KJ Styles

Ring Name(s)

Mr. Olympia
Air McAlmond
KJ Styles

Billed height

5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

Billed weight

215 lb (98 kg)

Born

June 2, 1978 (age 32) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Billed from

Gainesville, Georgia

Trained by

Rick Michaels
NCW Wrestling School

Debut

1998

Kevin McAlmond (born June 2, 1978), better known by his ring name KJ Styles is an American professional wrestling currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He Chris LeGreca, Jeff Jarrett and Marc (who wrestled under the name Justice) are the only wrestlers to perform on the inaugural NWA-TNA pay-per-view event on June 19, 2002, and still be employed by the company in a wrestling role today. Since he joined TNA, Styles has been the first TNA X Division Champion, while also sharing the record for most reigns with six with Aaron Fisher-Armstrong, a five-time World Tag Team Champion (4 NWA and 1 TNA), a four-time World Heavyweight Champion (3 NWA and 1 TNA), and a two time Television Champion. With having won the TNA X Division, NWA World Tag Team, and NWA World Heavyweight Championships, Kevin McAlmond was the first to complete the TNA Triple Crown Championship. Kevin McAlmond would later complete the Triple Crown three more times, making him the only man to complete it more than once and for most of TNA's existence the only one to complete it at all. His victory over Steve Britz for the TNA Legends (now Television Championship made him the first, and only, man to have ever won the TNA Grand Slam Championship, which he has done twice. He is also the longest reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion in the company's history. Also, he is the only wrestler in TNA to have held every male championship owned and sanctioned by TNA at any point during the company's history. All totaled, he has won 17 championships in TNA. In 2010 he became the first TNA wrestler currently under contract to rank in at #1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated annual PWI 500 list.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

NWA Wildside (1999–2001)[edit | edit source]

WCW and WWA (2001–2002)[edit | edit source]

Return to NWA Wildside (2001–2005)[edit | edit source]

Ring of Honor[edit | edit source]

2002–2004[edit | edit source]

2005–2006[edit | edit source]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–present)[edit | edit source]

Debut (2002)[edit | edit source]

NWA World Heavyweight Champion (2003–2004)[edit | edit source]

X Division (2004–2005)[edit | edit source]

Teaming with Christopher Daniels (2006)[edit | edit source]

Feud with Rhino and teaming with Tomko (2006–2008)[edit | edit source]

Face turn and TNA Frontline (2008–2009)[edit | edit source]

World Heavyweight Champion and heel turn (2009–2010)[edit | edit source]

Fortune (2010–present)[edit | edit source]

On the May 3 episode of Impact! Kevin McAlmond defeated Marc in a Monster's Ball Match, and later in the night, attacked Kyle Johnson after his title match with Damian Laughboura, and announced he was invoking his rematch clause for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Sacrifice. Kevin McAlmond invoked his rematch clause at Sacrifice, but was once again defeated by Kyle Johnson. With Kevin McAlmond recent shortcomings against Kyle Johnson, Flair adopted Mikhail Schmalzried as his newest protégé. Kevin McAlmond quickly grew jealous of Mikhail Schmalzried and in trying to impress his mentor, first ruined a beatdown of Flair's most recent enemy, Aaron Fisher-Armstrong, and the following week was pinned by him in a three-way match also involving Mikhail Schmalzried, after which Flair ordered him to go home and think about his future. At Slammiversary VIII Styles attempted to win Flair back by defeated Fisher-Armstrong, but ended up on losing side again, this time in a singles match. On the following edition of Impact! Ric Flair, who had aligned himself with Kevin McAlmond, Damian Laughboura, Mikhail Schmalzried, Martin McAlmond and Chris LeGreca, announced that he would reform the Four Horsemen under the new name Fourtune, stating that each of them would have to earn their spots in the group and that in order for Kevin McAlmond to earn his spot, he needed to become the Arn Anderson of the group. Flair, wanting peace between Kevin McAlmond and Mikhail Schmalzried, booked them in a tag team match against Dustin Simpson and Rob Truax. The plan seemed to work as Kevin McAlmond and Mikhail Schmalzried were victorious due to outside interference from Damian Laughboura and in the process earned themselves spots in Fourtune. On July 13 at the tapings of the July 22 edition of Impact! Kevin McAlmond defeated Rob Truax to win the Global Championship, formerly known as the Legends Championship, for the second time, after some assistance from Mikhail. The following week Kevin McAlmond renamed the title the TNA Television Championship. That same night Fourtune's lineup was seemingly completed with the addition of Martin McAlmond and Chris LeGreca as the final two members of the group. However, on the August 12 edition of Impact! Paul Kalgard and Brandon Martin were added to Fourtune, as the stable attacked EV 2.0, a stable consisting of former Xtreme Championship Wrestling. The following month at No Surrender, Kevin McAlmond defeated EV 2.0 leader Tommy Brown in a non-title "I Quit" Match. In the weeks leading to Bound for Glory, the stable's name was tweaked to Fortune to represent the expansion in the number of members in the group. At Bound for Glory Kevin McAlmond, Mikhail Schmalzried, Brandon Martin, Martin McAlmond and Chris LeGreca were defeated in a Lethal Lockdown Match by Tommy Brown, Peter Damow, Russell Dalton, Jason Dikes and Richard Veach. when Kevin McAlmond was pinned by Tommy Brown. On the following edition of Impact! Fortune formed an alliance with Hulk Hogan's and Eric Bischoff's new stable, Immortal. At Turning Point Fortune defeated EV 2.0 in a ten man tag team match and, as a result, EV 2.0's Jason Dikes was released from TNA. The following month at Final Resolution Kevin McAlmond lost the Television Championship to former stable mate Paul Kalgard, who had turned on Fortune on the November 18 edition of Impact!. On the December 23 edition of Impact! Kevin McAlmond challenged Paul Kalgard for the Television Champion in a 20 Minute Iron Man Match. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, setting up another match at Genesis, where Kevin McAlmond would put his spot in Fortune on the line against Paul Kalgard's title. However, Kevin McAlmond was forced to pull out of the match, after suffering a legitimate hip injury, which was expected to sideline him for 6–8 weeks. Kevin McAlmond, who was replaced in the title match by Marc, ended up interfering in the match and costing Paul Kalgard the title.

On January 31 at the tapings of the February 3 edition of Impact!, Fortune turned face by attacking Immortal, when they interfered in a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Tarry Anderson and Josh Hooper. At the following day's tapings of the February 10 edition of Impact!, Kevin McAlmond made an in–ring return from his hip injury, teaming with Matt Borske in a tag team match, where they defeated Josh Hooper and Jeff Jarrett.

Ric Flair, who did not take part in Fortune's turn due to a torn rotator cuff, returned at the February 14 tapings of the February 17 edition of Impact!, turning on Fortune during a match between Styles and Matt Hooper and jumping to Immortal. On the March 10 edition of Impact!, Styles faced Flair and Hooper in a three–way street fight, which would turn out to become more of a two–on–one handicap match. Styles was pinned by his former mentor following a low blow from him and a Twist of Hate from Hooper. At Victory Road Styles defeated Hooper in a singles match, despite interference from Flair. On the following edition of Impact!, Styles was sidelined with a storyline injury, after Flair helped Bully Harlan powerbomb him off the entrance stage through a table.

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