Matthew Adams (born 26 September 1988) is an Australian professional wrestler currently working full time for WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown live brand under the ring name Buddy Murphy. Prior to joining WWE he worked under the name Matt Silva, and for a period of time was promoted simply as Murphy in WWE. Prior to joining WWE he wrestled primarily in his native Australia.
Murphy in April 2018
|Birth name||Matthew Adams|
|Born||26 September 1988|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||227 lb (103 kg)|
|Billed from||Melbourne, Australia|
|Trained by||WWE Performance Center|
Adams started out in WWE's developmental territory NXT, forming a team with Wesley Blake that won the NXT Tag Team Champion on one occasion. In early 2018 Adams was moved to WWE"s main roster as he became part of the 205 Live roster and captured the Cruiserweight Championship. In April 2019 he was moved to Smackdown Live, moving out of the Cruiserweight division.
Adams got engaged to Alexis Kaufman, a fellow wrestler best known as Alexa Bliss, starting in 2015. His ring name is a reference to Australian rules football player Marc Murphy from his hometown club.
Professional wrestling career
Early career (2007–2013)
Adams made his debut on 8 September 2007 as Matt Silva at Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW), where he teamed with Jacko Lantern to defeat Adam Brooks and Diaz. He won the PCW State Championship by defeating Danny Psycho on 3 December 2010. He was also a mainstay in Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW), where he won the MCW Heavyweight Championship by defeating Slex on 28 January 2012. He held the championship for 293 days.
On 17 March 2013, Adams signed a development contract with WWE. He reported to NXT and debuted as Buddy Murphy at an NXT house show on 23 November 2013, teaming with Sawyer Fulton and Troy McClain against Colin Cassady, Angelo Dawkins and Wesley Blake. On the 15 May 2014 episode of NXT, he teamed with Elias Samson in a losing effort against The Ascension.
In August 2014, Murphy formed a tag team with Wesley Blake. On 14 August episode of NXT, they were defeated in the first round of a number one contender tag team tournament by The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara). For the rest of 2014, they lost multiple matches to The Lucha Dragons and The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch). Also in October 2014, they lost a number one contender tag team battle royal, being eliminated by The Ascension.
On 21 January 2015 episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy defeated The Vaudevillains and quickly challenged The Lucha Dragons to a title match. On 28 January episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy defeated the champions to win the NXT Tag Team Championship, making Murphy the first Australian to hold a championship in WWE. At NXT TakeOver: Rival, Blake and Murphy, now billed simply by their surnames, defeated the Lucha Dragons in a rematch for the title. Following that in March, Blake and Murphy began a feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, who were intent on capturing the tag titles. Blake and Murphy attempted to woo Carmella on several occasions. On 13 May episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy distracted Carmella during her match with Alexa Bliss, causing her to lose which established them as heels in the process. At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, during Amore and Cassady's NXT Tag Team Championship match against Blake and Murphy, Alexa Bliss came out mid-match and attacked Carmella and Amore, ensuring the win for Blake and Murphy. After making several successful title defences, Blake and Murphy lost the championships to the Vaudevillians at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, ending their reign at 219 days. On the 18 May 2016 episode of NXT, after losing to Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura, Bliss and then Blake walked away from Murphy, teasing a split for the team.
An attempt was made by Blake and Murphy to reconcile their differences in a match against TM61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne), however miscommunication between the two resulted in defeat. Murphy announced himself as a singles competitor once again when interrupting a meeting between NXT General Manager William Regal and Shinsuke Nakamura on the 22 June episode of NXT, leading to a match with Nakamura in the main event which Murphy lost. Murphy and Blake faced off in a singles match on the 12 October episode of NXT, which ended in a no contest after Samoa Joe interfered and attacked both men. On the 4 January 2017 episode of NXT, Murphy teamed with Tye Dillinger to defeat Bobby Roode and Elias Samson in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. This was his only televised match of 2017, although he continued to appear at NXT live events.
Cruiserweight Champion and promotion to SmackDown (2018–present)
In early 2018, Murphy lost about 25 pounds and asked to be included in 205 Live brand. On the 20 February episode of 205 Live, he made his debut as a participant in the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, defeating Ariya Daivari in the first round but lost to Mustafa Ali in the quarterfinals. On the 27 March episode of 205 Live, Murphy defeated TJP, Akira Tozawa, Kalisto in a fatal four-way match for a future shot at the Cruiserweight Championship. On the April 10 episode of 205 Live, Murphy attacked new WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander from behind, starting a feud between the two. However, Murphy failed his mandatory weigh-in and was removed from the match and the 205 Live roster until he met the weight requirement. On the May 8 episode of 205 Live, Murphy defeated Ali in a rematch from their Cruiserweight Championship tournament quarterfinal match.
He started a storyline where he had to lose weight, challenging Alexander for the title on the May 29 episode of 205 Live, where he failed to win the belt. The following week, he had a match with Mustafa Ali that ended in a no-contest after both men were attacked by Hideo Itami, who won a triple threat match against both men the following week. On the July 3 episode of 205 Live, he lost to Ali in a No Disqualification match. He then went on to form a heel tag team with Tony Nese and they would subsequently feud with Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado and Kalisto). On October 6 at Super Show-Down in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia, Murphy defeated Alexander to win the Cruiserweight Championship, his first singles title in WWE, the first Australian man to accomplish this feat. Murphy subsequently retained the title against Mustafa Ali at Survivor Series and Alexander at TLC, respectively.
On January 27, 2019, Murphy successfully defended his title in a fatal four-way match against Akira Tozawa, Kalisto and Hideo Itami at the Royal Rumble after pinning Itami. On February 17, Murphy retained his title against Tozawa at Elimination Chamber. At WrestleMania 35, he lost his title to former partner Tony Nese, ending his reign at 183 days. Prior to this loss, Murphy had been undefeated in televised singles matches dating back to July 2018. On the April 9 episode of 205 Live, Murphy was again defeated by Nese in a rematch for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. On the April 16 edition of SmackDown, it was announced that Murphy would be drafted the SmackDown brand as apart of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-Up.
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He has a background that includes bungee jumping, rock climbing, and swimming with great whales. He is a supporter of his hometown Australian rules football club, the Carlton Football Club; his WWE ring name is a reference to Marc Murphy.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ballarat Pro Wrestling
- CBS Sports
- Breakthrough Wrestler of the Year (2018)
- Melbourne City Wrestling
- MCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Professional Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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