|Former Members||Ricardo Rodriguez|
6 ft 5 in
6 ft 1 in
255 lbs (116 kg)
217 lbs (98 k)
|Debuted||August 28, 2011|
The Ascension is a professional wrestling tag team, consisting of Konnor and Viktor. The Ascension started out as a stable which also had Kenneth Cameron, Ricardo Rodriguez, Tito Colon, and Raquel Diaz. In March the Ascension would become a tag team after O'Brian returned from injury while the other three members disbanded from the Ascension. As of July 2013 the group consists of Konnor and Viktor.
Background and Formation (2011-2012)
Ricardo Rodriguez and Conor O'Brian were initially allies during the season 4 of NXT. Roberto was the ring announcer for Alberto Del Rio, who was acting as pro to mentor Conor, who was a Rookie competing to win.The two came at odds with one another as they competed for Alberto's favour. Ricardo misled Conor using a path of cheese (as Conor was constantly called very rat-like) and the two eventually had a match.
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. 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. On September 30, Cameron and Colon had a shot at the FCW Tag Team Championship but lost to the current champions of CJ Parker and Donny Marlow. By October, the Ascension was no longer associated with Rodriguez, as video packages promoting the Ascension only featured the other four Ascension members without Rodriguez.
By the end of November the Ascension had all but disbanded because O'Brian was injured, Colon had been called up to WWE to team with his cousin Primo (see Primo & Epico). 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 Ascension 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 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 FCW Tag Team Champions, Corey Graves and Jake Carter, in a title bout. 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.
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. 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. The Ascension also defeated another main roster team in Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel on the October 3, 2012 episode of NXT. However, Cameron was released on November 30, 2012 after being arrested.
On June 20, 2012, The Ascension made their debut on NXT, defeating Mike Dalton and CJ Parker with their double team finisher, Downcast. 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. The Ascension also defeated another main roster team in Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel on the October 3, 2012 episode of NXT. However, the team was disbanded after Cameron was released from his WWE contract on November 30, 2012 after being arrested.
From there O'Brian worked as a singles wrestler, keeping the Ascension gimmick on his own for some time. Following O'Brian's victory over Alex Riley on the June 5, 2013 edition of NXT, Rick Victor appeared on the ramp, getting O'Brian's attention. 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.
After winning a gauntlet match to determine the number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship, the Ascension defeated the team of Adrian Nevile and Corey Graves on the October 2 edition of NXT to capture the titles. On the 8th of November the two were renamed, Connor O'Brian renamed to Konnor and Rick Victor renamed to Viktor.
For the majority of their title reign, The Ascension would battle and dismantle local wrestlers in mere minutes with very little to no offense from their opponents. Their first major title defense was against Too Cool at NXT's first live event, NXT Arrival, where they emerged victorious. The Ascension began demanding competition in the weeks following, moving up from local wrestlers to various combinations of teams made up from contracted NXT wrestlers. While still disabling and annihilating their opponents week after week, they were confronted by a team of masked wrestlers; El Local and Kalisto, who challenged them for their tag team titles at the second live event, NXT TakeOver. Though they were given their toughest challenge to date, The Ascension successfully defended their gold after hitting Fall of Man on Local.
The Ascension had a cameo on the main roster on the September 9, 2014 episode of Main Event to promote their upcoming title defense, defeating Los Matadores in a match to promote their title defense against the team of Kalisto and Sin Cara at the NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way event. At the event, The Ascension lost the titles to Kalisto and Sin Cara, ending their reign a day short of a full year. That same night, they were in an altercation with William Regal and the debuting Hideo Itami. After feuding with and assaulting Itami for several weeks, a second international wrestler, Finn Bálor, joined Itami in his fight against both Konnor and Viktor. This led to a match on December 11 at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution, where The Ascension were defeated by Itami and Bálor.
NXT Territory (2013-Present)
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). 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. 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. After winning a gauntlet match to determine the number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship, the Ascension defeated the team of Adrian Neville and Corey Graves on the October 2 edition of NXT to capture the titles. On the 8th of November the two were renamed, Connor O'Brian renamed to Konnor and Rick Victor renamed to Viktor.
