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Don Callis – Canadian Wrestler

Don Callis is a Canadian who was born on October 13 1963, is a Professional Wrestler and also a manager, He is well known as “The Jackal” in wrestling. Don Callis was studying Political Sciences at the University of Manitoba When he started wrestling.

Don Callis wanted to participate in Canadian politics, and in the 1990s he worked as a Media Relations Specialist for the House of Commons of Canada. Don Callis earned an MBA in 2003. As of 2012, he is the President, CEO and Executive Director of the Manitoba Trade and Investment Corporation.

Career

Don Callis got his training from tony Condello who was a local wrestler promoter. Don Callis started wrestling under the name Don Casablancas and he found a tag-team called “The Supermodels” with Rick Martel. Callis debuted with the West Four Wrestling Alliance, and he became a five-time Heavyweight Champion which was in 1990. Don Callis toured in Japan, South Africa and Lebanon as a Wrestler.

World Wrestling Federation

Don Callis was hired as a manager in 1996 by WWF. Don Callis debuted in the WWF as “The Jackyl,” a member and became leader eventually of a group of wrestlers known as “The Truth Commission” and it all took place on September 20, 1997. Commentator Jim Ross often referred to him as the “David Koresh of the World Wrestling Federation.” because he was a charismatic, power-hungry fanatic. The stable was not particularly successful, with their biggest achievement being their victory over the Disciples of Apocalypse at Survivor Series 1997.

Don Callis formed a stable known as “The Parade of Human Oddities” when he returned to television in 1998. The group had some of the”freakish” wrestlers like:

  • Golga (a masked John Tenta AKA Earthquake)
  • Howard Stern Show regulars Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf
  • Crackhead Bob

And the entrance music was performed by the Insane Clown Posse. However, the stable did not last long, and Don Callis eventually started managing the new tag team of Faarooq and Bradshaw.

Extreme Championship Wrestling

Don Callis debuted in ECW as “Cyrus”, i 1999. Don Callis teamed with the anti-hardcore Steve Corino, after that he formed a stable with the following:

  • Corino
  • Yoshihiro Tajiri
  • Rhino 

They called the stable The Network. He had some long-term feud with commentator Joel Gertner.

World Championship Wrestling was purchased by the WWF when ECW was gone, Don Callis then returned to university to study and eventually he got a Master degree in Business Administration.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Don Callis was debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as a “Management Consultant” in 2003. During this time he claimed credit for the Ultimate X match, He engaged in a power struggle with then Director of Authority Erik Watts and used his power to make life difficult for Jerry Lynn, repeatedly fining and suspending him. On January 28, 2004, Callis succeeded in ousting Watts from TNA when he defeated him in a match for control of TNA. After this, he quietly departed the company.

Retirement

Callis departed TNA on good terms later that year, having been offered a job in international trade that made use of his MBA. Callis is all but retired from professional wrestling, although he made an appearance at the ECW reunion show Hardcore Homecoming on June 10, 2005.

Callis also wrote weekly wrestling columns for the Sun media group and co-hosted a local Winnipeg radio show called “No Holds Barred” with Joe Aiello on 92 CITI FM.

On October 18, 2016, Callis debuted a new podcast with longtime friend Lance Storm called Killing the Town with Storm and Cyrus. The show is part of The Jericho Network on PodcastOne.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017-2019)

On January 17, 2017, Callis announced that he had accepted a position to become the new English colour commentator for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s events on New Japan Pro Wrestling World, working alongside Kevin Kelly.

Reference: Don Callis | Pro Wrestling | Fandom

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