; as the eleventh Triple Crown Champion in WCW history, Booker is one of five men in history to achieve both the WWE and WCW Triple Crowns. Longtime wrestler Kurt Angle said of Booker: "He's done it all... he legitimately is one of the top five best of all time."Booker was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013, by his brother, Lash. Both he and Lash were inducted together into the 2019 class on April 6, 2019 as Harlem Heat, rendering him one of four men to be a two-time Hall of Famer. Booker was born the youngest of eight children, in Plain Dealing, though his birthplace is misidentified as Houston, Texas.
By the time Booker was 13, both of his parents had died and he lived with his 16-year-old sister. He would move in with his older brother Lash "Stevie Ray" Huffman at age 17. In high school, Booker was a drum major, he played football and basketball. Booker spent nineteen months in prison after pleading guilty to armed robberies at Wendy's restaurants in Houston. Booker and his partners wore Wendy's uniforms during the holdups since they had been working there for 2½ years; because of the gunmen's uniforms and familiarity with the fast food chain's operations, police suspected the robberies were inside jobs—and it did not take long before Huffman and three other men were found. Booker pleaded guilty in December 1987 to two aggravated robbery counts and was sentenced to five years in prison, he was released after serving 19 months, was placed on parole until April 1992. As a single father working at a storage company in Houston, Huffman was looking to make a better life for himself and his son, his brother Lash suggested that he and Booker check out a new wrestling school being opened, run by Ivan Putski, in conjunction with his Western Wrestling Alliance organization.
His boss from the storage company sponsored the money to pay for the wrestling lessons. Booker trained under Scott Casey, who helped to turn Booker's background as a gangster and dancer into "sports entertainment", teaching the newcomer in-ring psychology and ring generalship. Eight weeks Booker debuted as "G. I. Bro" on Putski's Western Wrestling Alliance Live! program. The character was a tie-in to the raging Gulf War and the WWF's Sgt. Slaughter angle. Though the WWA met its demise some time Booker continued to wrestle on the Texas independent circuit with his brother Lash, who performed as Stevie Ray, they were spotted by Skandor Akbar who hired them to work for the Global Wrestling Federation, where he and Eddie Gilbert were involved. Gilbert teamed Stevie Ray and Booker T together as the Ebony Experience, they won the GWF Tag Team Championship on July 31, 1992. During their time with GWF, they held the tag title a total of three times. Subsequently, Booker T and Stevie Ray left the GWF to work for World Championship Wrestling.
Booker and his brother Stevie Ray signed with World Championship Wrestling after Sid Vicious recommended they sign with the company. In August 1993, they debuted as the tag team Harlem Heat, with Booker renamed Kole and Lash renamed Kane, they became heels and were on Harley Race and Col. Rob Parker's team in the WarGames match at Fall Brawl on September 19 against Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, The Shockmaster, they lost the match but were over as heels because of the caliber of faces they wrestled. In 1994, they acquired the services of Sensational Sherri, dubbed'Sister' Sherri, as their manager and changed their names back to Booker T and Stevie Ray, at their request. By the end of 1994, they held the WCW Tag Team Championship after defeating Stars and Stripes in December. After dropping the title to The Nasty Boys, Harlem Heat regained the belts on June 24, 1995. Afterward, Harlem Heat got into a feud with Col. Parker's "Stud Stable" of "Dirty" Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck. Parker and Sherri were carrying on a love affair and Parker left the Stud
Suicide is a professional wrestling persona, used by multiple professional wrestlers in Impact Wrestling. Suicide first appeared as a fictional character from the video game TNA Impact!. In December 2008, the Suicide character was introduced on television as a real-life wrestler. Portrayed by Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels held the role for a time in early 2009 and went on to win the X Division Championship. In June 2010, Kiyoshi became the third man to use the gimmick. In October 2010, the gimmick was dropped, but made a brief return in January 2011, once again being portrayed by Christopher Daniels, before being dropped once again in April 2011. Suicide returned to television in May 2013 portrayed by T. J. Perkins. Austin Aries wrestled under the Suicide gimmick for one day and won the TNA X Division Championship on the episode of Impact Wrestling which aired on June 27, 2013. Suicide was "revealed" to be TJ Perkins on the June 2013, episode of Impact Wrestling, his ring name was changed to Manik, using a altered version of the Suicide ring-gear, with new music.
