Jeff Cobb

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Jeff Cobb
Jeff Cobb June 2019.jpg
Cobb posing in June 2019
Birth nameJeffrey Cobb
BornJuly 11, 1982 (1982-07-11) (age 37)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jeff Cobb
Matanza
Matanza Cueto
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Billed weight263 lb (119 kg)[2]
Trained byOliver John
Sabaki
DebutJune 4, 2009

Jeffrey Cobb (born July 11, 1982) is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to Ring of Honor, where he is a former ROH World Television Champion. He is also known for his work in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he is a former NEVER Openweight Champion. He was formerly signed to Lucha Underground, where he worked under a mask and the ring name Matanza Cueto (or simply Matanza).

Cobb also works for promotions on the independent circuit, most notably Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he is the current PWG World Champion in his first reign. He is also the winner of PWG's 2018 Battle of Los Angeles tournament and a former one-time World Tag Team Champion with Matthew Riddle (as The Chosen Bros). Cobb also holds numerous other titles in various independent promotions.

As an amateur wrestler, Jeff Cobb represented Guam at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he became the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony and competed in the men's light heavyweight freestyle category.[3] He transitioned to professional wrestling in 2009.[4]

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Jeffrey Cobb
Personal information
Nickname(s)Mr. Athletic
Nationality Guam
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Sport
SportWrestling
StyleFreestyle
ClubGuam Amateur Wrestling
Federation
CoachNeil Krantz

During his amateur wrestling career, Cobb trained for the Guam Amateur Wrestling Federation under his personal coach Neil Krantz. Cobb qualified for the Guamanian squad in the men's 84 kg class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by receiving a continental berth from the Oceanian Championships in Dededo.[5] He received two straight losses due to technical superiority and no classification points in a preliminary pool match against Cuba's Yoel Romero and Germany's Davyd Bichinashvili, finishing 21st overall out of 22 wrestlers.[6]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2009–2014)[edit]

Cobb began professional wrestling in 2009 working for Action Zone Wrestling in Hawaii. He won the AZW Heavyweight Title a record setting three times. He made appearances for many independent promotions in Northern California such as All Pro Wrestling, Supreme Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Bushido, Phoenix Pro Wrestling and PREMIER Wrestling; where he held their heavyweight championship for 427 days. In September 2014, he received a tryout at the WWE Performance Center.[7]

Lucha Underground (2015–2018)[edit]

Cobb signed to Lucha Underground in 2015.[8] He debuted for the promotion on March 22, 2016 under a mask and the ring name "The Monster" Matanza Cueto,[9] the storyline brother of Dario Cueto, winning the Lucha Underground Championship in his first match.[10] Matanza remained undefeated until April 9, 2016, when he was pinned by Rey Mysterio in an Aztec Warfare match, losing the Lucha Underground Championship in the process.[11]

His character was killed off in the fourth season, which aired in 2018. Despite this, it was reported in April 2019 that Cobb was seeking legal action to be released from his Lucha Underground contract. This came after similar motions from others on the show, including King Cuerno and Joey Ryan.[12] Mere days later, it would be confirmed that he had been released from the company.[13]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2016–present)[edit]

Cobb in 2017

On May 20, 2016, Cobb made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), losing to Chris Hero.[14] On September 2, Cobb entered the 2016 Battle of Los Angeles, from which he was eliminated in the first round by Ricochet.[15] On December 16, 2016, Cobb and Matthew Riddle defeated The Young Bucks.[16] Cobb and Riddle were later known in PWG as "The Chosen Bros." On February 18, 2017, Cobb and Riddle would defeat the Unbreakable F'n Machines (Brian Cage and Michael Elgin). On March 18, 2017, the team would beat OI4K (Dave Crist and Jake Crist). On April 21, 2017, Cobb, in singles action, would defeat Keith Lee. On May 19, 2017, The Chosen Bros defeated reDRagon (Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish). On October 20, The Chosen Bros defeated the Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta el Zero M) to win the PWG World Tag Team Championship.[17] They retained the titles until April 20, 2018, when they lost them against The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier). On September 15–16, 2018, he went on to win the 2018 Battle of Los Angeles, beating Darby Allin in the first round, Rey Horus in the second round, Trevor Lee in the third round, and Shingo Takagi and Bandido in the final.

