John Kronus

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George Caiazzo
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Ring name(s) The Eliminator[1]
John Kronus[1]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight 300 lb (140 kg)[2]
Born (1969-01-13)January 13, 1969[2]
Everett, Massachusetts[2]
Died July 18, 2007(2007-07-18) (aged 38)[3]
Laconia, New Hampshire[4]
Billed from Boston, Massachusetts
Trained by Killer Kowalski[3]
Debut 1989[5]
Retired 2002[3]

George B. Caiazzo (January 13, 1969 – July 18, 2007) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, John Kronus and later "Kronus". Caiazzo worked for Extreme Championship Wrestling, the United States Wrestling Association and Xtreme Pro Wrestling. He was perhaps best known as one-half of the tag team The Eliminators with Perry Saturn.[2][4][3][6]

Career[edit]

Caiazzo's father, George Caiazzo, Sr., played football with the New York Giants before suffering an injury.[7]

In the late 1980s, Caiazzo met professional wrestler Perry Saturn when he began working as a bouncer in a Boston nightclub managed by Saturn. Caiazzo expressed an interest in becoming a wrestler to Saturn, who responded by directing Caiazzo to a professional wrestling school operated by Killer Kowalski. Caiazzo debuted in 1989, briefly wrestling as "The Eliminator".[1]

In the early 1990s, Saturn offered to form a tag team with Caiazzo. The Greek equivalent of the Roman deity Saturn was Cronus, so Saturn chose the ring name "John Kronus" for Caiazzo. As Saturn and Kronus were their civilizations' respective harvest deities, Saturn proposed that the tag team be known as "The Harvesters of Sorrow". After promoter Jerry Lawler advised Saturn that the significance of the name would not be evident to many fans, Saturn named the team "The Eliminators".[1]

The Eliminators wrestled their first match together at a United States Wrestling Association house show in 1993. They were hired at a starting salary of $40 a week (they later negotiated a 100% pay raise), and shared an apartment with four other wrestlers. On May 2, 1994, The Eliminators defeated Brian Christopher and Eddie Gilbert for the USWA Tag Team Championship. They held the USWA World Tag Team Championship until June 13, 1994, when they were defeated by PG-13.[1][8][9]

In 1994 and 1995, The Eliminators wrestled in Japan for the WAR promotion.[1]

The Eliminators debuted in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion in 1995, jobbing to the Steiner Brothers. ECW promoter Paul Heyman quickly abandoned plans to give them a sadism and masochism gimmick and instead booked them as an unstoppable force in the ECW tag team division. Managed by Jason, The Eliminators won the ECW Tag Team Championship on three occasions between 1996 and 1997, feuding with teams such as the Dudley Boyz, The Gangstas, The Pitbulls, Sabu and Rob Van Dam and the Steiner Brothers.[1][8][10]

On May 31, 1997, Saturn tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a match. After intense reconstructive surgery, he was given a recovery time of up to a year. Kronus briefly defended the ECW Tag Team Championship single-handedly before losing to the Dudley Boyz. In late 1997, Saturn left ECW for World Championship Wrestling. Kronus competed in the singles division before forming a new tag team, "The Gangstanators", with New Jack. The Gangstanators won the ECW Tag Team Championship in 1997.[1][8]

Kronus left ECW in early 1999, joining the California-based Xtreme Pro Wrestling promotion. In 2000, Kronus aligned himself with the "Black Army" faction. He remained with XPW until leaving in 2001. During this period, Kronus appeared in the 2000 softcore bondage film Violence on Violence.[5][8]

Kronus also helped develop and promote local Philadelphia, PA company Dangerously Intense Wrestling. During his time as champion he feuded with G.O.D.D., Method and The Sickness. Kronus held both the DIW World Heavyweight Title and Inner City Title.

In 2002, Kronus retired from professional wrestling, relocating to the Lakes Region in Sanbornton, New Hampshire. He temporarily came out of retirement in 2005, making two appearances with the ECW reunion promotion Hardcore Homecoming.[7][11][12]

Death[edit]

Caiazzo was found dead in his fiancée Brandy Laundry's home in Laconia, New Hampshire on July 18, 2007, several days after he had undergone knee surgery. He was 38 years old. Caiazzo died in his sleep, with his death subsequently attributed to heart failure resulting from an enlarged heart. He was survived by his nine-year-old son, Gage Christian Caiazzo.[2][4][3][5][6][7][8]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Dangerously Intense Wrestling
    • DIW Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
    • DIW Inner City Champion (1 time)
  • Mayhem Independent Wrestling
    • MIW Hardcore Championship (1 time, last)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Truitt, B. (2003-09-15). "Perry Saturn Shoot Interview". TheSmartMarks.com. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Caiazzo, J. (2007-07-22). "Statement by family of John Kronus". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Mooneyham, M. (2007-07-19). "Pro wrestler Kronus found dead". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  4. ^ a b c Associated Press (2007-07-22). "Latest On The Death of John Kronus". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  5. ^ a b c Schoetz, D. (2007-07-20). "Another Wrestler's 'Untimely' Death". ABC News. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  6. ^ a b "George Caiazzo". The Citizen. July 30, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c Cunningham Jr., G. (2007-07-20). "Family mourns wrestler's death". The Citizen. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Waldman, J. (2007-07-18). "Former ECW tag champ Kronus found dead". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  9. ^ a b Duncan, R. and Will, G. (1998). "USWA World Tag Team Title History". Solie.org. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  10. ^ a b Duncan, R. and Will, G. (2001). "ECW Tag Team Title / World Tag Team Title History". Solie.org. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  11. ^ Kapur, B. (2005-06-11). "Hardcore Homecoming a memorable night". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  12. ^ Kapur, B. (2005-11-06). "Storm interrupts November Reign". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  13. ^ "Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  14. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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