Chris Kanyon

  286 views

kanyon

title History

  • WCW World Tag Team titles w/Diamond Dallas Page defeating Perry Saturn and Chris Beniot (June 13, 1999);
  • WCW United States Heavyweight title Awarded (July 24, 2001);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Diamond Dallas Page defeating Farooq and Bradshaw (August 7, 2001);

Career Highlights

In the Beginning:

  • In School, Chris Klucsaritis played rugby, roller hockey, basketball, and baseball.
  • 1992: Chris Klucsaritis attended the University of Buffalo and graduated with a degree in physical therapy.
  • Chris Klucsaritis was a full time physical therapist for 3 years before becoming a wrestler.
  • Before hitting the bigtime, Chris Kanyon teamed with Billy Kidman in a ‘hockey players’ gimmick team.
  • September 26, 1994 – WWF RAW: Shawn Michaels and Diesel defeated Bob Starr and Chris Kanyon..
  • November 21, 1994 – WWF RAW: Tatanka defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • December 19, 1994 – WWF RAW: Bob Holly defeated Chris Kanyon..

World championship Wrestling – Paying Dues:

  • Started out in WCW in a team called “Men at Work” with Mark Starr. The men wore construction outfits to the ring.
  • WCW soon through a mask on Kanyon and called him Mortis, managed by James Vanderburg, and teaming with Wrath (Bryan Clarke).
  • Mortis and Wrath feuded with Glacier and Ernest Miller in an angle entitled, “Blood Runs Cold” managed by James Vandenberg.
  • June 18, 1995 – Great American Bash: Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • July 16, 1995 – Bash At The Beach: Johnny B. Badd defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • November 26, 1995 – World War 3: Chris Kanyon participated in the 3-Ring Battle Royal won by Randy Savage.
  • February 11, 1996 – Superbrawl IV: Hugh Morris defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • March 16, 1997 – Uncensored 1997: Glacier beat Mortis.
  • May 18, 1997 – Slamboree: Glacier beat Mortis by disqualification when Wrath (aka Bryan Clarke) appeared.
  • July 13, 1997 – Bash at the Beach: Mortis and Wrath beat Glacier and Ernest Miller.
  • September 14, 1997 – Fall Brawl: Wrath and Mortis defeated Meng and The Barbarian.
  • December 13, 1997 – Worldwide: Glacier over Mortis w/James Vandenburg after the Chronic Kick.
  • August 8, 1998 – Road Wild: Perry Saturn defeated Raven w/Lodi and Chris Kanyon in a Falls Count Anywhere 3-WAY match.
  • February 25, 1999 – Thunder: Raven and Kanyon defeated Villano V and El Dandy.
  • May 6, 1999 – Thunder: World Cruiserweight champion Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Kanyon.
  • June 10, 1999 – Thunder: Perry Saturn vs. Kanyon ended in a No Contest. Perry Saturn and Chris Benoit defeaed Diamond Dallas Page and Kanyon to win the World Tag Team titles.
  • July 8, 1999 – Thunder: Chris Kanyon defeated Chris Benoit.
  • July 11, 1999 – Bash At The Beach: Diamond Dallas Page and Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Kanyon defeated Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn to retain the tag team titles.
  • July 14, 1999 – Thunder: World Tag Team champions Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Kanyon and Diamond Dallas Page vs. Curt Hennig and Barry Windham in a handicap match ended in a No Contest.
  • July 28, 1999 – Thunder: Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon and Ric Flair defeated Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko.
  • August 14, 1999 – Road Wild: Harlem Heat defeated Chris Kanyon and Bam Bam Bigelow to win the World Tag Team titles.
  • November 21, 1999 – Mayhem: Kimberly vs. David Flair ended in a No Contest. David Flair goes to hit Kimberly with the crowbar, Chris Kanyon and DDP come in to make the save.
    As they try to use the crowbar on David Flair, Arn Anderson runs in to convince them not to. After DDP and Chris Kanyon leave, David Flair attacks Arn Anderson!!! Arn Anderson is taken out on a stretcher.

