|Former members||Simona Summers (manager)|
|Debut||June 8, 2005|
|Disbanded||September 3, 2011|
The Ministry was a professional wrestling tag team, consisting of Necrosphere and Ken Davids. For most of 2006 and 2007, they were managed by Simona Summers. The two competed mainly in Soul Wrestling Incorporated until their retirement in 2011, but also competed in Dark Sunrise Wrestling. They are considered by many to be the best tag team in SWI history, holding the SWI World Tag Team Championship a record five times. The two shared some individual success as well, with both Necrosphere and Davids being former SWI World Champions and Davids being a two-time SWI North American Champion during his time in the Ministry. The Ministry, along with XS3, are considered to be the embodiment of the company.
Soul Wrestling IncorporatedEdit
Tag team champions and World champion (2005 - 2006)Edit
On the first show on June 8, Necrosphere and Ken Davids formed The Ministry, defeating XS3 and Punished Fox of Demon Inc. in the main event of the show. The next week, The Ministry defeated Ken Williams & Jason Daniels, the Calgary Cowboys, and The Muses to become the first ever SWI Tag Team Champions. The team defended their titles against the Cowboys, Williams & Daniels, The Muses, Demon Inc., and the Master Brothers over the months. In August 2005, they defended the titles against the Muses in Japan, thus becoming the SWI World Tag Team Champions. On September 26, Necrosphere defeated Jason Hardcore to earn a shot at the SWI World Championship the next month against Overkill. The following week, the Ministry were defeated by the Master Brothers for the SWI World Tag Team Championship following interference by Overkill. On October 19, Necrosphere defeated Overkill to win the SWI World Championship, then won the SWI World Tag Team Championship with Davids the next week in a street fight.
On December 28, The Ministry lost the tag team titles to Lakeside's Most Wanted. The following week, Necrosphere lost the SWI World Championship to Overkill. Following an unsuccessful attempt at regaining the title, The Ministry defeated Lakeside's Most Wanted in a tables match on February 15 to once again become the SWI World Tag Team Champions. The team defended the titles successfully until May 13, when they were defeated by the Calgary Cowboys in a steel cage match. The following week, Davids defeated Punished Fox in a Tables match to win the SWI North American Championship.
Feud with XS3 (2006 - 2007)Edit
Necrosphere qualified for the Versus the World match for the SWI World Championship at Independence by defeating Rob Frederick. Necrosphere was eliminated by XS3 during the match. On the same show, Davids defeated Edgemaster to retain the SWI North American Championship. The following week, the Ministry announced their intent to ruin XS3's life and take his World title from him. XS3 defeated Necrosphere and Davids in a triple threat match at Disasterpiece to retain his title. The Ministry then attacked XS3's wife Christine on the following episode of Apocalypse, with Necrosphere delivering the Void Crusher to her. On August 19, Perro Loco defeated Davids to win the SWI North American Championship. At Unholy Confessions, the Ministry wrestled XS3 and Perro in a match where whichever champion was pinned would lose their title to the person who defeated them. Necrosphere pinned XS3 to win the SWI World Championship.
At Betrayal, Davids defeated Perro to regain the North American title, while Necrosphere and XS3 fought to a draw when Necrosphere pinned XS3 at the same time he tapped out to the X-Hilaration. After the match, Jonathan Rembrandt vacated the SWI World Championship. XS3 finally gained revenge at Kill or Be Killed by defeating Necrosphere in a Lumberjack match. Davids, meanwhile, retained the North American title, teaming with SWI World Tag Team Champions C-Code & MC Bob in a Winners Take All match against Perro Loco and The Party Animals.
Both members of the Ministry entered a tournament for the vacant SWI World Championship. Davids lost to XS3 in the first round, losing the SWI North American Championship in the process as he agreed to defend it against him before the match. Necrosphere had better luck, defeating Ben Drinkin in the first round, and XS3 by DQ in the second round. At Broken Chains, Necrosphere met Rainmaster and SP Robertson in a triple threat match, but was pinned by Rainmaster. At the event, XS3 defeated Davids in a rematch for the North American title.
After defeating the Drinkin Boyz at Destiny Fulfilled and losing a number one contenders battle royal at Beginning Anew, The Ministry challenged XS3 and Joey McFarlane for the SWI World Tag Team Championship, but their match at Challenging Adveristy went to a no-contest. Following the match, The Ministry stole the titles. XS3 and Joey defeated The Ministry the following month at Rise of the Forces in a steel cage match to retain their titles as well as regain custody of their belts. The duo lost a Four Corners elimination match at Questions Unanswered for the titles, and then a #1 Contender's match against the Calgary Cowboys at Renewal.
Feud with each other and Trinity (2007 - 2008)Edit
Necrosphere and Davids, frustrated with their recent lack of success, decided to settle their growing personal issues with each other in a 30 minute Ironman match at Independence. Davids won the match by scoring a single point with two seconds remaining. Following the match, the two were attacked by Trinity, turning both men face. At Disasterpiece, The Ministry lost to Trinity in a match where the losing team had to disband. After the split, Davids set his sights on the SWI World Championship. Davids defeated Waylon Kenney at Unholy Confessions with Necrosphere acting as the guest referee. Davids lost to SP Robertson at Betrayal, but won the title on the following Apocalypse when he pinned CK in a fatal four way match involving him, SP, CK, and Survivor.
