Beer City Bruiser

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Beer City Bruiser
Beer City Bruiser by Ryan Bognar.jpg
Bruiser in April 2019
Birth nameMatt Winchester
Born (1978-07-21) July 21, 1978 (age 41)[1]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Beer City Bruiser
Billed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Billed weight323 lb (147 kg)[2]
Billed fromMilwaukee, Wisconsin[2]
Trained byTrevor Adonis and Harley Race[3]
DebutMay 2000[3]

Matt Winchester (born July 21, 1978 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Ring of Honor under the ring name Beer City Bruiser.

Professional Wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2000-present)[edit]

Ring of Honor (2015-present)[edit]

After a non-televised match in 2013, Winchester debuted in Ring of Honor on January 3, 2015, participating in the 2015 Top Prospect Tournament. He defeated Mikey Webb before being eliminated in the semi-finals by Will Ferrara.[4]

Soon thereafter, Winchester formed his now long-standing tag team with Silas Young.[5] Bruiser lost to Dalton Castle on September 12[6] and a week later, he and Silas Young defeated The Boys, the former 'servants' of Dalton Castle.[5]

Bruiser made his pay-per-view debut at Glory By Honor XIV on October 24, teaming with Young in a losing effort to The All-Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus).[7] At supercard of Honor X April 2, 2016, Bruiser and Young wrestled for the ROH World Tag Team Championship against War Machine (Hanson and Rowe).[8]

At ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds 2016 on May 9, BCB and Young lost to ACH and Matt Sydal. On June 12, they won the 2016 Tag Wars tournament, defeating the All-Night Express and the Briscoe Brothers,[9], becoming number one contenders to the ROH Tag Team titles. On June 25, they lost to defending champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian).[10]

In September 2016 BCB was injured, forcing the cancellation of his ROH and independent commitments.[11] He made his return at Glory By Honor XV, losing in a three-way match against Punishment Martinez and winner Donovan Dijak.[12] BCB and Silas Young teamed again the following night against The Motor City Machine Guns.[13]

On March 4, 2017 at Manhattan Mayhem VI, Bruiser participated in an ROH World title number one contendership 20-man battle royal.[14] On April 1st at Supercard of Honor XI, he and Silas Young defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia.[15]

On May 10 - the second day of ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds 2017 - Bruiser competed in a seven-man TV title number one contendership match, which was won by Cheeseburger. On July 29, Bruiser lost against Jay Lethal in a no disqualification match. In 2018 Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas formed the tag team called The Bouncers after a falling out with Silas Young. On ROH television, Silas Young defeated Beer City Bruiser in a no disqualification match to end their feud. [16]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Allied Independent Wrestling Federations
    • AIWF World Heavyweight Championship[1]
  • Brew City Wrestling
    • BCW Heavyweight Championship (4 times)[1]
    • BCW Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Brandon Tatum (1) and Nick Colucci (3)[1]
    • BCW Legacy Championship (1 time)
  • ComPro
    • ComPro X Division Championship (1 time)[17]
  • Insane Championship Wrestling (USA)
    • ICW West Central Championship[1]
    • ICW Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Brandon Blaze [1]
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA Heartland States Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked Bruiser #318 of the top 500 wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017[18]
  • Ring of Honor
  • UPW Pro Wrestling
    • UPW International Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Wisconsin Pro Wrestling/All-Star Championship Wrestling
    • ACW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • ACW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Nick Colucci [1]
    • WPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Nick Colucci [1]
    • NWA Wisconsin Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
    • NWA Wisconsin Team Championship (3 times) - with Jose Guerrero (1), Nick Colucci (2)[1]
    • NWA Unleashed Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
  • World League Wrestling


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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 28, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ "411MANIA". ROH Tag Wars Night Two Results 6.12.16 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  10. ^ "ROH on SBG #251 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  11. ^ "Severe Injury To The Beer City Bruiser Creates Card Changes - CWE".
  12. ^ "ROH Results: Glory By Honor XV Night 1 – Chicago, IL (10/14)".
  13. ^ "ROH Glory By Honor XV - Tag 2 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  14. ^ "ROH Manhattan Mayhem VI results: The Hardys & Bully Ray appear". WON/F4W - WWE news, Pro Wrestling News, WWE Results, UFC News, UFC results. March 5, 2017.
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