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Frankie Kazarian
Ring name(s) Frankie Gerdelman[1]
Frankie Kazarian[2]
Frankie[1]
Kaz[2]
Kazarian[2]
Masked Spymaster #3[1]
Suicide[2]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Billed weight 215 lb (98 kg)[3]
Born August 4, 1977 (1977-08-04) (age 32)[4]
Palm Springs, California[4]
Resides Yucca Valley, California
Billed from Anaheim, California[3]
Trained by Killer Kowalski[4]
Jesse Hernandez
Bill Anderson
UPW Training Staff
Debut May 1998[1][5]

Frank B. Gerdelman[6] (born August 4, 1977)[4] is an Armenian-American[1] professional wrestler who is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He is better known by his ring names Kaz, Kazarian, Frankie Kazarian and Suicide. He has also worked for numerous promotions, including World Wrestling Entertainment in its cruiserweight division.

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Professional wrestling career

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. 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,[4] where he continued his training and teamed with Josh Galaxy as "Bad Influence".

TNA commentator Mike Tenay revealed in a late 2007 shoot interview that during a WCW show in San Diego in 2000, a fan appeared to him and boldly declared that "someday, [Tenay] will be calling one of [his] matches". That fan was none other than Kazarian himself.

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Californian independent circuit (1998–2004)

In 2000, Kazarian joined Ultimate Pro Wrestling, and in March 2001 he formed a tag team with Nova known as "Evolution".[4] Evolution won the vacant UPW Tag Team Championships on May 30, 2001.[4] 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. 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.

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.

Kazarian also worked for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and won a tournament to become the first ever PWG Champion on August 30, 2003.[4][7] He held the title until February 22, 2004 when he was defeated by Adam Pearce.[8] 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.[9] He would hold the title until November 13, when he was defeated by Super Dragon.[10]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003–2005)

Kazarian joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in the summer of 2003, and quickly began pursuing the TNA X Division Championship.[4] 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.[11] Kazarian did not appear with TNA between October 2003 and March 2004.[4]

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.[4] He lost the belt to A.J. Styles on June 9, 2004.[12]

In June 2004 he and Shane formed a tag team (informally known as Shazarian) managed by Traci Brooks.[4] 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. On July 28, 2004, he and Shane faced Styles in an Ultimate X match.[13] Kazarian and Shane were declared co-champions when both took possession of the title belt at the same time.[13] On August 11 they defended the title in a twenty two man Gauntlet for the Gold match.[14] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Throughout late 2004 and early 2005, Kazarian and Shane competed in the TNA tag division. Kazarian's contract with TNA expired in September 2004 and was not renewed,[16] but he continued working with the company on a per appearance basis. The duo eventually began a feud with the 3Live Kru and Jeff Hammond, a NASCAR analyst who was working with TNA as a commentator. 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.[17] Kazarian was pinned by Hammond after Shane miscued on a superkick and knocked him out.[17]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005)

Kazarian and Shannon Moore after winning a match at a taping of Velocity.

On February 25, 2005, Kazarian left TNA and signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[4] He was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, the primary developmental territory of WWE. 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. During this time, he picked up victories against Scotty 2 Hotty, Funaki, and Paul London respectively. On August 15, Kazarian announced on his website that he had left WWE two days earlier.[4] He later revealed that he had asked for his release after realizing that the company had no plans to revamp its cruiserweight division.[18]

Return to the independent circuit (2005–present)

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.[19]

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. 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 for.[18] This would begin a nine month rivalry during which Scorpio Sky would defeat Kazarian in a "First Blood" match.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] The feud ended on January 13, 2007 when Kazarian beat Sky in a "Loser Leaves PWG" match, just as he did with Adam Pearce.[23] Kazarian left PWG in May 2007, when TNA Wrestling pulled all of their talent from the company.[24] 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. He was, however, eliminated in the first round by Karl Anderson.[25]

Return to TNA (2006–present)

Serotonin (2006–2007)

Kazarian returned to TNA on July 16, 2006 at Victory Road, in a Championship match loss to TNA X Division Champion Senshi.[4][26] Afterwards he and his old tag team partner Michael Shane (now known as "Maverick" Matt Bentley due to name copyright issues) resumed in their tag team, before disappearing from television for weeks.[2] 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.[2] As part of Serotonin, his name was shortened to the simple and supposedly cryptic "Kaz".[2] Kaz eventually became the first Serotonin member to become very rebellious towards Raven. Kaz turned on Raven on June 21, 2007 by attacking fellow members of Serotonin, Havok and Martyr, costing him a match against Chris Harris.[27]

Kaz (2007–2008)

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 (which remains his ring name) 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.[2] 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.[28] On the Impact! following Genesis, Kurt Angle barely defeated Kaz to retain the TNA World Championship.[29]

Kazarian posing on the turnbuckle before his match.

