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Ryan Taylor (wrestler)

Russell Gene Taylor[1] (born January 26, 1987),[1] better known by the ring name Ryan Taylor, is an American professional wrestler. He is currently working for several independent promotions in the United States, Mexico, and Japan.

Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor.jpg
Taylor in June 2010.
Birth nameRussell Gene Taylor
Born (1987-01-26) January 26, 1987 (age 32)[1]
Phelan, California, USA
ResidencePhelan, California, U.S.[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Ryan Taylor
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Billed weight210 lb (95 kg)[2]
Billed fromPhelan, California[2]
Trained byJesse Hernandez
Rocky Romero
T.J. Perkins
Cincinnati Red
Taka Michinoku[2]
DebutMarch 27, 2004[1]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Empire Wrestling Federation (2004-present)Edit

At 16 years old he began training at the EWF's training school, Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks and had his first match for the EWF on March 27, 2004. Taylor wrestled to gain experience and won the 2004 Rookie of the year award in the company. In the spring of 2006 Taylor had his first feud with Joey Harder and after a series of hard matches, Taylor won the EWF Cruiserweight Championship on June 9, 2006. Taylor also won the 2006 Most Improved Award, becoming the first recipient of it. Taylor's reign as the Cruiserweight Champion lasted for 399 days until ending on July 13, 2007 when Markus Riot defeated Taylor in a Best of 3 Falls match to win the EWF Cruiserweight Championship.[3] Ryan won back the EWF Cruiserweight Championship after only 22 days at EFW's Meltdown. Taylor's second reign as the EWF Cruiserweight Champion lasted only 77 days until October 10, 2007 when Maximo defeated Ryan Taylor.[3] In November, Ryan Taylor competed in the EWF's Inland Title Series Tournament against J.T. Blackstar, Scorpio Sky, and Brandon Gatson. He placed third with a final score of 1-2-0.[4] Taylor also won the 2007 Match of the Year Award for his match against Marcus Riot at the Covina Classic on June 9. In the early part of 2008 Taylor formed a stable known as the KOS alongside Mondo Vega and Hook Bomberry. On August 23, 2008 in San Bernardino, California, Taylor defeated Vizzion in the main event at Flirting With Disaster for the EWF American Championship[5] and new female wrestler Aiden Riley joined the KOS. The KOS then feuded with TJ Perkins and Liger Rivera until the end of the year in a very intense feud that not only won the Feud of the Year 2008 Award but Taylor would win the Match of the Year 2008 Award for the Belt on a Pole match against Perkins in which Taylor would win the NWA Heritage Championship from Perkins and Taylor won the EWF Wrestler of the Year 2008. Taylor also wrestled the main event of the first ever So-cal supershow featuring the combined companies of EWF and AWS against TJ Perkins and Scott Lost in a triple threat match for the AWS Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Championships and Taylor's NWA Heritage Championship, in which Taylor retained his title. Taylor held and defended both the EWF American Championship and the NWA Heritage Championship in the early parts of 2009 until losing the Heritage title to Oliver John in a Fatal 4-way match at the main event of the Cauliflower Ally Club Show after pinning Chris Hero and he lost the American title to Liger Rivera at the EWF's 14th Anniversary Show. On October 30, 2009, after returning from Japan, Taylor defeated Brandon Gatson to win the EWF Heavyweight Championship. Taylor began to feud with his former stable the KOS in late 2009 and the early parts of 2010, ultimately ending with a Street Fight between Taylor and Mondo Vega. Taylor would win the EWF Wrestler of the Year for a second time in 2010. Taylor holds the record for the longest title reign in EWF history at 567 as EWF Heavyweight Champion. On May 20, 2011 Taylor lost the EWF Heavyweight Championship to Johnny Starr. On August 12, he would regain the championship, only to lose it 21 days later to Shaun Ricker. Taylor then participated in Inland Title Series Tournament for a second time in November 2012 and made it to the finals, wrestling 3 matches in 1 night but lost to Jeremy Jaeger. Taylor and Mondo Vega came together again but not as the KOS group, only the two and were collectively known as The Fallen Empire. In 2013 they would win the EWF Tag Team Championship in San Bernardino, Ca, that match would win the EWF MOTY for 2013. The two would have 2 championship runs as EWF Tag Champs until losing the belts to Tyshon Prince and Tommy Wilson in January 2015.[6]

