Sim Snuka / Deuce

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 2009, June
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When Jimmy Reiher Jr. signed for WWE in January 2005, he debuted as ‘Deuce Shade’ in their developmental territory OVW defeating Brent Albright in his debut match.

A year later he started teaming with Dice Domino as part of a team called ‘The Throw-Backs’. They were soon joined by Cherry Pie, and dropped the ‘Shade’, ‘Dice’ and ‘Pie’ part of their names. Soon after Deuce defeated Mike Mizanin to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championships for his team.

In January 2007, they were called up to the Smackdown! roster, going by the name of ‘Deuce ‘n Domino’. Now with Cherry as their manager they went on to defeat a series of jobber teams in the first few weeks.

Their big chance came soon when they won a non-title match against the then Tag Team Champions, Brian Kendrick and Paul London. This earned them a title shot at No Way Out but it ended up being a losing effort.

However, in April 2007, at the third time of asking they finally captured Tag Team gold from Kendrick and London on an episode of Smackdown!.

They successfully defended the title on two occasions. The first in a triple threat Tag Team match against the teams of London and Kendrick, and William Regal and Dave Taylor, and the second was a special moment for Sim Snuka as they defeated Sgt. Slaughter and his real life Dad, Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka at Vengeance.

Their run came to a halt in June when Domino suffered a genuine broken nose during a match with Cryme Tyme, which kept him sidelined for a month.

After Domino’s return they entered into a short feud with Evolution’s Ric Flair and Batista. Then a storyline with MVP and Matt Hardy saw them lose their Tag Team titles to them on Smackdown! and then fail to regain the at Unforgiven.

Deuce ‘n Domino’s push came to an end with this this loss and they began to appear less and less on Smackdown!. On the few occasions they did appear they faced the likes of Jesse and Festus, Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore, and Finlay and Hornswoggle.

The last notable incident that happened betwwen them came when they replaced their manager Cherry with Maryse. But after more losses, Deuce became frustrated and punched Domino in the face, thus ending their team in June 2008.

In June 2008, Deuce was sent to Raw as part of the supplemental draft, but it wasn’t until September that he debuted. When he did he acknowledged that his Dad was Jimmy Snuka and that he wanted to be known as ‘Sim Snuka’.

In the weeks that followed he became involved in a storyline that involved several young 2nd and 3rd generation wrestlers such as Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr and Manu. They were all looking to prove themselves worthy of becoming a part of Randy Orton’s new stable known as ‘The Legacy’ by passing tests that he set for them.

Snuka was failed his task, but Manu and DiBiase were also angry with Orton for the way they were treated so decided to confront Orton and Rhodes. When they the two groups met in the ring, DiBiase turned on Manu and Snuka, and became the third member of ‘The Legacy’.

Snuka’s last appearance in WWE came as a camerman during the The Undertaker v Shawn Michaels match at Wrestlemania 25, where he failed to catch The Undertaker when he dived over the top rope.

He was released from his contract in June 2009.

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Balls debuted WWE’s ECW One Night Stand in June 2005 when he and Axl Rotten assisted ECW wrestlers fight off Smackdown and Raw superstars who gatecrashed the event.

He joined the roster full-time when he became a member of the new ECW brand that was launched in June 2006. In the build up to the launch he and several other ECW wrestlers appeared on Raw and attacked John Cena. The following week he competed in a team battle royal as part ECW’s team against WWE’s team.

At the second ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view Mahoney defeated Masato Tanaka.

After several vignettes were aired, “The Chair Swingin’ Freak” was placed in a rivalry with Kevin Thorn after he cost him some matches against Rene Dupree and Stevie Richards. During a match with Kevin Thorn in January in 2007, Mahoney had his front teeth kicked out.

Balls had a shot at the ECW Championship when he, Tommy Dreamer and Sandman faced Bobby Lashley in a hardcore handicap match, but they were still unable to win.

He then entered gained an unlikely love interest in Kelly Kelly as she began to show sympathy for him after he was beaten by The Miz. In the next few weeks, he was constantly stopped when he tried to express how he felt about Kelly by The Miz, Brooke and Layla. When Kelly eventually asked him out they became an item.

This never materialised into anything serious and over the next coming months was barely seen on television.

On April 28, 2008, the ECW Original was released from his contract.

Eric Escobar

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 2010, January
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In September 2005, WWE signed Pérez to a developmental contract with Deep South Wrestling.

When WWE ended their affiliation with DSW, he was sent to FCW but sustained a back injury which but him on the sidelines for several months. Upon his return he won a battle royal for the number one contendership for the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship.

Pérez then formed a tag team with Eddie Colón and became known as the “The Puerto Rican Nightmares” and the first ever FCW Florida Tag Team Champions.

