TNA News TNA News: "Suicide" character expected to have lengthy X Division Title run, details on how TNA brought the character to TV
Mar 21, 2009 - 3:50:45 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch.com assistant editor
TNA X Division champion Suicide (played by Christopher Daniels) is expected to have a lengthy run with the X Division Title after winning the title at TNA's Destination X PPV last Sunday.
The "Suicide" character was created for TNA's first video game, "TNA Impact," that was released last year. The character was part of the game's storyline mode for gamers to take him from a scrub to main event star.
"We do fan polls, and they just love the dude," TNA executive Steve Allison said in an interview with gameinformer.com. "So he's now the champion of our high-flying division, and will be for a while."
The effort to bring "Suicide" to TV was a result of TNA's marketing department and creative team deciding to cross-promote the video game and TNA's TV product.
"We just liked the way the guy looked and the way the story felt, and our creative guys, after a little collaboration and prodding from myself and some of the office staff, decided to give him a shot and have him come out as a real, live character," said Allison.
After the idea was given approval and a bodysuit for the character was created, it took several weeks for TNA creative to come up with an idea to incorporate him into storylines, according to Allison. The key was not killing suspension of disbelief with the product.
"Should we say he’s from the game? Should we just have him appear on the show? Ultimately, we did initially say he’s from the game," Allison said. "We are wrestling, so we do get to walk that line between blatant promotion and cheese."
TNA wasn't sure how the character would be accepted, but they decided to give the "Suicide" character a significant push, including a run with the X Title, based on the positive fan polling.
Allison didn't acknowledge Christopher Daniels is underneath the suit, but he said "the man behind the outfit" was very open to changing his style to fit the character.
"When the person they (creative team) had in mind saw the story mode from the game and we talked to him about what his current character was doing on air and what he could do with it, he became very inspired about changing his style of wrestling and how the storyline could go," Allison said.
FYI: Frankie Kazarian was originally slated for the role, but he suffered a serious injury early in the character's life on TV. Daniels was then given the opportunity to play the role after his "Curry Man" character was "fired" in TNA storylines.
Caldwell's Analysis: Christopher Daniels was a smart man for taking the role, as his fellow X Division wrestlers have slowly been released from the company to trim the roster. If TNA is this into the "Suicide" character and willing to push it as heavily as they have on TV, then Daniels was smart to seize an opportunity for job security. TNA invested considerable time and money into the character, so Daniels should be safe in the role until he's presumably brought back as himself for a fresh run after his face was kept off TV for a few years.
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