Austin Matelson

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Austin Matelson
Born (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 33)
Woodland Hills, California
Residence Los Angeles, California
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Austin Draven[1]
Austin Morrison
Judas Draven
Judas Devlin
Just Judas
Luchasaurus[2]
Vibora
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Billed weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Trained by Ballard Brothers[2]
Bill DeMott
Billy Gunn
Rick Rayson[2]
Debut 2009

Austin Matelson (born March 10, 1985)[3] is an American professional wrestler and television personality. He works in Lucha Underground as Vibora and also works the independent circuit as Luchasaurus. He was signed to WWE where he wrestled under the ring name Judas Devlin in NXT.[4] He was a houseguest on the reality competition, Big Brother 17, in which he placed 5th.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE (2012–2014)[edit]

In 2012, Matelson signed a developmental contract with WWE and was sent for training at FCW where he became given the ring name Judas Devlin. On August 1, 2012, he made his FCW debut teaming with Corey Graves defeating Briley Pierce and CJ Parker.[5] In 2012, FCW became renamed to NXT and Devlin was transferred to the new development brand, where he had matches mainly in house shows. Austin was released in 2014 after a severe spinal injury.[6]

Lucha Underground (2016–present)[edit]

In May 2016 Matelson under a mask and the ring name Vibora made his Lucha Underground debut as a part of the Reptile Tribe stable. On May 7, 2016, Vibora along with Pindar and Drago won the Lucha Underground Trios Championship.[7] Reptile Tribe lost the Lucha Underground Trios Championship against Dante Fox, Killshot and The Mack.

Independent circuit (2016–present)[edit]

Matelson made his return to professional wrestling in 2016 he had not competed since his release from WWE in 2013. On June 17, 2016, in a match for Millenium Pro Wrestling (MPW) under the ring name Austin Draven, he defeated Ryan J. Morales.[8] On September 30, 2016, under the ring name Just Judas he defeated Danny Divine to become MPW Heavyweight Champion.[9]

On November 9, 2017, Matelson teamed with fellow Big Brother contestant Jessie Godderz under the team name Team Big Brother, they defeated HATE (Peter Avalon and Ray Rosas) in a match for Bar Wrestling.[10]

On November 17 and 18, Matelson wrestled for House of Hardcore under the ring name Luchasaurus defeating Alex Reynolds on the first night and winning on the second night in a three-way by defeating Matt Riddle and Willie Mack.[11][12]

Big Brother[edit]

In the summer of 2015, Matelson appeared as a contestant in the 17th season of Big Brother.[13] He was evicted during the twelfth week and placed fifth.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Access Hollywood Himself
2015 Big Brother 17 Himself
2016 The Price Is Right Himself
2017 Big Brother 19 Himself

Personal life[edit]

Matelson holds a master's degree in medieval literature.[14] While in the Big Brother house, Matelson began a relationship with Liz Nolan. The two continued to date for five months before breaking up in February 2016.[15]

Bill DeMott scandal[edit]

In late February and March 2015, several former NXT trainees previously working within WWE developmental system alleged misconduct by head trainer Bill DeMott, with Devlin and Brandon Traven publicizing complaints which they claimed they had submitted to WWE management about DeMott back in March 2013 when they were still employed with WWE.[16][17] Meanwhile, other ex-trainees like Briley Pierce, Derrick Bateman and independent wrestler Terra Calaway also made allegations in 2015,[16][17][18][19] while previous allegations made in 2013 by Chad Baxter and Chase Donovan were also noted.[20] They accused DeMott of making trainees perform dangerous drills,[16] physically assaulting and bullying trainees,[16][17] using homophobic and racial slurs amongst other derogatory terms,[17][20] and condoning sexual harassment.[18] WWE released statements regarding some of the claims that came to light in 2013 and 2015, saying that investigations were done and no wrongdoing was found.[16][20] On March 6, 2015, DeMott denied the allegations, but resigned from WWE "to avoid any embarrassment or damage" to the company.[18]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Judas Devlin « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database. Cagematch.net. Retrieved on August 19, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Austin Matelson/Víbora: "Quiero ser una versión lucha libre de Undertaker"" (in Spanish). 
  3. ^ "Judas Devlin official OWW profile". 
  4. ^ Judas Devlin Enters ‘Big Brother 17′ House As Austin Matelson. Inquisitr.com (June 16, 2015). Retrieved on August 19, 2015.
  5. ^ FCW « Events Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database. Cagematch.net. Retrieved on August 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "HEAVY ALLEGATIONS LEVIED AGAINST WWE'S BILL DEMOTT, WWE'S OFFICIAL RESPONSE - PWInsider.com". www.pwinsider.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Lucha Underground results May 7, 2016". 
  8. ^ "MPW 6.17.16 Event Results". 
  9. ^ "MPW 9.30.16 Event Results". 
  10. ^ "Bar Wrestling 6: Head of Household Results". 
  11. ^ "HOH 34". 
  12. ^ "HOH 35". 
  13. ^ Appugliesi, Jordan (June 25, 2015). "Big Brother Premiere Recap: Find Out Season 17's Big Twists (Twins!) and Meet the New Houseguests". Us. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ Big Brother Cast: Austin Matelson. Cbs.com. Retrieved on August 19, 2015.
  15. ^ "'BIG BROTHER 17' ALUM LIZ NOLAN AND AUSTIN MATELSON SPLIT — REALITY STAR CLAIMS THEY PARTED AS FRIENDS". 
  16. ^ a b c d e Heavy Allegations Levied Against Wwe'S Bill Demott, Wwe'S Official Response. PWInsider.com (March 3, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-08-19.
  17. ^ a b c d SECOND LETTER OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST WWE'S BILL DEMOTT LEAKS ONLINE, CHRIS JERICHO, EC3, OTHERS COMMENT ON SITUATION. PWInsider.com (March 4, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-08-19.
  18. ^ a b c WWE News: Bill DeMott resigns, interim replacement (updated). F4wonline.com (March 6, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-08-19.
  19. ^ WWE News: Developmental head trainer is under fire again. Prowrestling.net. Retrieved on August 19, 2015.
  20. ^ a b c Powell, Jason (July 8, 2013). "NXT investigation regarding claims made against Bill DeMott, statement issued by WWE". prowrestling.net. 
  21. ^ "ASW Tag Team Championship History". 
  22. ^ "Ironman Heavymetalweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  23. ^ Meltzer, Dave (July 4, 2016). "July 4, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW G1 tournament preview, Ali vs. Inoki anniversary, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 34. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  24. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "MPW « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  25. ^ "At @Awakening We saw new Tag Team Champions as @JudasDraven & @Lucha_Cruz defeated @masonbeck & @NewAgeRampage. 3/25 #ForgedInFire". 
  26. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2013". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 

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