Chris Kanyon

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 245 lbs

Real Name: Chris Klucsaritis

DOB: 1/04/1970

DOD: 4/02/2010

Hometown: Queens, New York

Other Names: Mortis(WCW), Darkbird

Wrestler Since: 1992

Finishing Maneuver: The Flatliner, the Kanyon Kutter

PWI 500 2003 Ranking: #132

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #148(2001), #110(1999), #108(1998), #174(1997)

History: In recent years, Chris Kanyon's excellence in the ring has definitely been noticed. Kanyon began his wrestling career in independent federations in '92. He supposedly wrestled in various feds, such as SMW, AFA, the USWA, and even a brief stint with the WWF, before being released for more experienced wrestlers. Then in late '95, Kanyon came to WCW and enrolled in the Powerplant. He appeared a few times as himself, usually jobbing in a Dark Match to an established star.

In early '97, Mortis made his appearance, a skull-masked wrestler with very nice wrestling skills. He immediately began feuding with Glacier, a feud which lasted for many months. He was rarely given a title shot, instead staying a midcarder while he improved his craft. Mortis also teamed frequently with Wrath, creating a deadly duo controlled by James Vandenberg. However, Mortis was rarely respected by the fans, and usually did not come out the winner against other superstars.

In February '98, Mortis appealed to Raven about joining the Flock, despite Vandenberg's protests. Raven told Mortis he had to defeat Diamond Dallas Page and win the United States title. Despite a tough fight, Mortis could not pull off the upset. After the match, the Flock came out and attacked Mortis, culminating with Raven's Evenflow DDT on the steel walkway. Van Hammer then picked up Mortis and walked away, the last time "Mortis" would be seen in WCW.

A few months later, Kanyon began coming on, in various disguises, and attacking Raven and his Flock members. He continued these surprise attacks for some time, causing Raven to surround himself with security guards, since supposedly Kanyon was no longer a member of WCW wrestling. Soon, Kanyon, Raven, and Saturn were all fighting, since both Kanyon and Saturn seemed to want to take out Raven on his own. Then, in a shocker, Kanyon helped Lodi defeat Saturn, making Saturn Lodi's slave until the next PPV. Kanyon then began coming out with Raven as his "only friend", after Saturn won the right to dissolve the Flock.

Kanyon and Raven stayed friends and allies for a while, but then their relationship began to get rocky, with Raven being dispondent and uncaring about Kanyon's well-being. Finally, Kanyon told off Raven, and got him to go "home" with his mother and get some help. After a while, Raven came out of his funk, rejoining the wrestling business alongside Kanyon. The two were a tag-team for a brief period, then Kanyon took off to be a "consultant" for the Jesse "The Body" Ventura movie.

Kanyon reappeared near the beginning of May '99 at a Thursday Thunder, showing that he still knew how to wrestle. At Slamboree '99, though, Kanyon really reappeared to the public, coming out during the 3-Way Tag-Team Title match and aiding Raven and Saturn, helping them win the Tag-Team belts. Kanyon apparently rejoined with the other two men, forming another "Nest". A few weeks later, Kanyon, despite being attacked by DDP and Bam-Bam Bigelow earlier that night, came to Saturn's aid and subbed for Raven in a tag-team defense. But Kanyon fell after one punch, allowing DDP and Bam-Bam to win the belts.

In June '99, Saturn, teamed with Chris Benoit, won the tag-team titles. Kanyon came out, apparently to congratulate Saturn. But when the two hugged, Kanyon hit a Gutwrench Suplex, showing that he'd been allied with DDP and Bam-Bam the whole time (explaining the one punch). Kanyon and Page then teamed up at the Great American Bash, and, with some help from Bam-Bam Bigelow, defeated Benoit & Saturn to earn the tag belts. These are the first belts that Kanyon has held in WCW, and formed the Triad between the three wrestlers. At Bash at the Beach, they continued to remain the tag champs, again defeating Benoit and Saturn after DDP and Bigelow combined to hit their move.

