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Elix Skipper

Elix Skipper (born December 15, 1977 in Long Island, New York) is an American professional wrestler as well as former professional football player. He is perhaps best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling throughout the 2000s, under the ring name of "Primetime" Elix Skipper".

He had recently rejoined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling to reform the Triple X stable along with "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The Warrior" Senshi.

Professional wrestling career

Before becoming a wrestler, Skipper participated in gymnastics, kickboxing, martial arts and weightlifting. Upon deciding to become a wrestler, he resigned from his job as a BINDRA Shoes supervisor in Model Town, Ambala City and travelled to Atlanta, Georgia to audition at the WCW Power Plant, the professional wrestling school operated by World Championship Wrestling.

World Championship Wrestling (2000-2001)

Upon being accepted by the Power Plant, Skipper began his training, debuting in 1999 at an independent show. After training for eight months, Skipper made his television debut on an episode of WCW Saturday Night. Seven months later, Skipper began wrestling on WCW Thunder and the WCW flagship program, WCW Monday Nitro under the ring name Skip Over, facing members of the cruiserweight division and fellow Power Plant graduates.

In August 2000 Skipper began performing under his real name, adopting the nickname "Primetime" and the catchphrases and mannerisms of athlete Deion Sanders. After interfering on behalf of Lance Storm in a bout between Storm and Mike Awesome on the August 14, 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Skipper was inducted into Storm's newly formed Team Canada faction, with Storm giving him the 100 Kilos and Under Championship (the renamed WCW Cruiserweight Championship). Despite his American nationality and his self-professed lack of knowledge about Canada, Skipper was billed as being a Canadian. He was also billed as a former Canadian Football League player, and wore a Grey Cup CFL Championship ring to the ring. Skipper retained the 100 Kilos and Under Championship until October 2, 2000, when Mike Sanders defeated him for the title and subsequently renamed it the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Throughout late 2000, Team Canada feuded with the Misfits In Action and Filthy Animals stables.

In early 2001, Skipper left Team Canada and began competing principally in the cruiserweight division. Throughout February and March 2001, Skipper teamed with Kid Romeo in an eight-team tournament to determine the first holders of the newly created WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship. Skipper and Romeo won the tournament by defeating Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio, Jr. in the tournament finals on March 18, 2001 at Greed, the final WCW pay-per-view event. On the March 26, 2001 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Skipper and Romeo lost the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship to Kidman and Mysterio.

In late March 2001, World Championship Wrestling was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation, with a number of wrestlers, including Skipper, signed to developmental contracts.

World Wrestling Federation (2001)

Elix Skipper made his debut early into the Invasion as a member of the The Alliance. The WWF later assigned Skipper to the Heartland Wrestling Association, a WWF developmental territory. He trained in the HWA for nine months before being released in December 2001.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2002)

Upon being released from the WWF, Skipper contacted The Great Muta, a veteran Japanese wrestler who had previously invited Skipper to wrestle in Japan. Skipper subsequently travelled to Japan, wrestling under his real name, as Dark Guerrera and as the masked Extreme Blade for the All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002-2008)

Skipper joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling upon its formation in May 2002, debuting under his real name on the third weekly TNA pay-per-view. Skipper competed in the X Division throughout 2002, at the same time continuing to wrestle in Japan. On the December 18, 2002 TNA pay-per-view, Skipper formed a three-man tag team known as Triple X with Low-Ki and Christopher Daniels. On the same evening, Triple X joined Sports Entertainment Xtreme, a large heel faction headed by Vince Russo.

Throughout the first half of 2003, Triple X feuded with America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm), winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship on three occasions. In the course of their reigns, all three members of Triple X were recognised as champions and any two members of the team were eligible to defend the titles, similar to the Fabulous Freebirds. Triple X disbanded in mid-2003 when Low-Ki left TNA to wrestle in Japan, and on June 25, 2003, America's Most Wanted defeated Skipper and Daniels in the first TNA steel cage match to conclude their feud.

Skipper left TNA in July 2003 as a result of a pay dispute, and performed in Japan until December 2003, when TNA offered him a new, more lucrative contract. Upon returning to TNA, Skipper took part in the America's X Cup Tournament and the World X Cup Tournament as a member of Team USA. Team USA won the World X Cup but were defeated in the finals of the America's X Cup by Team Mexico.

