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Patrick Joseph Michael Kenney (born May 26, 1968 in Wilmington, Delawaremarker), known also by his ring name, Simon Diamond, is an inactive Americanmarker professional wrestler, currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a road agent. Best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling between 1998 and 2001, Kenney is also a former baseball player.

Baseball career

Patrick Kenney was an avid baseball player as a teenager, and was drafted by the San Diego Padres to play Major League Baseball as a catcher in 1986. Kenney decided not to sign the contract he was offered, opting to pursue a college education first. Kenney took a job at the Out Of Bounds sports bar as a bartender and attended Virginia Commonwealth Universitymarker on a baseball scholarship, earning a bachelor's degree in English. He originally planned to play baseball professionally after graduating, but was forced to reconsider after suffering a severe shoulder injury.

Kenney's prior baseball career would later be used as an angle when he would visit the training camp of the 2005 world champions, the Chicago White Sox.

Wrestling career

In 1991, while working as a marketing executive for Pepsi, Kenney was introduced to wrestling trainer Jim Kettner. Kenney decided to become a professional wrestler, and was trained by Kettner in Salem, New Jerseymarker. Once his training was complete, he worked for Kettner's East Coast Wrestling Association as "Lance Diamond", teaming with Steve Corino.

Extreme Championship Wrestling

In May 1998 Kenney was hired by Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), and wrestled his first match against Nova in York, Pennsylvaniamarker. In August 1998 he changed his name to "Simon Diamond", taking the name "Simon" from the real surname of his mentor, Dean Malenko. Kenney was paired with Johnny Swinger in May 2000 during an ECW World Tag Team Championship tournament and the two later formed a tag team which would endure for five more years.

Kenney and Swinger joined forces with C.W. Anderson in mid-2000, and began to ascend the ranks of the promotion. The impending bankruptcy of ECW in 2001 forced Kenney to seek employment elsewhere, and he began negotiations with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) employee John Laurinaitis, which fell through when WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in March 2001.

Kenney worked for various independent promotions, including USA Professional Wrestling, Border City Wrestling and World Wrestling All-Stars. In Major League Wrestling, he formed The Extreme Horsemen with his two former allies Steve Corino and C.W. Anderson. Justin Credible was also a member, and James J. Dillon briefly managed them before MLW folded.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

On July 9, 2003, Kenney and Swinger appeared on a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) pay-per-view, beginning a feud with America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm). Enlisting the services of manager Glenn Gilberti, the duo won the NWA World Tag Team Championships on August 27, 2003, and held the titles until November 19, when the titles were held up following a controversial ending to a match with the 3 Live Kru.

Kenney and Swinger separated in 2004 and enagaged in a feud, which saw Kenney turn face and embrace his Irishmarker heritage, wrestling as "Irish" Pat Kenney. After being briefly renamed The Empire Saint, Kenney was not booked by TNA for several months, during which time he spent three weeks competing in Japanmarker with the Zero-1 promotion.

Kenney returned to TNA on June 19, 2005 at Slammiversary as the heel Simon Diamond once more. At Slammiversary, Kenney teamed with Trytan (who he referred to as his "insurance policy") to defeat Sonny Siaki and Apolo. The next month, Trytan was gone, and at No Surrender 2005 Diamond presented David Young, suggesting that, in Young, he had found "a diamond in the rough". "Primetime" Elix Skipper joined with Diamond and Young at Sacrifice on August 14.

In September 2005, Kenney spent two weeks in Indiamarker, where he and fellow TNA employees Sonjay Dutt and Shark Boy visited several cities, promoting the debut of Impact! on ESPN Star Sports. On September 28 in Bhopalmarker, a riot broke out when 1,000 fans were excluded from an event after attendance exceeded expectations. None of the three TNA wrestlers were injured.

Kenney returned to America in October 2005, and shortly thereafter became a road agent for TNA.

On November 2, 2008, Kenney was released from his contract with TNA, with them citing budgetary cuts as the reason.

On September 18, 2009, TNA Wrestling announced that Kenney had been rehired as a road agent to replace the fired Jim Cornette and B.G. James.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
*Gem Cutter (Three–quarter facelock bulldog)
*Simonizer (Fireman's carry reverse DDT)


  • Signature moves
*Discus punch
*Simon Series (Two snap suplexes followed by either a sitout inverted suplex slam or a bridging northern lights suplex)
*STO
*Superkick


*Problem Solver (Flapjack DDT)


*Bobcat
*Jim Cornette
*J.J. Dillon
*Vincent Giambi
*Glenn Gilberti
*Gail Kim
*Dawn Marie
*Terri Runnels
*Patricia Steinman
*Judd the Studd
*Barry Casino
*Noel Harlow
*Mitch


*"Simon Says" by Drain STH


Championships and accomplishments

*ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*ECWA Mid-Atlantic Championship (1 time)
*ECWA Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Cheetah Master (1) and Steve Corino (1)
*ECWA Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)
*Super 8 Tournament (1998)


  • Independent Wrestling Federation (New Jersey)
*IWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*Tournament of Champions (2000)


*MLW Global Tag Team Championship – with C.W. Anderson


  • Maximum Pro Wrestling
*MPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*MPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Johnny Swinger


National
*NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*NWA United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Corino
Regional
*NWA 2000 Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling
*PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*PCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Reckless Youth
*PCW United States Championship (3 times)


*3PW Tag Team Championship – with Mike Kruel


*NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Johnny Swinger


  • USA Pro Wrestling
*USA Pro Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Matt Striker


Notes

Personal life

  • Kenney was once engaged to wrestling valet Dawn Marie.



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