The Bravado Brothers
|The Bravado Brothers|
Harlem (left) and Lance Bravado in 2011
Lance Bravado / Lancelot Bravado
|Billed from||Draper, North Carolina|
|Promotions||Ring of Honor
Pro Wrestling Noah
Full Impact Pro
Harlem Bravado and Lance Bravado are a professional wrestling tag team, collectively known as The Bravado Brothers. The duo have worked for several independent promotions, including Ring of Honor, Chikara, and Full Impact Pro, and have also appeared in Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah.
Professional wrestling career
Ring of Honor (2008–2012)
The duo debuted for ROH in September 2009, and over the next several months they competed in dark matches, facing wrestlers including Tony Kozina and Anthony Nese. Their first match as part of the main roster was at the 8th Anniversary Show, where they were defeated by The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli). They entered the Tag Wars 2010 tournament, reaching the semi-finals before losing to the Dark City Fight Club of Kory Chavis and Jon Davis. Following losses to teams including Future Shock (Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly) and Grizzly Redwood and Andy Ridge, they developed a winning streak beginning in January 2011, which lasted until they were beaten by Future Shock at Supercard of Honor VI on May 21. At Tag Team Turmoil 2011, the Bravados entered the tournament to determine the next challengers to the ROH World Tag Team Championship. They defeated the Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe), but lost to Future Shock in the final. On September 17, the Bravado Brothers appeared on their first ROH pay-per-view Death Before Dishonor IX, when they were part of a three-way elimination match against The Young Bucks and Future Shock; the Bravados were the first team eliminated. In November, the duo lost to the Briscoe Brothers in a qualifying match for the Survival of the Fittest tournament. At the Final Battle 2011 pay-per-view, the Bravado Brothers were part of a tag team gauntlet match to determine the number one contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championship, but were the first team eliminated by Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander.
Following a tour of Japan, the Bravado Brothers returned to ROH at Unity in April 2012, defeating The Young Bucks. The following month, the pair challenged Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) for the ROH World Tag Team Championship. They won the match by disqualification, and so did not win the championship. They competed only sporadically for ROH throughout mid-2012, including a loss to Coleman and Alexander at Glory By Honor XI, which was their last ROH appearance.
Independent promotions (2011–present)
On November 12, 2011, they debuted for Chikara, losing to 3.0 (Scott Parker and Shane Matthews). Throughout 2012, they made sporadic appearances for the promotion, including participating in the 2012 torneo cibernetico on November 18, as part of Team Kevin Steen. On May 18, 2013, the Bravados returned to take part in the 2013 Tag World Grand Prix, but were eliminated in the first round by The Batiri (Kodama and Obariyon).
In 2013, the duo began working for the Evolve promotion. On May 30, they defeated Maxwell Chicago and Sugar Dunkerton at Evolve 20 and the following day at Evovle 21, they defeated Derek Ryze and Andrew Everett. On June 2, at Evolve 22, they teamed with Everett in a loss to Dos Ben Dejos and Shane Strickland.
In 2013, the Bravados also began working for Full Impact Pro (FIP). They debuted at Ascension in April, where they defeated Tommy Taylor and Kenneth Cameron, before attacking the FIP Tag Team Champions Dos Ben Dejos. On July 5, at the Declaration of Independence internet pay-per-view, the Bravado Brothers won a three-way match against Dos Ben Dejos and KOA (Sugar Dunkerton and Aaron Epic) to win the FIP Tag Team Championship. On November 16, the Bravado Brothers defeated The Young Bucks to win Dragon Gate USA's Open the United Gate Championship. On December 6, they lost the FIP Tag Team Championship to Rich Swann and Roderick Strong. On September 14, 2014, at Evolve 35, The Bravado lost the Open the United Gate Championship to Anthony Nese and Caleb Konley in a three-way match, also involving AR Fox and Rich Swann.
Pro Wrestling Noah (2012–2013)
In January 2012 the Bravado Brothers moved to Japan for three months to train with and compete for Pro Wrestling Noah. Lance's first match in Japan was against Yoshinobu Kanemaru in Korakuen Hall. While at Noah, the pair mostly competed in singles matches, but also teamed up sporadically. They returned to Noah in January 2013.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Pro Wrestling World-1
- WORLD-1 U-30 Openweight Championship (1 time) - Lance
- WrestleForce Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- "Lance Bravado". Ring of Honor. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012.
- "Harlem Bravado". Ring of Honor. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012.
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- "Past events". Ring of Honor. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Wood, Darren (September 18, 2011). "Gimmick matches highlight ROH Death Before Dishonor IX". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Wood, Darren (December 24, 2011). "ROH Final Battle great at first, then fizzles". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Laprade, Pat (October 16, 2012). "Steen and Elgin top best ROH show of the year". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- "Past results". Chikara. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- "Show Spoilers – 5/30 Evolve 20 taping in Orlando, Fla.: Results for Friday's iPPV featuring first Evolve Title defense, DGUSA champion in action, Fray! match, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. May 31, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Radican, Sean (June 16, 2013). "Radican's Evolve 21 iPPV Review 6/1 – Gargano ends the war on terrorism, USA vs. The World series, Davis-Taylor show stealer". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- "Show Results – 6/2 Evolve 22 in Ybor City, Fla.: Gargano defends DGUSA Title vs. Del Sol, Tag Title main event, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. June 3, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Radican, Sean (April 27, 2013). "Radican's FIP "Ascension" iPPV Blog 4/26: Fox vs. Trent, Dallas vs. Yim, Ben Dejos vs. KOA". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Namako, Jason (July 7, 2013). "7/5 FIP iPPV Results: Ybor City, Florida (Davis/Baretta)". WrestleView. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- Gee Schoon Tong, Chris (November 17, 2013). "Show results - 11/16 DGUSA in Queens, N.Y.: New DGUSA Tag Champions determined, DGUSA champ loses, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
- Trionfo, Richard (December 6, 2013). "Full Impact Pro In Full Force report: Rich Swann versus Roderick Strong; Trent Baretta versus Lince Dorado; and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
- "iPPV results: Evolve 35 in Brooklyn, N.Y.: New DGUSA tag champs, Ricochet defends DGUSA Title, Drew Galloway, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. 2014-09-14. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
- 留学生紹介 (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. December 26, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
- 2012年1月15日(日) 12:00～ (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. January 15, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
- Martin, Adam (January 8, 2013). "Ring of Honor Newswire for January 8, 2013". WrestleView. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2012". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
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