Dec 1, 2015 - by Jamie Cruickshank


Real name: Eric Thompson
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 219 lbs.
Date of birth: December 4, 1980
Born: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Pro debut: 1999
Trained by: Bruce Hart, Ross Hart & Tokyo Joe
Finishing move: Fade to Black


– In his early career, Thompson wrestled as ‘Apocalypse’, sometimes shortened to ‘Apoc’
– On April 5, 2002, Apocalypse teamed with Dave Swift to reach the final of the Stampede International Tag Team Title Tournament, but lost to Bruce & Teddy Hart
– In November 2003, Thompson (competing as ‘Shadow’) embarked upon a tour of Japan with NJPW
– On March 26, 2004, Apocalypse & Harry Smith defeated Dave Swift & Johnny Devine to win the vacant Stampede International Tag Team Titles
– On April 23, 2004, Apocalypse & Harry Smith defeated Harry Smith & Johnny Devine to retain the Stampede International Tag Team Titles
– Apocalypse appeared on the losing side of a 6-man tag team match on the AAA TripleMania XIII pre-show
– On March 10, 2006, Apocalypse won a battle royal to win the vacant Stampede North American Heavyweight Title
– On May 12, 2006, Apocalypse made an appearance for ROH, losing to Samoa Joe
– On January 26, 2007, Apocalypse defeated TJ Wilson to retain the Stampede North American Title
– On February 9, 2007, Apocalypse defeated Ravenous Randy to retain the Stampede North American Title
– On March 2, 2007, Apocalypse defeated Marky Mark & PWA Champion Phoenix Taylor by DQ in a 3-Way Match
– Upon the closure of the Stampede promotion, Thompson relocated to the USA to train with OVW
– On January 16, 2008, Thompson (competing as Erik Doom) made his OVW debut, losing to Drew McIntyre
– On September 10, 2008, Apoc & Vaughn Lilas defeated Darriel Kelly & Josh Lowry to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– Two weeks later, Apoc & Lilas again defeated Kelly & Lowry to retain the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On February 4, 2009, Apoc defeated Vaughn Lilas to win the OVW Heavyweight Title
– Throughout the rest of February, Apoc defended the OVW Heavyweight Title against Lilas (twice) and Igotta Brewski
– On March 4, 2009, Apoc fought Vaughn Lilas to a no-contest in a Cage Match to retain the OVW Heavyweight Title
– Two weeks later, Apoc fought Lilas to a double-countout to retain the OVW Heavyweight Title
– On March 20, 2010, Apocalypse defeated PWA Champion Jack Sloan by DQ
– On July 26, 2010, Apocalypse defeated Randy Myers in a Best of 3 Falls Match to win the PWA Mayhem Title
– In February 2011, Thompson signed a WWE development deal. He was soon assigned the ringname ‘Rick Victor’
– On April 7, 2011, Victor made his FCW debut, losing to Derrick Bateman
– Victor appeared on the first ever episode of NXT (in it’s current format), losing to Bo Dallas
– In May 2013, Victor joined Conor O’Brian to form the third incarnation of The Ascension
– On September 12, 2013, The Ascension defeated Adrian Neville & Corey Graves to win the NXT Tag Team Titles
– On October 24, 2013, The Ascension defeated Hunico & Camacho to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles
– At NXT Arrival, The Ascension defeated Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty) to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles
– At NXT Takeover, The Ascension defeated Kalisto & El Local to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles
– On May 30, 2014, The Ascension defeated Tyson Kidd & Sami Zayn to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles
– On September 16, 2014, The Ascension worked a Smackdown dark match, losing to Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn
– In December 2014, vignettes began appearing for the upcoming main roster debut of The Ascension
– On December 29, 2014, The Ascension made their main roster debut, defeating The Miz & Damien Mizdow in short order
– Over the next few weeks, The Ascension crushed several jobber tag teams
– At Royal Rumble ’15, The Ascension defeated The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg)
– In September 2015, The Ascension aligned with Stardust to form ‘The Cosmic Wasteland’
– On the Night of Champions ’15 pre-show, The Cosmic Wasteland defeated Neville & The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara)
– In the 2016 WWE draft, The Ascension were allocated to Smackdown
– In the 2018 Superstar Shakeup, The Ascension were moved to Raw
– Both members of The Ascension were released by WWE on December 8, 2019
– The Ascension reunited on the indies, debuting for NYWC on February 20, 2020 and defeating Bill Carr & Bull James
– On September 12, 2021, the now-renamed ‘The Awakening’ defeated The New Age Villains (Ryan Riley & Nathan Cross), The Gifted (Leeroy Shogun, Logan Cruz & Wheezy T) and Lucky Ali & Movie Myk to win the UCW Unified Atlantic Tag Team Titles
– In June 2023, Viktor debuted for the NWA as ‘Cyon’, later tweaked to ‘Zyon’
– On the NWA 75 pre-show, Zyon defeated Jordan Clearwater

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