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Matthew Adams (born 26 September 1988) is an Australian professional wrestler currently working for WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Buddy Murphy.

Buddy Murphy
Buddy Murphy 2018.jpg
Murphy in April 2018
Birth nameMatthew Adams
Born (1988-09-26) 26 September 1988 (age 31)[1]
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
Billed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Billed weight227 lb (103 kg)[2]
Billed fromMelbourne, Australia[2]
Trained byWWE Performance Center[4]
Debut2007

Prior to joining WWE, Adams wrestled primarily in his native Australia, under the ring name Matt Silva, appearing in promotions such as Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) and Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW). Adams joined WWE in 2013, starting out in WWE's developmental territory NXT. The following year, he formed a tag team with Wesley Blake, that won the NXT Tag Team Championship on one occasion.[a] In early 2018, Adams was moved to WWE's main roster, as he became part of 205 Live. At Super Show-Down, he won the Cruiserweight Championship, becoming the first Australian male wrestler to win a championship on the main roster. In April 2019, he was drafted to SmackDown, moving out of the cruiserweight division.

Early life

Adams attended high school at Berwick Secondary College where he graduated in 2006.[5]

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.[6] He won the PCW State Championship by defeating Danny Psycho on 3 December 2010.[7][8] He was also a mainstay in Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW), where he won the MCW Heavyweight Championship by defeating Slex on 28 January 2012.[9][10] He held the championship for 293 days.

WWE

NXT (2013–2018)

 
Murphy (left) and Blake as NXT Tag Team Champions in May 2015

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.[11]

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).[12] For the rest of 2014, they lost multiple matches to The Lucha Dragons and The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch).[13][14][15][16] Also in October 2014, they lost a number one contender tag team battle royal, being eliminated by The Ascension.[17]

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.[18] At NXT TakeOver: Rival, Blake and Murphy, now billed simply by their surnames, defeated the Lucha Dragons in a rematch for the title.[19] Following that in March, Blake and Murphy began a feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, who were intent on capturing the tag titles.[20] Blake and Murphy attempted to woo Carmella on several occasions.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24][25] 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 TM-61 (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 (2018–2019)

In early 2018, Murphy lost about 25 pounds and asked to compete on the 205 Live brand.[26] 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.[27] 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 10 April episode of 205 Live, Murphy attacked new WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander from behind, turning heel and starting a feud between the two.[28] 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.[29]

He started a storyline where he had to lose weight, challenging Alexander for the title on the 29 May episode of 205 Live, where he failed to win the title.[30] The following week, he had a match with Mustafa Ali that ended in a no-contest after both men were attacked by Hideo Itami,[31] who won a triple threat match against both men the following week. [32] On the 3 July episode of 205 Live, he lost to Ali in a No Disqualification match.[33] He then went on to form a short-lived heel tag team with Tony Nese and they would subsequently feud with Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado and Kalisto).[34] 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.[35] Murphy subsequently retained the title against Mustafa Ali at Survivor Series and Alexander at TLC, respectively.[36][37]

On 27 January 2019, Murphy successfully defended his title in a fatal four-way match against Akira Tozawa, Kalisto and Hideo Itami at the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show after pinning Itami.[38] On 17 February, Murphy retained his title against Tozawa at Elimination Chamber.[39] At the WrestleMania 35 Kickoff Show, 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.[40] On the 9 April episode of 205 Live, Murphy was again defeated by Nese in a rematch for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[41]

SmackDown and Raw (2019–present)

On 16 April, Murphy was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up.[42] He participated in the 51-Man Battle Royal at Super ShowDown, but was unsuccessful.[43][44]

On the 30 July episode of SmackDown Live, a stack of scaffolding fell onto Roman Reigns backstage. Murphy was shown in the background of the event.[45] The following week, Reigns confronted Murphy about his involvement in the event. After being physically intimidated by Reigns, Murphy revealed that Rowan was Reigns' mystery attacker.[46] At SummerSlam, Murphy defeated Apollo Crews by disqualification, after Rowan attacked him mid-match.[47] Two nights later on SmackDown Live, Murphy made his in-ring debut for SmackDown, losing to Reigns.[48] The following week, Murphy defeated Daniel Bryan in an upset victory.[49] On 19 August, Murphy was announced as one of sixteen competitors in the King of the Ring tournament.[50] He faced Ali in the first round on 27 August episode of SmackDown Live, where he was eliminated. After the match, the two shook hands before Murphy raised Ali's arm in victory.[51]

As part of the 2019 draft, Murphy was drafted to Raw.

Other media

Murphy made his video game debut along with his tag team partner Wesley Blake in WWE 2K16 as downloadable content, and appeared in WWE 2K17. On August 31, 2019, a video was released showing Murphy’s singles entrance for WWE 2K20, confirming his appearance for the first time in three games.[52]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Total Divas Himself 1 episode

Personal life

In December 2015, Murphy got engaged to Alexis Kaufman, also known as Alexa Bliss.[53][54]

He has a background that includes bungee jumping, rock climbing, and swimming with great whales.[55][56] 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.[57][58]

Championships and accomplishments

 
Murphy is a one-time NXT Tag Team Champion (with Wesley Blake)

Notes

  1. ^ During his tag team reign, Murphy was billed by his surname from January 31 to August 22, 2015. He reverted back to the Buddy Murphy ring name in June 2016.

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