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Christopher Daniels

Real Name - Daniel Christopher Covell

Birthdate - 3/24/70

5'10" 210 lbs. - Pasadena, CA

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Sam DeCero, Mike Anthony, Kevin Quinn, Mike Moran; Dory Funk Jr. (Funkin' Conservatory)

Professional Background - Indies(`93-), WWC(`95), WWF(`98), MPro(`99-`03), BattlARTS(`99-`00), IWA-PR(`99), WCW(`01), XWF(`01), WWA(`01-`02), New Japan(`02-`04), ROH(`02-`04), NWA-TNA(`02-`10), WMF(`02), Zero-One(`05), New Japan(`07-`08), WWC(`08), ROH(`10-`11), AAA(`10), WWC(`10), TNA(`11-`14), NOAH(`12), ROH(`14-), New Japan(`15-`16)

AliasesChris Daniels, Curry Man, Daniels, Suicide, Syndrome

Groups - Super Curry Max, S.E.X., Triple X, The Prophecy, Prince Justice Brotherhood, House of Truth, Fortune, E.G.O.

Peak Years - `02-`12

Finisher(s) - 

- BME [Best Moonsault Ever] (Springing Moonsault)

- Spicy Drop / Spice Rack (Rack into DDT)

- Last Rites (Spinning Ace Crusher)

- Angel’s Wings (Sitting Butterfly Piledriver)

- Suicide Solution (Modified Release Back Suplex)

- Reverse STO into Koji Clutch

Favorites -

- Fall from Grace (Iconoclasm)

- Slingshot Moonsault Suicida

- Rock Bottom

- Blue Thunder

- Leg Lariat

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set9

Intangibles Rating - 


Place in History - Around the turn of the century, the closing of ECW and WCW led to a vacuum in the pro-wrestling world.  The independent scene experienced an explosion of talent leading to the birth of the original super indy - Ring of Honor, it also led to the creation of NWA-TNA.  Christopher Daniels is one of the only pro-wrestlers of note to build a successful career without being in the WWF/WWE (save a few matches in the late 1990s).  Daniels started working on small independent shows in a time period when pro-wrestling was at a nadir of popularity in the United States.  His size was a limitation, but he developed an athletic style with hot moves and highflying that was becoming popular.  In addition to his ringwork, Daniels crafted his “Fallen Angel” persona.  Inspired by Dustin Rhodes’ controversial Goldust character, he looked to push people’s buttons by using religion.  Wearing a priest’s cassock as his ring robe and delivering megalomaniacal promos, it certainly stood out.  In the early 2000s, he was building a name for himself through tours of Japan, trips to Puerto Rico and working as a jobber.  Ring of Honor was created out of the ashes of ECW in a sense and Christopher Daniels was one of their key stars on top.  As the leader of the Prophecy, he challenged the company’s “Code of Honor” in what was not an angle-heavy product.  ROH focused on wrestlers that were young and hungry and Daniels, a ten year veteran at that point, was able to work with this crowd very well.  Daniels worked in NWA-TNA at the same time, teaming with Low-Ki and Elix Skipper as well as competing in the X-Division.  While he did not do much character work, his in-ring work was excellent and he was having the best matches when the company was at its best.  Throughout his career, Christopher Daniels had made trips to Japan, where he worked a completely different character - Curry Man.  As a goofy, dancing masked man (with a bowl of curry on his head), Daniels was able to tap into different skills as a babyface.  He debuted the character in the US and it got over.  As he entered his 40s, Christopher Daniels was clearly looking for the best opportunity for him between TNA and ROH.  In TNA, Daniels had always been tied to AJ Styles and they turned their athletic rivalry into a blood feud.  Adding Frankie Kazarian as his tag partner, they, known as “Bad Influence,” became one of the bright spots on in the sagging brand.  Christopher Daniels added a scarf and appletini as props and the pair really demonstrated their talents as heels.  TNA continually cut their legs out and then did not re-sign them, which was mind-boggling.  They renamed themselves “The Addiction” and began working Ring of Honor, New Japan and the indies.  Historically, pro-wrestlers tended to hit their peaks when they were in their mid-to-late thirties and had years of experience under their belt.  While younger and more athletic wrestlers are disproportionately pushed these days, Christopher Daniels has proven the benefits of experience.  It seems like everything finally started clicking together for him with the past five years.  He continues to be a viable talent in the ring and an invaluable asset in the locker room.