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Suicide
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Suicide (portrayed by Kazarian) in January 2010
Ring name(s) Manik
Suicide
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)[1]
Billed from Parts Unknown
Debut 2008

Manik (formerly known as Suicide) is a professional wrestling gimmick, formerly used by multiple professional wrestlers. The character is now played by T.J. Perkins. Suicide first appeared as a fictional character from TNA Impact! the video game. In December 2008, the Suicide character was introduced on television as a real-life wrestler in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Though having been primarily portrayed by Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels took up the mantle for a time in early 2009 and went on to win the X Division Championship.[2] In June 2010 Kiyoshi became the third man to use the gimmick.[3] In October 2010 the gimmick was dropped, but made a brief return in January 2011, once again being portrayed by Christopher Daniels[4] before being dropped once again in April 2011. Suicide returned to television in May 2013 portrayed by T.J. Perkins.[5] Austin Aries wrestled under the Suicide gimmick for one day and won the TNA X Division Championship on the episode of Impact Wrestling which aired on June 27, 2013.[6] Suicide was "revealed" to be TJ Perkins on the June 30, 2013 episode of Impact Wrestling, and changed his name to Manik on the following episode.

Video game[edit]

Suicide
TNA Impact! character
Suicide Leg Drop.jpg
Suicide performing a leg drop on Chris Sabin
First game TNA Impact! (2008)
Created by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Voiced by Low Ki

Suicide was originally created by Midway Games as an original character for the TNA Impact! video game, released on September 9, 2008.[7] As an original character, Midway had full license with how to use him, unlike with the other characters, who were either trademarked by TNA or by the respective wrestler. The character is voiced by Senshi, who also did motion capture for the game and appears as himself.[8]

In the game, Suicide is a professional wrestler moving up the ranks of TNA Wrestling, when, prior to his match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, he is approached by The Latin American Xchange, who tell him to throw the match.[7][9] Suicide doesn't comply, goes on to win the title and is as a result beaten up beyond recognition by LAX and left for dead in Mexico.[9] Doctors find him and aid in his recovery, offering free plastic surgery as well. This allows the player to create their own look for Suicide, establishing his new identity in the process.[7]

From there, Suicide (under his new identity) finds that he has a knack for professional wrestling. After success in Mexico and a U.S. Army Base, Kevin Nash recruits Suicide for the TNA roster.[9] After conquering the X Division and the tag team division, the latter of which with Eric Young as his partner to form the tag team known collectively as Salty Biscuits, LAX kidnaps Young and orders Suicide to go and win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Kurt Angle and then drop the title to Jeff Jarrett.[9] After regaining the World Heavyweight Championship Suicide remembers his past and finds out that it was Jarrett who called the hit on him.[9] After Nash and Samoa Joe are able to save Young from LAX, Suicide gains revenge on Jarrett by defeating him in the match for the World Heavyweight Championship.[9]

Television[edit]

Debut and X Division Champion (2008–2011)[edit]

Suicide (portrayed by Kazarian) posing above Daniels, who once used the gimmick.

During every episode of TNA's primary television program, Impact!, after August 14, 2008, the words "whoissuicide.com" flashed on the screen for less than a second. On the website, it showed that Suicide was being taken from the game to real life television.[10] At Final Resolution, Suicide made his debut by attacking Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley, the Motor City Machine Guns.[11] At Destination X, Christopher Daniels[2] won the X Division Championship in an Ultimate X match.[12] while using the Suicide gimmick, having replaced the injured Frankie Kazarian. On the May 14, 2009, episode of TNA, after weeks of accusing Daniels of being Suicide, the Motor City Machine Guns and Lethal Consequences (Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed) looked to remove the mask of Suicide. This prompted Daniels to come out and save Suicide from being exposed.[13] Suicide wrestled Daniels at the Sacrifice pay-per-view event, in which Suicide retained via time limit draw after Daniels refused a victory assisted by the Motor City Machine Guns.[14]

