The Ascension – Viktor and Konnor – went from being one of the most dominant tag teams in NXT history to a tragic afterthought on the “main roster”. From 2013 to 2014, the duo set the record for longest title reign of the NXT Tag Team titles at 364 days. Once they were called up, they went on a fast decline in the pecking order of the tag team division, often working as enhancement for other teams or being used in comedy segments, like the Fashion Police. In early December of last year, the duo were released by WWE. The two were booked for WrestleMania Week for Wrestling Revolver‘s Pancakes & Piledrivers IV in Tampa, but they make their official return to the indie circuit this coming Thursday with New York City’s Outlaw Wrestling.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH!
The Ascension hand picked their opponents for their 1st post-WWE match
Konnor chose Bull James
Viktor chose Bill Carr
Ironically, Bull & Bill are former NYWC & ACE Tag Team Champions
— Outlaw Wrestling (@OutlawProWres) January 18, 2020
Viktor began his own wrestling career in 2000, a graduate of the Hart Dungeon, and spent much of his first decade working with Stampede Wrestling in his native Calgary. He joined the WWE in 2011, where he would join The Ascension when it was still a stable. Meanwhile, Konnor started out in 2001 in the Florida indies, where the student of Dory Funk Jr. wrestled for Coastal Championship Wrestling (CCW), before heading to WWE’s developmental in 2006. The two make their indie debut as a team against former NXT Superstar Bull James (formerly Bull Dempsey) and one half of Team Tremendous, Bill Carr. The two previously captured the New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) Tag Team titles in 2013.
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