The Hart Family Dungeon is a famous location responsible for honing the crafts of many top-notch wrestlers. Stu Hart ran a grueling operation and make fans benefited from all that stretching in the basement. Sadly, WWE didn’t allow a mention when it would have really helped out.

The Ascension rose to popularity in NXT with a Road Warrior-like gimmick and spectacular entrance. They fell as quickly as they rose. After being made a comedy jobber duo, the team flamed out on the main roster. They were released by WWE in late 2019.

Since then, Viktor has become known as Vik the Spacelord. He recently appeared on The Two Man Power Trip to discuss his time in WWE. He said he was mysteriously told to stop referencing his training in the famous Hart Dungeon on television.

“When I got to WWE, they told me I wasn’t really allowed to say it.  I’m not too sure if it had to do with the Benoit stigma or whatever it was, but we used to always pitch it.  Like, this is one of my things because that’s a thing in wrestling.


Everybody else that came from the Dungeon, it was a given that if you hear somebody is from Calgary and you’re like, ‘That guy can work.  That guy is going to be a good wrestler.’  When I got to FCW, they were like, ‘Nope, we’re not letting you say that anymore.’ 

I think even (William) Regal said it one time on NXT and they told him to quit saying it.  I never got a definitive answer as to why.  They just told me to drop it, and I said fine.”

Viktor legitimately trained at the Hart Dungeon under Bruce and Ross Hart in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He came to WWE and was on the original roster when Florida Championship Wrestling became NXT. Since his release, he’s worked on the independent circuit with his former partner, Konnor.

What do you think of the strange rule WWE made Viktor follow? Let us know in the comments!


Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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