On October 19, Cobb defeated Walter at Smokey and the Bandido to win the PWG World Championship. He then successfully defended it against Trevor Lee at Hand of Doom in January 2019.

Progress Wrestling (2017–2018)[edit]

On May 27, 2017, Cobb made his Progress Wrestling debut by defeating Nathan Cruz in the first round of the Super Strong Style 16 Tournament 2017. The following day, Cobb lost his second round match to Matthew Riddle. On May 29, Cobb received his first shot at the Progress World Championship, losing to Pete Dunne.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017–present)[edit]

On November 6, 2017, Cobb was announced as a participant in New Japan Pro-Wrestling's 2017 World Tag League, where he would team with Michael Elgin.[18] Cobb and Elgin did not get along behind the scenes with Elgin making disparaging remarks about his tag team partner in private messages that were made public while the tournament was still in progress.[19] The two finished the tournament on December 9 with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.[20]

On June 11, 2018, it was announced that Cobb would return to New Japan Pro-Wrestling for Kizuna Road shows. On June 17, it was announced that Jeff Cobb would face Hirooki Goto for his NEVER Openweight Championship.[21] He would go on to lose the match.

Cobb spent the bulk of late 2018 participating in the World Tag League tournament with partner Michael Elgin, winning eight matches, but failing to qualify for the finals.

On April 6, 2019, Cobb won the NEVER Openweight Championship in a Winner takes all match against Will Ospreay at G1 Supercard. Cobb's ROH World Television Championship was also on the line. Cobb would eventually lose the NEVER Openweight Championship to Taichi in the first night of Wrestling Dontaku 2019.

Cobb then competed in 2019 G1 Climax Tournament.

On November 6, 2019, Jeff Cobb was announced to be in one of the teams in the 2019 World Tag League Tournament with tag partner Mikey Nicholls.

Ring of Honor (2018–present)[edit]

On July 21, 2018, Cobb made his Ring of Honor debut by attacking Eli Isom and FR Josie at a television taping. At Death Before Dishonor XVI on September 28, Cobb confronted Punishment Martinez following his defense of the ROH World Television Championship. At a television taping the following night, Cobb, in his first official match, defeated Martinez to win the ROH World Television Championship. Cobb then would win both of his matches during the two-day Glory By Honor XVI event in October, all three of his matches during the Global Wars 2018 tour in November, and defeated Adam Page at Final Battle in December to round out the year.

2019 began with Cobb winning a four-way match at Honor Reigns Supreme, and then winning all three of his matches (two of them being tag team matches) during the Road to G1 Supercard tour.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Freestyle record[edit]

Olympic Games Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
Loss 0–2 Cuba Yoel Romero Tech. Fall (0–10) August 26, 2004 2004 Summer Olympics Greece Athens, Greece
Loss 0–1 Germany Davyd Bichinashvili Tech. Fall (0–10)

References[edit]

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  18. ^ "【『World Tag』出場チーム決定!】 "新顔"が続々登場! ジュース&キャラハン組! エルガン&ジェフ・コブ組!バレッタ&チャッキーT組! 復活のヘナーレは真壁とタッグ結成!". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
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  20. ^ "鉄拳Presents World Tag League 2017". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  21. ^ NJPW. "Goto defeats Elgin and regains his NEVER Openweight Championship!! Next No.1 contender for Goto is Jeff cobb!! | NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING". NJPW. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  22. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2019". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  23. ^ "MOVE OF THE YEAR: JEFF COBB'S TOUR OF THE ISLANDS". Ring of Honor.
  24. ^ https://twitter.com/RingWarriorsNet/status/1056479633854496770

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