Frankie Kazarian
Professional wrestler
Frankie Kazarian
Frank B. Gerdelman is an American professional wrestler of Armenian descent, better known by his ring name Frankie Kazarian or simply Kazarian. He is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions. He has also worked for numerous promotions, including World Wrestling Entertainment in its cruiserweight division.
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Preview for the August 22, 2013 episode of TNA Impact: The Over-the-Hill Gang
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Previously on Impact Wrestling Viewer discretion was advised, although unless you faint at the sight of spilled Appletini, I'm not sure what there was to be discerning about. Other than the usual TNA-ness of it all. The new alliance between Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian of Bad Influence paid immediate dividends, largely due to the aforementioned apple-flavored cocktail. Jeff Hardy was cheated out of 20 Bound for Glory (BFG) series points when Kaz hit him with the drink, then the Fallen Angel threw it on Magnus to allow Roode to put him through a table for 20 of his own. Kurt Angle was written off of Impact the right way, and Dixie Carter's announcement of that set-up the main throughline for the show - how will the Main Event Mafia (MEM) ever manage to fight off those scary Aces and Eights men without our Olympic hero? No one has been able to tell me what happened to Velvet Sky, but the Knockouts tornado tag became a three-way hardcore ...
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The S3: Vote for Best Performer of the 2013-14 Season, Week 4
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS. Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll. We also have the outcome of last week's voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year. Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the April 29th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Impact from May 2nd and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday the 3rd. Make YOUR mark, smarks! _______________________________________ "Hey, so I won your little internet game? Go frig yourself." • Not sure what else a 48 year old man has to do, but pulling double-duty, being the first man to beat a Shield-mate in a match and ...
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TNA Impact Wrestling Results (4/26)
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
Report by Stuart Carapola & We start the show off with Hulk Hogan backstage welcoming all the champions to Open Fight Night, where even the champions can get called out and will have to fight. It's been tough to decide which champion will need to defend their title tonight, and he puts each of them over in their own turn, but he decides that Joe and Magnus should to defend the World Tag Team Title. He won't let them know who the opponents are until bell time, but it's time to let the fighting begin, BROTHER. After a new opening video specifically designed for Open Fight Night, Devon comes out and says that his title needs to be defended every week on Impact, so being the fighting champion that he is, there's one person he wants to give that opportunity to, one person everyone in this arena wants to see get his ass kicked, and that's his sorry excuse for a brother. He tells Bubba to get his ass down to the ring so he can stick his foot up it, but Bubba comes out and ask ...
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TNA Impact Wrestling Results (4/19)
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
Report by Stuart Carapola & Bobby Roode comes out to start the show and address the fans. He says that he's still the World Champion and it feels so good, because he came out here several weeks ago saying he was going to beat James Storm in front of his friends, family, and friends in his own backyard of Nashville, and he made good on his promise. He gives James Storm credit because he promised that he was going to drill him with the Last Call, and he sure did hit him with it, but it caused the destruction of his dreams and his destiny because he still stands before us as the World Heavyweight Champion. He has defeated each and every hero thrown in his path: James Storm, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, and Sting, and as far as the champ is concerned, there's no heroes left for him to beat. Ken Anderson's music hits and here he comes! He says he'll beat Roode, take his title, and he won't need a beer bottle to do it. Roode says that while he's been sitting home in Green Bay for ...
