Former WWE Superstar Gene Snitsky announced last Friday that he plans to retire from wrestling. Snitsky said that after working a few more shows he will be retiring from wrestling as he wants to spend more time with his girlfriend and focus on weight training.
Below is what Gene Snitsky said:
“Only gonna do a few more shows!!!!! I’ve decided to move on and focus more on other things like @carianneb1 for instance…. And of course weight training and appearances just no more in ring competition lol…..”
“I’ve been losing the love over the last few years and honestly don’t like the way wrestling is going….. Just wanna thank all my fans…. for without you there would never have been a SNITSKY!!!! I truly love my fans and always will…… Thanks for taking the time to watch me perform it means the world to me!!!!!”
Only gonna do a few more shows!!!!! I’ve decided to move on and focus more on other things like @carianneb1 for instance…. And ofcourse weight training and appearances just no more in ring competition lol….. I’ve been losing the love over the last few yrs and honestly don’t like the way wrestling is going….. Just wanna thank all my fans…. for without you there would never have been a SNITSKY!!!! I truly love my fans and always will…… Thx for taking the time to watch me perform it means the world to me!!!!! #itsnotmyfault #stillnotmyfault #neverwillbemyfault
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Snitsky (real name Eugene Alan Snisky) is best known for his time with WWE from 2004 through 2008. During his time with WWE, he faced many of WWE’s top stars including John Cena, Triple H, Kane, Jeff Hardy and CM Punk. Snitsky trained under WWE Hall of Famer Afa at WXW, who secured him a tryout match at a RAW Television Event on October 20th, 2003 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. In a dark match before RAW aired live on Spike TV, Snitsky lost to Tommy Suede.
WWE offered Snitsky a developmental contract a few months later and he joined Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky in June 2004. As the brother of Mike Mondo, he began wrestling under the moniker of “Mean” Gene Mondo (a name inspired by WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund). Snitsky did not stay in OVW for long, however. On September 13, 2004, Snitsky made his WWE debut on RAW in a No Disqualification Match against Kane. Snitsky then turned face and formed a brief partnership with Goldust, defeating various tandems on WWE Heat. They earned an opportunity to challenge the Spirit Squad for the World Tag Team Championship on RAW on May 15, 2006, but were unsuccessful. The team broke up when WWE released Goldust the following month.
After being relegated to WWE Heat, vignettes began to air on ECW on Syfy in January 2007 hyping his arrival to the brand. Snitsky’s character underwent an extreme overhaul as WWE began to portray him as a psychotic madman. He drastically changed his appearance for the role by shaving his hair and eyebrows and giving his teeth a darkish yellow color with the use of paint from a New York City stage makeup company. The idea for this bizarre yet menacing character came from Vince McMahon.
“Mr. McMahon said, ‘Snitsky, I want you to go home and shave all your hair off and go see the makeup lady to see what we can do to make your teeth look dirty or yellow,’” Snitsky recalled in a 2014 interview with WWE.com.
The reborn Snitsky terrorized the likes of CM Punk, Bobby Lashley, Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly and even Extreme Exposé. After going undefeated on ECW on Syfy, WWE transferred Snitsky back to RAW in June 2007 in the WWE Draft. In his first match back, he quickly beat The Miz. The monstrous wrestler continued his undefeated streak until it was put to an end by John Cena on RAW on August 20, 2007, albeit via disqualification. After suffering a clean loss to Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy on RAW on December 3, 2007, Snitsky found himself competing less often on Monday nights.
On December 11, 2008, WWE announced the release of Snitsky from his contract, thus ending his association with the organization after four years. Since leaving WWE a decade ago, Snitsky has mostly worked for various independent wrestling promotions in his home state of Pennsylvania. He had a brief stint with TNA in the summer of 2014 where he was aligned with president Dixie Carter until she fired him over losing a match.