Kid Kash in March 2013.
|Birth name||David Cash|
July 31, 1969 |
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
|Residence||Nashville, Tennessee, USA|
|Professional wrestling career|
David Tyler Morton Jericho
|Billed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Billed weight||202 lb (92 kg)|
|Billed from||Johnson City, Tennessee, USA|
|Trained by||Ricky Morton
David Cash (born July 31, 1969) better known by his ring name Kid Kash, is a retired American professional wrestler, best known for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 1.1 Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996–2001)
- 1.2 World Championship Wrestling (2001)
- 1.3 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–2005)
- 1.4 World Wrestling Entertainment
- 1.5 Independent circuit (2006–2009)
- 1.6 Return to TNA
- 1.7 Independent circuit (2013–2015)
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 In wrestling
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Professional wrestling career
Kash's father was a boxer and Kash began training by the age of seven years. He went on to become a professional fighter and worked in Japan. Cash met up with Ricky Morton during his travels, and took Cash on the road with him and continued his training. Working as a welder by day, Cash wrestled on the independent circuit. Under the name David Tyler Morton Jericho he formed a short lived tag team with Ricky Morton.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996–2001)
Cash's first mainstream exposure came in late November 1996 with ECW. Cash, then wrestling as David Tyler Morton Jericho, went to Philadelphia with friend and sometimes tag team partner "Heavy Metal" Ric Savage. Cash was friends with New Jack of the Gangstas and Rob Van Dam, and it was Rob Van Dam who first introduced Cash to Paul Heyman. Cash shortly left ECW back to the indies and even wrestled house shows for WWF. He also appeared once at TV tapings, using ring name David Jericho, on April 28, 1998 at WWF Shotgun where he was defeated by Taka Michinoku. During a WWF house show against the tag team Too Cool, Cash broke both of his ankles after performing a botched hurricanrana on Scotty 2 Hotty.
The injury sidelined Cash for a while but upon his return to the ring he resurfaced in ECW in late 1999 under a new gimmick, Kid Kash. The name change was due to his uncanny resemblance to musician Kid Rock. Under this name, Kash would dress like Kid Rock from his Devil Without a Cause album, and even used the song (and named one of his finishers, The Bawitaba) during this phase in his career. Just months after his return Kash suffered a broken jaw in Atlanta at the hands of The Dupps. He had legitimate heat with the tag team for their supposed stiff and shoot moves on Kash during matches and as payback during a planned run in during Kash's match Bo Dupp did an unplanned frog splash right on Kash's face, breaking both sides of his jaw. At the time Atlanta was going through a flu epidemic and so Kash had to get a private physician to fix his jaw because the hospitals were swamped. Despite the injury Kash continued to wrestle, and never took a night off. He even wrestled on the Guilty as Charged PPV the very next night after driving from Atlanta to Birmingham, AL, less than 24 hours after his jaw was wired shut. This earned him the respect of Paul Heyman and several other ECW wrestlers. Kash recovered from the injury without any problems and went on to wrestle tag matches, cruiserweight-style matches, and even wrestled Mike Awesome for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship at Living Dangerously on March 12, 2000, although he lost after he was superbombed from the top rope through a Table. His tag team partners during the time include the likes of Rob Van Dam, Super Crazy, Nova and The Sandman. Kash won the ECW World Television Championship and defeating Rhino on August 26, 2000. A few weeks later, Rhino would reclaim the title from Kash. On October 1 at Anarchy Rulz, Kash pinned EZ Money in a singles match. At November to Remember, Kash defeat C. W. Anderson. On December 3 at Massacre on 34th Street, he and Super Crazy were defeated by The Unholy Alliance (Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck) in a tag team match. At Guilty as Charged, he and Super Crazy and F.B.I. (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke) were both defeated by The Unholy Alliance in a three way dance tag team match. After Guilty as Charged, the promotion went defunct in 2001.
World Championship Wrestling (2001)
Two months later after ECW folded, on March 21, 2001, Kash was signed with World Championship Wrestling where they billed him as Cash. Five days later, WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–2005)
On August 14, 2002, Kash re-emerged in TNA Wrestling as part of the X Division. Using the gimmick of a cocky, obnoxious heel (while still maintaining a degree of his Kid Rock mannerisms), Kash won the TNA X Division Championship from Sonny Siaki on February 12, 2003 and lost the title to Amazing Red on April 30. Some of the more notable feuds Kid Kash developed in TNA were against James Storm, Dusty Rhodes, Jeff Hardy, A.J. Styles, and even a few intergender matches with Trinity. Also, Kash faced off against legends such as ”Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Larry Zbyszko. He even beat his trainer, Ricky Morton.