At Slammiversary, Suicide retained the X Division Championship against Shelley, Sabin, Lethal, and Creed in a King of the Mountain match.[15] On July 16, Suicide lost his championship to Homicide after he cashed in his "Feast or Fired" briefcase.[16] After not being seen for a few weeks, Suicide made his return at Hard Justice to compete in the Steel Asylum match, which he lost because of D'Angelo Dinero.[17] On the August 20 edition of Impact! Suicide attacked Dinero after his match with Consequences Creed.[18] On the September 17 edition of Impact! Dinero defeated Suicide in a grudge match.[19] At No Surrender Dinero defeated Suicide again, this time in a Falls Count Anywhere match.[20] The following week on Impact! Suicide finally defeated Dinero, by doing the Suicide Solution on a trash can in a street fight.[21] On the October 15 edition of Impact! Homicide stole Suicide's costume and claims to now know his true identity.[22] On the December 3 edition Impact! Suicide made peace with Dinero and joined him, Matt Morgan and Hernandez in their war with Rhino, Team 3D and Jesse Neal.[23] At Final Resolution Morgan, Hernandez, Dinero and Suicide defeated Neal, Team 3D and Rhino in an eight-man elimination tag team match.[24]

On the February 18, 2010, edition of Impact! Kazarian returned to TNA, and would no longer use the Suicide gimmick.[25] The character made its return four months later on June 14, losing to Magnus in a match taped for Xplosion. This time it was portrayed by Japanese wrestler Akira Kawabata, known in TNA as Kiyoshi.[3][26] At the July 12 tapings of Xplosion, Kawabata picked up his first victory as Suicide, defeating Eric Young.[27] The gimmick was temporarily retired after a house show in Windsor, Ontario on September 12, 2010, where he was defeated by Kazarian,[28] which was followed by Kawabata returning to television as Kiyoshi on October 8 and the removal of Suicide's profile from TNA's official website on October 13.[29] Suicide returned at the January 31, 2011, tapings of Xplosion, with Christopher Daniels once again using the gimmick.[4][30] Suicide wrestled his final match on the May 12 edition of Impact!, where he was defeated by Sangriento. Suicide's final appearance was at TNA Destination X 2011, where he was featured in a backstage segment with Eric Young. [31]

Return and name change (2013–present)[edit]

After nearly two years of inactivity, vignettes began airing for Suicide's return to TNA on May 9, 2013.[32] Suicide made his official return defeating Joey Ryan and Petey Williams on the May 23 episode of Impact Wrestling earning an X Division Title shot at Slammiversary. For this return, Suicide was portrayed by T.J. Perkins.[5] Suicide received his title shot on June 2 at Slammiversary XI, but was defeated by Chris Sabin in an Ultimate X match, also involving Kenny King.[33] On the June 27 episode of Impact Wrestling, Perkins was revealed as the man behind the mask of Suicide as part of a storyline where he had been attacked and the Suicide costume and mask stolen and utilized by Austin Aries to win the X Division Championship.[34]

On June 29, at the tapings of the July 4 episode of Impact Wrestling, Perkins began using the ring name Manik, while retaining a modified version of the Suicide costume and mask.[35][36] He participated in a three-way match for the X Division Championship against Sabin and Aries, which Sabin won to regain the championship; Manik was removed from the match after being attacked by the Aces & Eights.[37] After Sabin vacated the championship, Manik entered the tournament to determine the new champion, and advanced to the final by defeating Chavo Guerrero and Kenny King.[38] On July 18, at the tapings of the July 25 episode of Impact Wrestling, Manik won the vacant X Division Championship by defeating Greg Marasciuolo and Sonjay Dutt in a three-way Ultimate X match.[39] Manik made his first televised title defense on the September 26 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Chris Sabin.[40] On October 20 at Bound for Glory, Manik lost the X Division Championship to Sabin in a five-way Ultimate X match, which also included Austin Aries, Jeff Hardy, and Samoa Joe.[41] On March 9, 2014, Manik made his return at Lockdown losing to Tigre Uno in a steel cage match.[42] On June 15, at Slammiversary XII Manik took part in a six-man Ladder match for the TNA X Division Championship along with Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve, and TNA World Tag Team Champions Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards, the match was won by Sanada.

In wrestling[edit]

Suicide performing a simultaneous neckbreaker/DDT combination on The Motor City Machineguns.

Wrestlers who portrayed Manik/Suicide[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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