World championship Wrestling – Evolving:

  • Chris Kanyon gained a reputation as a trainer for celebrities like Dennis Rodman, Karl Malone and Jay Leno for their WCW appearances.
  • Chris Kanyon has worked as stunt coordinator and stuntman on movies such as The Jesse Ventura Story and Ready To Rumble.
  • Chris Kanyon was Oliver Platt’s stunt double on the set of the movie, Ready to Rumble.
  • January 3, 2000 – Nitro: Buff Bagwell and Chris Kanyon defeated Norman Smiley and Asya in a Tag Team title tournament.
  • January 12, 2000 – Thunder: Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Chris Kanyon in a champagne bottle on a pole match.
  • January 19, 2000 – Thunder: Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • February 14, 2000 – Nitro: Dustin Rhodes defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • April 26, 2000 – Thunder: Chris Kanyon defeated Shawn Stasiak.
  • May 3, 2000 – Thunder: Chris Kanyon defeated Jeff Jarrett.
  • May 7, 2000 Slamboree: Mike Awesome vs. Chris Kanyon ended in a NO CONTEST.
  • ~~~Mike Awesome later got involved in a three teir cage match, trying to power-bomb Diamond Dallas Page off the first teir.
  • ~~~Chris Kanyon came out and saved DDP, but he ended up getting power-bombed off the first cage to the floor himself!
  • Chris Kanyon showed up on WCW television wearing a Halo to protect his neck and was confined to a wheelchair.
  • June 11, 2000 Great American Bash: Mike Awesome defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a Ambulance Match.
  • ~~~Chris Kanyon, wearing a neck brace halo got up out of his wheelchair and turned on Diamond Dallas Page!
  • June 12, 2000 – Nitro: WCW U.S. champion Scott Steiner vs. Chris Kanyon ended in a No Contest.
  • June 14, 2000 – Thunder: Mike Awesome and Chris Kanyon vs. Tank Abbott and Rick Steiner ended in a No Contest.
  • June 28, 2000 – Thunder: Buff Bagwell defeated Chris Kanyon by disqualification.
  • July 5, 2000 – Thunder: Booker T and Buff Bagwell defeated Shane Douglas and Posivitely Kanyon.
  • July 10, 2000 – Nitro: Jeff Jarrett defeated Bill Goldberg and Scott Steiner and Chris Kanyon in a 4-WAY match.
  • July 12, 2000 – Thunder: Jeff Jarrett defeated Posivitely Kanyon.
  • July 18, 2000 – Nitro: Mike Awesome defeated Positively Kanyon in a U.S. title tournament match.
  • July 19, 2000 – Thunder: Posivitely Kanyon and Lance Storm defeated Buff Bagwell and Mike Awesome.
  • July 26, 2000 – Thunder: Judy Bagwell vs. Posivitely Kanyon ended in a No Contest.
  • August 2, 2000 – Thunder: Mike Awesome defeated Posivitely Kanyon.
  • August 7, 2000 – Nitro: Buff Bagwell and Judy Bagwell defeated Positively Kanyon and Pamela Paulshock.
  • August 9, 2000 – Thunder: Gene Okerlund and Buff Bagwell defeated Mark Madden and Kanyon.
  • February 18, 2001 – Superbrawl Revenge: Chris Kanyon defeated Diamond Dallas Page with help from Jeff Jarrett.
  • February 19, 2001 – Nitro: Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • February 26, 2001 – Nitro: Shawn OHaire defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • March 18, 2001 – Greed: Ernest Milller w/Miss Jones defeated Chris Kanyon. After the match, Chris Kanyon attacked The Cat and went after Miss Jones but M.I. Smooth made the save!
  • March 19, 2001 – Nitro: Chris Kanyon defeated M.I. Smooth.