In the next few weeks after BATB, the Triad faced its newest threats, and also one of the older threats in the tag-team division: the reforming of Harlem Heat. Although the Triad tried many tricks, none seemed to work. Kanyon and Bam-Bam eventually lost the tag-team belts to Booker T and Stevie Ray at Road Wild '99, despite attempted interference from DDP. Afterwards, the Triad broke up, with DDP, Bam-Bam Bigelow, and Kanyon all feuding with each other sporatically. This soon faded away, however, as Kanyon briefly left WCW to work in Hollywood. He became the stunt choreographer for the movie "Ready To Rumble", which starred many of WCW's wrestlers. This kept Kanyon away from Active status for a long while.

In April '00, when Russo & Bischoff returned to WCW to take control, Kanyona also made his return, siding with his old partner Diamond Dallas Page and the Millionaires' Club. With David Arquette, the star of "Ready To Rumble", the three men battled against the forces of the New Blood. At Slamboree '00, Kanyon battled Mike Awesome. The match ended in a No-Contest, as the New Blood and the Millionaires' Club both came out to brawl. At the end of the night, DDP was battling Jeff Jarrett in a three-tier cage match for the World Title, with David Arquette also participating. Kanyon and Awesome also battled on the outside of the cage, climbing high up onto the levels. The match was decided when Arquette betrayed DDP, helping Jarrett win. As Kanyon was distracted, Awesome threw him off the cage, a long drop. Kanyon was carried out on a stretcher, and spent most of the next month, at least on tv, in the hospital.

Kanyon was announced to have spinal damage, but that didn't stop the New Blood from trying to take him out even further. DDP made sure to protect Kanyon, as he fought Awesome for revenge for his friend. At the Great American Bash '00, with Kanyon watching from a wheelchair, DDP fought Awesome in an Ambulance match. Just when it seemed DDP had the match in hand, Kanyon rose out of the wheelchair, Diamond-Cutting him! Kanyon then helped Awesome win the match, turning his back on his old friend. At the next Nitro, after DDP announced his 'retirement', Kanyon entered the arena with Kimberly Page, stating that he was going to take DDP's music, his 'valet', his finishing maneuver, and even DDP's autobiography, showing his own copy, now called "Positively Kanyon". Of course, the book was more than just literature, as Kanyon routinely kept a brick inside of it, so that it could knock out opponents for the easy win.

In the next month, Kanyon began a feud with Booker T, who had left the New Blood behind. They faced off at Bash at the Beach '00 in a very nice match, which featured a great series of moves. At one point, Kanyon tried to use the rigged book on Booker T, but Booker had removed the brick earlier in the match, so it was just a regular book. Booker then got up and hit the Bookend, but was only able to get 2 on Kanyon. Soon after, Jeff Jarrett came to ringside and helped Kanyon, knocking out Booker T with his guitar. Kanyon then easily got the Flatliner for the victory. Kanyon's feud with Booker T continued for a few weeks, since Booker won the World Title later on that night, but nothing much came of it. Kanyon began to get more and more violent, "Kanyon-Cutting" anyone at anytime. This led to him Kanyon-Cutting Buff Bagwell's mother, Judy, and starting a major feud between him and Buff. Kanyon continued to stalk Judy whenever he had the chance, leading up to a "Judy-Bagwell-On-A-Pole" match at New Blood Rising. During the fight, David Arquette (the actor) suddenly reappeared in WCW, apparently to help Bagwell. Instead, Arquette rejoined with Kanyon, trying to help him win. Unfortunately, the double-team wasn't enough, as Buff got a Blockbuster on both men and covered Kanyon for the 1-2-3.

