Devon Nicholson

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Devon Nicholson
Ring name(s) Hannibal
Hannibal Le Predateur
Adam Lust
Kid Nichols
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight 284 lb (129 kg)
Born (1982-10-16) October 16, 1982 (age 31)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Trained by Bruce Hart Jacques Rougeau
Debut July 2001
Website http://blogs.hepmag.com/devonnicholson/, http://greatnorthwrestling.ca/

Devon Nicholson (born October 16, 1982) is a Canadian professional wrestler, who wrestles primarily under the name Hannibal. He was also known as Kid Nichols or Adam Lust. He has worked for various companies, including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Great North Wrestling, the International Wrestling Association (IWA), the World Wrestling Council (WWC, Puerto Rico) and Stampede Wrestling as well as All Star Wrestling in the UK.

As an amateur wrestler Nicholson is a former National Champion in freestlyle wrestling and Canadian Olympic Qualification Trial Silver medalist in Greco Roman Wrestling. He has won the Canadian Open and Ontario Championships in grappling (submission wrestling).

Nicholson is also an actor and has played such roles as a character named Sid in a Canadian feature film, Kenneyville, released by Robanzo Pictures in 2010. He also was the feature performer in the Canadian documentary This is Hannibal, produced by Maximilian Moskal. The appeared in multiple film festivals and won 3 awards at the 2013 Los Angeles Movie Awards.

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Devon Nicholson enjoyed a lot of success in amateur wrestling before turning professional. He carried off a gold medal at the 2001 Junior National Championships in London, Ontario. A month later, he gained a spot on the Canadian Junior National Team after winning the National Team trials in Vancouver, British Columbia. Nicholson won the OFSAA wrestling high school championships in 2000 and also in 2001 without a single point scored against him.Baines, Tim (2007-08-23). "Orleans' Nicholson: 'I've got wrestling in my blood'". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  He has also held numerous City of Ottawa and Provincial titles in freestyle wrestling. He was named Amateur Wrestler of the Year by the City of Ottawa in 2001.

On December 18, 2011, Nicholson won a silver medal in the Canadian Greco-Roman Wrestling Olympic trials in Winnipeg, Manitoba, making him the alternate Olympian in the heavyweight division for the London 2012 Olympics.

In grappling (submission wrestling) Nicholson won the Joslin's Canadian Open in Hamilton in 2008 and the Ontario Grappling Championships in Ottawa in 2010.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Nicholson started his career wrestling for Ted Hart and Eric Bischoff's Matrats promotion. After a stint with Jacques Rougeau, Jr.'s Lutte Internationale 2000 promotion in Montreal, he began training with Bruce Hart in Calgary's Dungeon. He spent most of his early career in Calgary, Alberta's Stampede Wrestling performing as Kid Nichols, regularly training with and wrestling against Teddy Hart, Harry Smith and TJ Wilson.

After leaving Calgary, for several years Nicholson wrestled in Puerto Rico and other areas of the Caribbean, where he was given the ring name Hannibal by IWA office member Bushwhacker Luke.McIntyre, Doug (2005-06-09). "Kid Nichols headed to Puerto Rico". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  He has also participated in World Wrestling Entertainment's Deep South Wrestling and appeared on their TV show. He has wrestled for many independent companies across Canada. In June 2005 he took on Heidenreich at Rexall Place in Edmonton in a match that aired on WWE Smackdown. In Puerto Rico he defeated Ricky Banderas for the IWA Intercontinental title in 2005. He also feuded with Thunder and Lightning and with his tag team partner Mr. Big. At the end of his IWA run Hannibal became a babyface before switching to the WWC. In his first tour with the WWC in December 2005 he wrestled James Storm. He participated and a WWE try-out in Buffalo, New York in late December 2005. He faced Gavin Spears in his try-out match.

Hannibal returned to WWC in 2006 as a heel. With Black Pain he formed a team known as Terror Inc and held the WWC World Tag Team titles in 2006 and 2007. As a singles wrestler in WWC he often wrestled Eddie Colon and Orlando Colon. In May 2006 he wrestled against Eugene at the Thomas and Mac Center in Las Vegas in a match that aired on WWE Heat. Later that month he had a match at the New Japan Dojo in Los Angeles.

After helping Bruce and Ross Hart promote some rural Stampede Wrestling events in Alberta in 2006, Nicholson began promoting for himself in 2007 under the company name Great North Wrestling. The Bad News Allen Tribute Show in May 2007 was his first event and it drew 1200 fans[citation needed]. Hannibal defeated Abdullah The Butcher in the main event of that show. He also promoted the Ottawa Super EX When Legends Collide show in August 2007 that reportedly drew almost 4000 fans[citation needed].

Nicholson continued to promote events in Alberta and Ontario after that and promoted Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's December 2007 Canadian tour.Baines, Tim (2007-12-29). "Ottawa wrestler gets shot with TNA". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 

In May 2009 Nicholson attended a WWE try-out camp in Tampa, Florida and was told by WWE agent Pat Patterson that he was the best wrestler there[citation needed]. On June 18, 2009 he promoted a wrestling event at Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario that drew over 1500 fans[citation needed]. The same year Nicholson was offered a World Wrestling Entertainment contract, but the offer was rescinded when a medical examination revealed that he had contracted hepatitis C, which he later blamed on his matches with Abdullah the Butcher.Meltzer, Dave (2011-03-31). "Thurs. update: TUF rating; UFC changes; Rock media; WWE Hall of Fame; King on Cole; Edge; Cornette". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2011-03-31. Baines, Tim (2011-04-16). "How Hep C derailed Devon Nicholson's WWE deal". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2011-10-04.  He also did a try-out with TNA Wrestling in October 2010 in Saginaw, Michigan, but although he impressed the TNA management,[1] they could not hire him because of his Hepatitis C.