Perkins remains the only man to have wrestled under the Manik persona. The Suicide persona returned in July 2016 for TNA One Night Only X-Travaganza 2016, portrayed by Jonathan Gresham. In March 2017, Caleb Konley became the most recent wrestler behind the mask. Suicide was created by Midway Games as an original character for the TNA Impact! Video game, released on September 9, 2008; as an original character, Midway had full license with how to use him, unlike with the other characters, who were either trademarked by TNA or by the respective wrestler. The character is voiced by Senshi, who did motion capture for the game and appears as himself. In the game, Suicide is a professional wrestler moving up the ranks of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, when prior to his match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, he is approached by The Latin American Xchange, who tell him to throw the match. Suicide does not comply and instead goes on to win the title, resulting in him beaten up beyond recognition by LAX and left for dead in Mexico.
Doctors find him alive, but suffering from amnesia, aid in his recovery while offering free plastic surgery as well. This allows the player to create their own look for Suicide, establishing his new identity in the process. From there, Suicide finds. After success in Mexico and a U. S. Army Base, Kevin Nash recruits Suicide for the TNA roster. After conquering the X Division and the tag team division, the latter of which with Eric Young as his partner to form the tag team known collectively as Salty Biscuits, LAX kidnaps Young and orders Suicide to go and win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Kurt Angle and drop the title to Jeff Jarrett. After regaining the World Heavyweight Championship Suicide remembers his past and finds out that it was Jarrett who called the hit on him. After Nash and Samoa Joe are able to save Young from LAX, Suicide gains revenge on Jarrett by defeating him in the match for the World Heavyweight Championship. During every episode of TNA's primary television program, Impact!, after August 14, 2008, the words "whoissuicide.com" flashed on the screen for less than a second.
On the website, it showed. At Final Resolution, Suicide made his debut by attacking Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley, the Motor City Machine Guns. At Destination X, Christopher Daniels won the X Division Championship in an Ultimate X match. While using the Suicide gimmick, having replaced the injured Frankie Kazarian. On the May 14, 2009, episode of TNA, after weeks of accusing Daniels of being Suicide, the Motor City Machine Guns and Lethal Consequences looked to remove the mask of Suicide; this prompted Daniels to save Suicide from being exposed. Suicide wrestled Daniels at the Sacrifice pay-per-view event, in which Suicide retained via time limit draw after Daniels refused a victory assisted by the Motor City Machine Guns. At Slammiversary, Suicide retained the X Division Championship against Shelley, Sabin and Creed in a King of the Mountain match. On July 16, Suicide lost his championship to Homicide after he cashed in his "Feast or Fired" briefcase. After not being seen for a few weeks, Suicide made his return at Hard Justice to compete in the Steel Asylum match, which he lost because of D'Angelo Dinero.
On the August 20 edition of Impact! Suicide attacked Dinero after his match with Consequences Creed. On the September 17 edition of Impact! Dinero defeated Suicide in a grudge match. At No Surrender Dinero defeated Suicide again, this time in a Falls Count Anywhere match; the following week on Impact! Suicide defeated Dinero, by doing the Suicide Solution on a trash can in a street fight. On the October 15 edition of Impact! Homicide claims to now know his true identity. On the December 3 edition Impact! Suicide made peace with Dinero and joined him, Matt Morgan and Hernandez in their war with Rhino, Team 3D and Jesse Neal. At Final Resolution Morgan, Hernandez and Suicide defeated Neal, Team 3D and Rhino in an eight-man elimination tag team match. On the February 18, 2010, edition of Impact! Kazarian returned to TNA, would no longer use the Suicide gimmick; the character made its return four months on June 14, losing to Magnus in a match taped for Xplosion. This time it was portrayed by Japanese wrestler Akira Kawabata, known in TNA as Kiyoshi.