World Wrestling Federation – Alliance:

  • July 6, 2001 – SmackDown: Chris Kanyon makes his WWF debut as part of the WCW Invasion.
  • Booker T presents Chris Kanyon with the WCW United States title.
  • August 9, 2001 – SmackDown: Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon beat the APA to win the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • August 18, 2001 – Live Event: WCW U.S. champion Chris Kanyon defeated Christian.
  • August 23, 2001 – SmackDown: Kurt Angle defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • Chris Kanyon is taken off Television with a knee injury.
  • August 24, 2001 – Live Event: WCW U.S. champion Chris Kanyon defeated Billy Gunn.
  • September 1, 2001 – Live Event: WCW U.S. champion Chris Kanyon defeated Jeff Hardy.
  • September 22, 2001 – Live Event: Test defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • October 6, 2001 – Live Event: Brock Lesnar defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • October 14, 2001 – Live Event: Jeff Hardy defeated Chris Kanyon.

World Wrestling Entertainment – Injuries and OVW:

  • May 2002: Kanyon has been cleared to compete and is in Louisville through the end of the month getting back in ring shape.
  • July 9, 2002 – HWA: HWA champion Lance Cade defeated Chris Kanyon by disqualification to retain.
  • July 12, 2002 – OVW Summer Series: John “Prototype” Cena defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • Chris Kanyon falls to yet another injury.
  • September 20, 2002 – Ross Report: Chris Kanyon is about a month away from being back in action and will go to OVW for a month.
  • October 2002: Chris Kanyon hopes to be released to return to work next week at Ohio Valley Wrestling.
  • October 30, 2002 – OVW TV Taping: Nova defeats Chris Kanyon by disqualification when Kanyon turns heel.
  • November 6, 2002 – OVW TV Taping: Rob Conway vs Chris Kanyon went to a NO CONTEST.
  • November 14, 2002 – SmackDown: Chris Kanyon defeats Rene Dupree in a “dark” match.
  • November 20, 2002 – OVW TV Taping: Chris Kanyon defeats Charlie Haas.
  • December 11, 2002 – OVW TV Tapings: Johnny Jeter defeated Chris Kanyon. Jeter then flew off of the top rope and delivered a spinkick decking Kanyon in the face! Jeter pinned Kanyon to win the match (best of the night).
  • January 15, 2003 – OVW Taping: Chris Kanyon defeats Chris Cage.
  • January 22, 2003 – OVW TV Tapings: Chris Kanyon vs. Johnny Jeter ended in a No contest.If Johnny can last 5 minutes with Kanyon, Johnny will get $500 dollars. The match is ruled a No Contest.
  • January 29, 2003 – OVW Taping: Nova and Rob Conway defeats Chris Kanyon and Doug Basham w/Nikita.
  • February 5, 2003 – OVW TV Tapings: Chris Kanyon defeated Johnny Jeter. If Jeter can last 5 minutes with Kanyon, he gets $500.
    Kanyon won it in 5 minutes and 2 seconds which meant that he still had to pay. Kanyon actually stuffed five wadded up $100 bills into the mouth of Jeter.
  • February 13, 2003 – SmackDown: Chris Kanyon returns to RAW, dressed as “Boy George” and gets his ass kicked by the Undertaker.
  • February 19, 2003 – OVW TV Tapings: Chris Kanyon and Johnny Spade defeated Orlando Jordan and Chris Cage in a dark match.
  • February 26, 2003 – OVW TV Tapings: Rob Conway and Johnny Jeter defeated Chris Kanyon and Damaja in a bonus dark match.
  • March 12, 2003 – OVW Taping: Doug Basham/Damaja/Kanyon vs Nick Dinsmore/Bradshaw/Johnny Jeter.
  • April 19, 2003 – Velocity: Rhyno defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • June 14, 2003 – Velocity: Bill DeMott defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • June 19, 2003 – SmackDown: Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • June 28, 2003 – Velocity: Billy Gunn defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • July 5, 2003 – Velocity: Chris Kanyon defeated Mike Bell..
  • July 12, 2003 – Velocity: Orlando Jordan defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • July 26, 2003 – Velocity: Chris Kanyon defeated Ryan Sakoda..
  • July 27, 2003 – Vengeance: Ultimo Dragon defeated Chris Kanyon in a match shown LIVE on Sunday Night Heat!
  • September 13, 2003 – Velocity: Jamie Noble defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • October 11, 2003 – Velocity: Rey Mysterio defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • November 1, 2003 – Velocity: Orlando Jordan defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • November 8, 2003 – Velocity: Spanky and Paul London defeated Shannon Moore and Chris Kanyon..
  • November 15, 2003 – Velocity: Rhyno defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • November 29, 2003 – Velocity: Orlando Jordan defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • December 6, 2003 – Velocity: Spanky and Paul London defeated Chad Collyer and Chris Kanyon..
  • December 13, 2003 – Velocity: Orlando Jordan defeated Chris Kanyon..
  • February 9, 2004: After a year of mistreatment in the WWE, Chris Kanyon is officially released from his contract!

