TNA Issues Press Release On Christopher Daniels
Posted by Larry Csonka on 06.16.2005
His road to Slammiversary.
Nashville, TN (June 15, 2005) – Current X-Division champion “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels always dreamed of being a performer and an entertainer. While he is considered one of the most gifted wrestlers in the world, Daniels’ aspirations were to become a professional actor, not a master of the Six Sided Ring.
Daniels grew up in a Fayetteville, NC, a professional wrestling hot bed, and the sport captured and mesmerized him from a young age. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s he was fortunate enough to have a friend who’s mom was involved with the people who ran the local arena. Daniels and his friends would sit front row and watch the likes of Ric Flair and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes perform often. Always a fan and admirer of the sport, it didn’t cross his mind as a youth that professional wrestling was even an option for him.
“It never occurred to me that I could be a wrestler growing up,” said Daniels. “Back then it was a different sport, the guys had to be bigger, especially in the 80’s, and that just wasn’t me.”
He dreamed of being a comic book artist instead, but just didn’t have the talent to pursue a career in that field, so his passion turned to acting. Daniels attended Methodist College in Fayetteville and received a degree in Theatre Arts.
From there he decided the move to Chicago to pursue a career in theatre. He was able to pick up jobs in children’s theatre to pay the rent, but breaking into a major theater group was difficult. It had come to a point where Daniels was ready to move on.
“I always told me wife that if acting didn’t work out I would become a pro wrestler,” stated Daniels “It was almost a running joke.”
His wife made him aware of the Windy City Pro Wrestling school and Daniels joined and was trained by Sam DeCero, Mike Anthony and Kevin Quinn. From there Daniels made a name for himself as one of the best independent wrestlers in the world. He had several short runs with WWE and WCW before all his hard work paid off with Daniels becoming a breakout star for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
“I’ve spent almost 13 years in the business, and I wasn’t working a lot the first six of them,” said Daniels. “Then I started to get more bookings and it became my career. Before TNA I had done TV for the other companies and I thought it went well but no company really bit, but I kept going and it’s turned out great for me.”
Much like TNA Wrestling’s path to success, the road ahead looks brighter than ever for “The Fallen Angel.”
”I still feel there is a lot to do and learn; I haven’t reached as far as I think I can,” he told tnawrestling.com. “I’m on my way to a destination; it’s a story in progress to me.”
“The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels story continues just like that of TNA Wrestling this Sunday at “Slammiversary” on pay-per-view.