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, United States[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 Joey Mercury
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 and Hiatus (2013–present)[edit]

Maddox in February 2013.

On the February 18 episode of Raw, Maddox would be rewarded the position of Assistant Raw Managing Supervisor by Vickie Guerrero after revealing that Paul Heyman and CM Punk were working with The Shield. On the April 14 episode of NXT, Maddox challenged Big E Langston for the NXT Championship but was quickly defeated.[21] On the July 8 episode of Raw, after Guerrero was fired as Raw Managing Supervisor when the fans voted that she failed in her role, Maddox would be appointed as the new General Manager of Raw.

After allowing John Cena to chose Daniel Bryan as his opponent at SummerSlam, Maddox would be entwined between Mr. McMahon and Triple H. On the August 12 episode of Raw, Maddox would be the special guest referee in the match between Bryan and Wade Barrett, where he would give Barrett the victory after a fast count. Following this, Maddox would announce himself as the guest referee in Bryan's match at SummerSlam, only for Triple H to come out and announce he would referee the match instead before giving Maddox a Pedigree.

Maddox would then form an alliance with Randy Orton, where he would place Orton's rival's, Dolph Ziggler and Big Show, in handicap matches against The Shield. Maddox would continue to have tension with Big Show, who after refusing to listen to Maddox's orders at Battleground, would result in Big Show being fired by Stephanie McMahon on the following nights Raw. Later that week on SmackDown, Maddox would be knocked out by Big Show, after interrupting him, suffering a concussion in the process.[22]

Maddox would return on the November 11 episode of Raw, where he would assert his authority to Randy Orton, only to be interrupted by the Director of Operations Kane and Vickie Guerrero. The following week on Raw, Maddox would be placed in a No Disqualification match against Orton by Triple H, with the match ending in a no contest after Maddox lost consciousness and was carried out on a stretcher. Following this, Maddox would begin to compete with Kane to gain favor of The Authority over who ran Raw better before forming an alliance with Kane, aiding him in his feud with CM Punk.

Maddox performing at a house show in Minneapolis on March 15, 2015

On March 24, 2014 during the Raw pre-show on the WWE Network, Maddox would announce that he had entered himself in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX. At the event, Maddox would be quickly eliminated by Cody Rhodes and The Great Khali.[23] On the April 25 episode of SmackDown, Maddox would take over as the General Manager for the night, where he would be attacked by The Shield.[24] On the May 19 episode of Raw, Maddox would defy the orders of Triple H of not allowing any member of The Shield at ringside by making Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns guest commentators. The following week on Raw, Maddox would be relieved of his duties as Raw General Manager by The Authority before being attacked by Kane.

Maddox would be absent from WWE television for the rest of 2014, mainly working house shows. Maddox would return on the April 6, 2015 episode of Raw, in a backstage segment with Kane before being interrupted by Seth Rollins and leaving the room.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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