At the July 12 tapings of Xplosion, Kawabata picked up his first victory as Suicide, defeating Eric Young. The gimmick was temporarily retired after a house show in Windsor, Ontario on September 12, 2010, where
NWA World Heavyweight Championship
The NWA World Heavyweight Championship is a world heavyweight championship in the National Wrestling Alliance. Although formally established in 1948, its lineage has been traditionally traced back to the first World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship, which traces its lineage to the title first awarded to George Hackenschmidt in 1905; this makes it the oldest surviving wrestling championship in the world. The title has been competed for in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, Eastern Championship Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. With many territorial promotions appearing across the United States, the NWA was formed in 1948 as an overall governing wrestling body. Like franchises, these territories had the option of NWA membership; the promotion owners had to recognize the NWA Heavyweight, Junior Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight Champions as world champions while retaining their own ownership and top champion. Ric Flair holds the record for the most reigns with nine.
The current champion is Nick Aldis, in his second reign. Every year, the NWA World Heavyweight Champion would travel to each territory and defend the title against the territories' top contender or champion; the purpose of the world champion was to still hold the title. The NWA board of directors, composed of territory owners, decided when the title changed hands via a vote. By the late 1950s, the system began to break down; as Lou Thesz continued to hold the title, other popular wrestlers such as Verne Gagne became frustrated over the lack of change. There were disputes over the number of appearances the champion would make in different regions. On June 14, 1957 in Chicago, Thesz defended the world title against Canadian wrestler Édouard Carpentier in a two out of three falls match. Thesz and Carpentier split. In the third fall, Thesz was disqualified by referee Ed Whalen who raised Carpentier's hand in victory; the NWA voided the title change based on the disqualification. Thesz defeated Carpentier by disqualification in a Montreal rematch on July 24.
It had been planned that the NWA would present Thesz and Carpentier as rival champions in different cities following a similar pattern to the successful title dispute matches between Thesz and Leo Nomellini. Carpentier would be able to make appearances in the US as champion while Thesz was on an overseas tour. However, as a result of various disputes within the NWA, Carpentier's manager, wrestling promoter Eddie Quinn, left the organization in August making Carpentier unavailable to the NWA; the organization dealt with the situation by announcing 71 days after Carpentier's win in Chicago that it did not recognize Carpentier's win and had never recognized it. Quinn started promoting Carpentier as the true NWA world champion based on the match with Thesz. In 1958, Quinn started shopping Carpentier around to promoters interested in leaving the NWA. A victory over Carpentier could give a local champion a credible claim to the world championship of wrestling. Verne Gagne, trying to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion for some time, defeated Carpentier in Omaha, Nebraska on August 9, 1958.
This was recognized as a title change by those NWA affiliate promotions that would evolve into the American Wrestling Association in 1960. This disputed version of the NWA World Heavyweight Title was known as the World Heavyweight Championship; the title was unified with the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on September 7, 1963. The AWA title continued to exist until the AWA ceased operations in 1991; the Boston NWA affiliate known as the Atlantic Athletic Commission arranged a match between Killer Kowalski and Carpentier in 1958. Kowalski's victory created what was after known as the ACC World Heavyweight Title and the Big Time Wrestling World title, active until 1975 reforming in the early 2000s; the NAWA/WWA in Los Angeles recognized Carpentier as NWA champion in July 1959 as part of splitting from the NWA. On June 12, 1961, Carpentier lost a match to Freddie Blassie which created the basis for the WWA World Heavyweight Championship; the title ceased to exist when the WWA returned to the NWA on October 1, 1968.
The World Wide Wrestling Federation, which evolved into today's WWE, was the major wrestling promotion in the northeast United States in the early 1960s. Vincent J. McMahon's Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the precursor to the WWWF, seceded from the NWA for a variety of reasons including the selection of the NWA World Heavyweight Champion and the number of dates wrestled by the champion in the promotion. Ostensibly, the dispute was over "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers losing the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Lou Thesz in one fall instead of a best-of-three — the format in which NWA World Heavyweight Championship matches were traditionally decided at the time. Capitol Wrestling Corporation executives held majority control over the NWA while in NWA board of directors at the time. Following Lou Thesz's World Heavyweight Championship win, Capitol Wrestling Corporation seceded from the NWA and became the World Wide Wrestling Federation. "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers was recognized as the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion.
When Ric Flair won the NWA World title in 1981, he traveled to other NWA territories and defended the belt. He would regain it, as the NWA board of directors decided. On more than one occasion, Flair lost and regained the belt without the official sanctioning of the NWA. In most cases, these