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Kevin Fertig
Ring name(s) 7even[1]
Seven Thorn[1][2]
Mordecai[1][2]
Vengeance[1][2]
Kevin Fertig
Kevin Thorn[1][2]
Serpent[3]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Billed weight 270 lb (120 kg)[1]
Born January 17, 1977 (1977-01-17) (age 32)[1][2]
Memphis, Tennessee[1][2]
Billed from Indianapolis, Indiana[4]
Trained by Ohio Valley Wrestling[2]
Debut 2000[1][2]

Kevin Matthew Fertig[1] (born January 17, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee)[1][2] is an American professional wrestler best known for working with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its ECW brand under the ring name Kevin Thorn.

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Career

Fertig wrestled as Seven in Memphis Championship Wrestling and some other independent promotions. He won the MCW Southern Heavyweight Championship on July 7, 2001.[5]

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World Wrestling Entertainment (2002-2005)

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2002-2004)

In April 2002, Fertig signed a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to their development territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he continued to use the Seven gimmick. In OVW, he joined the Disciples of Synn stable, and along with stable-mate Travis Bane won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship in March 2003,[6] though they were forced to vacate the title a month later when Bane was injured.[7]

SmackDown! (2004-2005)

In late April 2004, Fertig was called up to the SmackDown! brand with vignettes playing on the show announcing his new gimmick, Mordecai,[8] a religious Zealot-type character. During numerous promos Mordecai claimed he saw nothing but sin everywhere he went, and God had chosen him to rid the world of it. He constantly wore white and had blonde hair and a beard as a sign of his purity. Mordecai debuted in ring for the SmackDown! brand on May 16, 2004 during the Judgment Day pay-per-view, defeating Scotty 2 Hotty.[9]

In later appearances, Mordecai condemned the audience to hell, and often carried a crucifix with him everywhere he went; he was also known to pray before his matches. In one interview, he even said that then WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero would pay for his sins. Although this implied a rise to main event status to face Guerrero, the gimmick was dropped in July and Fertig was sent back to OVW.[2] Fertig returned to OVW, wrestling under a mask as Vengeance, before reverting to the name Seven.[2] He also continued to use the Mordecai name while working in Memphis Wrestling, where he won the Southern Title in March 2005.[5] He was then soon released in July of that same year.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006-2009)

ECW (2006-2007)

Thorn with Ariel at December to Dismember (2006).

In 2006, Fertig returned and joined WWE's ECW brand as a vampire, originally appearing on the debut of ECW on Sci Fi; he first made appearances standing outside of arenas, looking into the camera, spitting blood, and hissing. The idea was that Fertig was planting the seeds for the long rumored 'vampire' faction with Gangrel and Ariel; however, Gangrel was dropped due to his ongoing weight problems. Fertig then began appearing in vignettes with Ariel, the tarot card reader, spitting blood at the camera while she "predicted the future of ECW".[10][11][12]

Fertig had his (television) in-ring debut on the July 25 ECW on Sci Fi, defeating Little Guido Maritato.[13][14] During his debut, Ariel acted as his valet. The next week, in another vignette, Ariel revealed his name to be Kevin Thorn.[15][16]

From there, Ariel increased her presence at ringside, often taking time out of the match to climb onto the apron or under the bottom rope to kiss Thorn while he continued to beat his opponents. In September, Thorn began a feud with Balls Mahoney; after Ariel started to help Thorn win their matches, Mahoney began bringing in Francine as an equalizer.[17][18] The two teams clashed over the next two weeks,[19] until Francine was released by WWE.[20] As Ariel began to feud with Kelly Kelly, Thorn became caught up in the feud and at December to Dismember, Thorn and Ariel defeated Kelly and Mike Knox after Knox walked out on Kelly.[21] After that, he became a member of the New Breed stable and took part in their feud with the ECW Originals.[22][23]

Kevin Thorn with a shorter, spiked-up hairstyle.

CM Punk eventually joined the New Breed after weeks of recruiting. Just two weeks later, however, Punk betrayed the New Breed attacking Elijah Burke after a match. On the May 1, edition of ECW on Sci Fi, Thorn quit the New Breed due to lack of interference during his match with Punk. On the May 8, edition of ECW, after interrupting Ariel's tarot card reading Thorn stated "My future was never the New Breed, and my future is not in these cards, my future is in fresh blood".

On May 18, 2007 Ariel was released by WWE.[24] The following week, Thorn appeared by himself, with the commentators claiming that Thorn was "flying solo." After leaving Ariel, Thorn was pushed, defeating superstars such as Stevie Richards, Balls Mahoney, Nunzio, and Tommy Dreamer. However, his winning streak would come to an end on July 3, on ECW when he lost to CM Punk. Thorn then began a feud with Stevie Richards after he pulled up an upset win over Thorn. After losing to Richards two weeks in a row, he cost himself the third match; he was disqualified for attacking Richards after the bell, following a victory. Two weeks later, however, Thorn defeated Richards after he had attacked Thorn during an interview with Tazz and Joey Styles one week earlier. On the September 18, edition of ECW, Thorn along with Elijah Burke, Dreamer, and Richards involved themselves in an Elimination Chase to No Mercy to face Punk. In their first match, a Fatal Four-Way, Thorn was victorious and eliminated Richards. The next week, Thorn was eliminated following a defeat in a triple threat match. On November 20, 2007, Thorn debuted a new look, with shorter hair and different ring attire, while defeating Nunzio.[25]

Soon after this image change, Thorn was taken off of television and sent to train in WWE developmental territories; Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling, while still appearing at WWE house shows and in dark matches. In OVW he began wrestling under his real name, Kevin Fertig and was a cocky heel (no longer a vampire).[26] After OVW shut down, Fertig was moved back to FCW. He expressed dissatisfaction with his new "more realistic gimmick." On January 9, 2009 he was released from his WWE contract by request. but his contract didn't technically end until April 5th, 2009.

