One of the most misused tag teams of the last decade in WWE, Konnor and Viktor – collectively known as The Ascension – were released recently and have now been announced for Pancakes & Piledrivers 4, the annual wrestling show/brunch thrown by Sami Callihan‘s Iowa promotion, Wrestling Revolver, held over WrestleMania Week. It’s the duos first indie appearance since being released early December.
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Signed for 4/4 #PancakesAndPiledrivers4 @WrestleCon in Tampa.
Handcuffs are off.
The debut of @KonnorWWE & @ViktorRiseWWE!
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— The Wrestling REVOLVER (@PWRevolver) January 9, 2020
The Ascension were longtime tag team partners in the WWE, starting in 2013 when Viktor joined Konnor. The stable itself was already a year in, but had lost original members Kenneth Cameron (Bram in TNA, Thomas Latimer in NWA), Epico Colon (then named Tito Colon), and Shaul Guerrero (then Raquel Diaz). Once Konnor and Viktor formed the tag team, they became one of the most dominant – and popular – teams in NXT. The duo still holds the record for longest NXT Tag Team title reign in history, with 364 days.
At the end of 2014, they made the jump to SmackDown Live, but the Ascension were a pale comparison to their NXT dominance. They spent more time doing comedy vignettes than wrestling, and when matches did occur, they were more often than not the ones eating the pins. But the two were hardly green recruits when they joined NXT. As Ryan O’Reilly, Konnor was a working in the Southern indies, while Viktor was a graduate of the famed Hart Dungeon in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Now that the Ascension’s “handcuffs are off”, they have the ability to become a dominating tag team on the North American indie scene.
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