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The Fallen Angel
June 23, 2006 by Daniel Kujawa


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He is the Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels. He is a two-time TNA X-Division and four-time TNA Tag-Team champion. He has already done what most men have never done in their entire careers! Some say he's the greatest Indy wrestler of all time and who could argue.

Daniels started his career mainly wrestling for the Chicago Windy City Wrestling promotion. Daniels then signed with the WWF as a developmental wrestler. Daniels tagged with Aaron Aguilera as the Conquistadors. He then went back into the independent wrestling scene wrestling for All-Pro Wrestling, ECWA, Windy City Wrestling, and Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Daniels was then signed by WCW in 2001. He returned to the WWF for a brief period before again returning to the indies.

Daniels then became one of what is known as the "founding fathers of the Ring of Honor". Daniels fought Low-Ki and American Dragon in an amazing Triple Threat. This was the first of many times that Daniels would break the Code of Honor by not shaking hands after a match. Daniels then challenged Low-Ki and American Dragon to a Round Robin challenge. Daniels beat American Dragon in the first match and forced Dragon to shake his hand but, after Daniels lost to Low-Ki, Daniels refused to shake his hand, also mentioning something about the ROH title. Daniels then started a mission to break the Code of Honor and try to take Ring of Honor apart. Daniels started the Prophecy.

At the ROH event titled "Crowning a Champion" Daniels participated in a Four-Way Iron Man Match to determine the ROH champion. Daniels actually managed to pin Low-Ki but, Low-Ki was already too far ahead. This angered Daniels. At the ROH event "Unscripted" Daniels distracted Low-Ki who was in a match with Xavier for the ROH title. Xavier managed to hit Low-Ki with a chair and soon after became the ROH champion. It was revealed that Xavier was a new member of the Prophecy. Later in the night Daniels and his partner, Prophecy member Donovan Morgan, won a tournament to become the first ever Tag-Team champions. Daniels then engaged in a feud with the Second City Saints with the new Prophecy. The Saints temporarily ended Daniels' ROH career when CM Punk put Daniels through a table with the Pepsi Plunge. Daniels then went to the NWA:TNA where he had a lot of great matches and had a lot of success.

When Daniels returned to ROH he engaged in a feud with CM Punk who was then the ROH champion. Daniels and Punk battled to a 1-hour draw at "The Homecoming". Daniels stayed with ROH for awhile after that. Daniels also made many appearances under a mask, mostly in Japan as Curry Man.

Daniels then went back to TNA where he has been most successful. Daniels joined Vince Russo's Sports Entertainment Xtreme faction and also formed a tag-team with Low-Ki and Elix Skipper known as Triple X. When Low-Ki and Elix Skipper won the Tag Titles Daniels was also allowed to defend the titles. Triple X then engaged in a heated feud with America's Most Wanted. XXX then broke up when Low-Ki left TNA. Daniels and Skipper were then reunited and started the rivalry with AMW up again. Both teams battled in an amazing Cage Match in August of 2003. XXX was forced to break up for good when they lost a cage match against AMW at Turning Point in 2004.

Daniels then started a rivalry with AJ Styles. The two both were involved in the Ultimate X Challenge along with Ron Killings and Elix Skipper. Daniels won his first X-Division title when he literally stole the belt from Styles who had brought it down but the referee was knocked out. Daniels took the title from Styles and when the ref came to he saw Daniels with the belt and awarded the match to Daniels. Daniels would then become the longest X-Division champion in TNA history. However at Unbreakable 2005 he lost the title to AJ Styles in a 3-Way match that also included Samoa Joe. Daniels regained the title when he won an Ultimate X match at Destination X. He would then lose the title back to Samoa Joe. Daniels and AJ Styles then formed a tag-team. They defeated AMW for the Tag Titles at Slammiversary 2006.

The Fallen Angel has done just about everything in this great sport. The longest reigning X-Division champion in history. A 4-time Tag-Team champion. One of the founding fathers of Ring of Honor. Christopher Daniels is truly the greatest Indy wrestler of all time.

by Daniel Kujawa ..


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