After the defeat, Kanyon faded from WCW for a long while, both to heal up some old injuries and to be placed into a different storyline. He came back onto the scene in 2001, renewing his old, unsettled feud with his former best friend, Diamond Dallas Page. Page was involved in a war with Jeff Jarrett at the time, but Kanyon quickly inserted himself into the mix, getting Page to declare that he would face Kanyon anytime, anywhere. This backfired on Page, as Jarrett came out before their scheduled match-up at WCW Superbrawl: Revenge and said that Kanyon was ready for his fight. Thus, Page had to face Kanyon right before he wrestled Jarrett. Kanyon took advantage during the match, but then took the time to taunt the crowd, allowing DDP to come back. But Kanyon still had Jarrett on his side, who distracted Page enough to allow for the Flatliner and the victory. Afterwards, Page immediately had to fight Jarrett, and Kanyon tried to return the favor, coming back to ringside. But Kanyon's aim was off, as he accidentally hit Jarrett with his guitar. Page got the Diamond Cutter, and scored the pin.

Kanyon's next feud was with Ernest "The Cat" Miller, who was the Commissioner at the time. During a match between them, Miller's valet, Miss Jones, got involved, slapping Kanyon. Kanyon wasted no time putting the Kanyon Kutter on her, injuring her neck. This made the feud very personal between the two, especially since Kanyon continued to go after Miss Jones, even in the hospital room, which led to a long brawl through the room between the two wrestlers. During this time, Kanyon also had confrontations with M.I. Smooth, flipping his limosuine over with him inside it due to a disagreement between the two. At WCW Greed in March '01, Kanyon & Miller had it out in a violent confrontation, with Miss Jones there as well. During the fight, Miss Jones accidentally kicked the Cat, leaving her open. But she continued kicking, scoring some hits on Kanyon and buying time for Miller to recover and hit his Feliner, getting the victory. After the match, Kanyon got back up and landed the Flatliner on the Cat, before going after Miss Jones again. But Smooth came out to break it up, getting Kanyon out of the ring.

Kanyon feuded with Smooth & the Cat for the next couple of weeks, with Road Warrior Animal aiding him against the heavyweight. But the feud went nowhere, as WCW was bought by Vince McMahon soon after. Kanyon did not appear on the Season Finale in March, instead leaving the spots open for other wrestlers to finish their feuds. Kanyon is one of the wrestlers truly expected to appear in either Shane McMahon's WCW or Vince's WWF, since he is one of the best technical wrestlers in the game right now. In the meantime, Kanyon has continued to hone his skills, wrestling for various independent organizations. He appeared at the June IPW/NWA event, Ybor City Showdown, where he took on the IPW Television Champion, "The Incredible Bulk" Mike Shane. Kanyon unfortunately lost the match, then was assaulted by Shane, his brother Todd, and Ron Niemi. Luckily, Billy Kidman was in the building to make the save. A few days later, at IPW Rage In The Cage III, Kanyon was surprisingly upset by Phil Laito in a special "IPW v. WCW" challenge match, when Laito made the schoolboy pin. The day after that, Kanyon was again upset, this time by NBPW wrestler Jet Jaguar.

In July '01, Kanyon made his first appearance in the WWF, joining up with Sean Stasiak to take on the WCW Tag-Team Champions, Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire. The match was sanctioned by Vince McMahon, due to the stress of the growing Invasion. Kanyon & Stasiak did their best to get the belts from their two opponents, but came up short in the end, as Kanyon was hit with a spinning ddt and pinned by O'Haire. Kanyon later became one of the shock troops for the ECWCW squad, joining in numerous brawls with the WWF contingent. This led to a set-up match being signed for the Invasion PPV between a WCW team (Kanyon, Shawn Stasiak & Hugh Morrus) and a WWF group ("The One" Billy Gunn, Albert, & the Big Show). Despite the size advantage being with the other team, Kanyon's unit persevered and got the surprising win, with Morrus pinning Gunn. After the match, though, Kanyon, Morrus & Stasiak were all chokeslammed by the Big Show, taking away a little from the victory. Still, with a WWF PPV win under his belt, things are looking up for "Positively" Kanyon.

