Konnor, who now goes by the name Big Kon, had a decent run in Triple H’s NXT. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about his main roster run. Konnor and his Ascension stablemate Viktor were reduced to working comedy skits. They parted ways with the company in 2019.

Big Kon recently sat down with with D-Von Dudley on his Table Talk podcast to talk about his appearance on IMPACT Wrestling. Kon worked a one-off taping for the promotion in January. He would lose to Eddie Edwards in singles competition. The episode aired on January 21.

Kon said Tommy Dreamer invited him to meet IMPACT Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore. IMPACT pitched for him to wrestle a 15-minute match with Eddie Edwards. Kon said he was extremely appreciative that IMPACT brought him to work a taping. He also revealed what led him to quite drinking.

“I did a lot of soul searching for myself, I guess you could say. There was a point I think during my life that I used to drink a lot and I used to let myself go. Sometimes I didn’t know how to say no. So what I ended up doing was I realized that I might have had an issue. So what I ended up doing was I took a year of sobriety.”


“”I said I have to prove to myself that I’m not an alcoholic, and so for a whole year, I never touched a drink in that year. I was like, ok, because I was like, I did it to myself, I need to fix this myself. That was my mentality and I did it. That was one of my biggest things I did over the course of that first year off.”

“I started drinking in 11th grade and so that’s really terrible to talk about, but I think sometimes it needs to be known and I drank quite a bit. I just was like, dammit, enough’s enough. Even my wife said something to me, and she was like, ‘You know, you’re an alcoholic’ and I was like, ‘No, or am I?’, and then once I questioned it, the moment I questioned that, I said, ‘You son of a b*tch. You just might be an alcoholic. Now, you’ve got to make sure that you’re not.’ It was hard, but it was done and it was attainable.”

The Ascension dominated NXT’s tag team division from 2013 to 2014. Their 364-day NXT Tag Team Championship reign is currently the longest in the history of the title.

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