September 24, 2005
REAL NAME: Gene Snisky
Long before Snitsky became involved in the Kane/Lita storyline of 2004, he was known as Gene Sinisky, who went from playing football at the University of Missouri to plying his trade inside the squared circle. Sinisky's wrestling career began in 1998, by his cousin, former WWF talent and two-time ECW tag team champion, Super Destroyer (A.J. Petrucci).
He also spent some time with Samoan Afa's wrestling school and WXW promotion, and under Dory Funk Jr. at the Funking Conservatory, with his buddy from Missouri University, Robb Harper.
Snisky was later paired with Harper as the Twin Tackles, and the team was given a football gimmick, with A.J. Petrucci as their "coach." After a long-running but ultimately unsuccessful feud with the Moondogs, on October 12, 2001, The Twin Tackles defeated Bob and Weave, then WXW Tag Team Champions. It was determined the next night, however, that because Weave was a substitute for Neil, the team that the Twin Tackles had defeated weren't officially the WXW Tag Champions, so the title change was disallowed. No matter, the Twin Tackles defeated Bob and Neil later that same evening to become WXW Tag Team Champions. The Twin Tackles would hold the titles until February, 2002 when they fell to the New Jersey Hit Squad.
An injury to Harper spelled the end of the Twin Tacklers and Sinisky moved into singles competition, joining forces with the heel stable, Team Xtreme. After returning from a wrestling tour of the Middle East in the summer of 2002, Sinisky would make his mark on the singles scene in WXW. However, it would not be until October 19, 2003, that Sinisky would defeat Billy Dream to win a "Last Man Standing" match and become the WXW Heavyweight Champion.
After a loss in March 2004 to Mana the Polynesian Warrior cost Sinisky the WXW Championship, his time in WXW began to come to an end. On June 1st, 2004, Gene Sinisky was signed to a WWE developmental deal. He was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling with the moniker of "Mean" Gene Mondo. Just over three months later, he was called up to WWE.
Redubbed Gene Snitsky, his first match would be a "No DQ" match against Kane on the September 13th edition of Raw. Kane quickly got the better of Snitsky, but when he went to use a chair to injure Snitsky's neck, Lita stopped him. As Kane and Lita argued, Snitsky recovered and hit Kane with the chair, shoving the big man into Lita. The pregnant Lita went down injured and it was later learned that she had miscarried.
With Kane raging for revenge, Snitsky claimed that Lita's misfortune wasn't his fault. A catchphrase was born, but Snitsky still had Kane to deal with. Snitsky would continue to taunt Kane, later defeating him in a "Weapon of Choice" match at Taboo Tuesday. After the match, Snitsky used a chair to injure Kane's throat.
With Kane out of action, Snitsky ran roughshod over several Raw superstars, including William Regal and Eugene before teaming with Triple H, Batista and Edge in the "Winner Gets Control of Raw" match at the 2004 Survivor Series.
Kane returned in January 2005 and the two men met at New Year's Revolution with Kane getting the win. Kane may have won the battle but the war was far from over. The two met again on Raw on January 17, 2004 in a "No Holds Barred" match where both men were sent flying off the Raw stage. Having recovered from the fall, Kane and Snitsky continued to battle, first in a Triple Threat Royal Rumble qualifying match on January 24th, (won by Kane and including Maven) and again in a January 31st steel cage match, again won by Kane.
Snitsky would then battle Shelton Benjamin in three matches in February, with each man winning by disqualification when the other used a chair, and Benjamin winning the rubber match. After a March 14th loss to Batista, it was discovered that Snitsky had a blood clot and was forced out of action.
In May, Snitsky returned to action, first in Ohio Valley and later in dark matches on Raw. He would join Eric Bischoff's anti-ECW crusaders and appear at ECW One Night Stand. Back on Raw, he would earn his forgiveness from Lita and come to the aid of both her and her new boyfriend, Edge, in their battles against Kane.
The team may have lasted longer but it had limited success and before too long both Tomko and Snitsky were relegated to working Heat matches. Eventually, even Tomko split on Snitsky after a loss to Viscera and Val Venis.
Relegated to Heat or Ohio Valley Wrestling TV tapings for a few months, Snitsky reappeared briefly as a partner to Goldust (Dustin Rhodes) in mid-2006. He was blessed to be given a foot fetish gimmick, but was infrequently used on TV.
In February 2007, he debuted as a monster heel, complete with a shaved head and shaved face, in the relaunched ECW.
--- compiled by John M. Milner and Greg Oliver