Johnny Devine

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Johnny Devine
DevineJuly2005.jpg
Birth name John Parsonage[1]
Ring name(s) J.P. Parsons
Johnny Devine[2]
Havok[2]
Brother Devine
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Billed weight 222 lb (101 kg)[2]
Born (1974-04-27) April 27, 1974 (age 40)[2]
Merritt, British Columbia
Resides Toronto, Ontario
Billed from Winnipeg, Manitoba[2]
Reno, Nevada
Calgary, Alberta
Trained by Bad News Brown[2]
Scott D'Amore
Bruce Hart
Stu Hart,
Davey Boy Smith
Debut October 27, 1997[2]

John Parsonage[1] (born April 27, 1974)[2] is a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name "Hot Shot" Johnny Devine. He is currently wrestling on the Canadian independent circuit and wrestled in the United States of America for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early years (1997-2004)[edit]

As a teenager, John and his friends organized and competed in a wrestling show. After graduating from Garden City Collegiate high school, Devine relocated to the United States, attending college in Minnesota. After graduating, he joined the Canadian infantry, and met Bret Hart while posted to Calgary, Alberta in 1997. Devine then decided to train as a wrestler. He began training in August 1997 in the infamous Hart Dungeon under Bruce Hart, a son of the legendary Stu Hart. He debuted on October 27, 1997, facing "Gorgeous" Vinny Vegas (not to be confused with Vinnie Vegas). Devine then wrestled for various independent promotions in Western Canada, and in April 1999 he joined the resurrected Stampede Wrestling, a wrestling promotion operated by the Hart family, at times forgoing pay when attendances were poor and takings low. As part of the Stampede Wrestling roster, Devine appeared on the A-Channel on Canadian television. In 2001 he wrestled with the short-lived Western Canadian Extreme Wrestling promotion.

Devine wrestled dark matches for both Extreme Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. While unable to wrestle due to nerve damage in his right shoulder, he operated his own promotion, Young Lions Wrestling.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004)[edit]

In February 2004 Devine debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as part of Team Canada, taking part in the TNA X Cup. He returned to TNA on May 26, 2004 along with Petey Williams, Bobby Roode and Eric Young, taking part in the TNA World X Cup, which pitted teams of wrestlers from Canada, Mexico, the United States and Japan against one another. Team USA was victorious with six victories in the course of the night, with Team Canada in third place with three points.at Sacrifice Devine competed in a World X Cup Gauntlet which was won by Petey Williams.

In June 2004 Team Canada began a lengthy feud with the 3Live Kru.

On September 26, 2004, Devine and fellow TNA wrestler Andy Douglas were involved in an altercation after leaving Bar Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee. Devine was stabbed in the stomach, and his gallbladder and a foot of his lower intestine were removed as a result. He was sidelined for six weeks while recuperating, returning on December 5.[3]

Memphis Wrestling (2005)[edit]

In March 2005 Devine was removed from in-ring competition once more after he tore his medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament while defending the Mid-Southern Tag Team Championships with Eric Young for Memphis Wrestling in Memphis, Tennessee.[3] He underwent knee surgery on March 15, with a predicted recovery time of six months to a year. While injured, Devine worked as a trainer at Scott D'Amore's Can Am Wrestling School in Windsor, Ontario, as well as acting as an announcer for some promotions. He was replaced within Team Canada by A-1.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005)[edit]

Devine returned to the ring in July 2005, wrestling occasionally for various Canadian independent promotions. On August 18, 2005, Devine appeared on an episode of World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown! as J.P. Parsons, teaming with Ruffy Silverstein and losing to Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich in a squash match.

In October 2005 he returned to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two weeks later, he announced that he required further surgery as a result of the stabbing thirteen months earlier, which had been improperly treated by doctors in Nashville, leaving him with several hernias. He underwent surgery to repair the hernias on January 27, 2006. Devine later relocated to Windsor, Ontario.

Return to TNA (2006–2008)[edit]

Return (2006)

Devine returned to TNA on the May 4, 2006 episode of TNA Impact!, teaming with Eric Young and subsequently losing to Shocker and Magno of Team Mexico in the first round of the 2006 World X Cup. At Sacrifice Devine competed in a World X Cup Gauntlet which was won by Petey Williams.

On the June 29, 2006 episode of Impact!, Team Canada was disbanded by TNA Management Director Jim Cornette. On the same episode of Impact!, Devine joined Paparazzi Productions, appearing alongside Alex Shelley and acting as his production assistant. Devine was fired from Paparazzi Productions by Kevin Nash for allegedly refusing to edit German snuff films for Nash. He was replaced with Austin Starr.[3]

Paparazzi Productions (2006–2007)

After Team Canada was disbanded Devine joined Paparazzi Productions. At Hard Justice Devine faced Eric Young in a losing effort, At No Surrender Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine competed in Triple Chance tag team battle royal which was won by The Naturals. On June 29, Shelley enlisted Johnny Devine to be Paparazzi Production's production assistant, the two of them wearing Shelley's new "Eye Spy" t-shirt. They wrestled as a tag team on a special TNA Xplosion match and an Impact! non-title match versus then, NWA Tag Team champions A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels. After Kevin Nash went out of action due to the injury, Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine continue to wrestle in both singles and tag-team action, Devine was later fired by the Paparazzi. Devine was replaced much to the dismay of Shelley by former Generation Next teammate Austin Starr due to Kevin Nash's wishes.

