John Kronus: January 13, 1969 – July 18, 2007
To many of the wrestling fans today the name John Kronus probably doesn’t mean a lot, but to the fans that were around for the 90′s the name John Kronus conjures up the image of an amazingly athletic man who was one half of the greatest freaking tag team in ECW at the time. “The Eliminators” with Perry Saturn. I’ll never forget watching one of the February episodes of Monday Night Raw in 1997 where this extreme gang of hardcore wrestlers, the likes never seen before in WWF invaded (ECW) and showcased their skills, The Eliminators obliterating a ring crew worker with their signature tandem move that split their opponents in half….
George “Jon” Caiazzo was born on January 13, 1969 in Everett, Massachusetts and his path to the wrestling business was somewhat of a lucky break. Whilst working as a bouncer in a Boston club he became friendly with the manager who was in fact his future partner Perry Saturn. After expressing an interest in the business, Saturn pointed him to highly acclaimed trainer Killer Kowalski and a short time later he debuted in 1989 as The Eliminator.
Sometime in the early 90′s Perry Saturn offered to tag with Kronus and shortly after “The Eliminators” were born. Kronus got his name from Perry Saturn because the Greek equivalent of the Roman deity Saturn was Cronus. They tried to call the team The Harvesters of Sorrow but Jerry Lawler advised something simpler and it was decided they’d use Kronus’ rookie name and call themselves The Eliminators.
After making a name for themselves on the Indies and honing their skills in “War” Japan Paul Heyman brought them in to Extreme Championship Wrestling where they made their biggest impact. After dropping a sadism and masochism gimmick Paul booked them as the next big thing, an unstoppable pair of hard nuts like the Pitbulls. Managed by Jason, The Eliminators won the ECW Tag Team Championship on three occasions between 1996 and 1997, feuding with teams such as the Dudley Boyz, The Gangstas, The Pitbulls, Sabu & Rob Van Dam and the Steiner Brothers. They were considered one of the best at this time in their careers.
An injury sidelined Saturn and when he was fit he jumped ship to WCW leaving The Eliminators defunct. As the ECW ship began to sink and there was nothing left for Kronus creatively he left for rival promotion XPW. In 2000, Kronus aligned himself with the Black Army faction for a short stint. He remained with XPW until leaving in 2001 and during this period he appeared in the softcore bondage film Violence on Violence as XPW owners Rob Black and Lizzie Borden were in the porno industry.
There is no doubt in my mind that ECW was one of the worst locker rooms in the industry, with very little discipline and control. The consensus was that if you couldn’t get on in WCW or WWF, ECW would be the place to go. Drugs were rife and partying was nonstop. It’s the price ECW took for being number three and hungry for talent.
Kronus was definitely not exempt from the “drug culture” and at times Perry Saturn didn’t like working with him due to this association with drugs and the affect they may have had in their matches.
On July 18, 2007, several days after he had undergone knee surgery John Kronus was found dead in his girlfriends New Hampshire home. He suffered heart failure due to it being more enlarged than a normal Heart. The family of Kronus say there is a history of heart problems in the family although enlarged hearts are very common among steroid abusing wrestlers. We’ll leave you to your own opinion. He is survived by his nine-year-old son, Gage.
The following is a press release sent to us by the family of John Kronus: This was written to help clear any unanswered or missled info that related to Kronus’s life and passing so that any questions about Jon (our son, fiancee’, brother, and uncle,) would be posted and answered correctly.
Jon was a father to his nine year old son named Gage. He was 38 years old. He was 6’3″ and weighed 300lbs.
He passed away on July 18th, 2007. He was born in Everett, Massachusetts January 13, 1969. His last name is spelled Caiazzo pronunced (kih-ahtz-so). His son Gage, was his life. He talked to him everyday and saw his son as much as he could. He wished it was more. He was engaged to be married this year to his long time fiancee, Brandy, a true soul mate. He passed away peacefully in his sleep.
He had an enlarged heart, known to be capable of stopping at anytime. Our family has a long history of heart problems. His untimely death came as an extreme shock to our family.
We will miss the way he made us laugh, the funny things he said, the stupid things he did (lol), his famous bismarque dance, his BBQ cooking (his signture steak tips he grilled anytime of the day but his favorite time to cook was 2 a.m.), and his bubbly personality that entertained us at family gatherings. He loved being a wrestler. His athletic ability was far beyond that of a regular athlete. Up until this year he could still do a full split to the floor (ouch).
When his son was born, he was motivated to continue wrestling, to provide Gage with everything he wanted. He waswell known in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for his outgoing personality as well as within the wrestling circle. His wrestling family has been a great comfort in being there for us. We realize how important Jon was to them.
He will be greatly missed by his family,friends,and fans. But we’re happy to know that when God took him, his father was there and greeted him above.
On behalf of The Wrestling Truth we’d like to thank Kronus for his amazing matches and offer our condolences to his family and friends. These untimely deaths must stop!
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