Maven (wrestler)

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Maven
Maven.jpg
Maven making his Royal Rumble debut in 2002.
Born (1976-11-26) November 26, 1976 (age 37)[1]
Crimora, Virginia[1]
Professional wrestling career
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2][3]
Billed weight 220 lb (100 kg)[3][1]
Billed from Charlottesville, Virginia[2]
Trained by Al Snow[2][3]
Tazz[3]
Jacqueline Moore
Debut October 4, 2001[3]
Retired October 6, 2007

Maven Klint Huffman[1] (born November 26, 1976)[1] is an American former professional wrestler, best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (WWF/E) under his first name. He is a former three-time WWF Hardcore Champion.[3]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001–2005)[edit]

Tough Enough and Hardcore Champion (2001–2002)[edit]

Maven began his professional wrestling career in 2001 upon being selected to participate in the inaugural season of Tough Enough, a reality television show used by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to find new WWF stars. Ultimately, Maven would become the co-winner of the competition alongside Nidia Guenard, and he was sent to the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) to receive further training.[1] Durning his first years in WWE, Maven used steroids and said The Rock paid his food and hotel.[4]

On the October 4 episode of SmackDown!, Maven made his in-ring debut against Tazz, one of his Tough Enough trainers, who forced him to submit to the Tazzmission.[3] Following the match, Tazz helped Maven to his feet before clotheslining him, thus starting a feud between the two.[3] After losing to Tazz via submission in a rematch the following week on SmackDown!, Maven clotheslined Tazz following the match.[3] On the October 18 episode of SmackDown!, Maven won his first wrestling match as he defeated Tazz with assistance from Tough Enough co-winner Nidia Guenard.[3] Following this brief feud, Maven began a feud with The Undertaker after he eliminated Undertaker from the 2002 Royal Rumble by dropkicking him from behind; Undertaker responded in turn by returning to the ring and tossing Maven out of the ring, hitting him with a steel chair, and beating him all the way back to the concession stand area.[3] On the January 28, 2002 episode of Raw, Maven received his first title match as he faced Chris Jericho for the Undisputed Championship, but lost after submitting to the Walls of Jericho.[5] After the match, Maven was attacked by The Undertaker.[5] On the February 7 episode of SmackDown!, Maven faced Undertaker for his Hardcore Championship, and after interference from The Rock and his Tough Enough trainer Al Snow, Maven defeated Undertaker to win the Hardcore Title, the first championship of his career.[6] At WrestleMania X8, Maven lost the Hardcore Championship to Spike Dudley during a match with Goldust due to the title's unique 24/7 rule, but won the title back the same night from Christian due to the same rule.[7]

Mid-card status and feud with Evolution (2003–2004)[edit]

In 2003, Maven entered the Royal Rumble for the second time. He attempted to eliminate The Undertaker by using a dropkick like he did the previous year, but failed and was eliminated again by The Undertaker. Following this, Maven continued wrestling on Sunday Night Heat and making sporadic appearances on Raw. In 2004, Maven experienced the biggest push in his career, even gaining a victory over then-Evolution member Batista. Maven then took part in an Elimination Match at Survivor Series, teaming with Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, and Chris Jericho to face Triple H, Batista, Gene Snitsky, and Edge for the power to control Raw for one month.[8] Maven was attacked backstage by Snitsky prior to the match, but after Benoit was eliminated, Maven arrived to join his teammates.[8] He was eventually eliminated by Triple H.[8] Orton was the sole survivor and as a result, he and his team had control of Raw for one month.[8]

Maven was the first to control Raw, booking himself in a World Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H, who tried to get out of it by offering Maven a place in Evolution.[9] He declined, but despite interference from Jericho, Benoit, and Orton, Triple H retained the title due to interference from Snitsky and Ric Flair.[9]

Heel turn and departure (2004–2005)[edit]

On the November 29 episode of Raw, Maven competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for World Heavyweight Championship, but was eliminated by Eugene.[10] The following week on Raw, Maven faced Eugene in a singles match, which he lost by disqualification after attacking Eugene's injured knee during the match before choking him out. After the match, Maven attacked Eugene's tag team partner William Regal as Regal came to help him, thus turning heel in the process.[11]

Following this, Maven began feuding with Shelton Benjamin over Benjamin's Intercontinental Championship, culminating at New Year's Revolution 2005 in a singles match for the title.[12] Before the start of the match, Maven proceeded to blast the Puerto Rican crowd before Benjamin quickly defeated him in just a matter of seconds by using a roll-up.[12] Maven then cut a promo on Benjamin, stating that the match "didn't count", and challenged him to a re-match.[12] Benjamin accepted, and Maven was defeated in only seconds yet again following the T-Bone Suplex.[12]

Following his feud with Benjamin, Maven formed a tag team with Simon Dean, where he acted as a dedicated user of Dean's "Simon System" brand of nutritional products.[2][13] After being jobbers for several months, the team came to an end when Dean was traded to the SmackDown! brand while Maven was subsequently released by WWE on July 5, 2005.[3]

Independent circuit and retirement (2005–2007)[edit]

