Elijah Burke
Professional wrestler
Elijah Burke
Elijah Samuel Burke is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the name of "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero; a gimmick in which he portrays a Harlem street preacher. He is also known for wrestling for World Wrestling Entertainment, on its SmackDown and ECW brands under his real name.
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WWE: 50 Superstars Who Never Should Have Worked in WWE - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Elijah Burke was a great athlete who lacked the gimmick and charisma to make it in WWE. It almost felt forced to see him every week, even on ECW, where the roster was a lot smaller than other brands. Burke was given a lot in his push without being
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Professional Wrestling: 25 Pro Wrestlers Who Should Be Working in WWE - Bleacher Report
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It was the biggest mistake for the WWE to let Elijah Burke leave before. He is a true talent that is being buried in TNA. If he comes back to Smackdown and feuds with Christian, there could be something really special in that type of a rivalry
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Former WWE wrestler Michael Tarver on why he was shown hanging out backstage ... - ProWrestling.net
Google News - over 5 years
Elijah Burke was one guy who told Michael he had that look about him. Jack then asked Michael about the old school custom of shaking hands. Michael said it wasn't just a "ritual" but it was about respect. He said the atmosphere in WWE is intense
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WWE's Pushed to Punished, Edition Six: The Twist of Fate of Matt Hardy - Bleacher Report
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My latest edition, and presumably final, came this past April when I recapped the triumph and tragedy of former ECW star, Elijah Burke, otherwise known as TNA's D'angelo Dinero. However, in light of recent events, I have decided to renew my series for
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R.I.P. TNA: Where Would TNA Talent Go in the Event of a Collapse? - Bleacher Report
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Releasing Elijah Burke was a mistake. I felt that from the moment I first heard the news back in 2008. I felt it was a travesty that they couldn't find anywhere for a man of Elijah's charisma and mic skills anywhere on WWE programming
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Video: Monte Barrett Discusses Win Over Tua, Possible WWE Future - Bad Left Hook
Google News - over 5 years
It's easier to take an unsubstantiated former amateur boxer and make him a pro wrestler, like WWE did with Elijah Burke, who now works for TNA, and just say, "Hey, this guy knocked out six trillion people." Also, let me note this, even though it won't
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CM Punk: No Gimmick Needed - Bleacher Report
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Superstars like Trent Barreta, Shelton Benjamin, Elijah Burke (WWE), Shannon Moore (WWE), Ken Shamrock, and others. But when given gimmicks (The Pope for example), some are more successful. But we look at guys like RVD and CM Punk and see gimmicks can
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Lagana On Punk's Days As ECW Champion, Ortiz Tones Down Trash Talk, TNA In IN & IL - Wrestling Inc.
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"After beating John Morrison on TV, Punk's first title defense on PPV was against Elijah Burke," he wrote. "After losing to John Morrison on PPV three times in a row, Punk needed a strong and decisive victory to show he was a deserving champion
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WWE Portraits: CM Punk and a Glimpse of His Side of the Story - Bleacher Report
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Elijah Burke fell to the GTS at Judgment Day 2007. On the other side of the tracks, Bobby Lashley was drafted to RAW. Lashley was stripped of the ECW Championship, leaving the title open to ECW Superstars, like myself. WWE Creative decided to bring
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Peep\'s Perspective: July Edition - Professional Wrestling und Mixed Martial Arts - WWE TNA MMA -
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Bis zum Januar 2008 verteidigte CM Punk sein Gold erfolgreich gegen John Morrison, Elijah Burke, Big Daddy V & The Miz bis er den Titel schließlich an Chavo Guerrero abgeben musste, der den Punkster, dank der Hilfe von Edge, in einem Extreme Rules
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WWE and The Truth of The Conspiracy: Good Business - Bleacher Report
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Even former WWE Superstar, and current TNA Talent, Elijah Burke, now known as "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero, was a victim of The Conspiracy. Go back and take a look at Burke in ECW, and tell me he wasn't talented on the mic. Tell me he wasn't great in the