Out of retirement:

  • June 4, 2004 – Buckeye Pro Wrestling: Shark Boy defeated Chris Kanyon in a 20:00 match.
  • July 9, 2005: Chris Kanyon comes out of retirement at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles as well as Sunday in Chico, CA.
  • July 22, 2005 – Elite Wrestling Entertainment: Chris Kanyon did a post-show run-in to set up the main event for the next show.
  • July 30, 2005 – EWE: Buck Quartermaine and Roderick Strong vs Steve Madison and Chris Kanyon ended in a Double disqualification.
  • August 19, 2005 – EWE: Buck Quartermain/The Marker Crashers beat Steve Madison/Chris Kanyon/Erick Stevens in a No-disqualification match.
  • October 16, 2005: Chris Kanyon was arrested in Tampa on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing or opposing an officer.
  • October 30, 2005 – Blood, Sweat and Ears: James Champagne defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • November 5, 2005 – Pro Wrestling Warfare: Bruce Steele defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • November 19, 2005 – Blue Water championship Wrestling: Chris Kanyon defeated Sean Casey by Disqualification.
  • December 3, 2005 – Pro Wrestling Warfare: Chris Kanyon defeated Steve Madison.
  • December 11, 2005 – TNA Turning Point: Raven defeated Larry Zbyszko’s Choice (Chris K. aka Chris Kanyon).
  • December 16, 2005 – Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Joey Ryan defeated Chris Kanyon to retain the PWG Heavyweight title.
  • January 14, 2006 – Pro Wrestling Warfare: Chris Kanyon defeated Steve Madison.
  • January 21, 2006 – Elite Wrestling Entertainment: Bruce Steele vs Chris Kanyon ended in a 2-2 tie in a 20:00 Iron man match.
  • February 4, 2006 – Blood, Sweat and Ears: Chris Kanyon defeated James Champagne………..
  • ~~~Chris Kanyon cut a post-match promo saying that Vince McMahon released him because he was gay.
  • While Chris Kanyon claimed to be the first and only openly gay pro-wrestler, he actually isn’t the “first”.. Simon Sermon is.
  • Robert McLearren wrote: I’m Chris Kanyon’s moderator, so I thought I’d clarify something that you have on his profile: While Chris Kanyon claimed to be the first and only openly gay pro-wrestler, he actually isn’t.. Simon Sermon is. There was a lot of talk back and forth between Simon, Kanyon and the film maker about this. Kanyon said that he was the first, because Simon never made it past the indys and never did it as a full time job. Simon would be the first Independent wrestler to come out, and Kanyon would be the first pro wrestler to come out. Kanyon never tried to ignore Simon’s accomplishments, and actually talked about Simon in several interviews. just thought I’d pass that along, it’s kind of misleading the way you have it.
  • February 25, 2006 – Pro Wrestling Warfare: Chris Kanyon defeated Rod Steel (w/Bruce Steel and Amy Love).
  • March 5, 2006 – Legends PPV: Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • March 8, 2006 – Elite Wrestling Entertainment: Bruce Santee defeated Chris Kanyon…
  • April 1, 2006 – Elite Wrestling Entertainment: Chris Kanyon defeated “Sensational” Scott Davis.
  • April 22, 2006 – OWA: Vic Grimes defeated Chris Kanyon and Altar Boy Luke in a 3-WAY in Alameda, California.
  • April 28, 2006 – Elite Wrestling Entertainment: Jake “The Snake” Roberts defeated Chris Kanyon .
  • September 8, 2006 – Live Event in Tampa: Chris Kanyon bought a ticket to “get noticed” by WWE officials.
  • September 16, 2006 – Rock-N-Shock Benefit Show: Chris Kanyon defeated Onyx..
  • October 26, 2006 – Pure Wrestling Association: Ruffy Silverstein defeated Chris Kanyon …
  • October 29, 2006 – Pure Wrestling Association: Chris Kanyon defeated Phil Latio.
  • October 29, 2006 – Blood, Sweat and Ears: Chris Kanyon defeated Frankie The Mobster.
  • October 29, 2006 – Great Canadian Wrestling: Chris Kanyon and Hayden the Destroyer beat Michael Elgin and Jake O’Reilly
  • Chris Klucsaritis (aka Chris Kanyon) announced on his MySpace that he was retiring from pro wrestling immediately.

