The Spirit Squad was a professional wrestling stable in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) that consisted of Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky, and Mikey. The team's ring personas were those of an all-male cheerleading squad.
Before forming the group, all members competed in OVW, WWE's developmental territory, where they were once opponents. In January 2006, the Spirit Squad made their television debut on the Raw brand. Three months later, the team would go on to win the World Tag Team Championship and, by "executive decision", were all collectively recognized as champions and internally decided which two defended the belts at any given time. Their reign marked the first time five wrestlers had been simultaneously recognized as World Tag Team Champions.
After losing the tag team championship in November 2006, the team disbanded, with Kenny the only member to appear on WWE television. Nicky, Mikey and Johnny returned to OVW, where Mikey and Nicky formed a tag team, and Mitch was released from his WWE contract in May 2007. Today, only Nicky still remains under a WWE contract, where he performs under the name Dolph Ziggler, a two-time and current World Heavyweight Champion.
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