They started out as five separate wrestlers in Ohio Valley Wrestling, and in 2006, Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Mikey and Nicky were brought together as the WWE's own all-male cheerleading squad. Originally, the squad was going to be four guys, but D'Angelo Dinero (known as Elijah Burke at the time) decided the gimmick was not for him because it would involve too much acrobatic work.
They started out at house shows and in late January of 2006, they had their first TV appearance, on Raw distracting Jerry Lawler during his match against Jonathan Coachman. They were used extensively as minions of Vince McMahon (in particular against Shawn Michaels), distracting people, pushing others around and so on. They also wrestled as a five man tag team, and won the Tag Team Championship in April of that year.
Later in the year they started losing matches in singles competition and in October, Kenny and Mikey lost the title. They broke up a month later and were comically packed into a crate by D Generation X marked for "OVW: Louisville, Kentucky" (sent back to developmental territory). Kenny and Mikey had a brief return to WWE back in October 2016 but it didn't last.
Here are fifteen things you didn't know about these five guys and their unusual heel gimmick.
15 Two Of Them Played College Football
Mike "Mikey" Mondo played football in high school, it is unknown whether Nicky (now Dolph Ziggler) played sports other than amateur wrestling during that time, and Johnny's past sporting accomplishments are unknown. Kenny and Mitch (Ken Doane and Nick Mitchell) however, played football at the collegiate level.
Mitch actually received a full scholarship to Northwestern but blew it when he got himself expelled from the school over a fight. He went on to play for the Beaumont Drillers indoor football team while studying at Blinn College, but never got anywhere close to the NFL.
14 Johnny Jeter's Health
13 Kenny And Mickie James
This is a pretty widely known scandal, but many fans may not remember it, so we determined that it is more than worth a mention. Back in 2007, Kenny (then going by the last name Dykstra) was engaged to sexy fellow wrestler Mickie James. While it was just a rumor at the time, many have speculated over the years that part of Kenny's demise within WWE was an affair between James and John Cena. This was why their engagement was broken off. He didn't tell the whole story until about five years ago on Twitter, when he described a situation in which Mickie wanted to date Cena but got turned down and threw a fit backstage, which he claims was the start of her own downfall within the organization.
12 They Were Paul Heyman's Idea
11 Mikey's Thoughts On Their Disbanding
Mike Mondo (real last name Brendli) is the shortest of the members of the original Spirit Squad, standing 5'6 while the rest are six feet or taller. He's also said that he was the only one who embraced the idea of a male cheerleading team from day one, while the other four were unsure to start out. He has said that he loved his time with WWE and was disappointed that they didn't bring him back until 2016. He stuck around in Ohio Valley Wrestling, working as a performer and then a trainer. He does however, have a negative view of how he and the team were disbanded. (To be fair, we can't blame him).
10 Nick Mitchell And Torrie Wilson
9 Nicky Is the Only One Who Became a Big Name Star
While he's been Dolph Ziggler since 2008, Nick Nemeth was Nicky back in 2006 when this team first got together. He and Mikey were repackaged as the Frat Pack and kept up the frat boy gimmick for a couple of years while in Ohio Valley Wrestling and then Florida Championship developmental territories.
8 They're All Still Friends
7 Why Johnny Didn't Appear Recently
6 And What About Mitch?
5 Nicky/Dolph and Amy Schumer's Sex Life
4 The Five-Man Tag Team And The Freebird Rule
3 Kenny Doane's Children's Book
2 Nick Mitchell's MMA Career
We'll give it to him, Nick Mitchell (Mitch, while in the Squad) is a pretty decent athlete overall. We already know he's able to stay fit enough to compete in wrestling, but he was also a university-level football player prior to his time with Ohio Valley and WWE. He also tried his luck in the world of MMA. Unfortunately, there was no luck to be found, and his one professional fight was against Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis, who is now the UFC's number eight Heavyweight, riding a five fight win streak. At the time, Lewis and Mitchell were both in their first professional bout at Worldwide Gladiator in Texas. Lewis won via TKO in the second round. He was expected to fight again, but injury kept him from doing so.
1 Kenny Was Fired From His Day Job Over WWE
Well, we mentioned Kenny's children's book a few entries ago and he better hope that it sells plenty of copies, because back in November he lost his job because, according to his former bosses, he missed too much time while getting ready for his WWE return. He was working in a high-up position with a non-for-profit when the WWE called him back and he considered the chance at another contract with the promotion to be worth risking his position with that organization.
He and Mikey did not get that new contract however, and it remains unclear whether Kenny has found steady work since his brief step back into the squared circle. As of now, it appears as though WWE do not have any immediate plans for the returning Spirirt
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