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Wrestling: Christopher Daniels
"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels (real name: Daniel Christopher Covell) is a professional wrestler who made his debut in Windy City Pro Wrestling in 1993 and went on to have brief stints in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. He best known for his time in TNA and Ring of Honor, with him being one of the founding fathers of the latter promotion: the first wrestler to seriously threaten the code of honor. Among his many achievements, he is WCPW League Champion, WCPW Lightweight Champion, WCPW Middleweight Champion, WCPW Tag Team Champion, a UPW Heavyweight champion, a two time ROH Tag Team Champion, an ROH Television Champion, A WWC Tag Team Champion, a Ballpark Brawl Natural Heavyweight Champion, a 6x NWA World Tag Team Champion and a 4x TNA X-Division Championnote 

The Other Wiki has lots of information on his life and career

"And those are the tropes according to the Fallen Angel":

  • Affectionate Parody: The Prince Justice Brotherhood (Curry Man, Shark Boy and Super Eric Young) was one of Superheroes. note 
  • Altum Videtur: Said something in what sounded like Latin in MLW (Major League Wrestling) in 2003, while trying to recruit Jerry Lynn to join forces with him, Mikey Whipwreck and the Sinister Minister (James Mitchell, aka James Vandenberg).note 
  • Arch-Enemy: Possible to say he does not have one, but if he does it's AJ Styles considering how much they've feuded with each other over the years.
  • As Himself: He shows up in Saints Row IV as the DJ for Gen X, the rock and alternative radio station.
  • Award Show: The Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization opened up their own Hall Of Fame and inducted Bobby Roode in protest for Kurt Angle being inducted into the TNA Hall Of Fame.
  • Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil: Depending on whether he's playing a Face or Heel.
  • Badass Longcoat: He's been known to wear a sleeveless one of these.
  • Badass Longrobe: A Black Cloak with white wing and flame designs and a matching detached hood he wore up to early 2007.
  • Canon Name: His first name became this when his ring name was inexplicably reduced to just "Daniels" for his 2009-2010 run.
  • Catch Phrase
    • "That's the Gospel according to the Fallen Angel."
    • "You have permission to worship uuuuuuuuuuussssssss *pause* noooooooooooooow!"
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town
    • During his time in TNA, Daniels was forced out of the company (kayfabe). Shortly after, a masked wrestler named "Curry Man" debuted in the promotion. Smarks knew that it was Daniels under the mask. Subverted in that nobody in the storyline ever voiced suspicion that they were the same person. Played straight after Curry Man was forced to leave the company, around the same time another masked wrestler named Suicide made his debut. After a while, it was suspected by many that Daniels was Suicide (he was, but he wasn't the original), which was even made into a minor storyline after Daniels' official return to TV. But this was eventually "disproved" when Daniels and Suicide were seen together (after Frankie Kazarian, the original Suicide prior to an injury, retook the role).
    • Back in 2000, when Edge and Christian had revived the "Conquistadores" gimmick in an attempt at getting a shot at the WWE World Tag Team Titles, Daniels and Aaron Aguilera, as "Rick" and "Sparky," were the alternate Conquistadores when E&C needed to "prove" they weren't under the masks.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Curry Man, who did prevent Shark Boy from "stomping a fishing hole" in the Angelina Love but also was constantly trying to get her to agree to a date with him, when accusing Shark Boy of such was part of the reason why he was going to attack her in the first place.
  • The Corrupter/Toxic Friend Influence: To Frankie Kazarian, apparently.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: This was the impetus for AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels to form a tag team and go after the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When he and Kazarian were Tag champions, they would refer to themselves as "The World Tag Team Champions of the World"
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Bad Influence owes its existence to this trope. He and Kazarian hated each other and were pretty much thrown together just to make AJ Styles's life more difficult...hey, tropes are not bad.
  • Dynamic Entry: On the March 31st, 2011 episode of TNA, Daniels returns by rushing from the crowd, scaling the cage, and taking out all of Immortal in one move!
  • Designated Girl Fight
    • Exploited after Alexis Laree attacked Prophecy stablemate Simply Lucious in a vain attempt to stop her from ruining AJ Styles's shot at winning the ROH Heavyweight Championship from another Prophecy stablemate, Xavier. Christopher Daniels accused Laree of having no honor and dared her to face Simply Luscious head on in the ring. Laree accepted and Daniels jumped Laree from behind, laying her out with the last rites.
    • Later in TNA, Jim Cornette Enforced this trope in TNA so when Daniels and AJ Styles had hired Sirelda to stop Gail Kim from screwing them out of the tag team titles.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The point of The Prophecy may have been to tear down the ROH code, but even they could not pretend they did not respect The Great Muta.
