Frankie Kazarian enjoyed a fruitful career in the ring, but he didn’t love every idea pitched to him. He played the Suicide character in TNA during a time, but that was not a highlight of his career. He certainly didn’t like the idea of putting on a mask and hiding the character he already built.

While speaking to Cage Side Seats, TJP explained that Frankie Kazarian was initially upset about the Suicide character. He described Frankie Kazarian’s mood as “bummed,” because he was finally getting to be himself and then they wanted to put a mask on him.

“A funny story, the first inception of it back in, I think, 2008. A lot of us were in the locker room for Victory Road or Destination X. It was in Houston in 2008. They had told Frankie Kazarian, ‘We would like you to portray this character,’ and he was bummed. He was super upset because he’s a little bit older than me, he comes from the same generation, but he’s a little bit older than me and was finally getting the chance to be himself. He had matured himself as a performer and was at his peak, I think. They were kind of undoing that. He didn’t want to do it, he wasn’t having it,”

“We all sat around the locker room and Christopher Daniels joked, ‘TJ should just be Suicide, he’s already in a mask,’ because I was Puma at the time.“Fast forward to, I don’t know, 2012. The character had gone through its ups and downs and had gone through a lot of different portrayals. They were bringing it back for one night only as maybe nostalgia. I don’t think they knew who they wanted to portray it. I said, ‘If you don’t have any idea for this, I’d be happy to do it.’ At the time, they didn’t know what to do with Puma, the character, and I was tired of sitting at home. They said, ‘Good idea.’ One night turned into two, turned into three. At this point, I might be the longest-running Suicide character portrayal. It was just an accident. After night one, they thought, ‘This is the way we always envisioned it being and we love it. Let’s see where it goes.’”


We certainly know that Frankie Kazarian won’t be putting on the Suicide mask anymore. Now he is an Elite Hunter in AEW.

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