Matt Murphy (wrestler)


Matt Murphy (wrestler)
Matt Murphy
Ring name(s) Matt Murphy
Billed height 6 ft (182 cm)
Billed weight 227 lb (103 kg)
Born 1979
Iowa
Resides Eldon, Missouri
Billed from Kahoka, Missouri
Trained by Harley Race
Debut 1999
Retired 2002

"All That" Matt Murphy (born 1979) is a retired American professional wrestler. During his career, he wrestled for numerous promotions and held the World League Wrestling Tag Team Titles on three separate occasions. His career was short-lived due to an injury, but after he left the wrestling business, a book he wrote about his wrestling career was released entitled "The Story Of A Nobody And The Pursuit To Become A Somebody".

Career

Murphy was the first graduate of the Harley Race Wrestling Academy in 1999.[1] In addition to being trained by Race, Murphy served as lead instructor for the academy from 2000 to 2002.

During his first seven months in World League Wrestling, "The Missile" was on a winning streak that saw him defeat many of WLW's top stars. Murphy also teamed during this time in WLW with Trevor Rhodes, who went on to become a WWE superstar, known as Trevor Murdoch. On one occasion, while he was out with a knee injury, Murphy returned to the ring and attacked his tag team partner, thus becoming a heel. This began a feud between the newly christened "All That" Matt Murphy and Rhodes that lasted for several months.[2]

Murphy then teamed with up and comer Superstar Steve and the two were managed by Johnny Gold as a tag team called "The Gold Exchange". As a part of this team, Murphy was involved in multiple Tag Team Title reigns, the first a win over former WCW World Tag Team Champions The Harris Brothers in a match refereed by Mick Foley.

During his career, Murphy also competed against stars CM Punk, Bobby Eaton, Ace Steel, Mark Jindrak, Chris Hero, Juventud Guerrera, Big Boss Man, Butch Reed, Mark Jindrak, Disco Inferno, Haku, The Barbarian, Naomichi Marufuji, Kenta, and Takeshi Morishima.

Murphy wrestled on tour for Pro Wrestling Noah on three occasions, competing in the inaugural GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament, and appeared on WWE programming twice, teaming with Superstar Steve in a loss to Kai En Tai and losing to Justin Credible in Credible's WWE television debut. He may have been best known for his war of words with former NHL star Tony Twist that led to Twist making his professional wrestling debut against Murphy in a 2002 tag team match. He competed in the IWA Mid South Ted Petty Invitational Tournament in 2002, losing to eventual winner B.J. Whitmer in the first round.[3]

He has been listed in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 on two occasions and was named one of the top thirty prospects in professional wrestling by Wrestle America magazine in 2002.

In December 2002, Murphy was in a car accident that effectively ended his wrestling career. He was the producer and announcer for the World League Wrestling T.V. show from 2007 to 2008.[4]

In 2008, Murphy released two books, "I HATE IT WHEN ... " and "The Professional Wrestler in the World of Sports-Entertainment." [5]

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • Matt "The Missile" Murphy
    • "All That" Matt Murphy

References


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