Kenny Layne

Kenny Layne
Ring name(s) Kenny
Kenny King[1]
Kenny Layne
Tough Enough Kenny[1]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 230 lb (100 kg)[1]
Born July 22, 1981 (1981-07-22) (age 30)
Orlando, Florida
Resides Las Vegas, Nevada[2]
Billed from Las Vegas, Nevada[3]
Orlando, Florida
Trained by Al Snow[1]
Chavo Guerrero, Jr.[1]
Nick Bockwinkel[1]
Scott Casey[1]
Debut 2002[1]

Kenny Layne[2] (born July 22, 1981) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Kenny King. King currently wrestles for Ring of Honor. He was a contestant in the second season of WWF Tough Enough.


Early life

Layne grew up in Florida.[2] He played football as a strong safety in college.[2] Layne attended Florida State University, before transferring to the University of South Florida.[2] He then relocated to Las Vegas, where he attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).[2] He had planned to play football at UNLV, but had to redshirt for his first season at the university.[2]

Professional wrestling career

Tough Enough and independent circuit

Layne tried out for the second season of the World Wrestling Federation's reality television program WWE Tough Enough after seeing an advertisement in 2002.[2] While on the series, he was trained by Al Snow, Bob Holly, Chavo Guerrero, Jr., and Ivory.[2] Layne was one of the four finalists of the season, which was won by Jackie Gayda and Linda Miles.[1][2]

Layne then began wrestling on the independent circuit immediately following Tough Enough.[1] He trained under Nick Bockwinkel, Gary "Rush" Mills,and Scott Casey at the Las Vegas Wrestling Academy.[1][2] In addition to wrestling under his own name, he also occasionally used the ring names "Tough Enough Kenny" and "Kenny King". Layne appeared with Ultimate Pro Wrestling in Anaheim, California on April 25, 2003. He defeated former The Real World cast member (and future Tough Enough contestant) Mike Mizanin in what was promoted as a "reality television match".[1][2] In mid-2003 and early 2004 King worked for Revolution Pro Wrestling in Industry, California. Between 2003 and 2005 he worked for the Alternative Wrestling Show promotion in California as "The Natural" Kenny King.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2005–2006)

Layne debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on the December 3, 2005 episode of TNA Impact!, losing to Abyss in a short squash match.[4] He continued working for TNA throughout the end of 2005 and start of 2006, but failed to win a single match.[1] He was used as a jobber—wrestlers who consistently lose to make their opponents look stronger—both in singles and tag team competition, losing to wrestlers including Ron Killings, Lance Hoyt, and Monty Brown.[5][6][7] In January 2006, he teamed with Buck Quartermaine to lose to the James Gang and Team 3D.[8][9] Layne was released from TNA in August 2006.[2]

Full Impact Pro

Currently, King works primarily for Full Impact Pro (FIP), where he was part of the "Young, Rich and Ready For Action" (The YRR) stable with Chasyn Rance, Sal Rinauro, Steve Madison, Claudio Castagnoli and Daffney. On November 9, 2007, King and Jason Blade won the FIP Tag Team Championship by defeating the Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark).[1]

Ring of Honor (2007–present)

King made his Ring of Honor (ROH) debut at Motor City Madness 2007 on 'September 14, 2007, alongside his YRR teammate Chasyn Rance, when they defeated Mitch Franklin and Alex Payne in a tag team match. After the match, however, the YRR cut a promo, challenging the ROH wrestlers, which led to Bryan Danielson defeating both King and Rance in impromptu singles match.[10] Over the next several months, King competed in tag team matches with some combination of Rance, Sal Rinauro, and Jason Blade to varying degrees of success.[10] At Age of Insanity in August 2008, King challenged Danielson again, but was again unsuccessful, and he went on to lose to Kevin Steen at Night of the Butcher II and Jerry Lynn at Glory by Honor VII.[10]

At The French Connection show, King tagged with Kenny Omega to face the Briscoe Brothers, but abandoned Omega halfway during the match, when Rhett Titus came to ringside. King and Titus left together, showing a new alliance between them.[10] Over the next few months, King and Titus competed both in singles and tag team competition, and unsuccessfully challenged Kevin Steen and El Generico for the ROH World Tag Team Championship at Insanity Unleashed.[10] At Steel City Clash, King and Titus revealed their alliance with Austin Aries, when they attacked Aries' former allies, Erick Stevens and Matt Cross, with Aries becoming a mentor to King and Titus.[10]

The team garnered a second shot at the ROH World Tag Championship on ROH's television program, Ring of Honor Wrestling, and picked up a series of wins during the Double Feature II tour of Canada, and at the Never Say Die and Validation shows.[10] King lost to Danielson once again in singles competition at Contention, and he and Titus were defeated by The Young Bucks at Manhattan Mayhem III.[10] More wins followed at Violent Tendencies and End of an Age.[10]

At the Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings on August 15, 2009, King beat Lynn. After the match, King and Titus attacked Lynn, and performed a spike piledriver on Lynn, removing Lynn from active competition.[10][11] He continued on a winning streak, defeating Eddie Kingston and Brent Albright on Ring of Honor Wrestling, before he and Titus defeated The Young Bucks at Clash Of The Contenders.[10] King was part of the initial matches to earn a place in the Pick 6 Conentenders Series rankings, but was unsuccessful.[10] At the Final Battle 2009 pay-per-view, King defeated Roderick Strong and earned the number 4 ranking.[12] On January 29, 2010, King faced Lynn, in Lynn's first match back. Lynn originally won the match, but attacked King after the match was over, causing the referee to reverse the decision, and award King the victory by disqualification.[13] At The Big Bang! pay-per-view on April 3, King lost his Pick Six ranking to Davey Richards.[14] On September 13, 2010, Ring of Honor announced that Layne had signed a contract extension with the promotion.[15]

On November 12, 2010, King participated in ROH's Survival of the Fittest tournament. He defeated El Generico in the first round to advance to the final, a six-man elimination match, where he was the last man eliminated by Eddie Edwards.[16] On December 18 at Final Battle 2010 the All Night Express defeated Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly, announcing their intention of becoming ROH World Tag Team Champions in 2011.[17] On February 26, 2011, at 9th Anniversary Show, King and Titus failed in their first attempt to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship, when they were defeated by the Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli).[18] During the program with the Kings of Wrestling, King and Titus showed signs of a face turn and finalized their turn on March 19 at Manhattan Mayhem IV, after defeating the Briscoe Brothers.[19][20] However, in a bloody rematch at the second show of Honor Takes Center Stage, The Briscoe Brothers won. On September 17 at Death Before Dishonor IX, the All Night Express defeated the Briscoe Brothers in a ladder match to become the number one contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[21]

Other media

On July 22, 2003, Layne appeared in the television program The Strip as "Felix" in the episode "Father's Day Blues". Layne also appeared on the short lived Nickelodeon series, My Brother and Me on the episode titled Dee Dee's Haircut. Layne appeared on the dating game show Baggage on March 9, 2011; he was one of three potential men for the female contestant to choose. He lasted until the final elimination round.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Ultimate Wrestling Federation
    • UWF Vegas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]


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