On March 31, 2004 Kash teamed up with Dallas to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship and the pair picked the titles up a second time on April 21 before losing them to America's Most Wanted in June 2004. On April 20, 2005, TNA announced that Kash was released from his TNA contract, after months of criticizing the company. He signed with WWE after being released from TNA.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Debut and Cruiserweight Champion (2005–2006)
Kash's first appearance on television was as one of many interferers in the main event at ECW One Night Stand. His first official proper WWE outing, however, was the June 19, 2005 airing of Sunday Night Heat against Tajiri in what was designated a tryout match. On June 23 he said in an interview that "You never know what the company is looking for. I might not be what they're looking for. I can only hope", indicating that he continued to pursue of the WWE contract. That same month he was reported to have signed a developmental deal with WWE and to have been assigned to Deep South Wrestling, Kash then wrestled a few matches on Velocity, before coming up to Smackdown.
Kash showed up after tag team match between MNM and The Mexicools on Smackdown, and viciously attacking Juventud. The following week later, he faced off against Mexicool member, Super Crazy. Kash picked up the win, earning himself a title match with Juventud at Armageddon. Kash made his first WWE pay-per-view debut on December 18 at Armageddon, Kash defeated Juventud to win the Cruiserweight Champion. On January 29 at Royal Rumble, Kash lost the Cruiserweight title to Gregory Helms.
Alliance with Jamie Noble and departure (2006)
After losing the Cruiserweight Championship, Kash began to frequently tag team with fellow cruiserweight Jamie Noble to take on the face members of the cruiserweight division; during May 2006, Kash and Noble used a gimmick previously seen in ECW, where they wore dog collars, often barked at and bit opponents, and wrestled rather aggressively and soon after the team formed Kash got a new haircut. The pair were soon named The Pit Bulls and entered the hunt for Paul London and Brian Kendrick's WWE Tag Team Championship. On July 23 at The Great American Bash, he and Noble were defeated by London and Kendrick, this was Kash's last WWE pay-per-view appearance. On the September 29 episode of SmackDown, he and Noble were defeated by K. C. James and Idol Stevens in a tag team match, this was Kash’s last appearance in WWE. On September 27, 2006, WWE announced that Kash was released from his WWE contract.
Independent circuit (2006–2009)
Kash made an appearance on Real Quality Wrestling which shows on The Fight Network in the United Kingdom. He spent time working in several European promotions, like One Pro Wrestling, as well as in Tewkesbury for top midlands promotion Pro Championship Wrestling, and also in Waterford, Ireland for Irish Whip Wrestling. Kash wrestled frequently for promotions in Nashville, where he resides. Most notably NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling, where he held their title multiple times.
Return to TNA
On August 8, 2010, Kash returned to TNA to take part in ECW reunion show, Hardcore Justice, Kash, Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger were defeated by Little Guido, Tony Luke and Tracy Smothers in a six-man tag team match. At the following day's tapings of TNA Impact!, Kash wrestled in a dark match, but losing to Okada. On June 13, 2011, at the tapings of the June 16 edition of Impact Wrestling, Kash made a one night return to TNA, losing to Austin Aries in a three way first round match of a tournament for a TNA contract, which also included Jimmy Rave.
Pursuit of the X Division Championship and departure (2011-2013)
On July 12, 2011, Kash announced that he had re-signed with TNA. Kash made his return to TNA on the August 11 edition of Impact Wrestling, appearing in a backstage segment, Eric Bischoff introduced new rules to the X Division. The following week Kash took part in a gauntlet match to determine the number one contender to the X Division Championship. After being eliminated from the match by Jesse Sorensen, Kash gave him a Money Maker and cost him the match. The following week later, Kash defeated Sorensen in a singles match with a rollup, while holding his tights. On the September 1 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sorensen pinned Kash in a tag team match, Kash teamed with Austin Aries and Sorensen with Brian Kendrick. On September 11 at No Surrender, Jesse Sorensen defeated Kash in an X Division number one contender's match. On the October 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kash attacked Brian Kendrick for disrespect on him. On November 13 at Turning Point, Kash was failed to capture the X Division Championship from Aries in a three way match, which also included Sorensen. The following month at Final Resolution, Kash failed to capture the X Division Championship in a singles match with Aries. On January 8 at Genesis, Kash was eliminated from a four way X Division Championship match, which also included Austin Aries, Jesse Sorensen and Zema Ion. On January 21 at TNA live house show, Kash suffered a broken nose during a three way match against Jesse Sorensen and Shannon Moore, rendering him inactive for two months. Kash returned from injury on the March 22 edition of Impact Wrestling, participating in a four way match for the X Division Championship that ended in a no contest, following interference from Bully Ray.
