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Kanyon released from WWE
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




The ax has fallen once again at World Wrestling Entertainment, and this time the victim is one of the imports from World Championship Wrestling.

Chris Kanyon, arguably one of the better in-ring talents in the late 1990s, was released from WWE on February 9. An announcement of Kanyon's termination was posted on WWE's website Tuesday.

Kanyon confirmed the release on his website, ChrisKanyon.com

"For the past year or so I have not been 100% happy with the direction of my career and of my life in general. This release actually comes at a very good time for me," Kanyon wrote. "I have not completely decided what I will do at this time, but there are many prospects for me in and out of pro wrestling and I am excited about the potential for my future. I know a lot of this sounds like politically correct bull, but the truth is I am happier, more motivated and more excited than I have been in a long time. My past 12 years in this business have been phenomenal and have provided me many great opportunities and memories. I am sure that whatever I decide to do in the future will provide many more great opportunities and memories for me, my family and friends. I will keep everyone updated on my future."

Kanyon was originally introduced to WWE as part of the WCW Invasion, after the company had been purchased by the Stamford, CT.-based company. His run in WWE would include a term as the WCW United States Champion and as Tag Team champion with 'Diamond' Dallas Page. Following the Invasion, Kanyon would sporadically appear on Smackdown and Velocity, though he suffered injury problems throughout most of his WWE tenure.

Kanyon first burst onto the national wrestling scene with WCW as the masked Mortis and would spend much of his time feuding with Glacier. He would later unmask, and become a major player in WCW, feuding with the likes of Raven and Perry Saturn. Kanyon would later become part of the 'Jersey Triad' with Page and Bam Bam Bigelow.

Kanyon joins Zach Gowen and referee Mike Sparks as recent cuts by WWE.






From www.chriskanyon.com

As was reported earlier today on WWE.com, I was released from my contract with the WWE effective Monday 2-9-04. For the past year or so I have not been 100% happy with the direction of my career and of my life in general. This release actually comes at a very good time for me…. I have not completely decided what I will do at this time, but there are many prospects for me in and out of pro wrestling and I am excited about the potential for my future. I know a lot of this sounds like politically correct bull, but the truth is I am happier, more motivated and more excited than I have been in a long time. My past 12 years in this business have been phenomenal and have provided me many great opportunities and memories. I am sure that whatever I decide to do in the future will provide many more great opportunities and memories for me, my family and friends. I will keep everyone updated on my future.

Chris Kanyon



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    Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000. Visit his website at www.jonwaldman.com