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Two Sheds Review: The TNA Lockdown 2011 DVD Review - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The final match was the Lethal Lockdown encounter, as the Immortal team of Ric Flair, Bully Ray, Abyss and Matt Hardy faced Fortune, Frankie Kazarian, James Storm, Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels. The match began with Kazarian against Abyss,
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R.I.P. TNA: Where Would TNA Talent Go in the Event of a Collapse? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
No matter what your opinion is on him, you can be certain that the death of TNA is the death of the character who has been played by Christopher Daniels, Kiyoshi and Frankie Kazarian. The WWE would probably never use a character so closely linked to
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B/R Exclusive: TNA's Christopher Daniels Interview - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
I knew that TNA was in a bind when Frankie Kazarian got injured and I've always tried to be a team player. I felt like I did a good job establishing the character and transitioning over for Frankie when he returned. When Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff
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Pro wrestler Christopher Daniels checks in from Comic Con! - Monsters and
Google News - over 5 years
In addition, I'll be bringing along fellow comic fan and Fortune member Frankie Kazarian, so where you see one of us, the odds are good the other's close by! In addition to TNA Impact Wrestling, Chris has worked for every major pro wrestling
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TNA Wrestler's Low Blow On Sin Cara's Violation - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Seems that Frankie Kazarian took a moment to give his two cents on Sin Cara's suspension due to violation of the Wellness Policy. “The Flux Capacitor is what makes time travel possible. If you STEAL it, you violate the Wellness Policy and get suspended
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TNA News: Live Events, Abyss Note, Daniels/Kaz -
Google News - over 5 years
ROH's Dave Lagana as well as TNA's Eric Young, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian will also be in attendance. Here are the schedule times for the booth… Thursday Dave Lagana – 12PM -7PM Friday Dave Lagana – 10AM- 2PM Eric Young 2PM-4PM
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TNA wrestler takes a shot at WWE's Sin Cara over his 30-day suspension -
Google News - over 5 years
TNA wrestler Frankie Kazarian took a shot at Sin Cara, who has been suspended for 30 days due to a Wellness Policy violation. "The Flux Capacitor is what makes time travel possible," Kazarian wrote regarding the name of his finisher. "If you STEAL it,
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Two Sheds Review: TNA Destination X: I Hope the Powers That Be Were Watching - Bleacher Report
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The show began with a battle of former X Division Champions as Frankie Kazarian faced Samoa Joe. This was an awesome opener. We haven't seen Joe put on a performance like this in years. It was beautiful to watch him dominate Kazarian early on with
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Auction: Traci Brooks and Frankie Kazarian Ring Worn Outfits - Wrestlezone
Google News - over 5 years
Real life couple Frankie Kazarian and Traci Brooks' ring worn outfits are being auctioned off on Ebay (pictured at right), and this is your chance to win an authentic piece of TNA Impact Wrestling ring-worn memorabilia
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WPW Lucha Libre Academy la mejor escuela de lucha libre mexicana en los ... - (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Joey Ryan, Frankie Kazarian, Samoa Joe, Jacob Novak, Infernal, Little Cholo, PAC, Akira Tozawa, CIMA quién llego a WPW a pulirse por la recomendacion de su propio maestro Ultimo Dragon, quién envía muchos talentos japoneses a este lugar a aprender
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The Two Sheds Review: High Action but Low Intensity at TNA Slammiversary - Bleacher Report
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The second title match of the evening saw Frankie Kazarian and Brian Kendrick challenge Abyss for the X Division title. Wait a minute! When did the big goon win the bloody title? This was your typical David versus Goliath battle, except we had two
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One Sting, Two Stings, Red Sting, Blue Sting: McNEILL previews TNA Impact ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
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Frankie Kazarian for the TNA X Division Title: Abyss is the big star TNA has chosen to hold on to the X Division title going into next month's Destination X pay-per-view. But in order for that to happen, Kazarian and Kendrick have to not work together
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TNA iMPACT Results - June 02, 2011 -
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Bischoff calls him dumb as a rock and asks why he's such a glutton for punishment, but says that he can wrestle Frankie Kazarian tonight and the winner will get Abyss at Slammiversary. Kendrick, being completely out to lunch, gleefully thanks Bischoff
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Fed up with Impact Wrestling - Poughkeepsie Journal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Good wrestlers Brian Kendrick and Frankie Kazarian went to a 10-minute draw. Of course, no other match on this show had a time-limit. So of course, they gave the match more time, and Abyss came out and made them both look like jabronis (think Scott
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Hidden Gems: The Top 20 Best Hidden Talents on the WWE and TNA Rosters - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 6 years
After two X Division Championship reigns from 2003-2005, Kazarian left TNA to join WWE, where he became "the Future" Frankie Kazarian. He went undefeated in 3 months on Velocity, defeated stars like Nunzio, Scotty 2 Hotty, Funaki, and Paul London
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frankie Kazarian
  • 2014
    Age 36
    After his TNA contract expired on June 1, 2014, Frankie Kazarian was announced to debut in Ring of Honor. at Best in the World, Kazarian made his ROH debut, teaming with Christopher Daniels to challenge reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) for the ROH World Tag Team Championship in a losing effort. On May 9, 2016, at War of the Worlds, The Addiction defeated War Machine to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship for the second time.