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Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (8 - 26, 1 NC)
- WCW Bash At The Beach '95 = UNSURE; A "Chris Canyon" lost in a Dark Match to Johnny B. Badd.
- WCW World War III '95 = Kanyon competed in the WWIII Match, which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Superbrawl VI ('96) = Kanyon was defeated in a Dark Match by Hugh Morrus.
- WCW Uncensored '97 = Mortis lost to Glacier.
- WCW Slamboree '97 = Mortis lost, via DQ, again to Glacier.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '97 = Mortis & Wrath defeated Glacier & Ernest "The Cat" Miller.
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 = Mortis & Wrath beat the Faces of Fear.
- WCW World War III '97 = Mortis competed in the WWIII Match, which was won by Scott Hall.
- WCW Great American Bash '98 = Kanyon won over Perry Saturn.
- WCW Road Wild '98 = Kanyon was involved in a 3-Way Match with Raven and Perry Saturn. Saturn gained the win by pinning Raven.
- WCW World War III '98 = Kanyon competed in the WWIII Match, which was won by Kevin Nash.
- WCW Great American Bash '99 = Kanyon & Diamond Dallas Page, with aid from Bam-Bam Bigelow, defeated Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn to earn the tag-team titles.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '99 = The Triad (Kanyon, DDP, & Bigelow) defeated Chris Benoit & Saturn to retain the tag-team titles.
- WCW Road Wild '99 = Kanyon & Bam-Bam Bigelow lost the tag-team titles to a reformed Harlem Heat.
- WCW Slamboree '00 = Kanyon and Mike Awesome fought to a No-Contest.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '00 = Kanyon beat Booker T.
- WCW New Blood Rising (August '00) = Kanyon fell to Buff Bagwell.
- WCW Superbrawl: Revenge ('01) = Kanyon defeated Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW Greed (March '01) = Kanyon was beaten by Ernest "The Cat" Miller.
- IPW/NWA Ybor City Showdown (June 13, '01) = Kanyon lost to the IPW Television Champion, Mike Shane.
- IPW Rage In The Cage III (June 16, '01) = Kanyon was upset by Phil Laito.
- NBPW Father's Day Extravaganza (June 17, '01) = Kanyon was beaten by Jet Jaguar.
- TCW Carrollton Show (June 30, '01) = Kanyon fell to Scotty Riggs.
- WWF Invasion (July '01) = Kanyon, Hugh Morrus & Shawn Stasiak defeated Billy Gunn, Albert & the Big Show.
- WWF Summerslam '01 = Kanyon & Diamond Dallas Page lost the WWF Tag-Team Titles to Kane & the Undertaker in a Cage Match. The WCW Tag-Team Titles were also on the line.
- HWA Covington Show (August 30, '01) = Kanyon, Mike Sanders & Mark Jindrak fell to the Big Show & the Haas Brothers.
- WWF No Mercy '01 = Kanyon & Hugh Morrus were beaten by the Acolytes.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Series (May 31, '02) = Kanyon was defeated by Shelton Benjamin.
- HWA Dayton Show (July 10, '02) = Kanyon lost to Horace Hogan.
- OVW Super Summer Sizzler Show (July 12, '02) = Kanyon fell to John Cena.
- WWE Vengeance '03 = In a dark match, Kanyon was beaten by Ultimo Dragon. Later on, Kanyon competed in the "APA Invitational Barroom Brawl", which was won by Bradshaw.
- TNA Turning Point '05 (December 11) = Kanyon fell to Raven.
- PWG Astonishing X-mas (December 16, '05) = Kanyon lost to the PWG Heavyweight Champion, Joey Ryan.
- World Wrestling Legends PPV (March 5, '06) = Kanyon lost to Diamond Dallas Page.

Title Summary:
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Diamond Dallas Page & Bam-Bam Bigelow (Triad) (6/13/99 - 8/14/99)
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion (7/24/01 - 9/10/01)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Diamond Dallas Page (8/07/01 - 8/19/01)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 0 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 1 3rd RU)
- 1999 Most Improved Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up