Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a world warrior.
Wrestler: “The World Warrior” Kaval (Low Ki/Senshi).
Background Information: Kaval is from Brooklyn, New York. He began wrestling in late 1998 under the ring name Low Ki, which he admits came from the lyrics of the song “No Diggity”.
He began wrestling for Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) in 1998, challenging Homicide and Kane D for the JAPW Tag Team Championship.
The following year he challenged for the JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship twice, unsuccessfully, but defeated Crazy Ivan and Judas Young to win the second Best of the Light Heavyweights tournament.
In 2000, he began making several appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on their programs Metal and Jakked, where he competed against the likes of Raven, Crash Holly, Christian and Essa Ríos.
The following year he made it through to the finals of All Pro Wrestling’s (APW) King of the Indies tournament, losing the crown to American Dragon.
It was also during 2001 that he defeated Nick Berk and Homicide in separate matches on the same evening to win both the JAPW Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Titles; he would successfully defend both titles in separate matches at their Fourth Anniversary Show later that month in July. He lost both titles in a Three Way match the following month to Homicide, with Xavier as the other competitor.
He made his Ring of Honor (ROH) debut at its first show, The Era of Honor Begins, on February 23, 2002. In the show’s main event, he defeated Bryan Danielson and “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.
At Weekend of Thunder Night 2 on November 6, 2004, he started a feud with Bryan Danielson, who was Low Ki’s partner in a match against Samoa Joe and Jushin “Thunder” Liger. He and Danielson lost the match and he blamed his partner for that, so The Rottweilers started a beatdown on Danielson.
He wrestled Austin Aries in a number one contender’s match to determine who would face ROH Champion Samoa Joe for the title. The match ended in a draw. Officials extended the match, but he refused to wrestle, so Aries was declared the winner. Instead of facing Joe at Final Battle 2004, he wrestled Danielson, but got himself disqualified and then attacked the referee. This was enough for ROH officials to suspend him indefinitely as a result.
He returned on May 7, 2005, and immediately attacked Jay Lethal and Samoa Joe at Manhattan Mayhem with his fellow Rottweilers, Homicide, Julius Smokes, Monsta Mack and Rocky Romero.
On December 17, 2005, at Final Battle 2005, he challenged KENTA for his GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship, but came up short. He left ROH once again in January 2006 due to a disagreement in business arrangements. He won his last match on January 28, 2006, against Jack Evans. ROH covered his leaving by having the ROH commissioner Jim Cornette ban him from Ring of Honor for life after it was discovered that he was the one who knocked Cornette’s tooth out at that show. He was also used as a focus point (in name only) in the Cornette/Homicide feud in the summer of 2006, with Cornette refusing to reinstate him as Homicide’s “third wish.”
Throughout his ROH career, he became a ROH Champion. After he left ROH, he went to TNA.
He first stint with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) was for its debut show on June 19, 2002, in a six-man tag team match alongside A.J. Styles and Jerry Lynn against the Flying Elvises. He left TNA in July 2004 and made his return to ROH.
He made his first trip to Japan with Pro Wrestling Zero-One in 2002. On September 16, 2002, he wrestled Leonardo Spanky and won the International Junior Heavyweight Championship from him. He held the championship until August 31, 2003, when he lost it to Wataru Sakata.
He left Zero-One in mid-2004 to join Pro Wrestling Noah, where he was instantly given a title shot against Global Honored Crown (GHC) Junior Heavyweight Champion Yoshinobu Kanemaru, which he was unable to win. During this period, he represented Pro Wrestling Noah in MXW Pro Wrestling’s Gaijin Battle Series. He later joined New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and joined Shinsuke Nakamura’s stable RISE, replacing the injured Milano Collection A.T. In his first match back, he suffered a knee injury which required surgery. He returned to the promotion in September, defecting from RISE to join New Japan’s main villainous faction, Great Bash Heel (GBH).
After joining GBH, he captured the International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) Junior Heavyweight Championship from Tiger Mask IV on September 21, 2008, on NJPW’s Circuit 2008 New Japan Generation tour. He subsequently lost it back to Tiger Mask on NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom III show in Tokyo on January 4, 2009. After losing the championship, he made several appearances for Hustle.
At Lockdown, Christopher Daniels’s mystery opponent was revealed to be the returning Low Ki, who wrestled under the name of Senshi (Japanese for “warrior”). Following Lockdown, he was not seen in action for several weeks. Instead, he was built up with a series of vignettes hyping his background, training, and desire to dominate the X Division once more, hinting at the possibility of challenging the X Division Champion, the undefeated Samoa Joe.
During December 2007, it was reported that he had submitted his resignation to TNA and he left the promotion shortly after. In 2008, he helped TNA during the development of its first ever video game by providing both voicing and motion capture for the game’s protagonist, Suicide.
He made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) on April 7, 2007, by defeating Davey Richards. He returned to wrestling for PWG’s All Star Weekend 7 – Night 1 on August 30, 2008, where he was a part of a four-way for the World Championship; the match also featured Eddie Kingston, Necro Butcher and Chris Hero. Hero won the match when he pinned Kingston.