For the majority of their title reign; The Ascension would battle and dismantle local wrestlers in mere minutes with very little to no offense from their opponents. Their first major title defense was against Too Cool at NXT's first live event; NXT Arrival where they emerged victorious. The Ascension began demanding competition in the weeks following, moving up from local wrestlers to random combinations of teams made up from contracted wrestlers. While still disabling and annihilating their opponents week after week, they were confronted by a team of masked wrestlers; El Local and Kalisto who challenged them for their tag team titles at the second live event, NXT Takeover. At the event, after hitting Fall of Man on El Local, The Ascension successfully defended their NXT Tag Team Championship titles. A NXT Tag Team Tournament was set up for the winning team to become the #1 contenders to face the Ascension at NXT Takeover II. On September 3, the team of Kalisto and Sin Cara won the tournament to become the #1 contenders and will face the Ascension at Takeover II. At Takeover II, The Ascension lost their NXT Tag Team Championship to Lucha Dragons.
The Ascension later at Takeover II interrupted Hideo Itami's debut segment, still very upset after losing their titles earlier that night, and proceeded to attack Itami and then demand a rematch. Itami recovered and cleared the ring of both members of the Ascension. On the September 18 edition of NXT, the Ascension attacked Itami after his debut match while still upset of Itami clearing the ring of both of them on Takeover II.
Main roster (2014–present)
The following night on SmackDown, vignettes began to air promoting The Ascension's call-up to the main roster. They eventually made their official main roster debut on the December 29, 2014 episode of Raw, defeating The Miz and Damien Mizdow.
On the January 2 and 9 episodes of SmackDown and the January 5 episode of Raw, The Ascension easily defeated local preliminary wrestlers in less than a minute, and also cementing their heel status after comparing themselves to legendary WWE tag teams including The Powers of Pain, The Road Warriors and Demolition.
On January 19 episode of Raw, dubbed as Raw Reunion, The Ascension confronted the reuniting New World Order members Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and X-Pac, and were about to attack them before they were interrupted by A.P.A. and The New Age Outlaws. This led to a match between The Ascension and the Outlaws at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, which The Ascension won. On February 12 episode of SmackDown, they were a part of a tag team turmoil match against Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, and they lost via disqualification. On the February 16, 2015 episode of Raw, The Ascension would attack Darren Young before Titus O'Neil made the save, reuniting The Prime Time Players. A week later on Raw, The Ascension would suffer their first loss on the main roster after Viktor was pinned by Young. At WrestleMania 31, The Ascension made their Wrestlemania debut in the André the Giant Memorial battle royal, where both failed to win the match. In May, The Ascension started a feud against Macho Mandow and Curtis Axel, and defeated them at Payback pre-show. on the May 21 episode of SmackDown, Ascension competed in a fatal four way tag match against the teams of Cesaro & Kidd, Los Matadores and Lucha Dragons where the match was won by Lucha Dragons. It was announced the Ascension would take part in a six team elimination chamber match for the Tag Titles. At Elimination Chamber on May 31st, they eliminated the Los Matadores and Lucha Dragons until they were eliminated by The Prime Time Players, ultimately losing the match. On the July 9 episode of SmackDown, The Ascension interrupted Randy Orton, before Orton attacked them. The Ascension would appear on mostly on Superstars and Main Event losing to the likes of The Lucha Dragons and The Prime Time Players. They finally picked up a win over Jack Swagger and Fandango on the August 14 episode of Superstars. On an August 27th edition of Smackdown The Ascension faced The Dudley Boyz but would go on to lose the match. After The Dudleys would put Viktor through a table.
The Cosmic Wasteland (2015-present)
On the Smackdown broadcast on September 3, 2015, The Ascension attacked Neville as he was making his way to the ring against Stardust, aligning themselves with him in the process and thus forming a group known as The Cosmic Wasteland, where in Stardust calls The Ascension his "henchmen". At Night of Champions, Stardust and The Ascension defeated Neville and The Lucha Dragons in a six-man tag team match in the pre-show. On the Survivor Series Kickoff, The Cosmic Wasteland, The Miz, and Bo Dallas were defeated by The Dudley Boyz, Neville, Titus O'Neil, and the returning Goldust in a Five-on-five traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match. The Ascension returned to NXT on November 25, losing to Jason Jordan and Chad Gable.
- Double team finishing moves
- O'Brian and Cameron
- Downcast (Spinning sitout jawbreaker by Cameron followed by a flapjack by O'Brian)
- Fall of Man (Legsweep (O'Brian) / Spinning heel kick (Cameron) combination)
- Konnor and Viktor
- O'Brian and Cameron
- Double team signature moves
- Konnor's finishing moves
- Entrance themes
- "Let Battle Commence" by Daniel Nielsen (2011–2014)
- "Rebellion" by CFO$ (2014–present)
- "Written in the Stars" by Jim Johnston (2015-present) (used while teaming up with Stardust)