Wrestling: Don Callis
Don Callis (b. 1964) is a retired Canadian Professional Wrestler and manager best known for his time in WWE from 1997-1998 as The Jackyl and in ECW as Cyrus. He debuted in his native Winnipeg in 1989 as Don Casablancas and also competed around the world. He arrived in WWE in 1997 as the Jackyl, the new manager of the Truth Commission, replacing the Commandant. The group was mixed into the "Gang Wars" feud involving The Nation Of Domination (led by Ron Simmons aka Faarooq), the Disciples of Apocalypse (led by Crush) and Los Boricuas (led by Savio Vega), until the Jackyl and the Interrogator (renamed Kurrgan) broke off on their own. He disappeared for a few months until he returned on the May 25th (taped May 19th) Raw as the leader of the Oddities. This lasted until the group was turned face and he was replaced by Sable. (See Chuck Cunningham Syndrome below.) As Cyrus in ECW, his role was as the face of TNN, who was supposedly trying to bury ECW and get them thrown off of the actual network. His last role was in TNA in 2003 as a "Management Consultant" who feuded with Director of Authority Erik Watts over control and went out of his way to make things difficult for Jerry Lynn. He left in 2004 and retired for a career in international trade. As for his in-ring achievements, he was a 5x WFWA (Winnipeg) Canadian Heavyweight Champion, a 2x IWA (Winnipeg) Heavyweight Champion, and a former BCW (Windsor) Can-Am Tag Team Champion with Terry Taylor.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.Not to be confused with the band Jackyl, with Billy Ray Cyrus, with Cyrus the Virus from Con Air or with The Jackal.
"Truthful, Odd, Network-Approved Tropes":
- Arch-Enemy: Joel Gertner and pretty much ECW in general.
- Bigger Bad/The Evil Genius: Of the Network
- Celebrity Resemblance: Joel Gertner once said that he looked like "Alanis Morissette and Pee-Wee Herman had a kid."
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared in November 1998 after being seen talking to Bradshaw on the November 1st Sunday Night Heat, after Steve Regal had pinned Bradshaw in a mere 1:38. This encounter led to the debut of Bradshaw and Faarooq as the Acolytes. He was ultimately Put on a Bus, never to return, that dropped him off in ECW, as "Cyrus" of the Network.
- Circus of Fear: The Oddities' original heel carnival sideshow gimmick
- Cool Shades
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In ECW and TNA.
- Cult: What the Truth Commission seemingly became after he replaced the Commandant.
- Genius Bruiser: He has a degree in Political Science and an MBA.
- Heel: Always, without exception.
- I Have Many Names: Prior to debuting as the Jackyl, he had made some house show appearances as the General.
- It's All About Me: Steve Blackman faced Recon of the Truth Commission on the February 9, 1998 Raw. During the match, the Jackyl was lowered down to ringside on a platform and went off on a big speech. Meanwhile, Blackman quietly defeated Recon by submission, and the Jackyl didn't notice it until after the match was over.
- Non-Action Guy: From his arrival in WWE until he retired.
- Power Stable:
- (in WWE): The Truth Commission, with the Interrogator, Recon and Sniper (Luc Poirier)
- The Oddities, with Kurrgan, Golga, Giant Silva and Luna Vachon
- (in ECW): The Network, with Steve Corino, Rhino, Yoshihiro Tajiri, Jack Victory, Justin Credible, Francine, Scotty Anton and Lou E. Dangerously (Sign Guy Dudley).
- (in Border City Wrestling): The Syndicate, with Terry Taylor, Johnny Swinger, Scott D'Amore.
- Red Baron: "The Natural"
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He Lampshaded his tendency to do this at the start of the Golga vs. Headbanger Thrasher match, which marked the debut of the Oddities, on the May 25 (taped May 19), 1998 Raw, telling announcer Jim Ross, "I know I have a tendency to speak above your intellectual level."
- Sinister Minister: As the Jackyl, once the Truth Commission started moving away from being a paramilitary organization into more of a cult.
- Tag Team: (in Canada): The Super Models, with Rick Martel.
- Would Hit a Girl: He headbutted Francine in the crotch, which was considered shocking even by ECW standards.