  • Evil Is Petty: His crusade against the code of honor while he was with the prophecy. He seemed to take some perverse pleasure from the fact that there would be no more handshaking in title matches after the stable won all the title belts.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: When he was put in a "feast or fired" match with Senshi, stipulation being the winner would get a brief case (presumably a contract for a title shot ala money in the bank) but instead it contained a pink slip, meaning Daniels was fired from TNA anyway. Curry Man later suffered the same fate but at least had a 1/4th chance of staying hired.
  • Finishing Move:
    • (as himself): Angel's Wings, Last Rites, BME (Best Moonsault Ever), Koji Clutch.
    • (as Curry Man): The Spicy Drop.
    • (as Suicide): Suicide Solution.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Formed a tag team in ROH with MattSydal after the two traded back to back wins and losses
  • Force Feeding: Curry Man feeds his opponent curry at the start of his Heroic Second Wind
  • Funny Foreigner: Curry Man is billed form India
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: His black "GFY glove", which covers all his fingers except the middle finger (and the thumb, if that counts).
  • Gimmick Matches: He brought the round robin challenge to Ring of Honor.
  • A God Am I
    • Has claimed that the original idea for the "Fallen Angel" gimmick was "someone with a God complex, someone who thought he was God." Cited Goldust as an inspiration, claiming that he saw the reactions Goldust was generating based on sexuality so he wanted to see if he could get the same kind of reactions based on religion.
    • Still carried over in his post-Fallen Angel self, what with giving fans permission to worship him now.
  • Green-Eyed Monster/Pride
    • The underlying truth behind every installment of his feud with AJ.
    • He was visibly upset by the fact that prophecy stablemate Simply Luscious was dating Mr. Wrestling Steve Corino. Both because he wasn't member and because Daniels seemed to wanted to be dating her himself.
  • Guyliner: During his "worship me" phase.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners/Ho Yay
    • The relationship between AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels was chock full of Ho Yay, even when they were enemies. When they were arguing over the possibility that Daniels could beat Styles, it seemed like a lover's spat that lasted for weeks. Samoa Joe acting like a jealous third party didn't help any. Keep in mind that in real life, Daniels and Styles have named their kids after each other, so this is hardly a relationship that ends when the match does.
    • Bad Influence also gives off this vibe, especially if you watch the videos they have been putting out for the #Impact365 programs.
  • I'll Kill You!: Threatened to murder AJ Styles with a screwdriver during their "I quit" match at TNA's Bound for Glory 2011
  • Improvised Weapon: A tool box and a screw driver to try and gain an edge over Rob Van Dam following his heel turn after his second TNA run.
  • In Their Own Image: His ultimate plan for Ring Of Honor was its destruction, with the Prophecy as the tool to make it happen and the blue print of what the new company he would build out of its ruins would look like.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In Awe Yeah Comics with Frankie Kazarian
  • It Will Never Catch On: WCW released him after he botched a spring board moonsault during his first Nitro match.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: BME- Best Moonsault Ever. (he runs up the turnbuckles then jumps)
  • Jobber: Served as one for the WWF after getting additional training from Dory Funk Jr, spending most of time their on WWF Shotgun Saturday Night, Jakked and Sunday Night Heat. He got to join in the lineage of Legacy Character jobbers The Conquistadors.
  • Large Ham: Most of the time, but especially as a heel, when he enjoys diving into "Cartoon Supervillain" territory.
  • Last Name Basis: Done during his last 2010 TNA run. Even HE didn't understand why.
  • Made of Iron: He's taken some bumps that quite frankly should have killed him, especially in TNA where he's fallen on his head from above the Ultimate X. Yes, Daniels does have a bad neck from it but he maintained a high work rate despite it.
  • Masked Luchador: Curry Man, who competed in the Japanese masked men league, and Conquistador Dos.
  • The Nicknamer: With Kazarian, epically.
  • Older Than He Looks: Daniels turned forty in 2011, but can still keep up with high fliers like AJ Styles and Evan Bourne.
  • Once a Season
    • See Charlie Brown from Outta Town above. TNA got into a weird habit of "firing" him almost once a year during a "Feast or Fired" match, and then him coming back in another persona. First Christopher Daniels, then Curry Man, then Suicide (albeit accidentally), then simply as "Daniels" (and not even he understands why). It was there that they ran out of ideas and gave up.
    • The return of Curry Man in late 2013 (with both the Curry Man and Daniels personas active in TNA) saw a nice Call Back to this when Curry Man immediately dipped from the Feast or Fired match without even trying to grab a briefcase.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: See Destination X 2011, and the AJ Styles match, rivalry. Samoa Joe is not impressed.
  • One Steve Limit: In ROH and TNA, he and Trinity both had moves called "Fall From Grace" but hers was a moonsault while his was a cross armed Iconoclasm.
  • Our Angels Are Different: No wings, though he flies just fine without them.