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.[30] He then began attacking Dustin Rhodes, and stealing things from Rhodes' alter ego "Black Reign". He defeated Black Reign at Final Resolution.[31] 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.[32] On April 13, at Lockdown 2008, they won the Cuffed in a Cage match.[33] 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.[34] Later in the night, Styles complained to Jim Cornette that since Young was signed to the match, not Super Eric, and Young claims that he and Super Eric are different people, Super Eric's involvement was outside interference.[34] When Eric refused to admit that he was Super Eric, Cornette vacated the titles.[34]

Following Kaz and Young's loss to LAX in a Deuces Wild Tournament qualifying match, Kaz competed in and won the Terror Dome Match at Sacrifice, becoming number one contender to the X Division Championship, and also taking Kurt Angle's place in the triple threat match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[35] The match was won by Samoa Joe, who retained the title.[35] On the June 5 edition of Impact! Kaz won a future title match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the first ever X Division King of the Mountain Match.[36] He then failed to win the X Division championship at Slammiversary, losing to the X Division Champion Petey Williams.[37] He then challenged Joe the following Thursday on Impact! for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort.[38] He lead 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.[39] On July 21, 2008 TNA's official website announced that Kaz had been released, but it was revealed to be a storyline.[40] 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.[41][42]

Suicide (2008–2010)

In late 2008 Kazarian made his return to TNA Wrestling as a masked wrestler named Suicide,[43] who was featured in Midway's TNA Impact! video game. He debuted at Final Resolution in December 2008 as a face, swinging to the ring on a cable, attacking the Motor City Machine Guns.[44] 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.[45] Afterwards, Daniels began feuding with the 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 edition of Impact!, Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed joined the accusations by also accusing Daniels of being Suicide. On the May 14 edition 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.[46]

After not being seen for a few weeks, Suicide made his return at Hard Justice to compete in the Steel Asylum match, which he lost because of D'Angelo Dinero.[47] On the August 20 edition of Impact! Suicide attacked Dinero after his match with Consequences Creed sparking a feud between the two.[48] On the September 17 edition of Impact! Dinero defeated Suicide in a grudge match.[49] At No Surrender Dinero defeated Suicide again, this time in a Falls Count Anywhere match.[50] The following week on Impact! Suicide finally defeated Dinero, by pinning him in a street fight.[51] On the October 15 edition of Impact! Homicide stole Suicide's costume and claims to now know his true identity.[52] On the December 3 edition Impact! Suicide made peace with Dinero and joined him, Matt Morgan and Hernandez in their war with Rhino, Team 3D and Jesse Neal.[53] At Final Resolution Morgan, Hernandez, Dinero and Suicide defeated Neal, Team 3D and Rhino in an eight-man elimination tag team match.[54] On the February 11, 2010, edition of Impact! Gerdelman made his final TV appearance as Suicide, losing to Matt Morgan in an 8 Card Stud Tournament qualifying match,[55] after which the Suicide gimmick was given to another wrestler.[56]

Return as Kazarian (2010)

On the February 18, 2010, edition 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.[57] The following week he defeated Kendrick to earn himself a match for the X Division Championship at Destination X.[58] However, instead of waiting for the pay-per-view, Kazarian was given his title shot on the March 8 Monday night edition of Impact in a three-way match, which also included Daniels. In the end Williams was able to retain his title by pinning Daniels.[59]

Personal life

Gerdelman married former TNA knockout Tracy Brookshaw on January 7, 2010.[60]

Other media

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.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Big Time Wrestling
    • BTW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jason Styles[78]
  • California Wrestling Coalition
    • CWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • CWC Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Iron Eagle
  • East Coast Wrestling Alliance
    • ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Nova[79]
  • International Wrestling Coalition
    • IWC United States Championship (1 time)[80]
  • Millennium Pro Wrestling
    • MPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[82]
  • Rising Phoenix Wrestling
    • RPW Invitational Tournament (2006)[86]
  • United States Xtreme Wrestling
    • UXW Xtreme Championship (1 time)[2]
  • West Coast Wrestling Alliance
    • WCWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[88]

Notes

1Kazarian and Michael Shane were declared co-champions after defeating A.J. Styles in an Ultimate X match at the weekly pay-per-view #104 by grabbing the belt at the same time. This co-reign was the second time that both men had won the championship.

2Won as Suicide.

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