    More Details Hide Details On September 30 at All Star Extravaganza VIII, The Addiction lost the ROH World Tag Team Championship to The Young Bucks in a three-way ladder match, which also included The Motor City Machine Guns. Gerdelman knew wrestling due to Hulk Hogan's role in Rocky III and after he watched WrestleMania I. His favorite wrestler was The Ultimate Warrior, followed by Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat, Tito Santana and The British Bulldogs.
    On June 6, 2014, Bad Influence made their debuts in Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore, defeating Outlaw Inc. (Eddie Kingston and Homicide).
    More Details Hide Details On June 7, 2014, Bad Influence returned to House of Hardcore at HOH 5, defeating Petey Williams and Tony Nese. In November and December 2015, The Addiction took part in New Japan Pro Wrestling's 2015 World Tag League, where they finished with a record of three wins and three losses, failing to advance from their block.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    On the June 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian and Daniels defeated Gunner and Storm in a non-title match to qualify for the 2013 Bound for Glory Series.
    More Details Hide Details Kazarian would begin the BFG series by losing to the likes of Magnus and A.J. Styles. On the July 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian and Bobby Roode defeated Austin Aries and Christopher Daniels in a tag team match, with Kazarian pinning his Bad Influence partner for the win, to qualify for the BFG series gauntlet match later in the evening. During the match, however, Kazarian was the first man eliminated by A.J. Styles. On the August 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian and Daniels faced off in a BFG series match, but despite teasing tension earlier in the night, got themselves intentionally counted out to gain two points in the tournament. Afterwards, Kazarian and Daniels allied themselves with Bobby Roode to form a new force, and so that one of them would win the Bound for Glory series. The following week at Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice, Kazarian defeated A.J. Styles, Austin Aries, and Jeff Hardy in a ladder match, following interference from Daniels and Roode, to capture twenty points in the BFG Series. On the August 8 Impact Wrestling, Daniels and Kazarian faced off in a BFG series match. Despite teasing tension earlier in the night, they both intentionally got counted out to gain two points each. Afterward, they allied with Bobby Roode, in hopes it would help one of them win the tournament.
    On December 9 at Final Resolution, Kazarian was defeated by James Storm in a singles match, and again on the January 3, 2013, episode of Impact Wrestling, beginning a rivalry between the newly christened Bad Influence and Storm.