On November 19, 2005, Maven wrestled his first match following his WWE departure, where he lost to Slyck Wagner Brown via disqualification in a match for NWA Cyberspace.[3] On February 10, 2006, Maven joined United Wrestling Federation Live and teamed alongside Jeff Jarrett to defeat Team 3D.[3] On March 31, Maven wrestled his first match for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he and Jarrett lost to Jeff Hardy and Kip James in a tag team dark match.[3] After wrestling sporadically for the UWF and in dark matches for TNA throughout the year, Maven wrestled his final match on October 5, 2007, where he lost to Test in a match for Full Throttle Wrestling.[3]

Television career[edit]

In March 2006,[3] it was announced by VH1 that Huffman would be a participant in the sixth season of The Surreal Life.[14][15] On the first episode, he was picked by the existing castmates as the seventh and final cast member in a "15 More Minutes of Fame Reality Hunk Pageant," beating four other reality "hunks", including former American Idol contestant Corey Clark. Subsequently, Huffman was a host for a show on BET J.[14][15] He also appeared on the Home Shopping Network's weekday morning show, HSN Today, as its exercise and wellness expert.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Huffman's father is African American and his mother was caucasian. After his mother died, he was adopted by his maternal uncle and his wife.[3] Huffman graduated from Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville, Virginia before going on to attend Eastern Mennonite University of Harrisonburg, Virginia.[1] Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Huffman was a middle school teacher at Twality Middle School in Tigard, Oregon.[16]

On February 12, 2004, Huffman's aunt, who he referred to as his mother,[3] died after suffering from cancer.[17]

On April 2, 2012, Huffman was arrested in Florida after police revealed that he was doctor shopping due to an addiction to oxycodone and hydrocodone. He was released on a $2,000 bond and faced up to 5 years in prison if convicted of doctor shopping.[18] On April 11, Huffman revealed that he was seeking help for his addiction and underwent WWE's former talent rehabilitation program.[19]

As of September 2013, Huffman has been working as a bouncer in New York City.[15]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "former Bio". WWE. Archived from the original on 2005-06-02. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Maven Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ http://superluchas.net/2013/12/02/maven-explica-como-el-uso-de-esteroides-le-ayudo-al-principio-de-su-carrera-en-la-wwe/
  5. ^ a b "The SmarK RAW Rant - January 28 / 2002 posted by Scott Keith on 01.29.2002". 
  6. ^ "The SmarKdown Rant - February 7 / 2002 posted by Scott Keith on 02.07.2002". 
  7. ^ Powell, John; Molinaro, John F. (2002-03-18). "Old vs. new at WrestleMania; Triple H crowned WWF Champion". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  8. ^ a b c d Sokol, Chris (2004-11-15). "Orton survives at Series". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  9. ^ a b "WWE Raw Results - November 15, 2004". Online World Of Wrestling. 2004-11-15. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  10. ^ "WWE Raw Results - November 29, 2004". Online World Of Wrestling. 2004-11-29. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  11. ^ "411's LIVE Raw Coverage 12.06.04 Eugene Vs Maven posted by Alex Obal on 12.06.2004". 
  12. ^ a b c d Tylwalk, Nick (2005-01-15). "No Revolution: Triple H prevails". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  13. ^ "WWE Raw Results - March 7, 2005 - Heat Tapings". Online World Of Wrestling. 2005-03-07. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  14. ^ a b "Meet guest expert Maven Huffman". 
  15. ^ a b c d "Former WWE Tough Enough Winner Maven Working as a Bouncer posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.30.2013". 
  16. ^ Pilson, Ty (2001-05-27). "Maven ravin'; Former teacher gets top marks for good luck". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  17. ^ "Maven News: Update on Condition & Return, Mother's Passing, more". Rajah.com. 2004-02-14. Retrieved 2008-02-16. "Maven's mother, Sherma Lee Huffman has passed away after a long and tough battle with cancer. She passed away yesterday (02.12.04)" 
  18. ^ "WWE Wrestler Maven Huffman Arrested on Drug Charges". 
  19. ^ "Maven admits to prescription drug abuse; seeking treatment". 
  20. ^ a b "6/20 WWE Sunday Night Heat review: Shelton Benjamin, Garrison Cade, Steven Richards, Maven". 
  21. ^ "6/6 WWE Sunday Night Heat review: Batista, Rhyno, Smarty Jones, Maven, Hurricane". 
  22. ^ "11/23 WWE HEAT review: Trish, Gail Kim, Hurricane, Maven, Raw Roulette". 
  23. ^ a b "9/14 WWE Heat review: Christian vs. Val, Maven, Jindrak, Cade". 
  24. ^ a b "11/2 WWE Heat review: Molly, Ivory, Maven, Dudleys". 
  25. ^ a b "8/17 WWE Heat review: Maven, Richards, Dreamer, Test, Venis". 
  26. ^ "1/27 WWE Heat review: Molly-Jackie, Maven-Nowinski". 
  27. ^ "3/16 WWE Raw in Columbia, Mo.: Booker offers fans a make-good". 
  28. ^ "411's WWE Sunday Night Heat Report 2.27.05 posted by Alex P. on 02.27.2005". 
  29. ^ "411's WWE Sunday Night Heat Report 5.08.05 posted by Alex P. on 05.08.2005". 
  30. ^ a b "411's WWE Sunday Night Heat Report 07.13.03 posted by Chris Pankonin on 07.13.2003". 
  31. ^ "Entrance themes". 
  32. ^ a b "Awards". 
  33. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2003". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  34. ^ "WWE Hardcore Championship history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 

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