Brad Maddox

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Brad Maddox
Brad Maddox April 2014.jpg
Maddox at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2014.
Birth name Tyler Kluttz
Born (1984-05-04) May 4, 1984 (age 30)[1]
Tega Cay, South Carolina, U.S.[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brad Maddox[1]
Brent Wellington[3]
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Billed weight 200 lb (91 kg)[1]
Trained by Adam Birch
Rip Rogers
Nightmare Danny Davis
Tom Prichard
Florida Championship Wrestling
Debut April 2, 2008

Tyler Kluttz[2] (born May 4, 1984) is an American professional wrestler, authority figure, and referee. He is signed to WWE under the ring name Brad Maddox.

Maddox was formerly a part of Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental territory. He held the Florida Tag Team Championship twice,[4] while also holding the FCW 15 Championship as the final champion. He is a former OVW Heavyweight Champion and OVW Television Champion.[3]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2008–2010)[edit]

He debuted on April 2, 2008 on the OVW tapings teaming up with Galvin Garrison against Dewey and Adam Revolver, which they lost, he used the name Brent Wellington.[5] He won his first match at October 1, 2008 in an Eight-Man Tag Team match, alongside Galvin Garrison and Moose, they called themselves Theta Lambda Psi.[5] On December 24, 2008 Kluttz had a title match for the OVW Heavyweight Championship against Aaron "The Idol" Stevens, which he lost.

After he was defeated, he renamed himself Brent "Beef" Wellington and changed his gimmick to that of a necrophiliac. He had his first match under his new name at OVW Tapings January 14, 2009 winning with his Theta Lambda Psi team against Ted McNaler and Adam Revolver which they won.[5] The Theta Lambda Psi Tag team was split in April 2009 where Kluttz first won a match against Moose then lost one where he was hit with a paddle.[5] On July 26, 2009 he competed for the OVW Television Championship against Jamin Olivencia, he won the match to win his first Championship. His reign lasted 45 days when he was defeated by his former Theta Lambda Psi mate Moose at the OVW Tapings on September 9, 2009.[3] On 27 February 2010 Kluttz won the vacant OVW Heavyweight Championship by winning a Battle Royal. His reign lasted 90 days when he lost the title on 29 May 2010 to Mike Mondo.[3] In mid-2010 it was reported that Kluttz had signed a development contract with WWE.[5]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

Florida Championship Wrestling (2010–2012)[edit]

Kluttz was renamed Brad Maddox and debuted for Florida Championship Wrestling at a Live show on August 5, 2010 losing to Tyler Reks.[6] His TV debut was on November 4, 2010 losing to Tito Colon.[6] He won his first match on the July 1, 2011 episode of FCW against Percy Watson and Richie Steamboat.[6] On 22 September edition of FCW Maddox defeated Briley Pierce, three weeks later at the 13 October edition of FCW they built a Tag Team and competed for the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship against CJ Parker and Donny Marlow,which they lost.[6] On the November 3 tapings for FCW he won the Tag Team titles with Briley Pierce.[4] On the February 2 tapings they lost their titles due to an injury of Pierce. Maddox tried to regain the vacant title with Eli Cottonwood, but they lost to Bo Rotundo and Husky Harris.[4] On the March 4 edition of FCW Maddox was the first signed to Summer Rae´s "organization", and she was at ringside when he was defeated by Seth Rollins.[7]

On June 21, 2012, he won the FCW 15 Championship from Richie Steamboat. While holding the FCW 15 Championship, he won the Florida Tag Team Championship with Rick Victor on July 28, 2012.[8][9] He became the final champion for both titles when all of FCW's championships were retired when the territory was rebranded as NXT Wrestling.

Referee (2012–2013)[edit]

Maddox was promoted to the main roster as a referee in August 2012, debuting on the August 20 episode of Raw when he refereed a Divas Battle Royal.[10] On October 28 at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, Maddox refereed the main event, a Hell in a Cell match between CM Punk and Ryback for the WWE Championship. As Ryback was about to win the match, Maddox gave Ryback a low blow and proceeded to fast-count a pin for Punk, resulting in Punk retaining his title thus turned Maddox heel for the first time in his WWE Career. Ryback brutally attacked Maddox after the match.[11] Maddox explained his actions on the November 5 episode of Raw. He claimed that he was not working for Punk but his actions were self-motivated. Maddox revealed his lifelong dream of becoming a WWE wrestler, but WWE continually rejected him, so he took up the chance to be a referee and attacked Ryback to make a name for himself to earn a contract to become a WWE wrestler. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon then granted Maddox's request at a match against Ryback, while offering a million dollar contract if Maddox won.[12] The next week, Maddox faced Ryback, who soundly defeated him and threw him into an ambulance.[13]

