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Longtime WWE Talent Had To Change His Name Because Of Shawn Michaels

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• Longtime WWE Talent Had To Change His Name Because Of Shawn Michaels

Michael Cole made his WWF debut in 1997 and he still works for the WWE today, 25 years later.

During an interview with The Press Box, Cole revealed that he couldn’t use his real name “Sean Coulthard” in the World Wrestling Federation because of Shawn Michaels being the top star in the company at the time.

Below is what he said:

“My real name is Sean Coulthard. I came from CBS News. I walked into Sports Entertainment as a fan not having any idea what I was getting myself into.

I had to come up with a different name because at the time, Shawn Michaels was a major star in the company, and they didn’t want to have two Shawns on the air.

So I took my middle name and half my last name. So I have a name that doesn’t belong to me, and I play a broadcaster on television.”

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 2, 2010) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away

On this day in 2010, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran “Mortis” Chris Kanyon (Real name: Christopher Klucsarits) at the age of 40 due to suicide by antidepressant overdose.

After working as a Jobber for the World Wrestling Federation in 1994, he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1995, where he formed the tag team “Men At Work” with Mark Starr.

In 1997, he debuted a new gimmick called Mortis, where he was wearing an evil mask and was managed by James Vandenberg (aka Sinister Minister aka Father James Mitchell) and feuded with Glacier.

When Vince McMahon bought WCW in 2001, Kanyon was brought in and became a member of the WCW/ECW Alliance faction during the Invasion storyline, even becoming the WCW United States Champion and WWF World Tag Team Champion in the process.

He was released in early 2004 after not being used on TV for a while.


January 4, 1970 – April 2, 2010

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