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Honor Roll West: Greece Olympia High School - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Lexanne Adams, Tyler Alawi, Cody Allen, Goldie Baker, Jasmine Best, Joseph Binnette, Kyle Bloechl, Dylan Borrelli, Chynna Brown, Brandon Buell, Elijah Burke, Varelic Cabrera, Alexandra Campman, Krysta Carpenter, Cody Chacinski, Eric Chen,
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WWE: Kharma and the Top 15 One-Hit Wonders in WWE History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Elijah Burke was one of the top stars on ECW, but could never effectively make it as a singles superstar. Before he became the leader of the New Breed, Burke was allied with Sylvester Terkay, a former Mixed Martial Artist who acted as his manager and
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WWE: Tyson Kidd Revives Matt Striker's Sinking Career - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
There, Striker aligned with The New Breed, consisting of Kevin Thorn, Marcus Cor Von and Elijah Burke. The group would take on ECW Originals. Eventually, people were released and the storyline lost momentum. After his time with The New Breed was over,
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WWE CvC: Why "The Black Pope" Elijah Burke Deserves a Second Chance - Bleacher Report
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I'm talking about Elijah Burke! Now, I'm sure you're wondering why Elijah Burke deserves a second chance more than guys like "The Rainbow-Haired Warrior" Jeff Hardy, "The Altered Animal" Batista and "The Head A-Hole in Charge" Ken Anderson (or Jr.,
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WWE: Race and the WWE Championship - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
What about MVP, Elijah Burke, D-Lo Brown—did WWE give up on these men too soon? Could they possibly have risen to the occasion if given the chance? I do not presume to know how an African American fan feels about this topic
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Expect The Unexpected: McNEILL Previews WWE's Over The Limit 2011 PPV! - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - almost 6 years
It's the same character that the former Elijah Burke should be playing in TNA, except that TNA Creative hasn't advanced quite that far yet. Projection? Truth wins by poking Mysterio in the eyes and hitting the Lie Detector. We haven't heard the last of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elijah Burke
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    And his next Appearence came in A year later On 12 December, 2014 And defeated Jason Steel And On 1 January, 2015 He made his last appearence for the promotion and Defeated Chicano.
    More Details Hide Details Burke was a guest on Sci-Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters, on the October 31, 2007 Halloween live special episode. He would become the second WWE wrestler to appear on Ghost Hunters, with the first being CM Punk. He also had a journal on WWE.com called The Elijah Experience, where he discussed the happenings on ECW on Sci-Fi. In May 2011, it was announced on his official website that Burke had graduated and received his degree with high honors in criminal justice.
  • 2013
    On January 8, 2013, Burke announced on Twitter that his TNA contract had expired on January 1, and he would not be re-signing with the company. On September 11, 2013, Burke returned to Ohio Valley Wrestling and defeated Flash Flanagan to win the Television Championship.
    More Details Hide Details After defeating Flanagan to retain the OVW Television Championship in a rematch the following week, Burke successfully defended his title twice against Raul LaMotta and Rockstar Spud before losing the title to Shiloh Jonze on October 5 at the OVW Saturday Night Special. On October 9, 2013, Burke teamed with Eddie Diamond to defeat The Marauders (Joe Coleman & Shiloh Jonze), then made a challenged to Jonze for a title rematch. On October 16, Burke faced Shiloh Jonze in a Steel Cage match for the OVW Television Championship but was unsuccessful. Since Appearing In The Promotion World Wrestling Council He made several appearence until 2004 And On 2012 he made his return to the promotion and defeated Ricky Banderas And since making appearences as a Freelancer.On 23 August, 2013 he made his debut and defeated Carlito.
  • 2012
    Dinero returned to TNA on the June 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, when he entered the 2012 Bound for Glory Series, taking part in the opening gauntlet match, from which he was eliminated by James Storm.
    More Details Hide Details After only one win and eight losses, Dinero suffered a legitimate shoulder injury and was sidelined from the tournament during its final weeks in mid-August. In storyline Dinero was sidelined as a result of being attacked by Aces & Eights at Hardcore Justice.
    On January 8, 2012, at Genesis, Terrence and Terrell turned on Dinero and helped their father defeat him in a singles match.
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  • 2011
    On the following episode of Impact! Dinero started collecting donations in order to help those in need, however, after a vignette, filmed secretly by Samoa Joe's associate Okato, where Dinero visited a strip club, his true motivations were questioned by Joe on the January 6, 2011, episode of Impact!