Independent circuit

As of April 2009, Fertig has regrown his hair and has been using the Kevin Thorn gimmick, in various independent promotions, such as 1PW and DPW.[27] At the September 1, 2009, tapings of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact! television show Fertig wrestled in a dark match under the ring name Serpent, losing to Kip James.[3] Fertig appeared at The Scottish School of Wrestling in West Lothian on October 16th where he faced off against Aaron RON Jeremi. He also teamed with Ron as Rage and Storm attacked both Jeremi and Fertig. The following night at Premier British Wrestling's 'Maximum Impact' He had a match with Darkside, Charles Boddington was Darkside's manager and 24:7 promotions' Tom Aitken stepped up to the plate as Ring announcer.

Personal life

Fertig is married and has a son, born in 2007.[28]

In wrestling

Kevin Thorn and his former manager Ariel.

Championships and accomplishments

  • UK Wrestling Experience
    • UKW Championship (1 time)

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "About Thorn". Seven-Thorn.com. http://www.seven-thorn.com/about.html. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Online World of Wrestling profile". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/k/kevin-thorn.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  3. ^ a b "SPOILERS: Impact tapings on 9/1". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1251910769.php?style=dark. Retrieved 2009-09-03.  
  4. ^ http://www.ukwrestlingexperience.co.uk/ukwe/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=54
  5. ^ a b "Online World of Wrestling - Memphis Championship Wrestling results". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/memphisnew/. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  6. ^ "Online World of Wrestling - OVW results - March 5, 2003". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ovw/030305.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  7. ^ "Online World of Wrestling - OVW results - April 11, 2003". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ovw/030411.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07. "Cornette said that Travis Bane got injured last week and announced the APA as the NEW Southern Tag champs.."  
  8. ^ "Online World of Wrestling - SmackDown! results - April 29, 2004". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/040429.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  9. ^ PWI Staff (2007). "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling’s historical cards" (Kappa Publishing): p. 115.  
  10. ^ "Online World of Wrestling - ECW results - July 11, 2006". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ecw-wwe/060711.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07. "VIGNETTE: Shelly Martinez did a tarot card reading and had her neck bitten by The Vampire (Kevin Fertig).."  
  11. ^ Dee, Louie (2006-07-11). "Extreme assault". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/07112006/. Retrieved 2007-12-31.  
  12. ^ Hunt, Jen (2006-07-18). "Deadman’s fate in jeopardy". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/07182006/. Retrieved 2007-12-31.  
  13. ^ "Online World of Wrestling - ECW results - July 25, 2006". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ecw-wwe/060725.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  14. ^ Jen Hunt (2006-07-25). "Sabu makes a statement". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/07252006/. Retrieved 2007-12-31.  
  15. ^ "Online World of Wrestling - ECW results - August 1, 2006". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ecw-wwe/060801.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  16. ^ Jen Hunt (2006-08-01). "Sabu strikes again". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/08012006/. Retrieved 2007-12-31.  
  17. ^ "Online World of Wrestling - ECW results - July 19, 2006". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ecw-wwe/060919.html. Retrieved 2007-04-07).  
  18. ^ Craig Tello (2006-09-19). "Taken to royal extremes". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/09192006/. Retrieved 2008-01-02.  
  19. ^ Craig Tello (2006-09-26). "A grisly night on Sci Fi". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/09262006/. Retrieved 2008-01-02.  
  20. ^ "Francine released". 2006-10-12. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/news/francinerelease. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  21. ^ Noah Starr (2006-12-03). "Sandman saves the day". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/decembertodismember/matches/3293442111/results/. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  22. ^ Louie Dee (2007-02-06). "Making trouble". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/02062007/. Retrieved 2007-04-07.  
  23. ^ Craig Tello (2007-01-30). "Dead ringer". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/01302007/. Retrieved 1008-01-06.  
  24. ^ "Ariel, Scotty 2 Hotty & Nick Mitchell released". WWE. 2007-05-18. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/scottyarielnickreleased. Retrieved 2007-05-27.  
  25. ^ "Heating up for the holidays". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/results/. Retrieved 2007-11-21.  
  26. ^ "Kevin Fertig name and gimmick update". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/ovw/_2008/. Retrieved 2009-03-05.  
  27. ^ style=dark "Thorn as DPW special guest referee". Dynamic Pro Wrestling. http://dpwrestling.co.uk/?mod=results&pageid=10&sec=2009 style=dark. Retrieved 2009-07-22.  
  28. ^ Gray, Richard (2007-09-25). "Kevin Thorn Becomes a Father". ProWrestling.com. http://www.prowrestling.com/article/news/6395. Retrieved 2009-03-05.  
  29. ^ "MCW Southern Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles. http://wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/memphis/mcw/mcw-s-h.html. Retrieved 2007-04-12. "Seven 01/07/07 Manila, AR"  
  30. ^ "OVW Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ky/ovw/ovw-t.html. Retrieved 2007-04-12. "Disciples of Synn (Seven & Travis Bane) 03/03/05 Louisville, KY"  

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