Steven Wilson (born August 10, 1979) is an American professional wrestler best known under the ring name Kongo Kong. He is best known for his time with Global Force Wrestling and Impact Wrestling.

Kongo Kong
Kongo Kong in September 2019 (cropped).jpg
Kong in September of 2019
Birth nameSteven Wilson
Born (1979-08-10) August 10, 1979 (age 42)[1]
Grand Rapids, Michigan[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Kongo Kong
Osyris
Billed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Billed weight383 lb (174 kg)
Billed fromHell, Michigan
Parts unknown
Deepest, darkest jungle
Trained byJoe Ortega[3]
DebutOctober 1998

Early careerEdit

Wilson went to Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, where he played football. While there, Wilson saw an advertisement for a wrestling school where he trained under Joe Ortega.[3]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Independent circuit (1998–present)Edit

Wilson made his professional wrestling debut in October 1998, where he competed under the ring name, Osyris, a character that Wilson modeled after Big Van Vader and Hulk Hogan.[3] Wilson would go on to continue using this name through most of his independent run. In 2010, Wilson made his Juggalo Championship Wrestling debut now donning face-paint under the new name, Kongo Kong, a non-talking monster heel. The Kongo Kong gimmick was created by JCW co-founder, Violent J.[4][3]

Global Force Wrestling (2015–2017)Edit

Kong made his Global Force Wrestling (GFW) debut on June 13, 2015 as part of the GFW Grand Slam Tour, losing to Moose.[5] On July 10, 2015, Kong faced Nick Aldis as part of the GFW Grand Slam Tour in Erie, Pennsylvania, making this their first of three matches during the tour which saw him losing on all three occasions.[6] The following night, Kong defeated Aldis in a rematch.[7] On July 24, 2015, Kong entered into a tournament to crown the inaugural GFW Global Champion, losing to Nick Aldis in the quarterfinals of the tournament.[8] On October 23, 2015, Kongo defeated Brian Myers and Kevin Kross in a three way number one contenders match for the GFW Global Championship.[9] On July 1, 2016, during a GFW Live event in Marion, Illinois, Kong defeated Danny Duggan and Joey Avalon and Mike Outlaw in a four-way match.[10]

Impact Wrestling (2017–2019)Edit

On the April 13, 2017 edition of Impact Wrestling, he debuted attacking Braxton Sutter as Sienna's surprise.[11] The following week on April 20, Kong made his in-ring debut, defeating Chris Silvio.[12] On April 27, he defeated Matt Sigmon.[13] On the May 25, 2017, episode of Impact Wrestling Kong teamed with KM defeating Braxton Sutter and Mahabali Shera after both teams began a feud with each other.[14] On June 15, 2017, episode of Impact Wrestling that occurred in Mumbai, India, Kong competed in a Gauntlet match for the inaugural Sony SIX Invitational Trophy, which was won by Mahabali Shera.[15] On July 2, 2017, during the Pre Show of Slammiversary XV, Kong teamed with KM and Laurel Van Ness losing to Mahabali Shera, Braxton Sutter and Allie in a Six-person tag team match.[16] On the August 24 episode of TNA Impact!, Kong Competed in a 20-man gauntlet match, for a shot to win the vacant Impact World Championship, which was won by Eli Drake. On June 7, 2019, it was reported that Kong had parted ways with Impact Wrestling since the promotion didn't have plans for him.[17][18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

In March 2019, Wilson started and now runs his own Pro Wrestling School in Bluffton, Indiana called Prof. Kongo Kong's Pro Wrestling Academy with Mark Vanderkolk also known as Mark Vandy. [20][21]

On June 20, 2020, independent wrestler Kyle Boone tweeted about being assaulted and bullied by Kong at an independent wrestling event. Boone stated that he was forced to show his penis in front of the entire locker room and give him the money he made from the show and selling merch.[22] Kong responded by saying when started in the business, it was not uncommon to rib rookies. He continued his statement by saying if he had known sooner, he would have tried to hash it out like adults. He was not given any indication that something was wrong as it was all "hugs and smiles". He also stated he would pick on people he liked and saw something in.[22]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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