On a day where WWE announced the releases of Sin Cara and Luke Harper, the company has added The Ascension to that list of talent being let go.
The Ascension consisted of Viktor (Eric Thompson) and Konnor (Ryan Parmeter).
Parmeter was first signed by WWE in 2005 and wrestled at Deep South and FCW before leaving the company in 2007. He came back to the company in 2010 and re-joined FCW.
Viktor, 39, has been wrestling since 1999 and signed with WWE in 2011. He wrestled as Rick Victor in FCW where he became FCW heavyweight champion twice. In May 2012, he defeated Seth Rollins for the title at a live event and lost it the same night to Bo Dallas. He won it a second time in July from Dallas and held it for a week before losing to Richie Steamboat. He also won the FCW tag titles with Brad Maddox in July 2012 before the titles were deactivated and the company was re-branded to NXT.
The Ascension began as a stable with Parmeter wrestling as Conor O’Brian. O’Brian teamed with Kenneth Cameron until the latter was released in 2012 and O’Brian was paired with Viktor as his new teammate. The two won the NXT tag titles in September 2013 and held them for a year losing to the Lucha Dragons in September 2014.
This was the time they were brought up the main roster in September 2014 but were presented as an undercard tag team from the jump. In 2017, they were featured in ‘The Fashion Files’ on a regular basis with Tyler Breeze and Fandango.