Devine in London in September 2008

Havok and Alliance with Team 3D (2006–2008)

Devine appeared with Matt Bentley and Frankie Kazarian at TNA's Prime time premiere, the trio displaying an entirely different look. The three were soon dubbed Serotonin, a new version of Raven's Flock stable. As a member of the new group, Devine's name was changed to Havok. On the October 25 edition of Impact!, he participated in a fatal four way X Division style match against Williams, Sonjay Dutt and Shark Boy, but the match went to a no-contest after Team 3D interfered and put both Havok and Williams through tables. At Bound for Glory Devine competed in the Kevin Nash Open Invitational X Division Gauntlet battle royal where he was eliminated by Austin Starr. At Genesis 2006 Devine & Kazarian, Maverick Matt lost to The Voodoo Kin Mafia. At No Surrender 2007 Serotonin (Raven and Havok) competed in a Ten-team tag team gauntlet match which was won by A.J. Styles and Tomko. At Bound for Glory Devine was in a Fight for the Right Reverse Battle Royal which was won by Eric Young. Following Kaz's turn, the release of Martyr (Bentley), and Raven's disappearance from television, the Havok gimmick still continued even with him on his own as a member of the X Division, including standing up for them against Team 3D. On the November 15 edition of Impact, Team 3D apparently took him hostage in order to get their demands met by the Motor City Machine Guns. The X Division rescued him and he went under the ring and grabbed a Kendo stick, then he suddenly attacked his fellow X Division stars, thus turning on the division and joining Team 3D on their quest to destroy it. This also effectively ended Serotonin once and for all, since within that segment, he'd ditched both the face paint and the brooding attitude associated with the group, although he continued wielding Serotonin's signature weapon, the Kendo stick. The week after that he went back to being called Johnny Devine, with the new handle "The X-Division Traitor" attached, and became Team 3D's new interference runner, leading to Ray and Devon giving him the nickname "Brother Devine". This also began his signature catch phrase directed toward opponents, "you may be good, but you're not devine!".

On the November 27, 2007 edition of TNA Today, Devine defeated former Team Canada teammate Petey Williams after driving him to the mat with a double underhook piledriver. Devine was sporting new entrance music and attire as well and regained his cocky and obnoxious attitude.

At Turning Point Johnny Devine and Team 3D defeated Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns in a Six Man Tag Team Tables match. At Final Resolution Devine and Team 3D defeated Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns in a Six-man tag team Ultimate X match. On January 24, 2008, taping of TNA Impact, Devine defeated Jay Lethal to win the TNA X Division Championship after Brother Ray hit Lethal with a kendo stick. This was Devine's first title in TNA. He lost the title back to Lethal at Against All Odds after being pinned by Lethal in a six man street fight which also included Team 3D and The Motor City Machine Guns.[4] At Lockdown Devine was a part of a Six Man Xscape match for the TNA X Division Championship which was won by Jay Lethal. At Sacrifice Devine competed in a TerrorDome match to determine the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship and take Kurt Angle's place in the main event the match was won by Kaz, At Bound for Glory he competed in a Steel Asylum match (during which he botched his finishing move resulting in the injury of Jimmy Rave) which was won by Jay Lethal on the same night he also interfered during the Monster's Ball match helping Team 3D put Abyss through a flaming table.

Devine was released from TNA and left on October 13, 2008.[5] Devine claimed he left because wrestling was "no longer fun" for him in TNA.[6]

Devine returned for the 10 Reunion on March 17, 2013 where he competed in a Gauntlet match where he was the first to be eliminated by Shark Boy.

Independent circuit (2008-2013)[edit]

After completing a program at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, Devine moved from Windsor to Toronto, Ontario and was hired as an On Air Personality/Analyst for The Fight Network. He has also done some work for the Canadian Independent Promotion, BSE Wrestling. On January 18, 2013 Devine worked for the Hart Legacy promotion in Calgary, taking part in a six man tag team match, where Devine, Bobby Lashley and Chris Masters were defeated by Lance Storm, Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Top Rope Championship Wrestling
    • TRCW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
    • TRCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rick Vain[2]
  • Western Canadian Extreme Wrestling
    • WCEW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martin, Kevin (2006-01-24). "Devine fined in attack on patron". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Johnny Devine Profile". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b c Wojcik, A. (2007). "Interview Update: Johnny Devine AKA Havok". AlanWojcik.com. Retrieved August 7, 2007. 
  4. ^ Sokol, Chris (2008-02-11). "Against All Odds: Angle still TNA champ". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  5. ^ Martin, Adam (2008-10-13). "X Division wrestler receives his release from TNA". WrestleView. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  6. ^ Devine, Johnny. "Devine: Why I quit TNA". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Impact Results - 7/24/08 (Joe vs Booker, Tables Elimination, & more)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  8. ^ a b "Ring Crew Reviews: TNA Hard Justice 2006 Posted by Jack Bramma on 03.16.2011". 
  9. ^ "Lockdown PPV Results - 4/13 - Lowell, MA (Angle vs. Joe, much more)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  10. ^ "Johnny Devine (Burnin It Up)". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  11. ^ "PWA Wrestling Hall of Fame". Prairie Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  12. ^ Editors, PWI (August 2009). "PWI 500". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 

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