Throughout his PWG career, he became a PWG World Champion and won the 2008 Battle of Los Angeles. He competed with PWG until late 2008.
On November 7, 2008, on an edition of SmackDown, he appeared in a dark match, losing to then WWE Tag Team Champion Primo. He then won a match against Trent Beretta at the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) tapings on January 8, 2009. It was later announced on his official website that he had signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Initially, he wrestled under the name Kawal which means soldier in the Tagalog language in FCW, WWE’s development territory, but later changed it to Kaval. In January 2009, he took a hiatus from FCW due to a leg injury, which would keep him sidelined until late October.
On November 24, 2009, he defeated Paul Burchill in a dark match prior to the SmackDown/ECW tapings. At the December 8, 2009 tapings, he was defeated by Goldust in another dark match.
Throughout his FCW career, he became a Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed in FCW until he was called up to the main roster.
It was announced on June 1, 2010, that he would be a participant in the second season of NXT, with Team Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla) as his storyline mentors. He debuted on June 8, 2010, on an episode of NXT, but did not compete in a match. On June 15, 2010, on an episode of NXT, he was defeated by Alex Riley in his debut, and the following week he was defeated by Eli Cottonwood.
On August 31, 2010, he won the second season of NXT, with McGillicutty ranked second and Riley in third place. Following the announcement of his victory, he was attacked by all the former season two rookies excluding Eli Cottonwood.
Following his NXT victory, he was moved to the SmackDown brand, making his debut during the September 7, 2010 tapings in a loss to Drew McIntyre, which aired on September 10, 2010.
He was released from his contract with WWE on December 23, 2010.
On June 27, 2011, he returned to TNA at the June 30, 2011 tapings, on an edition of Impact Wrestling, defeating Jimmy Yang and Matt Bentley in a three–way match to advance to a four–way match for a TNA contract at Destination X. At the pay-per-view, he was defeated in the finals by Austin Aries.
On May 13, 2011, under the name Low Ki, made his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling, during the promotion’s first tour of the United States, teaming with Homicide in a tag team match, where they defeated Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask IV. The following day, he unsuccessfully challenged Prince Devitt for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. On the third and final day of the tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he and Homicide unsuccessfully challenged Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
On April 21, 2012, he returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling, aligning himself with the Chaos stable and teaming with Gedo, Jado, and Rocky Romero in an eight-man tag team match, where they defeated Jushin Liger, Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi and Tiger Mask IV, with him pinning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Devitt for the win.
On January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome, he unsuccessfully challenged Devitt for the title in a three-way match, which also included Kota Ibushi. He wrestled the entire match in a suit, inspired by Agent 47 from the Hitman video game series. The following month, New Japan removed his profile from its official website, signaling the end of his run with the promotion.
Throughout his NJPW career, he became a IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. He competed with NJPW until early 2013.
On January 14, 2012, he made his unadvertised debut for Evolve, defeating Ahtu at the final professional wrestling event in the Asylum Arena. Afterwards, it was announced that he had joined both Evolve and Dragon Gate USA full-time. He made his debut for Dragon Gate USA on January 27, 2012, when he defeated BxB Hulk in a singles match.
He returned to TNA on April 12, 2014, for a One Night Only pay-per-view taping, where he won an Ultimate X match to earn a future X Division Championship shot. He returned to TNA at the June 25, 2014 tapings of Impact Wrestling, defeating DJ Z.
He turned heel along with Samoa Joe by attacking Kurt Angle thus joining BDC. Throughout his TNA career, he became a 3x NWA World Tag Team Champion and a 4x TNA X Division Champion.
On June 25, 2015, he announced on his Twitter account that he had left TNA by posting “I have decided to part ways with @IMPACTWRESTLING. My very best to them in their future. Thank you to all the fans who joined the adventure.”
After his departure from TNA Wrestling, he went back to the independent circuit and still compete in the independent circuit to this day.
My Thoughts: Kaval is a very interesting individual. Despite the lack of size, character, and charisma, the man has an unique look for a man his size, the man has unique presence whenever he’s in the ring in a wrestling match, and the man is an excellent wrestler. World Warrior!
Video: This video contains a match between Kaval and TJ Wilson on February 15, 2009.
My Thoughts: This was an excellent match where Kaval looked excellent in this match. This was Kaval’s debut match in FCW so he had to make an impression in FCW and boy, he sure made an impression in this match.
Kaval’s performance in this match was incredible and he delivered some very vicious kicks in this match with the Tidal Wave (Springboard roundhouse rick). Also, his Warrior’s Way (Diving double foot stomp) looked devastating in this match against TJ Wilson.
I also have to give credit where credit is due as TJ Wilson also had an excellent performance in this match as he made himself look good as well as making Kaval look good. Excellent performance by both men here.
Excellent match that made both Kaval look excellent as well as TJ Wilson as Kaval made his debut for FCW.
It’s a shame that WWE hasn’t use very well as he’s a very talented wrestler. Even though I never see Kaval as a main eventer, he could have been a great mid-carder and tag team wrestler for WWE.
He is currently in the independent circuit wrestling part-time as it seems he’s going to retire from professional wrestling in the near future. Whatever the case might be. I wish him nothing, but the best. World Warrior!
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