Kash returned to pay-per-view on June 10 at Slammiversary, he was defeated by Hernandez in a singles match. On July 8 at Destination X, Kash entered a tournament to determine the new X Division Champion, but was defeated in his first round match by Mason Andrews. Kash returned to Impact Wrestling on July 26, he along with Gunner, confronted and eventually attacked the debuting Chavo Guerrero Jr., before Guerrero was saved by Hernandez. The following week later, Kash was defeated by Guerrero in Guerrero's TNA debut match. On August 12 at Hardcore Justice, Kash and Gunner were defeated in a tag team match by Guerrero and Hernandez. Kash and Gunner faced Guerrero and Hernandez, now the TNA World Tag Team Champions, in a rematch on the October 18 episode of Impact Wrestling, but were again defeated. On the November 15 episode of Impact Wrestling Kash unsuccessfully challenged Rob Van Dam for the X Division Championship. It was reported in early November 2012 that Kid Kash would begin working for Ohio Valley Wrestling, the developmental territory for TNA. He made his debut on the November 14th tapings as the newest member of the Platoon of Wayne. He made his in-ring debut on the same night in a winning effort against Elvis Pridemoore. He made an appearance on the December 1st edition of OVW in a segment between the Platoon of Wayne and James "Moose" Thomas. On December 5, episode of TNA Xplosion, he was defeated by Samoa Joe. On the December 6th episode of Impact Wrestling, he competed in a 3-Way match to determine #1 Contender for the X Division Title at Final Resolution that was won by Kenny King. On the January 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kash lost to Christian York, this was Kash's last appearance in TNA. After one month inactivity, TNA announced that Kash was released from his TNA contract on February 2, 2013.
Independent circuit (2013–2015)
After his TNA release on January 5, 2013 at the Crossfire 2nd Anniversary Event, Kash and his tag team partner, Josh Shockman, were defeated by Jerry Lynn and Ricky Morton. On March 2, 2013, Kash defeated Little Guido but lost a 3-way match for vacant HRT heavyweight title which was won by Angel. On April 13 Kash faced IWC Super Indy champion Tony Nese but failed to win the title. On April 14, at an IWC show, Kid Kash defeated Facade. On May 25, 2013 at a $FW event Kash and Doug William faced Owen Phoenix and Ultimo Dragon in a losing effort. On June 16, 2013 Kash and Stan Lee competed at the Brad Armstrong Memorial Event where they were defeated by Cerebus and KC Thunder. On September 9, Kash faced Chris Michaels in a losing effort. On November 18, 2014 Kash would lose to VsK at a VPW show.
In September 2015 Kash kicked off his retirement tour where he and Ricky Morton faced Jeff Connelly and Brian Montgomery in a losing effort. Kash and Morton argued after the match.
In December 2015, Kash wrestled his final match in a losing effort against Chase Owens, where the stipulation was if Kash won Ricky Morton would retire and if Owens won Kash would retire.
Mixed martial arts career
|Years active||2008 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
On March 21, 2008, he made his MMA debut at an event in Frankfort, Kentucky, losing to Bryan Brown via judge decision after a three rounds. Kash was ahead on points but was docked 3 points for breaking a few rules unknowingly and Brown beat him by 1 point.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Bankroll (Turnbuckle climb into a rebounded corkscrew senton to a standing opponent)
- Bankruptcy (Elevated cradle neckbreaker)
- Frog splash
- Headscissors takedown
- KOD – Kash on Delivery (Elevated Boston crab)
- Smash Mouth (Steel chair thrown into the opponent's face)
- Somersault plancha
- "Mr. TNA" ("Total Nonstop Attitude")
- "The Notorious K.I.D."
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Extreme Championship Wrestling
- Juggalo Championship Wrestling
- JCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Powerhouse Wrestling Alliance
- PWA World Heavyweight Championship (4 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Showtime All-Star Wrestling
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- United States Wrestling Organization
- USWO Championship (2 times)
- World Wrestling Council
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- X Wrestling Federation
- XtraWrestle Federation
- XWF World Cruiserweight Championship (6 times)
Lucha de Apuesta record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Chase Owens (Morton's career)||Kid Kash (career)||Kingsport, Tennessee||The Finale (2015)||December 19, 2015||Owens competed for Ricky Morton's career|
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