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As Ichabod Slayne

Ronald Grams is an American Professional Wrestler as Icarus. He debuted as Ichabod Slayne at CHIKARA's debut event The Renaissance Dawns on May 25, 2002 and he and Hallowicked are the only Gen-1 Originals still on the active roster. (Mike Quackenbush, of course, was there that night but he debuted in 1994.) He has also wrestled for CZW, IWA Mid-South, various National Wrestling Alliance promotions, Excellence Professional Wrestling and many others.

Along with his reign as CHIKARA Grand Champion, he is a former CHIKARA Campeon de Parejas with Gran Akuma as Team F.I.S.T., a 2x PWE Tag Team Champion with Gran Akuma as Team F.I.S.T., and is the Excellence Champion.

"Tropes of Icarus":

  • Brainwashed: Hypnotized by Nazmaldun. Snapped out of it by Nazmaldun's banishment.
  • The Chew Toy: Truly a rudo everybody loved to hate, probably the single most hated rudo in CHIKARA history.
    • Until Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes came along. He actually got cheered during the Torneo Cibernetico match against them at The Dark Ciberknetico.
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    • Defied again starting in mid-2013, as his willingness to step up and defend CHIKARA when nobody else would gradually made him beloved by fans. Until mid-2016, he was loudly cheered and chanted for.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: His Death Valley Driver is called the "Blu-ray".
    • He does his version by driving his victim into the turnbuckles. The name is explained: "It's just that much better than a DVD!"
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: To the point where many fans don't even know him as Icarus, just "that guy with the stupid back tattoo".
    • Tursas has referred to him on Twitter (in-character) as "Backstain."
    • Now in t-shirt form!
    • It's worth noting that part of his Heel–Face Turn involved covering the tattoo up. And that it remained covered up even through his forced rudo turn.
    • In 2018, he cemented his rookie-bullying rudo turn by once again uncovering the tattoo.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Was one as Ichabod Slayne, dropped when he turned Tecnico the first time and when he lost the mask and became Icarus.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After being conscripted by Nazmaldun, switched to a full-body black and red costume...but didn't show the tattoo.
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  • Fallen Hero: Started showing shades of this after losing the Grand Championship to Hallowicked. Properly fell once he encountered Nazmaldun.
  • Finishing Move: Wings of Icarus (Pedigree)
  • Grumpy Old Man: His 2018 heel turn was based on him not being impressed by the latest series of Wrestle Factory graduates.
  • The Hero: Of mid-2013 and 2014 against the Titor Conglomerate and the Flood. Continued partially into 2015 until he lost the Grand Championship to Hallowicked.
  • Homage: His ring gear in 2013 was a tribute to Marty Jannetty, who he idolizes.
  • Icarus Allusion: Of course.
  • Improbable Weapon User: At Aniversario: A Horse of Another Color, at the start of the Spectral Envoy (UltraMantis Black/Hallowicked)/Icarus/Mister ZERO/Dragonfly vs. GEKIDO match, Icarus smashed a pumpkin he had brought with him onto combatANT's head. Doubles as a Call-Back/Mythology Gag, since The Night Shift used pumpkins supplied by Mister ZERO back in 2002.
  • Jerkass
  • Keet: In his early days as a tecnico.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He killed Deucalion at the Season 14 finale. Given that Deucalion was the most evil person ever to step foot into CHIKARA with a fatality rate nearly into the double digits, few tears were shed for him.
  • La Résistance: The "lost" Season 17 saw Icarus try to organize the tecnicos against The Legion of Rot (Hallowicked, Frightmare and Kobald), which fell apart due to too many issues sending people in too many directions.
  • Large Ham: Will go to some truly ridiculous lengths to get a laugh. Like being on the receiving end of a swirlie from Mr. Touchdown.
  • Leitmotif: For several of his Ashes videos, a simple piano melody that plays during the introductory scenes. It was later incorporated into his post-Ashes theme, Soar.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Was able to successfully wield The Estonian Thunderfrog's Hammer of War against Deucalion. As of September 2015, however, he was no longer able to wield it.
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  • Red Baron: "The Winged Ring Warrior". Potentially misleading, as he isn't really a high flyer.
    • Hallowicked dubbed him "the Morning Star".
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: He's named Icarus and is billed from "Mount Olympus," both taken from Greek Mythology.
  • Rudo Tecnico Revolving Door: Started as a rudo with the Night Shift (as Ichabod Slayne). Turned tecnico later in 2002. Back to rudo in 2005 (with Gran Akuma), then spent until mid-2013 as a rudo. Though he showed signs of turning while teaming with Sugar Dunkerton during season 12, it took CHIKARA closing to truly cement his status as a tecnico, as he took a stand against the Titor Conglomerate when no one else would and started the #IAmCHIKARA movement. This lasted 'til mid-2016, as the Brainwashing mentioned above turned him rudo yet again. When that ended at the end of 2016, he promptly went back to being a tecnico, only to turn rudo once again in 2018.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: When towel snapped in the back of the head by Shane Storm after losing his hair for the first time.
  • Shout-Out: His post-Ashes look and ring gear were one to The Greatest American Hero. The theme song was also invoked for him twice during the Ashes video series, but inexplicably replaced for the movie.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Mike Quackenbush now that Quack's retired from the ring - his gear at least is obviously inspired by Quack's.
    • He was seen stealing one of Quack's wrestling shirts in one of the Ashes Of videos, though this turned out to be part of an attempt to get Quack out of his depression.

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