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Template:Infobox werestler Kenny Layne[1] (born July 22, 1981) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Kenny King. King currently wrestles for Ring of Honor. He was a contestant in the second series of WWF Tough Enough.

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Career

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Tough Enough and independent circuit

Layne was one of the contestants on the World Wrestling Federation reality television program Tough Enough II, where thirteen would-be wrestlers trained under WWF employees Al Snow and Chavo Guerrero, Jr., as well as others, for fourteen weeks. The trainers selected two winners by a process of elimination, and the winners received a WWF developmental contract. Layne joined the series at the outset in February 2002. While on the series, he was known for his friendship with fellow contestant Pete, his convincing bumps and his penchant for drinking and "partying". Layne was one of the four finalists of Tough Enough 2, which was won by Jackie Gayda and Linda Miles.[1]

Despite failing to win a WWF contract, Layne began wrestling on the independent circuit immediately following Tough Enough.[1] He wrestled in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2002, then relocated to Florida in July 2002. He returned to Las Vegas in September 2002, and trained under Nick Bockwinkel and Scott Casey at the Las Vegas Wrestling Academy.[1] In addition to wrestling under his own name, he also occasionally used the ring names "Tough Enough Kenny" and "Kenny King" (with the latter pseudonym a reference to a nickname bestowed upon Layne by fellow Tough Enough contestant Linda Miles, "King Kenny of Africa", after Layne slept with an African woman during a Tough Enough excursion to South Africa).

Layne appeared with Ultimate Pro Wrestling in Anaheim, California on April 25, 2003. He defeated former The Real World cast member (and future Tough Enough contestant) Mike Mizanin in what was promoted as a "reality television match".[1]

In mid-2003 and early 2004 King worked for Revolution Pro Wrestling in Industry, California. Between 2003 and 2005 he worked for the Alternative Wrestling Show promotion in California as "The Natural" Kenny King.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Layne debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on the December 3, 2005 episode of TNA Impact!, losing to Abyss in a short squash match.[2] He continued working for TNA throughout the end of 2005 and start of 2006, but failed to win a single match.[1] Used as a "jobber"—wrestlers who consistently lose to make their opponents look stronger—both in singles and tag team competition, losing to wrestlers including Ron Killings, Lance Hoyt, and Monty Brown.[3][4][5] In January 2006, he teamed with Buck Quartermaine to lose to the James Gang and Team 3D.[6][7] Layne was released from TNA in August 2006.

Full Impact Pro

Currently, King works primarily for Full Impact Pro (FIP), where he was part of the "Young, Rich and Ready For Action" (The YRR) stable with Chasyn Rance, Sal Rinauro, Steve Madison, Claudio Castagnoli and Daffney. On November 9, 2007, King and Jason Blade won the FIP Tag Team Championship by defeating the Briscoe Brothers.[1]

Ring of Honor

King made his Ring of Honor (ROH) debut at Motor City Madness 2007 on 'September 14, 2007, alongside his YRR teammate Chasyn Rance, when they defeated Mitch Franklin and Alex Payne in a tag team match. After the match, however, the YRR cut a promo, challenging the ROH wrestlers, which led to Bryan Danielson defeating both King and Rance in impromptu singles match.[8] Over the next several months, King competed in tag team matches with some combination of Rance, Sal Rinauro, and Jason Blade to varying degrees of success.[8] At Age of Insanity in August 2008, King challenged Danielson again, but was again unsuccessful, and he went on to lose to Kevin Steen at Night of the Butcher II and Jerry Lynn at Glory by Honor VII.[8]

At The French Connection show, King tagged with Kenny Omega to face the Briscoe Brothers, but abandoned Omega halfway during the match, when Rhett Titus came to ringside. King and Titus left together, showing a new alliance between them.[8] Over the next few months, King and Titus competed both in singles and tag team competition, and unsuccessfully challenged Kevin Steen and El Generico for the ROH World Tag Team Championship at Insanity Unleashed.[8] At Steel City Clash, King and Titus revealed their alliance with Austin Aries, when they attacked Aries' former allies, Erick Stevens and Matt Cross, with Aries becoming a mentor to King and Titus.[8]

The team garnered a second shot at the ROH World Tag Championship on ROH's television program, Ring of Honor Wrestling, and picked up a series of wins during the Double Feature II tour of Canada, and at the Never Say Die and Validation shows.[8] King lost to Danielson once again in singles competition at Contention, and he and Titus were defeated by The Young Bucks at Manhattan Mayhem III.[8] More wins followed at Violent Tendencies and End of an Age.[8]

At the Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings on August 15, 2009, King beat Lynn. After the match, King and Titus attacked Lynn, and performed a spike piledriver on Lynn, removing Lynn from active competition.[8][9] He continued on a winning streak, defeating Eddie Kingston and Brent Albright on Ring of Honor Wrestling, before he and Rhett defeated The Young Bucks at Clash Of The Contenders.[8] King was part of the initial matches to earn a place in the Pick 6 Conentenders Series rankings, but was unsuccessful.[8] At the Final Battle 2009 pay-per-view, King defeated Roderick Strong and earned the number 4 ranking.[10] On January 29, 2010, King faced Lynn, in Lynn's first match back. Lynn originally won the match, but attacked King after the match was over, causing the referee to reverse the decision, and award King the victory by disqualification.[11]

Other media

On July 22, 2003, Layne appeared in the television program The Strip as "Felix" in the episode "Father's Day Blues".

Layne also appeared on the short lived Nickelodeon series, My Brother & Me on the episode titled Dee Dee's Haircut. In the episode Layne played the new kid with a fly ass haircut named Kenny.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Alliance Wrestling Force
    • AWF Florida Championship (1 time)
  • Ultimate Wrestling Federation
    • UWF Vegas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Kenny King". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/k/kenny-king.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  2. ^ Sokol, Chris (2005-12-04). "Impact: Raven follows his rules". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/12/04/1337367.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  3. ^ Sokol, Chris (2005-12-25). "Impact: Plenty of Christmas treats". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/12/25/1367667.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  4. ^ Sokol, Chris (2006-03-05). "Impact: Sting threatens his return". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/03/05/1473974.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  5. ^ Sokol, Chris (2006-07-07). "TNA: Heavy focus on title picture". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/07/07/1672933.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  6. ^ Sokol, Chris (2006-01-22). "Impact: A wealth of title challengers". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/01/22/1406639.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  7. ^ Sokol, Chris (2006-01-30). "Impact: What are the Odds Sting stays retired?". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/01/30/1418666.html. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l McNeil, Holden (2010-01-13). "The Evolution Of Kenny King". Ring of Honor. http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/article.aspx?id=3182. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  9. ^ Valvo, Anthony (2009-10-24). "ROH on HDNet Results - 10/19/09". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1256417975.php. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  10. ^ Radican, Sean (2009-12-19). "Radican's ROH Final Battle PPV Blog 12/19: Complete coverage of Aries vs. Black, Briscoes vs. Wolves". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/font_color_770000_RADICAN_S_TAKE_font_35/article_37524.shtml. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  11. ^ Clevett, Jason (2010-01-30). "ROH, Liger kick off WrestleReunion". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. 
  12. ^ a b Valvo, Anthony J. (2009-11-01). "ROH on HDNet Results - 10/26/09". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1257094278.php?style=dark. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  13. ^ "ROH roster". Ring of Honor. http://www.rohwrestling.com/multimedia/roster.aspx. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  14. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-04-17). "ROH "Caged Collision" on PPV tonight". Ring of Honor. WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1239943784.php. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 

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