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Punishment Martinez

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Luis Martínez[1] (born September 26, 1982), better known by his ring name Punishment Martinez, is an American born Puerto Rican professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, performing for its development brand NXT as Damian Priest.[4] He formerly worked for Ring of Honor (ROH), where he is a former ROH World Television Champion. Through ROH's working relationship with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), Martinez has also worked in Japan as Punisher Martinez.

Punishment Martinez
Punishment Martinez 2017 crop.jpg
Martinez in February 2017
Birth nameLuis Martínez[1]
Born (1982-09-26) September 26, 1982 (age 37)
New York City, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Damian Martinez[1]
Luis Martinez[1]
Punisher Martinez[1]
Punishment Martinez[1]
Damian Priest
Billed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[2]
Billed weight249 lb (113 kg)[2]
Trained byMonster Factory[1]

Early lifeEdit

Martínez was born within the Puerto Rican diaspora of New York, but raised in the municipality of Dorado, Puerto Rico.[5] While living in Dorado he saw the World Wrestling Council on television and got the interest to become a pro wrestler.[5] He learned Japanese Gōjū-ryū karate from his martial artist father. After winning two national championships in full-contact martial arts, Martínez decided to embark on a career in professional wrestling.[1] When he returned to the states, Spanish was still his first language and he underwent a period of adaptation.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Martínez trained at the Monster Factory and went on to win several titles in Monster Factory Pro Wrestling. In 2014, Martínez attended a Ring of Honor (ROH) training camp and went on to train at the ROH dojo.

Ring of Honor (2015–2018)Edit

His first appearance at a ROH show was in 2015 under his real name, Luis Martínez, where he competed in two dark matches, losing the first to The Romantic Touch and winning the second alongside Shaheem Ali against Hellcat and Mattick.[6]

Martínez made his return in Ring of Honor, billed as "Punisher Martinez", at the ROH Top Prospect Tournament where he defeated Colby Corino in the first round.[7] Martinez lost to Lio Rush in the semifinals; however, in spite of the loss, Martinez was signed to a contract by Ring of Honor. He subsequently aligned with BJ Whitmer and Kevin Sullivan, entering a rivalry with their adversary Steve Corino. On September 16, 2016, Martinez took part in the 2016 Honor Rumble, where he had an impressive showing before ultimately being eliminated.[8] In early November he participated in the 2016 Survival of the Fittest, where he ended up being eliminated in the final Six Man Mayhem match. Martinez and Whitmer went on to briefly feud with the former ROH World Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe), first wrestling them to a no contest and then defeating them in an anything goes match.[9]

Through ROH's working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Martinez appeared at the two-day Honor Rising: Japan 2017 event. On the first night, Martinez teamed up with Los Ingobernables de Japon members Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito to defeat Dalton Castle, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Ryusuke Taguchi, with Martinez picking up the win for his team. On the second night, Martinez unsuccessfully challenged Hirooki Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship.[10][11][12][13][14] Using the name Damian Martinez, he returned to ROH to unsuccessfully compete in a Manhattan Mayhem Battle Royal for the #1 Contendership to the ROH World Championship. Martinez also entered a Battle Royal for the #1 Contendership to the ROH World Television Championship, which he also lost.[9] On February 11, Martinez and B.J. Whitmer defeated War Machine, but after the match Martinez turned on Whitmer by hitting him with his South of Heaven finishing maneuver.

Martinez won his first championship in ROH on June 16, 2018, defeating Silas Young for the World Television Champion at night two of the Promotion's "State of the Art" event in Dallas, Texas. Martinez had qualified for an opportunity at said championship earlier that same evening by pinning Cheeseburger in a six-way Proving Ground match.[15] At Death Before Dishonor XVI, he successfully defended the title against Chris Sabin. After the match, he attacked Sabin, until Jeff Cobb made the save.[16] On September 29, his contract with Ring of Honor expired and he opted out of a contract offer. In his final appearance for the promotion, Martinez dropped the Television Championship against Cobb.[17]


NXT (2018–present)Edit

On October 12, 2018, it was reported that Martinez had signed a contract with WWE, six days later he was formally introduced, among other new members to the NXT brand.[18] On November 28, at an NXT TV taping in Winter Park, Florida, Martinez made his debut as a heel, losing to Matt Riddle.[19] On April 15, 2019, it was reported that Martinez would be repackaged and go by the new ring name "Damian Priest".[20] However, throughout April and May he was still wrestling under the "Punishment Martinez" name on NXT house shows.[21][22] Vignettes began airing starting at NXT TakeOver: XXV in June, reintroducing Martinez under this new character of Damian Priest.[23] On the October 2, episode of NXT Priest would start a feud with former WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne when he attacked him after his match. This led to a match between both of them on October 16 episode of NXT, which was won by Priest.[24] A rematch was held between Dunne and Priest where Dunne defeated Priest, however after the match, Killian Dain attacked both men.[25] On the November 13 episode of NXT, a match between Dunne and Dain was scheduled on the night. However, Priest attacked Dain and subsequently, a brawl occurred between the three.[26] This eventually led to a triple threat match at NXT TakeOver: War Games (2019) for #1 contendership for the NXT Championship. Priest and Dain were both defeated by Dunne in that match.[27] Priest would also become a part of 5-on-5-on-5 Survivor Series pay-per-view match, representing team NXT, where he was eliminated when Randy Orton pinned him after countering Priest's finishing move "The Reckoning" and then executing an RKO on him.[28]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


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