In July 2004, Skipper and Daniels reformed Triple X and began feuding with America's Most Wanted once more. In the course of the feud, Skipper and Chris Harris were paired together against NWA World Tag Team Champions The Naturals after their respective partners became unavailable. Despite struggling to cooperate with one another, Skipper and Harris defeated The Naturals. They held the titles for several weeks before losing them to Daniels and James Storm. After Daniels and Storm lost the titles to Team Canada, the feud between Triple X and America's Most Wanted resumed. America's Most Wanted went on to defeat Triple X in a last team standing match on November 7, 2004 at Victory Road 2004, with Skipper suffering a concussion in the course of the match. The feud culminated in a steel cage match on December 5, 2004 at Turning Point 2004, with the stipulation that the losing team be forced to disband. America's Most Wanted won the match, in the course of which Skipper delivered a frankensteiner to Harris from the top of the cage.

After separating, Skipper and Daniels began feuding with one another, with Skipper unsuccessfully challenging Daniels for the TNA X Division Championship at Lockdown 2005 on April 24, 2005. Skipper went on to compete in the X Division until joining Simon Diamond's Diamonds in the Rough faction in August 2005, forming a tag team with David Young. The Diamonds in the Rough competed in the tag team division throughout 2005. In December 2005, the Diamonds in the Rough exchanged heated words with Major League Baseball catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski gained his revenge on the Diamonds in the Rough by costing them a six man tag team match at TNA Turning Point 2005 on December 11, 2005.

The Diamonds in the Rough competed in the TNA tag team division throughout 2006, but received few high profile matches. In February 2007, both Skipper and Young left TNA after requesting their releases.

On July 15, 2007 at Victory Road, Skipper returned to TNA, looking noticeably smaller, competing in an Ultimate X match and reforming Triple X with Daniels and Low-Ki (now named Senshi).On July 19 iMPACT! Triple X won its return match against Serotonin. On the following iMPACT! Daniels and Senshi won a match against Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt with some outside interference from Skipper. After the match Triple X had a small altercation with the Motor City Machineguns who had been watching the match from ringside.

Triple X would go on to lose to The Latin American Exchange during Bound For Glory in an Ultimate X Match, where Skipper jumped from the top of the structure onto Hernandez.

After Christopher Daniels was (kayfabe) fired because of his briefcase from the "feast or fired" match containing the pink slip, Skipper started tagging with Senshi. Senshi requested his release in January and was granted it. After that, Skipper appeared very rarely in TNA mostly jobbing in singles matches. He appeared sporadicaly and wrestled his last televised match in TNA in April, in a losing effort. He was released from his contract in May 2008.

Post TNA

He was released from his contract in May 2008. He is currently working the independent circuit and says he would like to seek employment with WWE.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves

*Play of the Day (Overdrive)
*Instant Replay (One–armed thrust spinebuster)
*Sudden Death (Over the shoulder belly to back piledriver)
*New School (Rope walk frankensteiner) – TNA
*Primetime Lock (Modified octopus stretch)
*Sleeper slam
*Double jump moonsault
*Double underhook suplex
*Dragon suplex
*Headstand corkscrew leg drop
*Matrix evasion
*Diving leg drop
*Spinning wheel kick
*Missile dropkick
*Slingshot somersault lariat

*Daffney
*Simon Diamond
*Robert Fuller
*Major Gunns

*"Primetime"

Championships and accomplishments

  • All Access Wrestling

*AAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) (Last)

  • Elite Championship Wrestling

*ECW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

  • Georgia / Great Championship Wrestling

*GCW National Television Championship (1 time)
*GCW United States Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*GCW Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with John Bogie (1) and David Young (1)

  • Nationwide Championship Wrestling

*NCW National Championship (1 time)

*NWA Shockwave Cruiser X Championship (1 time)

  • NWA Wrestle Birmingham

*NWA Alabama Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Sonny Siaki (1), and David Young (1)

  • Southern California Wrestling Association

*SCWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*NWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Low-Ki and Christopher Daniels as Triple X (3), with "Wildcat" Chris Harris (1)
*TNA World Cup X winner in 2004 – with Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn as Team USA

  • USA Xtreme Wrestling

*uXw X-treme Championship (1 time)

*WCW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
*WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kid Romeo (First)

Personal life

Skipper is married with children.

Notes

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