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The Ascension (professional wrestling)

For other uses, see Ascension.
The Ascension
Members Conor O'Brian
Rick Victor
Heights O'Brian:
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
265 lbs (120 kg)
217 lbs (98 kg)
Ricardo Rodriguez
Raquel Diaz
Tito Colon
Kenneth Cameron
Promotions FCW and NXT

The Ascension is a professional wrestling tag team, consisting of Conor O'Brian and Rick Victor. The Ascension started out as a stable which also had Kenneth Cameron, Ricardo Rodriguez, Tito Colon, and Raquel Diaz, but later became a tag team with O'Brian and Cameron after O'Brian returned from injury in March while Rodriguez, Colon, and Diaz had all disbanded from The Ascension. As of July 2013 the group consists of O'Brian and Rick Victor.

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE

Formation (2011-2012)

On August 28, 2011, Ricardo Rodriguez announced the formation of a stable called The Ascension, with members including Kenneth Cameron, Conor O'Brian, Tito Colon, and Raquel Diaz.[1] The first match to include all members in some capacity came on September 1, 2011, and saw Cameron, Colon and O’Brian, accompanied by Diaz, defeating CJ Parker, Donny Marlow and Johnny Curtis.[2] On September 30, Cameron and Colon had a shot at the Florida Tag Team Championship but lost to then champions CJ Parker and Donny Marlow.

By October, The Ascension was no longer associated with Rodriguez, as video packages promoting The Ascension with new darker characters only featured the other four Ascension members without Rodriguez. By the end of November The Ascension had all but disbanded, as O'Brian fell to injury and Colon was been called up to WWE to team with his cousin Primo (see Primo & Epico), meanwhile Diaz became Queen of FCW and distanced herself from the group. This left Cameron as the sole survivor of The Ascension and he continued to use The Ascension gimmick during his appearances. However the disintegration of the group would prove to be beneficial for Cameron as he would go onto a three month singles winning streak beating the likes of Jiro and Calvin Raines until he finally lost to Colin Cassady on February 23, 2012.

O'Brian and Cameron (2012)

On March 15, 2012 Cameron was accompanied to the ring by the returning Conor O'Brian in his match against Byron Saxton, the match ended in disqualification when O'Brian interfered. Cameron and O'Brian began wrestling as a tag team using the name of The Ascension, and their first tag team match together came on March 23 when the two defeated Jason Jordan and Xavier Woods. The Ascension suffered their first loss when the pair lost to the Florida Tag Team Champions, Corey Graves and Jake Carter, in a title bout.[3] After this loss the Ascension would go on another winning streak, including winning a fatal four way elimination against the teams of Adam Mercer & Chad Baxter, Jason Jordan & Mike Dalton, and Brad Maddox & Rick Victor.[4]

On June 6, 2012, The Ascension made their debut for Season 6 of WWE NXT, defeating Mike Dalton and CJ Parker with their double team finisher, Downcast.[5][6] They would later enter a rivalry with the Usos, with the Ascension getting the better end of most of the encounters between the two teams.[7][8][9][10] The Ascension also defeated another main roster team in Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel on the October 3, 2012 episode of NXT.[11] However, Cameron was released on November 30, 2012 after being arrested.[12]

O'Brian and Victor (2013-present)

From there O'Brian worked as a singles wrestler keeping the Ascension gimmick on his own. This lasted until May 2013, when he began teaming with Rick Victor at house shows following Victor's return from an injury (Victor was incorrectly attributed in dirt sheet reports as Judas Devlin, another developmental wrestler).[13] Following O'Brian's victory over Alex Riley on the June 5, 2013 edition of NXT, Victor appeared on the ramp, getting O'Brian's attention.[14] Victor would officially accompany O'Brian to the ring as his partner in The Ascension on the July 3 edition of NXT as O'Brian defeated Andy Baker.[15] After winning a gauntlet match to determine the number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship,[16] the Ascension defeated the team of Adrian Nevile and Corey Graves on the October 2 edition of NXT to capture the titles.[17]

In wrestling

Championship and accomplishment

  • NXT Wrestling
    • NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) - Victor and O'Brian


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