  • Parts Unknown: Sin City, The City of Angels
  • Perky Female Minion: Angelica, then Simply Luscious, then Allison Danger
  • Power Stable
  • Power Trio: Bobby Roode joined with Bad Influence to form the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization. Also, Triple X with Elix Skipper and Low Ki. The Prince Justice Brotherhood with Super Eric and Shark Boy (while Curry Man)
  • Real Song Theme Tune
    • (Daniels in ECW) Head Like A Hole (Slate Remix) by Nine Inch Nails
    • (Daniels IWC, PWG, ROH) Disposable Teens by Marilyn Manson
    • (Curryman in MPW and ROH) Guerilla Radio by Rage Against The Machine
  • Red Baron
    • The Fallen Angel.
    • Recently, The New Face of Impact Wrestling, and even more recently has ben trying his hat at handles such as The Sultan of Seduction and Simply Irresistible before finally arriving at Ring General. All self-titled, btw.
    • He's even come up with a Red Baron for Kazarian, calling him "the Physical Fascination". It hasn't caught on as well.
    • Their tag team Red Baron: "The World Tag Team Champions of the World", or #WTTCOTW. Later "(The) Bad Influence (of TNA)" when deposed of both the titles and their rematch.
    • He's recently started using "The Sexually Delicious" Christopher Daniels as a handle... also self-titled.
    • Bad Influence + Bobby Roode = The Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization. Because "Fortune" just doesn't suffice anymore.
    • He was known as "King Of The Indies" after WCW folded up until he became a mainstay of TNA, which is not considered independent.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His reason for returning to TNA in 2011 is to take revenge for AJ Styles being taken out by Bully Ray.
  • Sanity Slippage
    • Fell under this at Bound for Glory 2011, complete with Evil Laugh and Ineffectual Death Threat.
    • Now he's claiming that he just "beat" AJ Styles and Rob Van Dam after pretty much every time he interacts with them.
    • Then he drummed up a multi-faceted scam to ruin AJ's reputation and personal life in 2012 just because he couldn't beat him. Though this did work, as he managed to get a few wins on AJ and has had the year of his life.
  • Signature Move
    • Reverse STO, Death Valley Driver, Fall From Grace
    • Curry Bottom (side slam), Curry Cradle (Gannosuke clutch), Domo Lariato (Lariat), Hi-C (crossbody) Tokyo Dangerous (Belly to back suplex backbreaker)
  • Shaking the Rump: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian resolved to put some T&A back into TNA pay per views at Genesis 2013, complete with the fallen angel shaking his rump.
  • Slimeball: Became a notable part of his gimmick in TNA during his Bad Influence run, with Taz constantly describing him as "shady" and "shifty".
  • Smug Snake: Each heel run he has takes him into this more than the last. His 2011-present run in particular takes the cake on smugness, so much he's formed a team for the purpose of reaffirming his own high opinion of himself.
  • Spot Monkey: Averted; Daniels employs a wrestling style with many impressive spots, but manages to actually chain them together with decent wrestling, and thus avoid being tarred with the Spot Monkey brush.
  • Tag Team
    • (in the Midwest indies): The International Males, with Kevin Quinn.
    • (in ROH): with prophecy stablemate Donovan Morgan and with Matt Sydal
    • (in TNA): Triple X, with Low Ki and Prime Time Elix Skipper
    • With Hayashi Rice Man as Curry Man
    • The Prince Justice Brotherhood, as Curry Man with Shark Boy and Super Eric (Young.)
    • with AJ Styles in many places
    • Bad Influence, with Kazarian. Also known as "The Addiction"
  • Take Up My Sword: Took over AJ Styles' place as leader of Fortune for a month after AJ got taken out by Bully Ray.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Inverted, as TNA progressively bills his height as taller and taller the less sarcastic he gets. Deadpan Daniels is 5'10, goofy Curry Man is 6'0 and silent Suicide is 6'2.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Daniels delivered one of these to Ring Of Honor fans as a heel, right before departing the company for TNA. The whole thing got more heat on TNA as a company than Daniels himself from the ROH bots.
  • The Rival
    • Masked loudmouth Mentalo in Canada.
    • While he did not win the match overall, Christopher Daniels was the first person in all of ROH to get any kind of pin fall on Low Ki, proving he was beatable. As noted, Low Ki was a frequent partner of Daniels in TNA.
  • Tonight In This Very Ring: Has lapsed into this during some of his TNA promos.
  • Tournament Arc
    • He beat Scoot Andrews in the finals of the 2000 ECWA Super 8 and Austin Aries in the 2004 finals
    • He won APW's King of the Indies tournament in 2000, which is where he got the nickname up until joining TNA.
    • Beat The Amazing Red at the end of the Pro Wrestling World 1 Legacy Cup in 2002. He and Donovan Morgan would win a tournament for the Ring Of Honor Tag Team Championships later that year
    • He and Elix Skipper qualified for Ultimate X based on their performance in the 2004 X Cup.
  • Two First Names: One of his ring names anyway.
  • Ur Example: One half of the first NWA Midwest Tag Team Champions, alongside Kevin Quinn.

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alternative title(s): Christopher Daniels; Curry Man
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