On September 30, 2011, Nicholson announced his retirement from professional wrestling, with his final match scheduled for October 8. In this retirement match, which took place in Renfrew, Ontario Hannibal defeated Darko. On January 30, 2014, Nicholson stated on a live episode of False Finish Wrestling Radio podcast that on May 14, 2014, he will return to wrestling again. On May 10th 2014 Hannibal won the Great North Wrestling Canadian Heavyweight Championship from Jeremy Prophet in Smiths Falls ON.[2]

The Ottawa Citizen and other media have reported that Nicholson will be getting another WWE try out in July 2014.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On October 15, 2012 Nicholson began his second Hepatitis C treatment which includes the new Hepatitis C medication Incivec (Telaprivir). He is the first Genotype 2 patient in Canada to undergo the medication regime, which is still in the experimental phase. Devon has been testing negative for the Virus since November 2012. If the treatment is successful he will have a sustained viral response and be declared cured of Hepatitis C. He completed the treatment on June 24, 2013. On September 23, 2013, Nicholson received news that his Hepatitis C Virus blood tests came back negative. He will find out if he has a Sustained Viral Response (SVR) after his next test will be on December 9, 2013.[4] On November 9, 2013 it was reported that Nicholson won a motion to have Abdullah the Butcher's defense stricken from the record in his Hepatitis C transmission lawsuit. The trial for damages is moving forward.[5] On December 20, 2013, Devon Nicholson announced via YouTube that he was cured of Hepatitis C.[6][7]

Other media[edit]

In the summer of 2009 Nicholson played a character named Sid in the Canadian movie Kenneyville, which was released by Robanzo Pictures.

In March 2011 a documentary called Don't Bleed on Me was released. The documentary centered around Nicholson's claim that he contracted Hepatitis C from Abdullah the Butcher cutting him with a razor blade that Abdullah had used on himself earlier in the match. Nicholson's claims are supported in this video by many WWE legends including "Superstar" Billy Graham and The Honky Tonk Man. Hepatitis C is a blood-to-blood disease spread mainly from the sharing of needles and razor blades. In July 2011, Nicholson filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against Larry "Abdullah the Butcher" Shreve over the Hepatitis C incident, claiming it had caused WWE to rescind his contract.[8]

On August 26, 2011, Nicholson filed another $6 million lawsuit against WWE for rescinding his contract offer, claiming they were discriminating against his human rights because of his Hepatitis C, even though the promotion currently has a "No Blood" policy. In September 2011, McLean's Magazine, a Canadian nationally-distributed news magazine, ran a detailed article that profiled Nicholson and his situation with Abdullah the Butcher entitled "Blood, Sweat, Fears." On November 26, 2011, Canada's Global TV network aired a half-hour documentary on Nicholson as part of their 16:9 weekly news magazine show. The documentary reviewed Nicholson's career and went in depth into his lawsuits against Abdullah The Butcher and WWE. WWE refused to comment in the documentary, though Abdullah The Butcher was interviewed. Abdullah demonstrated how he used blades but denied having Hepatitis C and cutting Nicholson despite the screening of video evidence of him doing so. The documentary also detailed the hardships suffered by Devon as a result of his Hepatitis C. The documentary re-ran Canada wide on April 7, 2012. According to the 2013 version of This is Hannibal the WWE lawsuit has been resolved and the Shreve lawsuit is ongoing. It has since been reported in the media that Larry "Abdullah The Butcher" Shreve is Hepatitis C positive.

On December 19, 2011 CTV News Ottawa did a feature on his becoming Canada's Heavyweight Alternate in Greco-Roman Wrestling for the London Olympics. They had presented an extended story on his training for the Olympic trials the week before. The Atlantic Magazine, the oldest magazine in the US, carried a story about Nicholson's lawsuit against Abdullah The Butcher in their July/August 2012 issue. Nicholson's story was also covered in an Atlantic article about blood in WWE's Wrestlemania on March 29, 2012.

Later in 2012 the Ottawa Film Festival and the Montreal Young Cuts Film Festival will feature a movie about Devon Nicholson titled This is Hannibal. Produced by Maximilian Moskal, the new film chronicles the history of the wrestler's career and his struggle with hepatitis C.

In on March 3, 2013 an updated and re-edited verson of This is Hannibal made its theatrical debut at the historic Mayfair Theater located in Nicholson’s hometown of Ottawa Ontario Canada. The new version won 3 awards at the 2013 LA Movie Awards.[9]

On January 14, 2014 the Canadian Broadcast Corporation ran a news story on Nicholson being cured of Hepatitis C.

On April 27th 2014 Nicholson tried out for the Ottawa RedBlacks Canadian Football League expansion team. [10]

On June 3, 2014, Nicholson won a $2.3 million lawsuit against Larry Shreve.[11]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur[edit]

  • Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association
    • National Hwt. Champion 2001 (1 time)
    • Olympic Trial Silver Medalist 2011 (1 time)
  • Joslin's Canadian Open
    • Canadian Hwt. Grappling Champion 2008 (2 time)
  • Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association
    • Provincial Hwt. Champion 2000, 2001 (2 time)
  • Ontario Grappling Association
    • Ontario Grappling Hwt. and Absolute Champion 2010 (1 time)

Professional[edit]

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