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Chris Kanyon Interview
April 27, 2000

by Larry "Smokey" Genta


            Whenever Chris Kanyon talks wrestling, you can be sure that you are getting the views of a young man, with young blood, who has the wisdom and savvy of someone beyond his years in the “game”. 

Is he a “millionaire”?  Nah…not according to his “real life” bank book, but if you could call a broker who sold wrestling futures he’d be one of the best bets on the board. 

            In my contact with the wrestling media, the radio, Internet and the deep-rooted fanatics of the square circle the same question rings out. “What’s up with Kanyon?”

Without fail the inquiry quickly turns into verbal head scratching, as we wonder when we might get to see the guy that has a reputation as being one of the top young technical workers in the business.  The question usually spurs a heated discussion that winds up resulting in some sort of criticism of the politics of wrestling, rather that criticism of the wrestler.

In fact, on the muck-o-meter that gauges the way the Internet “smarts’ live by…Kanyon is respected on all levels, by fans of all federations, and at the same time he has seldom been a key player even at the mid-card level.

Even casual watchers know that in the last year his appearances on WCW broadcasts have been erratic, confusing and most of all frustrating.  

I caught up with Kanyon while he was between festivities at the soon to be famous “Klub Kanyon” and while he has been watching the back of his friend and mentor Diamond Dallas Page.

Q: Was there anything special about Easter at Klub Kanyon? I’d assume a “bunny” or two dropped by…

CK: laughs…I’m not sure, since Nitro and Thunder were upstate, I thought I’d go back to the city…see my family so I was there for the Easter Holiday.

Q: Before we get started one, of the most asked question from readers is who was the first to call you “The Innovator of Offense”?

CK: I’m pretty sure it was Mike Tenay who first said it, and it stuck.  It probably was a take off on Tommy Dreamer’s “Innovator of Violence”, but I always have worked on new moves and since I took the Mortis mask off, I have probably used six or move moves that no one had never seen before.  That’s not to say that they have never been done, but I had never seen them and I worked on them all, and the name has stuck.