    More Details Hide Details On the January 27 episode of Impact!, Dinero completed his heel turn, talking down to the crowd at the Impact! Zone and confessing his dislike of Samoa Joe. On February 13 at Against All Odds Dinero was defeated by Joe in a singles match. After the match Dinero attacked Joe and bloodied him. On the following episode of Impact!, Joe got his revenge on Dinero by giving him a muscle buster through a table, after Okato prevented him from escaping the ring. On the March 10 episode of Impact!, Dinero defeated Joe in a rematch between the two, after hitting him with a chain. On April 17 at Lockdown, Joe defeated Dinero in a steel cage match. In June Dinero entered a storyline, where he helped Brother Devon in his feud with Mexican America, even though Devon tried to decline his help, claiming that he was a bad influence on his two sons Terrence and Terrell. Later that month, Dinero and Devon were both entered into the Bound for Glory Series to determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, during the course of which Dinero handed Devon a win in a tag team match, but Devon did not return the favor and save Dinero from a post-match assault at the hands of Samoa Joe. On August 7 at Hardcore Justice, Dinero defeated Devon in a Bound for Glory Series match.
  • 2010
    On the January 4, 2010, special live three-hour Monday night episode of Impact!, Dinero defeated Desmond Wolfe.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later at Genesis, however, Wolfe avenged his loss and defeated Dinero in a rematch. On the February 4 episode of Impact!, Dinero scored a non-title victory over the World Heavyweight Champion, A.J. Styles. At Against All Odds Dinero defeated Desmond Wolfe, Matt Morgan and Mr. Anderson, despite being attacked by Scott Hall and Sean Waltman prior to the match, to win the 8 Card Stud Tournament and earn himself a shot at Styles' World Heavyweight Championship at Lockdown. Two months later, at Lockdown, Dinero failed in his attempt to win the World Heavyweight Championship from Styles. During the match Burke suffered ligament damage in his shoulder, which would sideline him for over two months. In storyline Dinero's absence was attributed to Mr. Anderson attacking him backstage on the May 3 episode of Impact! Dinero returned on the July 1 episode of Impact! and was immediately challenged to a match by Kurt Angle, who had vowed to go through TNA's top ten wrestlers in the Championship Committee's rankings and had now arrived to the man ranked number eight. At Victory Road Dinero was defeated by Angle in his return match. Afterwards, Dinero started a storyline with Mr. Anderson, who had recently turned face and wanted to prove his change to the man he had injured two months earlier by saving him from Matt Morgan. On the August 19 episode of Impact! the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was vacated and Dinero was entered into an eight man tournament for it.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On August 20, 2009, he made his Impact! debut and defeated Consequences Creed before he was attacked by Suicide, who had lost the Steel Asylum match because of Dinero's interference.
    More Details Hide Details On the September 17 episode of Impact!, Dinero defeated Suicide. At No Surrender, Dinero defeated Suicide once again, this time in a Falls Count Anywhere match. The following week on Impact! Suicide finally defeated Dinero, by pinning him in a street fight. Burke was slated to take part in the Ultimate X match at Bound for Glory, but ended up missing the event due to a "family emergency". Dinero returned on the November 12 episode of Impact!, aligning himself with Matt Morgan and Hernandez against Team 3D and Rhino, which turned him face as a result. Three days later, on November 15, 2009, Dixie Carter announced on her Twitter account that Burke had signed a new long term deal with the company. At Turning Point Rhino and Team 3D defeated Dinero, Morgan and Hernandez. On the following Impact! Rhino and Team 3D won the rematch as well, when Jesse Neal turned heel and joined them. On the December 3 episode Impact! Suicide accepted Dinero's offer for peace and joined him, Morgan and Hernandez in their war with Rhino, Team 3D and Neal. At Final Resolution Morgan, Hernandez, Dinero and Suicide defeated Neal, Team 3D and Rhino in an eight-man elimination tag team match.
  • 2008
    Burke was then taken off television for several months but he later reappeared by participating in the 2008 Royal Rumble, entering as the 28th entrant but was eliminated by Triple H after having Mick Foley pushed into him, after which both Foley and Burke were eliminated.
