Chris Kanyon

Chris Kanyon

Professional wrestler
Date of Birth: 04.01.1970
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Chris Kanyon
  2. Professional Wrestler
  3. Early Life and Education
  4. Professional Wrestling Career
  5. Personal Struggles and Tragic Ending

Biography of Chris Kanyon

Professional Wrestler

Chris Kanyon was the ring name of American professional wrestler Christopher Klucsarits. He was known for his work in the World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Entertainment, the largest wrestling federation in the world. Standing at 193 cm tall and weighing 120 kg, Kanyon also wrestled under the name Mortis.

Chris Kanyon

Early Life and Education

Chris Kanyon was born on January 4, 1970, in Sunnyside, Queens, New York. In his youth, he played roller hockey, basketball, and baseball for his school teams. Tall, lean, and strong, Kanyon spent most of his free time weightlifting at the gym. In 1992, he graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy. During his time in college, he also played rugby for the university team.

Professional Wrestling Career

After completing his degree, Kanyon trained under professional coaches at the Lower East Side Wrestling Gym in Manhattan. His first match took place on April 5, 1992, and he soon changed his name to Chris Kanyon. He wrestled on weekends and evenings while working as a physiotherapist during the day. In late 1994, Kanyon made several appearances in the World Wrestling Entertainment, catching the attention of his future friend and manager, James Mitchell.

Recognizing Kanyon's potential, Mitchell sent him to train with the legendary professional women's wrestler, The Fabulous Moolah, also known as Mary Lillian Ellison, in South Carolina. Kanyon also trained at the wrestling school run by Samoan athlete Afa. From 1995 to 2000, Christopher had a successful career in the World Championship Wrestling, and in 2001, he began his journey in the World Wrestling Entertainment.

Personal Struggles and Tragic Ending

Unfortunately, luck turned against Kanyon in 2001 and 2002 when he suffered several injuries that required surgical intervention and a lengthy rehabilitation period. In February 2004, he was officially released from his contract. Kanyon struggled with bipolar disorder and, a few weeks before his death, he made threats of suicide.

On April 2, 2010, Ken Kanyon, Christopher's brother, discovered his lifeless body in his apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, next to an empty antidepressant bottle. He left a note asking his family for forgiveness. In 2006, it was revealed that Kanyon was gay. Before his death, he was working on a book called "Wrestling Reality" with Ryan Clark. The publication of the book is still anticipated.