Chris Kanyon: A Look Back

Devon GivensCorrespondent IApril 3, 2010

According to reports, Christopher Klucsaritis, a.k.a. Chris Kanyon, has been found dead.  He was 40 years old.

His wrestling career started in late 1994 as a jobber in the WWE. After his friend James Mitchell saw potential in him, Kanyon began training with the Fabulous Moolah in South Carolina as well as Afa at the Wild Samoan wrestling school.

He also started his WCW career as a jobber before being repackaged as Mortis, a character based on Reptile and Scorpion. He would start a feud with Glacier and lose at Uncensored. After the match, Wrath debuted and formed a team with Kanyon which was then quietly dropped in late 1997.

In 1998, he asked Raven if he could join Raven's Flock. He was told he could be a member if he could defeat Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW Title. After he failed to defeat him, Raven executed a DDT on the entrance ramp, which ignited a feud between the two. 

Kanyon would later abandon the Mortis persona and adopted a new nickname, "The Innovator of Offense," due to his unique wrestling technique that included multiple moves executed from a fireman's carry position. He then formed a short-lived alliance with Saturn, but he turned on him and join the Flock.

The Flock soon disbanded after Saturn defeated Raven at Fall Brawl, and Kanyon would later take time off to work as a stunt coordinator and stuntman for The Jesse Ventura Story .

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He returned in 1999, and formed a stable with Bam Bam Bigelow and Diamond Dallas Page as the Jersey Triad. They started a feud with Saturn and Chris Benoit, defeating them at the Great American Bash.

The three would later receive a special dispensation by WCW president Ric Flair to defend titles as a three-man unit, otherwise known as the Freebird Rule. The rule was later overturned by Sting, Flair's replacement. They dropped the title at Road Wild to the Harlem Heat on August 14.

The Jersey Triad would soon disband, and Kanyon would take time off once again to begin work for the WCW-produced film, Ready to Rumble . He served as a stunt coordinator and the stuntman for Oliver Platt.

Kanyon returned in late 1999 and was repackaged as Chris "Champagne" Kanyon. He was accompanied by J. Biggs, his "agent," and two former Nitro Girls, Baby and Chameleon. He claimed that he had been accustomed to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and began to indulge in luxuries such as champagne, women, and expensive cars.

The character would soon be removed by then-WCW booker, Kevin Sullivan.

Kanyon returned to the ring in April 2000, when Vince Russo replaced Kevin Sullivan. He teamed with Page again, but the partnership came to a close when Mike Awesome threw Kanyon off the Triple Cage onto the entrance ramp at Slamboree. 

Kanyon would soon turn on Page at the Great American Bash, costing him his Ambulance against Mike Awesome. He sided with the New Blood faction and began imitating Page, changing his ring name to "Positively Kanyon" and wearing a long blonde wig. He also began using the Diamond Cutter and dubbed it the "Kanyon Kutter." 

He would start a tirade in WCW, delivering the Kutter to various backstage employees, including "Mean" Gene Okerlund and Buff Bagwell's mom, Judy. This led to a short feud with Buff Bagwell, and at the following pay-per-view event, New Blood Rising, he lost to Buff in the Judy-Bagwell-on-a-Forklift match.

He would leave WCW again shortly afterward.

Kanyon returned in 2001, attacking DDP and reigniting his feud with Page. Page would defeat Kanyon in a rematch the following night on Nitro. He then began a feud with Ernest "The Cat" Miller and began a small gimmick change, which involved wearing a long black leather jacket and new entrance music.

The feud would soon be dropped due to the WWF's (now WWE) purchase of WCW in March 2001.

In July 2001, Kanyon made his second return to the WWE as part of the Alliance. He would soon receive the United States Championship from Stephanie McMahon at the request of Booker T, and it was during this time that he would frequently ask "Who betta than Kanyon?" 

He reformed with Page again to help him attack the Undertaker backstage on RAW.  They later defeated the APA, (Acolytes Protection Agency) for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Their reign was short-lived, however, as they would drop the titles to the Brothers of Destruction, (Kane and Undertaker) at SummerSlam. Kanyon went on to lose the United States title to Tajiri, on September 10, 2001.

He later suffered an injury during a dark match against Randy Orton. He underwent surgery and was sidelined for the remainder of the "Invasion" angle. After recovering, he suffered yet another injury, this time at the hands of Lance Cade in Lima, Ohio. He gradually recovered again and returned to OVW in late 2002.

He returned in 2003 and became a part of the feud between Big Show and The Undertaker. He emerged from a large crate dressed as Boy George and began singing "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"  before being viciously attacked by The Undertaker. He then wrestled on Velocity under the "Who Betta than Kanyon?" persona and lost to Rhyno.

He was released on February 9, 2004, after not being used in any major storylines.

He made an appearance on TNA Turning Point in 2005, then retired in 2006 and joined Tha O Show as a regular columnist, claiming that Bret Hart admitted to him that Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson were all in on the Montreal Screwjob.

Rest in peace, Kanyon. May the Lord take you into the heavens above.

All information was taken from Wikipedia and was made into a summary by me .

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