WHO'S BETTER THAN KANYON?
"WHO'S BETTER THAN KANYON?"Christopher Klucsaritis
(1970-2010) was an American professional wrestler
from Sunnyside, Queens, NY
, best known for his time in WCW
under the names Mortis
from 1997-2001. The Mortis gimmick
was based on the Mortal Kombat
characters Reptile and Scorpion as part of the Blood Runs Cold feud with Glacier
. After the feud ended, Mortis dropped the mask and gimmick and became Kanyon. He held the WCW World Tag Team Titles
twice with Diamond Dallas Page
and Bam Bam Bigelow
as the Jersey Triad in 1999. After WWE
bought WCW in March 2001, Kanyon was brought in as part of the WCW/ECW
InVasion/Alliance storyline. During this time, WCW World Heavyweight Champion
and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Booker T
awarded Kanyon the US Title, and he and DDP defeated the APA (Faarooq
) for the WWE World Tag Team Titles
before losing them 12 days later to The Undertaker
. He committed suicide on April 2, 2010 after years of suffering with Bipolar Disorder
. Prior to WCW, he had also wrestled for Jim Cornette
's Smoky Mountain Wrestling
, and WWE as a TV Jobber
. After leaving WWE in 2004, he competed in many independent promotions around the U.S. and Canada.The Other Wiki
has a good writeup on his career.
Not to be confused with Mortiis
"Whose tropes are better than Kanyon's? NOBODY'S"
- As Mortis: Glacier and Ernest "The Cat" Miller
- As Kanyon in WCW: Perry Saturn
- As Kanyon in WWF: The Undertaker, although it wasn't mutual - Kanyon was never more than a minor annoyance to Taker.
- Ascended Extra: Had previously been a Jobber as a member of the tag team Men at Work with Mark Starr and then with Mike Winner, as well as being one of the Lifeguards (Lumberjacks) for the Ric Flair-Randy Savage match at WCW Bash at the Beach 1995, July 16, 1995.
- The Cameo: As Chris K., defeated Raven at TNA Turning Point 2005, as Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko's specially chosen opponent for Raven, who was feuding with Zbyszko at the time.
- Catch Phrase: See the page quote, also used "BANG!" as "Positively" Kanyon
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In WWF. After being one of the few WCW guys to actually get air time during the InVasion, Kanyon simply disappeared. He made a one night return where he attempted to ambush The Undertaker at Paul Heyman's behest and got beaten within an inch of his life instead. After that he worked dark matches both as Kanyon and Mortis but never appeared on TV again and was eventually released.
- Cool Mask: As Mortis.
- Dem Bones: His mask and costume as Mortis.
- Finishing Move: (as Mortis): The Flatliner (second-rope Samoan Drop), the DOA (Reverse STO); (as Kanyon): the Flatliner/I'm Better Than You (Reverse STO); (as "Positively" Kanyon): The Kanyon Cutter
- Game-Breaking Injury: Suffered an ACL tear in a dark match with Randy Orton on October 29, 2001.
- Heel: Spent the vast majority of his career as one. Men At Work weren't really high enough on the card to have a fixed alignment, but Mortis was always heel. Kanyon was a face when he first debuted but quickly turned heel.
- I Have Many Names: Chris Morgan, Chris Kanyon, Mortis, Kanyon, Chris "Champagne" Kanyon, "Positively" Kanyon, Chris K., Darkbird
- Joisey: As a member of the Jersey Triad
- Power Stable: (in WCW)
- Red Baron: "The Innovator of Offense," "Champagne," "Positively," "The Alliance MVP"
- Tag Team: Men at Work (with Mark Starr and with Mike Winner)
- with Wrath
- The Jersey Triad
- Taiwan: Was billed from Taipei, the capital city, as Mortis, with the explanation that he had to wear a mask because he had suffered facial injuries while competing there in underground pit fighting.
- That Man Is Dead: Averted. As he said on the May 25, 1998 WCW Monday Nitro, "Mortis died, but I survived!"
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Feuded with and teamed with DDP and with Raven.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Men at Work had a construction worker gimmick.