    More Details Hide Details On March 10 at Lockdown, Bad Influence unsuccessfully challenged Austin Aries and Bobby Roode for the TNA World Tag Team Championship in a three-way match, also involving Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Hernandez. In April, Kazarian and Daniels began teasing a Fortune reunion to battle the Aces & Eights stable, however, this plan was foiled by A.J. Styles and Bobby Roode both turning down offers to join them. Bad Influence faced Austin Aries and Bobby Roode in a number one contenders match on the May 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, however, the match ended in a no contest after special guest referee James Storm superkicked Aries and Daniels and walked out on the match. On June 2 at Slammiversary XI, Bad Influence failed to capture the TNA World Tag Team Championship from Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Hernandez in an fatal four-way elimination match, which also included Austin Aries and Bobby Roode and was won by Gunner and James Storm.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On the January 5, 2012, episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian and A.J. Styles were defeated in the finals of the Wild Card Tournament by the team of Magnus and Samoa Joe, when Kazarian abandoned Styles and left the ringside area with Christopher Daniels, turning heel in the process.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next few weeks it became apparent that Daniels was holding something over Kazarian, with Kazarian being reluctant to do his bidding. On February 12 at Against All Odds, Kazarian defeated Styles in a singles match. On the February 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian attacked Styles during his Television Championship match with Robbie E, allowing Robbie to retain the championship. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian defeated Styles in a gauntlet match; had Styles been successful, Kazarian would have to explain his alliance with Daniels. On March 18 at Victory Road, Kazarian and Daniels were defeated in a tag team match by Styles and Mr. Anderson. The rivalry continued on April 15 at Lockdown, where the two duos were on opposing teams in the annual Lethal Lockdown match. Styles' and Anderson's team, led by Garett Bischoff, ended up defeating Kazarian's and Daniels' team, led by Eric Bischoff. During Styles' absence from Impact Wrestling, Kazarian and Daniels set their sights on the TNA World Tag Team Championship, attacking champions Magnus and Samoa Joe on the April 26 episode. On the May 10 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian revealed that he originally aligned himself with Daniels to keep him from revealing Styles' secret, but changed his mind after learning what the secret was. Daniels then revealed the secret, a series of photographs insinuating a relationship between Styles and TNA president Dixie Carter.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    On January 9, 2011, at Genesis Kazarian defeated Lethal to win the X Division Championship for the fifth time.
    More Details Hide Details On January 31 at the tapings of the February 3 episode of Impact!, Fortune turned face by attacking Immortal, when they interfered in a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy. Ric Flair, who did not take part in Fortune's turn due to being out with a torn rotator cuff, returned at the February 14 tapings of the February 17 episode of Impact!, turning on Fortune and jumping to Immortal. On March 13 at Victory Road, Kazarian successfully defended the X Division Championship in an Ultimate X match against Jeremy Buck, Max Buck and Robbie E. On April 17 at Lockdown, Kazarian, Roode, Storm and Christopher Daniels, who replaced an injured A.J. Styles, defeated Immortal representatives Ric Flair, Abyss, Bully Ray and Matt Hardy in a Lethal Lockdown match. On May 16 at the tapings of the May 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kazarian lost the X Division Championship to Abyss. On June 12 at Slammiversary IX, Kazarian failed to regain the title from Abyss in a three–way match with Brian Kendrick. In September, Kazarian began feuding with Jeff Jarrett over his and his wife Karen's treatment of her newly appointed assistant, Traci Brooks. In late 2011, Fortune disbanded, after both Christopher Daniels and Bobby Roode turned on their stablemates.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    On the February 18, 2010, episode of Impact!, Gerdelman made his return as Kazarian, teaming up with Amazing Red and Generation Me (Jeremy Buck and Max Buck) in an eight-man tag team match, where they defeated X Division Champion Doug Williams, Brian Kendrick and the Motor City Machineguns, after Kazarian pinned Williams.
    More Details Hide Details The following week he defeated Kendrick to earn himself a match for the X Division Championship at Destination X. However, instead of waiting for the pay-per-view, Kazarian was given his title shot on the March 8 Monday night episode of Impact in a three-way match, which also included Daniels. In the end Williams was able to retain his title by pinning Daniels. At Destination X Kazarian defeated Daniels, Kendrick and Amazing Red in a four-way ladder match to earn another shot at the X Division Championship. At Lockdown Kazarian defeated Homicide and Shannon Moore in a three-way steel cage match to win the vacant TNA X Division Championship for the fourth time (counting his reign as Suicide), after Douglas Williams was stripped of the title due to being unable to attend the event. Upon Williams' return to TNA two weeks later, he refused to hand the X Division Championship belt over to Kazarian, unless he was able to defeat him for it. At Sacrifice Kazarian lost the X Division Championship to Williams without ever actually holding the physical belt.