At Kill or Be Killed: The Final Chapter, Necrosphere teamed with XS3 and CK Miles to defeat Trinity and Joey McFarlane, while Davids retained the SWI World Championship against SP Robertson and Edgemaster. Ken Davids continued to defend the World title during SWI's Underground Era, while Necrosphere competed in a handful of matches. Davids lost the title to XS3 at Disasterpiece. At Broken Chains, Necrosphere and Davids (now a heel) cost each other their respective matches, leading to Necrosphere finally managing to defeat Davids at Destiny Fulfilled.
SWI return, World Championship, injuries, reunion and retirement (2009 - 2011)Edit
Following SWI's return in 2009, The Ministry reunited as faces. Davids and Necrosphere competed in a triple threat match for the vacant SWI World Championship. Davids won the match, but proved his loyalty to Necrosphere after the match. Necrosphere faced Joey for a title shot on the following Apocalypse, but lost and was (kayfabe) injured for six weeks. Davids defended the World title against Joey at Challenging Adversity, but tore his quadriceps muscle during the match. Joey won the title and Davids was out for six months. Necrosphere then challenged Joey for the title at Rise of the Forces in a losing effort, then competed in a six-man ladder match for the title at Questions Unanswered. Necrosphere would also challenge for the title at Disasterpiece and Unholy Confessions. When Davids returned from his injury at Kill or Be Killed, both men were still focused on their singles careers, temporarily ending the Ministry for the time being.
Both members of the Ministry were then involved in the Versus the World match at Disasterpiece, although Davids had turned heel by then. Both men lost the match, and Davids lost the SWI World Championship. Davids then won a match to challenge for any title he wanted at Unholy Confessions. He chose to challenge for Team England's SWI World Tag Team Championship with Necrosphere, claiming that Necrosphere's days of constant world title disappointment would come to an end. Necrosphere refused to show loyalty to Davids, who constantly tried goading him into reforming The Ministry. At Unholy Confessions, Necrosphere turned heel during the match by striking Benjamin Collier with his tag title behind the referee's back. This allowed The Ministry to officially reunite and win the SWI World Tag Team Championship for a fourth time. They defended the titles against Team England at Betrayal, and Monty James and Jeffy at Kill or Be Killed.
On the next episode of Apocalypse, The Ministry aligned themselves with CK Miles, Darren Phoenix, and Justine Vaine to form a temporary "Golden Alliance" to take on the youth of SWI. At Broken Chains, the Golden Alliance lost a Harbor Cage match to Edgemaster and Worldwide Truth & Freedom. The Ministry defended the tag titles against W.T.F. at Destiny Fulfilled, before losing the titles to them in a steel cage match two weeks later on Apocalypse. Necrosphere and Davids challenged Edgemaster for the SWI World Championship at Challenging Adversity, but lost. After losing a tag team match with CK Miles against Bad Attitude Inc. and XS3, The Ministry went on hiatus.
The Ministry returned on the July 2 episode of Apocalypse, saving Worldwide Truth & Freedom from a Monstourage sneak attack and turning face as a result. On July 23, Necrosphere defeated Davids to gain entry into the Versus the World match at Disasterpiece, but was eliminated by Colossus Rhodes. The following month, The Ministry announced that they would be retiring after Unholy Confessions, then challenged The Monstourage for the SWI World Tag Team Championship for their last match. In their final match, The Ministry defeated The Monstourage to win the SWI World Tag Team Championship for a record-breaking fifth and final time. The duo vacated the titles after the event, then appeared on the following Apocalypse to deliver their farewell speech. After the speech, Necrosphere unmasked with his back turned to the audience and left his mask behind him on the stage.
Post-retirement (2012 - present) Edit
At Destiny Fulfilled 2012, Davids returned to the company as the new on-screen commissioner, following Jonathan Rembrandt's defeat at the hands of Tannark Fisher and XS3. Necrosphere would resurface in July 2013 as the on-screen commissioner of SWI's new developmental promotion Future Souls Initiative, where his son Mike also handles play-by-play duties. The Ministry reunited at Independence 10, helping old rival XS3 and others fight off various disgruntled wrestlers.
The team competed for Dark Sunrise Wrestling in September 2008. Davids was involved in the DSW Title of Honor tournament, but lost in the first round to Eddie Packard. On the second and final show, Necrosphere and Davids were involved in a battle royal for a shot at the DSW Title of Honor, but were eliminated by eventual winner Aza Khalida.
- Finishing moves
- Darkness Falls (Sidewalk slam (Davids) / reverse DDT (Necrosphere) combo)
- Trademark moves
- Double clothesline
- Double spinebuster
- Double stalling vertical suplex
- Drop toe hold (Davids) followed by a leg drop (Necrosphere)
- Kicks to the midsection (Davids) of the opponent held in a full nelson (Necrosphere), followed by a full nelson slam (Necrosphere)
- Military press (Necrosphere) onto Davids' knees
- Entrance themes
- "Laid to Rest" by Lamb of God (June 8, 2005 - September 3, 2011)
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Soul Wrestling Incorporated
- SWI World Championship (3 times) - Necrosphere (2) and Davids (1)
- SWI World Tag Team Championship (5 times)
- SWI North American Championship (2 times) - Davids
- Feud of the Year 2006 - with XS3
- Feud of the Year 2010 - with the younger SWI wrestlers
- Tag Team of the Year 2005
- Tag Team of the Year 2006
- Tag Team of the Year 2010