March 9, 2009
WWE continues little cuts
World Wrestling Entertainment pared down its roster a bit more over the last few days, both with a public announcement of the termination of Torontonian Kizarny (Nick Cvjetkovich) and the axing of a few lesser-known figures.
The report on WWE.com today, March 9, read, "World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of Smackdown Superstar Kizarny as of today, March 19, 2009. WWE wishes Kizarny the best in all future endeavors."
Cvjetkovich has been wrestling since 2000, and is a colourful figure who has also done work with the touring Carnival Diablo, as a human dart board or lighting a torch with electricity arching from his tongue, among other gimmicks. After bumping around the Canadian indepedent circuit, he got a break into TNA in 2003 as Sinn, in Father James Mitchell's Disciples of The New Church. In July 2007, Cvjetkovich signed a WWE developmental contract, and worked in Florida Championship Wrestling as Sinn Bowdee.
In October 2008, vignettes began to run on Smackdown, promoting the arrival of Kizarny, a character who spoke carny. His in-ring debut came on the January 2, 2009 edition of SmackDown, defeating Montel Vontavious Porter.
Ryan Braddock (Jay Bradley) was taken off the Smackdown roster on WWE.com, but no public announcement was made. He came out of the Steel Domain Wrestling school in Chicago. In December 2005, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and spent time in the company's developmental territories at the time, Deep South Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he held the heavyweight championships. Bradley's Smackdown debut came August 15, 2008 as Ryan Braddock, but only worked occasionally, including one ECW match.
Developmental talent Patrick Brink (Kaleb O'Neal in Florida Championship Wrestling) has also been released. He came out of Maryland Championship Wrestling, and signed a WWE developmental deal in June 2008. Baltimore Sun wrestling writer Kevin Eck wrote in his blog that he believed Brink stood out, though had some personal issues. "I thought Brink, an Atholton graduate who grew up in Laurel, had what it took to make it in either WWE or TNA from the first time I met him three years ago," wrote Eck. "He has had an unbelievably difficult year, as he had to deal with the deaths of his younger sister, grandmother and several close friends during that span. Hopefully he will rebound from this professional setback and get another opportunity to make it at a national level." Brink also trained for a time at the Team 3D Academy in Florida.
On his MySpace site, Brink summed up his release, which came as a surprise: "I was let go for a combination of showing up out of shape back in August when I went through what most people wouldn't have come back from. I got tattoos added to my arms where I already had tattoos back in December that made the tattoos I had better. And top it off with me being late to rehab for physical therapy due to traffic."
Back in December, WWE headliner Edge was high on having his long-time friend with the company. "I think he's trying to figure out what it is (the character) and nobody really knows," Edge told SLAM! Wrestling's Kenai Andrews. "I didn't know what the hell Edge was (in the beginning). I think now it's what style of wrestling he should use for the character. He probably doesn't want to come off as a satanic Eugene. You don't know what's going to work until it actually works. He's totally happy, he's got a job and getting on TV. When I first came in, when Jay [Reso] first came in, we didn't have anybody to ask, 'Hey, do you have any ideas?' We kind of just had to go. So at least I can kind of help him, say, 'That worked' or, 'That didn't work.' Kind of steer him towards the path a bit, because he knows I'm not going to BS him."
-- SLAM! Wrestling