    Gerdelman married fellow professional wrestler Tracy Brookshaw on January 7, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In October/November 2012, Gerdelman and Brookshaw welcomed their first child, a son, which was confirmed in early 2013. Kazarian is known to be a massive fan of the heavy metal band Metallica. Kazarian made a cameo appearance on an episode of The Man Show where Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla learned how to wrestle. He also appeared in the film Backyard Dogs in 2000 as "Snake Duggan" and was on an episode of Distraction with Curry Man and Samoa Joe. Kazarian was also referenced in Mike Vallely's documentary, Mike V's Greatest Hits, in which one part of it involved the pro skater spending part of his time as a wrestler. He also made a cameo appearance in MTV's Made when The Motor City Machineguns were making a Michigan choir boy into a professional wrestler. He is also the bass guitarist of the band VexTemper, whose song "Get Addicted" is currently used as his and Christopher Daniels' entrance theme in ROH.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    He debuted at Final Resolution in December 2008 as a face, swinging to the ring on a cable, attacking the Motor City Machine Guns.
    More Details Hide Details At Destination X Suicide won the TNA X Division Championship, in his debut match, in the Ultimate X match. Because of an injury to Kazarian, Suicide was portrayed for several weeks by Christopher Daniels, who was in the costume when the character won the X Division Championship. Afterwards, Daniels began feuding with the Motor City Machineguns of Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin, who on the April 30 episode of Impact! accused him of being Suicide. On the May 7 episode of Impact!, Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed joined the accusations by also accusing Daniels of being Suicide. On the May 14 episode of Impact! the Motor City Machineguns and Lethal Consequences were trying to unmask Suicide in an attempt to prove that they were right about his true identity, but Daniels made the save and helped Suicide clear the ring of Shelley, Sabin, Lethal, and Creed. At Slammiversary, Suicide retained the TNA X Division Championship against Shelley, Sabin, Lethal, and Creed, in a King of the Mountain match. On the July 16 episode of Impact! Suicide lost his X Division title to Homicide after he cashed in his "Feast or Fired" briefcase.
    In late 2008 Kazarian made his return to TNA Wrestling as a masked wrestler named Suicide, who was featured in Midway's TNA Impact! video game.
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    He led Team TNA in the 2008 World X Cup and was in the final round at Victory Road, but lost after he pulled off a huge leg drop on Daivari off the top of the Ultimate X structure.
    More Details Hide Details On July 21, 2008 TNA's official website announced that Kaz had been released, but it was revealed to be a storyline. He was later interviewed by Karen Angle to further the storyline, and claimed that after failing to beat Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and letting down his company in the finals of the World X Cup, he had fallen out of love with wrestling and, so, had made the decision to leave.
    On February 24, 2008, Kazarian made a one night return to PWG, when he took part in the tournament to crown the new PWG World Champion.
    More Details Hide Details He was, however, eliminated in the first round by Karl Anderson.
  • 2007
    Age 29
    At the 2007 Turning Point pay-per-view, he was partnered with Booker T against Christian Cage and Robert Roode, with Kaz and Booker winning.
    More Details Hide Details He then began attacking Dustin Rhodes, and stealing things from Rhodes' alter ego "Black Reign". He defeated Black Reign at Final Resolution. After defeating Black Reign, Kaz and Black Reign competed in a Four Corner Mouse Trap match were Kaz won but Black Reign ended up getting his things back from Kaz after hitting Kaz with his Darkness Falls weapon. On February 23, Kaz defeated Rellik. After the match, Black Reign and Rellik attacked Kaz. Eric Young ran out to help but got too scared to do anything. At Destination X, Kaz and Young defeated Black Reign and Rellik leading to Kaz and Young (now 'Super Eric') becoming a tag team. On April 13, at Lockdown 2008, they won the Cuffed in a Cage match. On the April 17 episode of TNA Impact!, following Lockdown, Kaz and Young defeated the holders of the TNA World Tag Team Championship, AJ Styles and Tomko and The Latin American Xchange (LAX) in a triple threat tag team match for the titles after Young's alter ego, "Super Eric" pinned Styles with a bridging suplex. Later in the night, Styles complained to Jim Cornette that since Young was signed to the match, not Super Eric, and Young claimed that he and Super Eric are different people, Super Eric's involvement was outside interference. When Eric refused to admit that he was Super Eric, Cornette vacated the titles.
