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Wrestling: Hunter Johnston

Hunter Johnston (b. 1981) is an American Professional Wrestler, trainer and booker as Delirious. He debuted in 2001 in Gateway Championship Wrestling and has gone on to compete for, among others, CHIKARA, Dragon Gate, TNA, Pro Wrestling NOAH and Ring of Honor, where he is the head trainer at the ROH Wrestling Academy and a booker. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former 1x CHIKARA Campeon de Parejas with Hallowicked, a 2x IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Champion, a 2x IWC Super Indy Champion and a 5x holder of Larry Sweeney's ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Title.

Not to be confused with Delirious or any other use of the name.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

"Delirious Tropes":

  • Ax-Crazy - Only when he switches from the trademark green to red.
  • Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: Depending on his face/heel alignment at the time.
  • Badass Teacher: He trained Daizee Haze and is currently ROH's head trainer.
  • Berserk Button: Delirious's feud with Rhett Titus began when Rhett claimed to have filmed himself having sex with Daizee Haze. Delirious later joined The Age of The Fall after he was shown footage of them together (though they did not actually have sex) and turned on the stable after Jimmy Jacobs attacked Daizee.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Chikara after he was abducted by The Order Of The Neo-Solar Temple
  • Clothing Damage: His first challenge for Bryan Danielson's ROH title was stopped by the referee to Delirious's torn mask (and skin)
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Oh yeah. Just look at his name.
  • Color Motif: Primarily wore green and black except for when he was in the BDK. He wore red during his feud with the Hangmen 3 and was forced to wear black by The Order Of The Neo-solar Temple.
  • Confusion Fu: TNA played up his offense this way
  • Continuity Nod: He retains his dislike of all the wrestlers from previous promotions he worked for, even if they have no current kayfabe reason to be against each other. Especially if it is Evan Bourne.
  • Cool Teacher: Ring of Honor has promoted him as such when advertising for their school.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all his running around and incomprehensible ramblings, he is a really good wrestler.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Brought out a woman who would be dubbed "Shelirious" wearing a replica of his mask in order to mess with CM Punk. It was Daizee Haze
  • The Dragon: In The Age of the Fall.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: His mask has attachments meant to look this way
  • Evil Mentor: To the Batiri for a while.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears more accessories on his left arm and the left side of his mask is more detailed.
  • Finishing Move: Along with Shadows Over Hell (see below), the Bizarro Driver, Chemical Imbalance, Chemical Imbalance II, Cobra Stretch, Praying Mantis Bomb (he was forced to use it)
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: At From Zero to Hero (& Castagnoli), Delirious ended his and Hallowicked's promo by referencing Booker T's infamous botched promo from WCW Spring Stampede 97 by saying, "Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, we coming for you, n-word!". Yes, Delirious said "n-word," not the actual word Booker had made the mistake of saying nine years earlier.
    • Along similar lines, CHIKARA refers to one of his signature moves, commonly known as Shadows Over Hell, as "Shadows Over Heck," or "Shadows Over Hades."
  • Implacable Man: Once he has decided he is going to face wash someone, good luck stopping him
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: He put a pair of brass knuckles in his mask and then headbutted Adam Pierce.
  • Jobber: This was mostly his role in TNA and even more so in Ring Of Honor. Eventually, Jim Cornette gave him a "win or be fired" ultimatum, which made Ricky Reyes his first ROH victory. After that though, he was allowed to win more ROH matches and became more of a jobber to the stars. Upon entry to the International Wrestling Cartel he was able to shed his jobber image almost completely.
  • Meaningful Name: According to Chris Jericho
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Delirious has never been treated like a complete joke, but after being broken out of his Brainwashed and Crazy status due to the Eye of Tyr, he has been stalking UltraMantis Black looking for revenge, and come across as a major threat.
  • One Steve Limit: He and Samoa Joe have both wrestled in some of the same promotions and both have moves known as the face wash but while Joe repeatedly rubs his boot across a person's face, Delirious just touches them with his hand after sucking on it.
  • Out Of Character Is Serious Business: As a member of The Order Of The Neo-Solar Temple Delirious was not nearly as erratic or hyper active. Ares released him from Ultramantis Black's control he went back to his running, rambling self.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He tried to duplicate CM Punk's hide in the crowd spot by stealing an audience member's hat. Not only was this tactic questionable since CM Punk is used to using it himself but Delirious's mask with ropes dangling off it made it even more obvious.
  • Parts Unknown: "The Edge of Sanity," "Dante's Inferno"
  • Poisonous Person: He broke out a version of the mist called the "Red poison" against Hangmen 3
  • Power Stable:
  • Pretty Boy Power: A trope Delirious refuses to believe in, he is the natural enemy of all pretty boys.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: His promo at CHIKARA Don't Eat the Black One, March 19, 2005, was him rapping, of a sort, lyrics from Esham's "Silicone."
  • Put on a Bus: After becoming head booker he stopped wrestling for ROH, presumably to prevent any conflict of interest (which is something that people like Kevin Nash would have been wise to do in the past). He has since performed only once at an ROH show, in a match with Colt Cabana dedicated to the late Larry Sweeney.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • Hecate Enthroned's "The Pagan Swords of Legend" (when teaming with MsChif)
    • (in CHIKARA): Dimmu Borgir's "Hybrid Stigmata- The Apostasy"
  • Red Baron: (in CHIKARA): "The Perfect Weapon"
  • The Rival: He had a significant feud with Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) across several different organizations.
  • Sanity Slippage: In Ring of Honor when Hangmen 3 stapled his mask to his face...he did not take it too well.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He's on the ROH booking team.
  • Slasher Smile - Even as a face, there's something unsettling about Delirious's smile.
  • Tag Team:
    • Diabolic Khaos, with MsChif
    • Jiglirious, with Jigsaw
    • Incoherence, with Hallowicked and Frightmare.
  • Team Pet: To the BDK. Even acknowledged as this by the announcers due to Ares dragging him around with a chain around his neck.
  • Tournament Arc: He won NWA Wildside's Super Indy Tournament in 2004 and ROH's Survival of the Fittest in 2006.
  • Trash Talk: Copious amounts of it, not that most people can understand or even realize he is doing so. Sometimes he does slow down enough so the audience can hear why the other guy is so upset, especially he Delirious is heel.
  • The Unintelligible: He tends to talk very fast and repeat himself a lot and while sometimes what he says doesn't actually resemble words, if you listen he is able to put his overall point across. That said, his team with Hallowicked and Frightmare was called Incoherence for a reason.
    • Until he destroyed the Eye of Tyr at CHIKARA The Thirteenth Hat January 28, 2012, and shouted "I REMEMBER EVERYTHING!". He would speak intelligibly for the rest of his CHIKARA run, where he made clear that he wasn't happy about what he went through while brainwashed by it.
  • Use Your Head: His Sternum Headbutt, for starters.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Incoherence challenged the PWG World Tag Team Champions the Dynasty (Joey Ryan and Scott Lost) at PWG ĄDia De Los Dangerous!. Because the show was in Reseda, California, amidst Delirious' usual ramblings, he sang "I really dig those styles they wear".
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