Maddox returned in December 2012, now accompanied by his personal cameraman and claiming to be a "YouTube sensation". Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero offered Maddox a contract if he could defeat Randy Orton, but Orton prevailed. Orton was attacked by the Shield after the match.[14] Similar to Maddox, the Shield had earlier aided Punk by attacking Ryback during the duo's WWE Championship match at Survivor Series to ensure Punk's retention of his title and also denied an alliance with Punk.[15][16] Maddox then took his pleas to SmackDown General Manager Booker T, who thrice granted him opportunities to earn a contract if he could defeat Brodus Clay, The Great Khali, and Sheamus, but Maddox lost all three matches.[17][18][19] On the January 28 episode of Raw, via camera footage taken by Maddox's cameraman, it was revealed that Maddox, as well as the Shield, had been working for Punk's manager Paul Heyman all along, although Punk did not appear in the footage and would claim Heyman had acted independently of him and without his knowledge. Heyman had also instructed the Shield to attack Maddox.[20] The next week on Raw, Maddox revealed he turned in Carson's footage to Vince McMahon and proceeded to call out The Shield, telling them that "justice awaits you". The Shield answered his challenge by brutally attacking him until John Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback helped.

Raw General Manager (2013-2014)[edit]

Maddox in February 2013.

On the February 18 episode of Raw, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero named him Assistant Raw Managing Supervisor after being rewarded for revealing that Paul Heyman and CM Punk are working with The Shield. Maddox challenged Big E Langston on the April 24 "Clash of the Champions" episode of NXT for the NXT Championship and was squashed.[21] On the July 8 episode of Raw, Guerrero was fired when the fans voted that she had failed in her role of Raw Managing Supervisor; Maddox was in turn appointed as the new General Manager of Raw. In the following weeks on Raw, Maddox's allowance of John Cena to choose Daniel Bryan as his Summerslam opponent resulted in Maddox becoming entwined between Mr. McMahon and Triple H resulting in him making himself the special guest referee of the match. Maddox normally chose to handle the situation with Bryan in accordance to McMahon rather than Triple H's methods, and was hence subsequently replaced by the latter as the special guest referee of the Summerslam match. Allying himself with former rival Orton, Maddox would but Dolph Ziggler and the Big Show by placing them in handicap matches against The Shield when they spoke against Randy Orton. Maddox proceeded to have friction with the Big Show, who refused to listen to Maddox's orders at WWE Battleground, which resulted in Stephanie McMahon firing Big Show the subsequent Raw. When Maddox interrupted Show, who was a guest on the following SmackDown, he was himself knocked out, suffering a concussion in the process.[22] Maddox returned on the November 11th edition of Raw to assert his authority to Randy Orton, only to be interrupted by the Director of Operations Kane and Vickie Guerrero. The following week on Raw, despite his General Manager position, Maddox was forced to face Orton in a no disqualification match by Triple H, during which he was beaten to a pulp, forcing the referee to call the match as he had lost consciousness and was subsequently carried out on a stretcher. Subsequently, Maddox began to compete with Kane to gain the favor of the Authority over who ran Raw better. However, their competition soon began to become an alliance as Maddox began to aid Kane in his rivalry against CM Punk, who had begun to badmouth Kane as an employee of the Authority.

On March 24, 2014 during the Raw pre-show on WWE Network, Maddox announced that, through the use of his powers as General Manager, he had entered himself into the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX. This marked Maddox's first WrestleMania match and he was eliminated early on in the bout by Cody Rhodes and The Great Khali.[23] On the April 25th edition of Smackdown, Brad took over for Vickie Guerrero for the night. Later in the night, he was attacked by the Shield.[24]

On the May 19 episode of RAW, Maddox defied Triple H's orders of not allowing any members of the Shield at ringside by making the guest commentators Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. The following week, Brad was relieved of his duties by The Authority by having Kane attack him at the start of the show. Maddox then disappeared from WWE television.

Return (2014-present)[edit]

After being absent from WWE television for 6 months, Maddox returned to in-ring action at a non-televised live event on October 11 in Macon, Georgia, losing first to Zack Ryder, then to The Great Khali immediately after.

Maddox returned to Raw on October 13 in an interview on the WWE App.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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