Kaun (wrestler)

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Kaun
Kaun in September 2021
Birth nameJasper Kange[1]
Born (1990-03-02) March 2, 1990 (age 34)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.[2]
Alma materLuther College[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Bishop Kaun[2]
Bishop Khan[2]
Jasper Kaun[2]
Kaun[3]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[3]
Billed weight237 lb (108 kg)[3]
Billed fromMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.[3]
Trained byR.J. Meyer[4]
Joey Mercury[4]
Debut2017[3]

Jasper Kange is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Bishop Kaun or Kaun. He is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and its sister promotion Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a member of the Cage of Agony.

Early life

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Kange attended the University of Minnesota before transferring to Luther College, where he majored in art and played football for the Luther Norse.[1][5] After graduating, he worked in art and design before deciding to become a professional wrestler after moving to Baltimore.[1]

Professional wrestling career

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Early career (2017–2018)

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Kaun was trained at the Maryland Championship Wrestling professional wrestling school,[4] debuting in 2017.[3] He spent the early years of his career primarily wrestling for Maryland Championship Wrestling, where he won the MCW Tag Team Championship with Malcolm Moses.[6][7]

Ring of Honor / All Elite Wrestling (2018–present)

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Various alliances (2018–2022)

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Kaun debuted in Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2018, teaming with Moses as the Soldiers of Savagery. In 2021, he and Moses formed the stable Shane Taylor Promotions with Shane Taylor. In February 2021, the trio defeated MexiSquad to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. They held the title until Final Battle in December 2021 when they lost to the Righteous.[8]

Following Final Battle, ROH was put on hiatus until April 2022 by new owner Tony Khan.[9] In December 2021, Kaun began also wrestling for ROH's sister promotion All Elite Wrestling.[10] On April 1, 2022, on Supercard of Honor XV, Tully Blanchard announced that Kaun would be part of his Tully Blanchard Enterprises stable, alongside Toa Liona and Brian Cage. The duo of Kaun and Liona were named the "Gates of Agony".[11][12][13]

The Embassy / Mogul Embassy (2022–2024)

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In July 2022 at Death Before Dishonor, Prince Nana announced he had purchased Tully Blanchard Enterprises and reformed The Embassy, with Cage, Kaun and Liona.[14][15] At Battle of the Belts IV in October 2022, Kaun and Liona unsuccessfully challenged FTR for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[16] At Final Battle in December 2022, the Gates of Agony defeated Dalton Castle and The Boys to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.[17] At Rampage: Grand Slam in September 2023, the Gates of Agony lost the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship to The Elite.[18] On November 1, 2023 on AEW Dynamite, the Gates of Agony regained the titles from The Elite.[19][10] On the January 17, 2024 episode of Dynamite, they lost the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship to Bullet Club Gold.[20] On the May 8 episode of Dynamite, Cage and the Gates of Agony turned on Swerve Strickland, disbanding the Mogul Embassy in the process.[21]

Cage of Agony (2024–present)

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On the May 25 episode of Rampage, Gates of Agony and Cage revealed their new team name to be "Cage of Agony".[22]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2023)

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On November 13, 2023, it was announced that Gates of Agony (Liona and Kaun), would make their New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) debut, by competing in the 2023 World Tag League. The duo were announced to be competing in the A-Block.[23] On November 29, Gates of Agony would seemingly join House of Torture, but would reveal it to be a trick on the December 1 show. The duo finished with four points and were unable to qualify for the semi-finals.

Personal life

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Kaun is of Cameroonian descent on his father's side.[1][4]

Championships and accomplishments

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Kaun as the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion in July 2021.

References

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  1. ^ a b c d e Frentel, Kate (February 10, 2023). "Kaun has spoken". Luther.edu. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Kaun". Cagematch.net. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Kaun". ROHWrestling.com. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e Thompson, Andrew (January 20, 2022). "Interview: Kaun discusses his AEW appearances, ROH Six-Man Tag Title run, RJ Meyer, MCW". PostWrestling.com. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  5. ^ "2 - Jasper Kange". LutherNorse.com. Retrieved November 13, 2023.
  6. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Kaun - career". Cagematch.net. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Kaun - title reigns". Cagematch.net. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Kaun - matches - Ring of Honor". Cagematch.net. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  9. ^ Pollock, John (January 10, 2022). "ROH officially announces Supercard of Honor for April 1". PostWrestling.com. Retrieved November 14, 2023.
  10. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Kaun - matches - All Elite Wrestling". Cagematch.net. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  11. ^ Wolstanholme, Danny (April 2, 2022). "Tully Blanchard Enterprises members revealed at ROH Supercard of Honor XV". WrestlingInc.com. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  12. ^ Pizzazz, Manolo Has (April 1, 2022). "Tully Blanchard reveals Brian Cage as his mystery client at ROH Supercard of Honor". CagesideSeats.com. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  13. ^ Mueller, Chris (April 2, 2022). "ROH Supercard of Honor 2022 results: winners, grades, reaction and highlights". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved June 12, 2022.
  14. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (July 23, 2022). "Prince Nana Announces He's Purchased Tully Blanchard Enterprises At ROH Death Before Dishonor". Fightful.com. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  15. ^ "Death Before Dishonor 2022 results". ROHWrestling.com.
  16. ^ Rose, Bryan (October 5, 2022). "Two title matches added to AEW Battle of the Belts IV". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  17. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (July 23, 2022). "The Embassy Win ROH Six-Man Tag Team Titles At ROH Final Battle 2022". Fightful.com.
  18. ^ Murphy, Don (September 22, 2023). "AEW Rampage results (9/22)". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved September 23, 2023.
  19. ^ Powell, Jason (November 1, 2023). "AEW Dynamite results (11/1)". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved November 2, 2023.
  20. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (2024). "Bishop Kaun - matches - 2024". Cagematch.net. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  21. ^ Mueller, Chris (May 8, 2024). "AEW Dynamite Results: Winners, Live Grades, Reaction and Highlights From May 8". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 9, 2024.
  22. ^ "AEW RAMPAGE RESULTS (5/25): Pac vs. Rocky Romero, Jericho-Hook-Shibata interaction, Rush vs. Kassidy, plus Samoa Joe, Statlander, Willow". Retrieved May 27, 2024.
  23. ^ "411Mania".
  24. ^ Ruth, Sondra (September 14, 2023). "Complete 2023 PWI 500 List Revealed, Top NJPW Star Absent". tjrwrestling.net. Retrieved September 17, 2023.
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