World Wrestling EntertainmentEdit

On October 14, 2008, Taylor made his debut for WWE, on its SmackDown brand as Ryan Taylor, where he was defeated by the heel character of Big Show in a I Quit Match.[7] He returned to WWE in a final appearance on the May 26, 2009, episode of ECW brand, where he teamed with Joey Munoz and was defeated by Vladimir Kozlov. Taylor would be used by WWE for several commercials promoting SmackDown moving to SyFy Network, working with Kofi Kingston. Taylor also appears in a Don't Try This At Home commercial from WWE, again with Kofi Kingston. In 2012 Taylor was invited to a WWE 3 Day Tryout Camp, along with other independent notables such as Adam Pearce, Timothy Thatcher and Davina Rose who is now known as Bayley.[8]

Japan (2009)Edit

In 2009, Taylor was heavily involved in Kaientai Dojo and made appearances for DDT and HUSTLE. His Japan debut was at 1st Ring in Shinkiba where he was successful in a tag match teaming with Quiet Storm. His first match with KDojo he teamed with Boso Boy Raito & Yuu Yamagata and they were defeated by Omega (Saburo Inematsu, Shiori Asahi, Yujo Hino) He joined OMEGA that week and wrestled as a part of the top team in Kaientai Dojo. Taylor wrestled in one of HUSTLE's last shows at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.[9] On 3 July 2009, Taylor was defeated by Quiet Storm in a match for the UIWA Light Heavyweight Championship.[10] Taylor Made his final appearance for the promotion in his first tour on September 13, 2009, as he teamed with Saburo Inematsu and they were defeated by Monster Plant (KAZMA & Kengo Mashimo).[11]

Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (2008-present)Edit

Taylor made his debut for NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood on December 21, 2008, defeating Jay Streets and successfully defending the NWA Heritage Title against Brandon Gatson and Scott Lost. During the early years of the promotion Taylor was used sporadically but that would change in 2011 when he would become a regular competitor. Taylor began feuding with Peter Avalon and would continue throughout the year and into 2012. On July 10 he defeated Avalon in a six-man tag team Hair vs. Hair match. Avalon would bounce back by defeating Taylor in a number one contendership match and an "anything goes" match. The feud culminated on February 12, 2012, when Taylor defeated Avalon once and for all in a steel cage match. Their feud was among the top rivalries in the early days of the new TV show. Taylor would move onto the Percy Pringle III Cup where on the way to the finals, he defeated Peter Avalon once again. The finals took place on July 22, where Taylor would win the tournament by defeating Shaun Ricker and guaranteeing a shot at the CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Championship. After winning the tournament, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood split from NWA and would subsequently change the name of their championships so the NWA Heritage Championship became the Hollywood Heritage Championship. On May 5 Shaun Ricker would win the Red Carpet Rumble and the Hollywood Heritage Championship. Straight after the match however, Taylor cashed in his Percy Pringle III Cup title shot and lost. This led to a huge downward spiral for Taylor and he went from being the top Face in the company to one of its strongest Heels to date. Taylor later went on to form the heel stable known as Vermin along with YUMA, Nick Madrid and Johnny Goodtime. The heel stable became the main focal point of the show and Taylor feuded with Scorpio Sky and Joey Ryan and won the MAV Television Championship on two different occasions in 2014. In late 2014 Joey Ryan joined Vermin and Joey Ryan and Ryan Taylor would become the Heritage Tag Team Champions, allowing Vermin to have all the belts in CWFH. In July 2015 Timothy Thatcher and Drew Gulak would defeat The Ryans for the Tag Team Championship.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2009-2013)Edit

On November 20, 2009, Taylor made his Pro Wrestling Guerrilla debut at the first night of the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles, where he teamed with Malachi Jackson in a losing effort against the Cutler Brothers (Brandon and Dustin Cutler).[12] Taylor continued to perform on every PWG show from 2010-2013. Taylor teamed with Roderick Strong at the DDT4 tournament in May 2010, where they were eliminated in the first round by the Cutler Brothers.[13][14] On September 4, 2010 Taylor entered the 2010 Battle of Los Angeles, but was eliminated in the first round by Brandon Gatson.[15] The following day Taylor formed a new alliance with Chuck Taylor and Brian Cage (who would adopt the ring name Brian Cage-Taylor), called the Fightin' Taylor Boys.[16][17] From the end of 2010 until summer of 2012, The Fightin' Taylor Boys would do numerous tag team matches and compete in PWG's 2012 DDT4, losing to the RockNes Monsters in the first round. Their final match as a group was Chuck Taylor and Ryan Taylor in mid late 2012. Ryan Taylor's last match for PWG was in 2013 at the 10yr Anniversary show.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Luchas de ApuestasEdit

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Ryan Taylor Peter Avalon Hollywood, California July 10, 2011 Six man tag team captain's hair vs. captain's hair match, where Taylor, Aaron Bolo and Famous B faced Avalon, Ray Rosas and Rico Dynamite.


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