    More Details Hide Details He later participated in a 24-man battle royal at WrestleMania XXIV to determine who would face ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero. Burke was eliminated early in the match (shortly after he himself eliminated Stevie Richards) by Kane. Burke then reappeared again in a tag team match on SmackDown where he and Shelton Benjamin faced Kofi Kingston and then-United States Champion Matt Hardy in a losing effort. Burke faced Hardy the following week in what would be his final televised match, but was unsuccessful. Burke later resurfaced once again in 2008 with a new "Black Pope" gimmick defeating Stevie Richards, Kung Fu Naki and Jamie Noble in dark matches. On November 10, 2008, Burke was released from his WWE contract after being absent from television since May 2008. On November 16, 2008, One Pro Wrestling based in England announced that Burke would be appearing on their Friday the 13th show in February 2009, but was canceled. Burke appeared at the World Wrestling Council show LockOut on December 13, losing a hardcore three-way dance match, also involving Steve Corino, to Sabu. Later in January on an event named Euphoria he teamed with Armando Alejandro Estrada to unsuccessfully challenge Thunder and Lightning for the WWC World Tag Team Championship. Burke appeared at the Blue Collar Wrestling Alliance (BCWA) show "Superslam 7" in Detroit, Michigan on April 12, 2009, winning in a singles match against local indy wrestler "The Reason" Black Velvet.
  • 2007
    Towards the end of 2007, Burke had a short feud with then-World Heavyweight Champion Batista after Batista claimed his upcoming match with Burke was the last thing on his mind, thus disrespecting him and leading to two singles matches against Batista with Burke on the losing end of both.
    More Details Hide Details On the November 20 episode of ECW, Burke introduced and formed an alliance with the newest member of the ECW roster, Shelton Benjamin, who moved over from the Raw brand.
    Two days later on ECW, an elimination chase was set up by ECW General Manager Armando Estrada. This challenge was to determine the number one contender to CM Punk's ECW Championship in order to compete for the title at No Mercy 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Estrada pitted four ECW wrestlers (Burke, Kevin Thorn, Tommy Dreamer and Stevie Richards) against each other in a fatal four-way that night, which Burke won, removing the loser of the match, Richards, from contention. The following week Thorn was eliminated and in the final match of the elimination chase, Burke was eliminated by Dreamer.
    On June 19, 2007, Burke lost to Chris Benoit (which would be Benoit's last televised match before his death) in a match that would decide who would face either CM Punk or Marcus Cor Von for the vacant ECW World Championship at Vengeance: Night of Champions.
    More Details Hide Details Burke then lost to Punk in a two out of three falls match, which would see the winner becoming the number one contender to Johnny Nitro's ECW World Championship. On July 10, Burke rebounded with a decisive victory over Balls Mahoney. He was then named the number one contender for the ECW Championship and went on to face CM Punk at the Unforgiven pay-per-view where he was beaten after Punk cleanly pinned him.
  • 2006
    Burke would be brought up to the main roster of SmackDown! on July 28, 2006 working a mixed martial arts cornerman gimmick with the also debuting former MMA fighter Sylvester Terkay. His first WWE match saw him defeating Scott Wright and he would also break Vito's four month winning streak while on SmackDown!, albeit with Terkay's assistance. On November 7, 2006, Burke and Terkay debuted on the ECW brand by cutting a backstage promo.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Burke replaced Tazz, who had knee surgery, as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Joey Styles. Two weeks later, Burke returned to the ring; he and Terkay lost to The Hardys. At the ECW brand's December to Dismember pay-per-view, Burke and Terkay defeated The Full Blooded Italians. The pair were later dubbed The Knock-Out/Tap-Out Connection, in reference to Burke's amateur boxing career and Terkay's mixed martial arts background. On January 18, 2007, Terkay was released from WWE. Following this, Burke usually wrestled in singles matches, and appeared in a segment where WWE owner Vince McMahon showed disdain for members of the original ECW and called Burke to the ring, naming him "The Future of ECW". Burke was then attacked by Tommy Dreamer, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, and The Sandman, who would later form the ECW Originals stable. Burke then became the official leader of The New Breed, a group of new ECW stars including Matt Striker, Marcus Cor Von and Kevin Thorn, who proceeded to feud with the ECW Originals. At WrestleMania 23, The New Breed faced off against the ECW Originals but were ultimately defeated.
  • 2004
    After signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), he was sent to their developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). There, he won the Heavyweight Championship on December 8, 2004, by defeating Chad Toland.
    More Details Hide Details On April 14 Burke lost the championship to Matt Morgan. While in OVW, Burke was offered a spot in the Spirit Squad by WWE's creative team, but turned it down, which forced him to stay in OVW on a longer stint before moving to SmackDown! with Sylvester Terkay.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born on May 24, 1978.
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