    Kaz would next be entered in the 2007 Fight for the Right Tournament, which he won by defeating Christian Cage at Genesis in the finals in a ladder match.
    More Details Hide Details On the Impact! following Genesis, Kurt Angle barely defeated Kaz to retain the TNA World Championship.
    Kaz turned on Raven on June 21, 2007 by attacking fellow members of Serotonin, Havok and Martyr, costing him a match against Chris Harris.
    More Details Hide Details After his split with Serotonin, he began using his old ring attire and entrance video which both said the full "Kazarian" - though it was all later changed to only say the simple Kaz except for a few references on the TNA website. Shortly after this, he engaged in a brief feud with Robert Roode over his treatment of Ms. Brooks.
    Kazarian left PWG in May 2007, when TNA Wrestling pulled all of their talent from the company.
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    The feud ended on January 13, 2007 when Kazarian beat Sky in a "Loser Leaves PWG" match, just as he did with Adam Pearce.
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    TNA commentator Mike Tenay revealed in a late 2007 shoot interview that during a World Championship Wrestling event in San Diego, California in 2000, a fan appeared to him and boldly declared that "someday, Tenay will be calling one of his matches".
    More Details Hide Details That fan was none other than Kazarian himself.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    Kazarian returned to TNA on July 16, 2006 at Victory Road, in a Championship match loss to TNA X Division Champion Senshi.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards he and his old tag team partner Michael Shane (now known as "Maverick" Matt Bentley due to name trademark issues) resumed in their tag team, before disappearing from television for weeks. Later resurfacing with a new goth look, the duo would be joined by Johnny Devine and all became subservient to Raven, forming the stable Serotonin. As part of Serotonin, his name was shortened to the simple and supposedly cryptic "Kaz". Kaz eventually became the first Serotonin member to become very rebellious towards Raven.
    In September, Kazarian beat Scorpio Sky in the first round of the 2006 Battle of Los Angeles by disqualification, when Scorpio's manager Jade Chung attacked Kazarian with scissors when he was pinning Scorpio.
    More Details Hide Details Kazarian was eliminated from the tournament in the second round due to being unable to compete after being assaulted by Sky's stable, The Dynasty.
    During PWG's (Please Don't Call it) The O.C.on May 6, 2006, Kazarian's signature ponytail was cut off by Scorpio Sky, who he was feuding with at the time.
    More Details Hide Details While in WWE the previous year, Kazarian had gotten in trouble with company management after refusing to cut his hair and this was one of the reasons he had asked for his release. This would begin a nine-month rivalry during which Scorpio Sky would defeat Kazarian in a "First Blood" match.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    He made his WWE television debut during an episode of Velocity on July 16, 2005, under the name "The Future" Frankie Kazarian defeating Nunzio, and remained undefeated throughout July and into August.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he picked up victories against Scotty 2 Hotty, Funaki, and Paul London. On August 15, Kazarian announced on his website that he had left WWE two days earlier. He later revealed that he had asked for his release after realizing that the company had no plans to revamp its cruiserweight division. Kazarian returned to the Californian independent circuit shortly after his release. He wrestled on the August 19 Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) show in Los Angeles, Smells Like Steen Spirit, where he teamed with Petey Williams to unsuccessfully challenge the 2 Skinny Black Guys (El Generico and Human Tornado) for the PWG Tag Team Championship.
    On February 25, 2005, Kazarian left TNA and signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
    More Details Hide Details He was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, the primary developmental territory of WWE.
    This led to a match at the Against All Odds pay-per-view on February 13, 2005 between Hammond and Kru member B.G. James and Shane and Kazarian.
    More Details Hide Details Kazarian was pinned by Hammond after Shane miscued on a superkick and knocked him out.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    On July 10, 2004, he became their first 2-time champion, however, when he regained the title from Adam Pearce in a "Loser Leaves PWG" steel cage match.