On December 11, Pérez won the FCW Florida Heavywieght Championship when he beat Sheamus O’Shaunessy (Sheamus),Joe Hennig (Michael McGillicutty) and Drew McIntyre in a fatal four way. Soon after he was repackaged as Eric Escobar. He then performed several dark matches before episodes of Smackdown against Jimmy Wang Yang and Kizarny.

In September 2009, Escobar was called up to the Smackdown roster. He immediately won a place as part of the Smackdown team at Bragging Rights when defeated Matt Hardy in his debut. He was then removed from the team.

Escobar then had a brief run as a face after Vickie Guerrero yelled at him, he was then placed in handicap matches and a match against Kane as punishment by Guerrero.

On January 17, 2010, Pérez was released from his WWE contract.

Maryse

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 2011, October
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Maryse Ouellet first appeared on WWE television as part of the 2006 Diva Search, she didn’t last long as she was the second evictee from the contest. Despite this, WWE saw some potential in her and invited her back to OVW for more trainig.

In September 2006, she appeared in vignettes on Smackdown! in which she welcomed viewers to the show in French. But she had to wait another eight months for her first live appearance on TV when she introduced Timbaland’s new music video on Raw.

By the time she became a regular on TV in early 2008, she had turned into a heel. She competed in various gimmick matches on Smackdown and ECW in swimsuit contests, ‘wet and wild’ and dance-off matches.

After Deuce ‘n Domino dumped their manager Cherry they chose Maryse to replace her. This led to a rivalry with Cherry and Maryse’s debut match on Smackdown! in which she lost, but was victorious in their rematch weeks later. Maryse went on to pick up tag team victories against the likes of Cherry,  Michelle McCool and Kelly Kelly.

“The Sexiest of the Sexy” earned her first Divas Championship at Unforgiven, but lost to the holder Michelle McCool. However, in December 19, 2009, Maryse captured her first divas Championship by defeating McCool on Smackdown.

Maryse went into Wrestlemania XXV the following year still as Divas Champion, but didn’t have to defend her title in a Divas battle royal which was won by Santina Marella.

On April 13, Maryse was drafted to Raw as part of the 2009 WWE Draft, making the Divas title exclusive to Raw and began a rivalry with Mickie James after she cost her a win in a battle royal after James sprayed in the face with hair spray.

At Night Of Champions in July, the French-Canadian lost the Divas title to Mickie James, bringing an end to her 216 day reign as champion, which is still the longest reign to date.

She disappeared from TV for a couple of months in order to fully recover from a knee injury, which required surgery, that she picked up shortly after she had won title.

On November 13, 2009, she returned to action as the guest timekeeper, dressed as the Gobbledy Gooker, for a divas tag team match. When the match had finished she revealed herself and attacked Melina. In the following weeks she defeated both Melina and Gail Kim.

In February 2010, Maryse won her second Divas Championship by pinning Gail Kim in the final of a tournament for the vacated title.

Maryse went into Wrestlemania XXVI as champion yet again, and this time she was victorious in a 10-Diva tag team match.

Her second reign as champion wasn’t as successful as her first as she dropped the title just two months later to Eve on April 12 edition of Raw, and failed to recapture the silverware in her rematch at Over The Limit.

On June 21 on Raw, when Ted DiBiase fired his assistant Virgil, he replaced him with Maryse, although after a while it appeared that Maryse was more enamoured with DiBiase’s money. For the following months, Maryse spent most of her time outside of the ring, mainly accompanying DiBiase to the ring.

In November 2011, Maryse and DiBiase became mentors for Brodus Clay for the new season of NXT. After Clay traded them for Alberto Del Rio to his Pro, Maryse became the co-host of NXT with Matt Striker.

Maryse was released from her contract in October.

Since leaving WWE, Maryse has made a move into the fashion industry with her clothing and jewellery collection called ‘House of Maryse’.

In February 2012, she became engaged to The Miz.

Jacob Novak

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 2011, June
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Novak joined the WWE when he signed with their developmental territory FCW in 2010.

He then became a rookie on the 4th season of the NXT with his Pro being Dolph Ziggler. Novak’s his televised match was a loss to eventual winner of the show Johnny Curtis.

Novak had the misfortune of being the first rookie to be traded by his Pro when he was traded by ‘The Show Off’ for Chris Masters rookie Byron Saxton after Ziggler won a WWE Pro Over-the-Top-Rope Challenge. Later that night Novak became the first person to be eliminated from the show.

He was then announced to be a part of NXT Redemption in which his WWE Pro would be JTG, he was once again eliminated at the first time of asking. In this short time he changed his look from that of an arrogant playboy to one that more resembled his former Cryme Tyme member Pro.

On June 13, 2011, Jacob Novak was released from WWE.

Shannon Moore

Posted: January 14, 2012 in 2008, August
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