Kanyon returns:

  • December 19, 2009 – NYWC: Chris Kanyon defeated NYWC Interstate champion Alex Reynolds w/Maxwell Belvedere.
  • December 26, 2009 – NYWC: Chris Kanyon defeated “Flawless” Blake Morris by disqualification when “Hot Shot” Mike Reed interfered
  • January 30, 2010 – NYWC: Mortis (Chris Kanyon) w/James Mitchell defeated High Society (Blake Morris and Mike Reed).
  • April 2, 2010: Chris Kanyon (40) was found dead of a suicide after overdosing on pills and leaving a note.

Mike Aldren wrote (on April 11, 2010): Chris Klucsaritis, who wrestled in WWE and WCW as Chris Kanyon and Mortis, was found in grave condition on the evening of 4/2 at his apartment in Sunnyside, NY. Reportedly, Klucsaritis was found by his brother, concerned about him not answering his phone. EMT’s were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead in his apartment. The medical examiner’s office is investigating to determine the exact cause of death although the police are treating the case as an apparent suicide, having found an empty bottle of the drug Seroquel (for schizophrenia) and a note where Klucsaritis apologized to his family for taking his own life. He was 40 years old and was known to suffer from bipolar disorder and depression. Klucsaritis graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. He worked for three years as a full time physical therapist before deciding to become a pro wrestler in 1995. He got his first big break with WCW after training with Bobby Eagle in New York City and the late Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison) in South Carolina. He worked the bulk of his career with WCW right up until the company was sold to WWE in 2001. He made his WWE debut a few months after the sale as part of the invasion storyline and shortly thereafter was awarded the U.S. title. In the storyline he would refer to himself as “The Alliance MVP” and frequently posed the rhetorical question “Who betta than Kanyon?”. He was later sidelined for the remainder of the Invasion storyline after he tore his ACL during a dark match with Randy Orton. After surgery he was sent to developmental – Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, KY at the time – but suffered another injury set back when he hurt his shoulder during a match with Lance Cade. In July, 2002 following surgery on his injured shoulder he was hostipalized as a result of an allergy to the medication with which he was being treated. He recovered and was discharged from hospital having lost 32 pounds. For the remainder of his WWE run he was rarely used aside from dark matches or wacky skits. He was released from his contract in February, 2004. He worked once for TNA at the 2005 Turning Point pay-per-view but was never brought back. On the indies he worked when he could get booked billing himself as an openly gay wrestler having come out in 2006. He made several attempts to return to WWE in the past couple of years – even after he put his name on a failed lawsuit attempt with Scott “Raven” Levy and Mike Sanders against WWE for misclassifying wrestlers as independent contracts. Someone who spoke to Klucsaritis recently said that he had been talking about opening a wrestling school in his local community and had started writing a book.