TNA’s official website recently introduced the ‘Alumni’ section of their roster page, allowing fans to reminisce about their former favourites, who have since departed the company.
However, the pages on offer are simply old profile’s that offer no explanation of what the wrestler has gone on to do since. So, without further ado, here is part three of GiveMeSport’s ‘Where Are They Now’ look at some of the best and brightest former TNA talent:
• Christopher Daniels
One half of the Bad Influence – alongside close friend Frankie Kazarian – Christopher Daniels was a TNA original, having been with the company since its inception in 2002. An eight-time TNA/NWA World Tag Team Champion and a four time X Division Champion, the 44-year-old finally departed TNA earlier this year. Thought of fondly for his many gimmicks and personas, including Curry Man, Suicide and the Fallen Angel, Daniels was one of the company’s most talented and loyal representatives, but was never quite able to capture the World Heavyweight Title he so desperately craved and deserved.
Known in some parts as the “King of Indies” for his work with independent wrestling promotions across the world, it came as little surprise that Daniels chose to return to his routes after leaving TNA. Earlier this month, he and tag team partner Kazarian made their debut in Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore, defeating Outlaw Inc. (Eddie Kingston and Homicide) and the pair of Petey Williams and Tony Nese. Bad Influence have also appeared at Dragon Gate for USA’s Mercury Rising and WrestleCon. in recent months. Earlier this year, Daniels also became the published author of a comic book. The brand, Aw Yeah Comics, featured a well-received wrestling spread detailing the adventures of Bad Influence.
Crimson’s TNA debut came in December 2010 when, billed as Little Red – the younger brother of Amazing Red – he took on long-time TNA star Jeff Jarrett. After dominating his opening match – denied victory only by the interference of Jarrett’s security guards – he returned as Crimson in January 2011. A one-time World Tag Team Champion alongside Matt Morgan, Crimson enjoyed a 470 day undefeated streak in single’s competition, which was eventually ended by James Storm at Slammiversary in 2012. Following the defeat, Crimson slowly faded out of TNA’s programming, before officially departing in July 2013.
In May 2014, Crimson and Amazing Red defeated The Young Bucks (formerly Generation Me), to win the House of Glory (HOG) promotion’s Tag Team Championship. Crimson also returned to Absolute Intense Wrestling earlier this year, forming a stable named ‘The Forgotten’ alongside B.H. Whitmer and Jimmy Jacobs. The trio then attacked the AIW Tag Team Champions, Nasty Russ and T-Money.
• D’Angelo Dinero
Dinero spend four years in TNA between 2009 and 2013. He was mostly seen acting under the gimmick of a Harlem street preacher, which also saw his character dubbed “The Pope”. His biggest moment with the company came in 2010 when, after winning the ‘8 Card Stud Tournament’, he earned a shot at World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles at Lockdown. Styles won the match and, despite defeating the likes of Mr. Anderson and Matt Morgan to earn his shot, it proved to be the closest Dinero would come to winning TNA gold.
Fighting under his real name, Elijah Burke, he returned to the independent scene in April 2013, appearing at the Pro Wrestling Syndicate Super Card event, where he was defeated by John Morrison. In 2012, a short video featuring CM Punk also gained some notoriety on YouTube, when Punk claimed Burke was his least favourite in-ring opponent.
Director of Chaos, or D.O.C., wrestled for TNA between 2011 and 2013, starring as an enforcer for the villainous Aces & Eights stable. Ultimately, he enjoyed only a short run with the promotion – having not made his television debut until late 2012. In July 2013, D.O.C lost a vote to Mr. Anderson to become the Aces & Eight’s new vice president – this would prove to be his last appearance on TNA television. His on screen absence was put down to his disgust at losing the vote to Anderson, while in reality his short-term contract had expired.
In November 2013, working as Doc Gallows, he signed for New Japan Pro Wrestling and began teaming with Karl Anderson as part of Bullet Club. The pair have since become the new IWGP Tag Team Champions. In May 2014 D.O.C., whose real name is Drew Hankinson, married fellow professional wrestler Kimberly Davis, who worked briefly for TNA in 2006 and 2009.
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