    More Details Hide Details He would hold the title until November 13, when he was defeated by Super Dragon.
    Kazarian's contract with TNA expired in September 2004 and was not renewed, but he continued working with the company on a per appearance basis.
    More Details Hide Details The duo eventually began a feud with the 3Live Kru and Jeff Hammond, a NASCAR analyst who was working with TNA as a commentator.
    Throughout late 2004 and early 2005, Kazarian and Shane competed in the TNA tag division.
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    On July 28, 2004, he and Shane faced Styles in an Ultimate X match.
    More Details Hide Details Kazarian and Shane were declared co-champions when both took possession of the title belt at the same time. On August 11 they defended the title in a twenty two man Gauntlet for the Gold match. Kazarian started at number one and was one of the final three participants, but was eliminated by The Amazing Red, who in turn was eliminated by Petey Williams. Kazarian was put in the same situation at November's Victory Road where he entered number one in a 20-man X Division Gauntlet and was the last man eliminated.
    In June 2004 he and Shane formed a tag team (informally known as Shazarian) managed by Traci Brooks.
    More Details Hide Details They claimed to resent the fact that A.J. Styles had held the TNA X Division Championship, then the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, then had won the X Division Championship once more. This was purportedly illegal according to a previously unknown by law of the TNA rulebook, which stated that an X Division competitor who participated for the Heavyweight Championship could not return to the X Division.
    He lost the belt to A.J. Styles on June 9, 2004.
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    After Chris Sabin was stripped of the title while sidelined with a knee injury, Kazarian eventually won the X-Division title on March 31, 2004, defeating The Amazing Red in a match for the vacant title.
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  • 2003
    Age 25
    Kazarian did not appear with TNA between October 2003 and March 2004.
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    He was part of the first ever Ultimate X match, on August 20, 2003 along with Michael Shane and Chris Sabin, which was won by Shane.
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    Kazarian knew TNA President Jeff Jarrett and Scott D'Amore during a World Wrestling Association tour and they invited him to a tryout. Kazarian joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in the summer of 2003, and quickly began pursuing the TNA X Division Championship.
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    Kazarian also worked for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and won a tournament to become the first ever PWG Champion on August 30, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He held the title until February 22, 2004 when he was defeated by Adam Pearce.
    He toured the UK, Australia and New Zealand with the now defunct World Wrestling All-Stars promotion in May 2003, where he met Glenn Gilberti and Scott D'Amore, leading to his being offered a job by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
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    Kazarian also wrestled in the independent promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, where he is a two time former world champion, having won the PWG World Championship in 2003 and 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Also, he is the inaugural PWG World Champion when he won the Bad Ass Mother tournament. Kazarian is also a five-time TNA X Division Champion and a three-time TNA World Tag Team Champion.
  • 2002
    Age 24
    He travelled to Japan as part of the Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) roster in 2002, where he faced Steve Corino, and also as part of Evolution he and Nova were defeated by Edge and Christian.
    More Details Hide Details He used to freestyle rap along with his close friends John Cena and Samoa Joe while the three of them were on the road in UPW.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    On March 10, 2001, he became the first Millennium Pro Wrestling (MPW) World Champion by defeating Christopher Daniels and "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce in a three–way dance.
    More Details Hide Details On May 30, 2001, Evolution won the vacant Ultimate Pro Wrestling Tag Team title.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    In 2000, Kazarian joined Ultimate Pro Wrestling, and in March 2001 he formed a tag team with Nova known as "Evolution".
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  • 1998
    Age 20
    Kazarian began training with Killer Kowalski in Malden, Massachusetts in 1998, and wrestled his debut match after one month's training, facing Freight Train Dan.
    More Details Hide Details After remaining at Kowalski's school for eight months, Kazarian returned to Southern California and began wrestling on the independent circuit, primarily in the Empire Wrestling Federation, where he continued his training and teamed with Josh Galaxy as "Bad Influence".
  • 1977
    Born on August 4, 1977.
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