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TNA Kills The Suicide Gimmick, Frankie Kazarian Returns

Written by Richard Gray on Feb 17, 2010 - 2:01:11 PM

TNA Wrestling has scrapped the "Suicide" character and Frankie Kazarian is back to working as himself. It's unknown what gimmick they are going with Kaz as the graphics on the screen at this week's Impact tapings said "Kaz" while ring announcer David Penzer introduced him as "Kazarian". It's unknown if there are any future plans to use the Suicide character as one source told me the gimmick has been "jobbed out and forgotten".

The Suicide character was created by Midway Games as an original character for the TNA Impact video game. Midway had full license with how to use him as the character was not originally trademarked by TNA or a wrestler. Brandon Silvestry (a/k/a Senshi, Low-Ki & Kaval) did motion capture for the character on the game and voiced it.

TNA Wrestling brought the character to TV in December 2008. Frankie Kazarian originally played the character but it was later portrayed by Christopher Daniels when Kaz was injured. Kaz returned with the gimmick when he returned from injury.

Richard Reacts: The concept of Suicide was cool but I was never a fan of the name. I liked the attire (that had to have been hard to work in) but I just don't think "Suicide" is something fans should be chanting for. I'm not a conservative whack job or an advocate of censorship but I feel glorifying the term suicide is the wrong message to send.


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