Excalibur (wrestler)

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Excalibur
Excalibur holding the PWG World Championship 2009.jpg
Excalibur in the ring in 2009 with the PWG World Championship
Ring name(s) Excalibur[1]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Billed weight 183 lb (83 kg)[1]
Born Detroit, Michigan[1]
Trained by Super Dragon[1]
Debut January 2000[1]
Retired 2007[2]

Marc Letzmann[2] is a retired American professional wrestler, best known under his ring name Excalibur. Letzmann is one of the six founders of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, where he continues to work as the company's "Liaison to the Board of Directors". After retiring from in-ring competition in 2007, he became the company's lead play-by-play commentator.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

While writing for a wrestling video game website, Excalibur met Super Dragon online.[3] Through chatting online, the two became friends and it helped spark the beginning of Excalibur's career.[3] After spending a year in college, Excalibur chose to move to California to begin his wrestling career and also get work in his full-time profession, graphic design.[3] He cited having an "in" to Revolution Pro as the reason he decided to leave his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.[4] After moving to California in late 1999, Excalibur spent 6 months living in Super Dragon's garage, until finally renting a place of his own.[3]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla[edit]

Excalibur is one of the six owners of Southern California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and is collectively known as one the "PWG Six", in reference to his partial founding of the company. On PWG's debut show, he defeated Chris Bosh. Soon after, Excalibur became a member of the stable SBS with Super Dragon and Disco Machine.[5] While with SBS, Excalibur and Super Dragon won the company's Tag Team Championship from Quicksilver and Chris Bosh. They became the first team in PWG's history to successfully defend the title, but they eventually lost them to Joey Ryan and Scott Lost.

At All Nude Revue, someone dressed as Super Dragon attacked the real Super Dragon after a match. On May 13 at Jason Takes PWG!, it was revealed that Excalibur was the mastermind of the attacks on Super Dragon and that Kevin Steen was the attacker, resulting in Excalibur becoming a heel.[6] After subsequently turning on Super Dragon, Excalibur defeated him in a Guerrilla Warfare Match.[6] After the match, Disco Machine made his way to the ring to aid Super Dragon.[6] On June 11 at Guitarmegeddon, Disco Machine teamed with Super Dragon in a losing effort to Excalibur and Kevin Steen.[7] After the match, Disco turned on Dragon and united with Excalibur and Steen, with the three now calling themselves the "new" SBS.[7][8] On July 9 at Bicentennial Birthday Extravaganza, the new SBS defeated Dragon, El Generico and Human Tornado in a six-man tag team elimination match.[9] At part two of the event the following night, Excalibur and Disco were unable to win a number one contender's four-team elimination match after Generico pinned Disco.[10] At Zombies Shouldn't Run on August 10, Excalibur and Disco gained an "apprentice" in Ronin, and stated that he would face a test to see if he would allowed to join the group.[11] After the SBS' scheduled opponents, Los Luchas, did not appear, the SBS and Ronin instead competed against and defeated the team of Top Gun Talwar, Hook Bomberry and Mr. Excitement.[11] At the first-ever Battle of Los Angeles event, the SBS and Chris Sabin lost to Talwar, Bomberry and Human Torndo.[12] However, the SBS won at part two of the event the following night, as they and Ronin defeated Sabin, Bomberry and T.J. Perkins.[13] At part two of All Star Weekend 2: Electric Boogaloo on November 20, 2005, the SBS faced Super Dragon and Davey Richards for the World Tag Team Championship, but lost the match.[14] On the first night of Battle of Los Angeles on September 2, 2006, Excalibur took part in a four-way elimination match for the World Championship that included Petey Williams, Human Tornado and then-champion Joey Ryan.[15] After eliminating Williams, Excalibur was eliminated from the match by Ryan after Williams hit Excalibur with a piledriver.[15]

Independent circuit, retirement and return to PWG[edit]

In addition to PWG, Excalibur began competing for various other promotions. In Combat Zone Wrestling, he began wrestling mostly tag team matches with Super Dragon as his partner before splitting. Excalibur soon joined Beef Wellington and the duo became a comedic, yet popular, tag team dubbed Team Masturbation.[16] While still in CZW, Excalibur had a short feud with Larry Sweeney, which culminated at Cage of Death 7, where they had an Interpromotional match, in which they performed promos back and forth between each other before competing in the actual match. In addition to his work in CZW, Excalibur performed at Ring of Honor, where he wrestled Super Dragon at the Do or Die show in 2004, and also Chikara, where he competed until his final match in 2006. After his final professional match in 2007, he returned to PWG and became the "Commissioner of Food & Beverage", which was later renamed to the "Liaison to the Board of Directors", as well as the company's lead play-by-play commentator.[2] On an episode of Colt Cabana's Art of Wrestling podcast, Excalibur talked about how concussions suffered in his career had scared him to the point of retiring. He went on to explain that he was nervous the concussions would cause him to lose years off his life or that his brain would start to deteriorate at an early age.[3]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner(s) Loser(s) Location Date Notes
Hair Excalibur Chris Bosh Los Angeles, California December 13, 2003 [28]

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