Ryan Nemeth

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Ryan Nemeth
Birth nameRyan "Phillip" Nemeth
Born (1984-11-04) November 4, 1984 (age 34)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
FamilyDolph Ziggler (brother)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Briley Pierce[1][2]
Ryan Nemeth[1]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1][2]
Billed weight214 lb (97 kg)[2]
Billed fromSpringfield, Rhode Island[2]
Trained byRip Rogers[1]
Ohio Valley Wrestling[1]
Florida Championship Wrestling[1]

Ryan "Phillip" Nemeth[1] (born November 4, 1984) is an American professional wrestler, writer, actor, and comedian, best known for his appearances as Briley Pierce in WWE, where he wrestled in their developmental territory NXT.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2010–2011)[edit]

Nemeth won the promotion's first ever Breakout competition and received a one-year paid scholarship with Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).[3] In 2010, Nemeth made his professional debut for OVW under his real name.[1] On January 8, 2011, Nemeth and Christopher Silvio defeated The Elite (Ted McNaler and Adam Revolver) to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

On February 2, 2011, after Nemeth was attacked by Fighting Spirit (Silvio and Raphael Constantine), Jim Cornette vacated the titles. On the same night, Nemeth and Paredyse defeated Fighting Spirit in a tag team elimination match to win the vacated Tag Team Championship. On March 5, 2011, Nemeth and Paredyse lost the Tag Team Championship to Silvio and Constantine.


Florida Championship Wrestling (2011–2012)[edit]

Nemeth signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).[1] He made his debut on June 26, 2011 as Briley Pierce, facing Big E Langston in a losing effort. On the October 30, 2011, episode of FCW Television Pierce was defeated by Brad Maddox after being pinned with the Oklahoma roll. On November 3, 2011, Pierce and Brad Maddox defeated C.J. Parker and Donnie Marlow to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championships. On February 2, 2012, Pierce and Maddox were forced to vacate the titles due to Pierce suffering a leg injury. Bo Rotundo and Husky Harris defeated Maddox and Eli Cottonwood for the vacant titles that night.[4]

NXT (2012–2013)[edit]

Before WWE, NXT merged with FCW as NXT Wrestling. Nemeth, as Briley Pierce, debuted on the June 20, 2012, episode of NXT taped at Full Sail University as an interviewer.[5]

Pierce made his in-ring debut on the May 8 episode of NXT against Sakamoto, but both men were attacked by Conor O'Brian;[6] this led to both men challenging O'Brian to a handicap match during the next episode, which O'Brian won.[7] On May 17, 2013, Pierce was released; his last match was a battle royal on the May 29 episode of NXT (which was taped before his release) to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Championship where he and Sakamoto were the first men eliminated from the match by Mason Ryan.[8]

Independent circuit (2013–present)[edit]

Nemeth had his first match after his WWE release on May 25, 2013, at Florida Underground Wrestling Throwdown 3, defeating Jesse Neal.[9][10][11] On June 23, 2016 Nemeth won the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship, defeating Bunny the Cat by forfeit.[12]he would lose the title on the same day to Taya Valkyrie.

Personal life[edit]

Nemeth is the younger brother of Nick, who wrestles for WWE under the ring name Dolph Ziggler.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "FCW Profile". Florida Championship Wrestling. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Martin, Adam (October 2, 2010). "Younger brother of WWE star wins deal with OVW". WrestleView. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Meltzer, Dave (February 2, 2012). "Two title changes at tonight's FCW tapings". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  5. ^ James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 6/20 – Week 1 of new season: Kidd vs. McGillicutty main event, Ross & Regal on commentary". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  6. ^ James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 5/8 Week 45: Wyatt Family captures Tag Titles, Ohno turning face?, Sandow in action, Paige vs. Summer Rae feud continues, Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  7. ^ James, Justin. "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 5/15 & 5/22: El Generico debuts, O'Brian beats two NXT releases in same match, Bray Wyatt debuts mask, Natalya vs. Rae, more developments". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Caldwell, James. "WWE NEWS: Several NXT cuts today; two confirm their releases". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=1&nr=96140
  10. ^ http://www.fuwrestling.com/category/news/
  11. ^ http://www.fuwrestling.com/2013/05/nwa-fuw-saturyday-may-25-results-2-former-wwe-stars-debut-harry-smith-robbie-e-michael-tarver-and-more/
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoszwzm5NIM
  13. ^ "Ironman Heavymetalweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 12, 2016.

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