Hanson (wrestler)

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Hanson in 2015.
Birth name Todd Smith
Born (1984-03-03) March 3, 1984 (age 33)
Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Hanson
Warbeard Hanson
Todd Hanson[1]
Johnny Hayes
Handsome Johnny
Don Chesterfield
Todd Hansen[1]
Todd Smith[2]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Billed weight 293 lb (133 kg)[3]
Billed from Overseas[3]
Reno, Nevada
Lynn, Massachusetts
Trained by Killer Kowalski
Mike Hollow
Debut 2001

Todd Smith (born March 3, 1984) is an American professional wrestler, currently signed with Ring of Honor, under the ringname Hanson, where he teams with Raymond Rowe as War Machine. Together they are the current IWGP Tag Team Champions and former ROH World Tag Team Champions.

He is the former head trainer of the Chaotic Training Center along with Brian Fury, who changed the facility's name to "New England Pro Wrestling Academy" and runs it by himself. He is also a mainstay of Chaotic Wrestling and New England Championship Wrestling, where he was a three-time Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Champion[3] and two-time Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Champion.[4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2001–present)[edit]

Smith has worked for Chaotic Wrestling, Millennium Wrestling Federation, NWA New England, New England Championship Wrestling, New England Wrestling Alliance, Front Row Wrestling, Eastern Pro Wrestling and UCW promotions under various ring names. Smith has an extensive tag team background, most notably, as one half of The Trendsetters with Max Bauer and Pretty Psycho with Psycho. A former student of Killer Kowalski, he and Brian Milonas are also the head instructors at his Chaotic Wrestling's training facility in North Andover, Massachusetts.[5][6]

On June 3, 2007, Smith was one of several wrestlers involved in a NECW-sponsored fundraiser, The Hot Dog Safari, at the Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston. The event raised $1,000,000 for The Joey Fund which battles cystic fibrosis. During the event, Smith won the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest with Nikki Roxx coming in second.[7]

Handsome Johnny in 2008

On February 16, 2008, Smith defeated Brandon Locke for the NECW Television Championship in Quincy, Massachusetts. The title was vacated on April 22, 2008, due to an injury Smith suffered in a title defense. On June 1, 2008, Smith became the champion again after defeating Chase Del Monte in a tournament final held at Suffolk Downs.

In late winter into spring 2008 a series of vignettes featuring Smith began to air during Chaotic Wrestling live events and on the web. This series of vignettes showed Handsome Johnny discovering himself on a trip abroad and lead to the introduction of "The Duke of Elegance" Don Chesterfield into Chaotic storylines. Smith also uses this character for the Eastern Wrestling Alliance as well as Front Row Wrestling. Is currently out of wrestling due to a back injury, from a tables match against the Intellectual Properties in Chaotic Wrestling.

In NECW, he changed his ring name in 2010 to "Handsome" Johnny Hayes. He was scheduled to challenge Brandon Locke for the PWF Northeast Heavyweight Championship on February 19, 2011 and was attacked by an unknown person while leaving a physical therapy session.

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE (2005–2006; 2014)[edit]

Smith was in a Velocity match before an episode of SmackDown! on December 16, 2005, which he lost to Doug Basham. He made his WWE debut on September 15, 2006 under the ring name Todd Hansen[1] in a losing effort against Sylvester Terkay.[2][8] In April 2014, he returned to WWE to take part in a tryout camp.

Ring of Honor (2013–present)[edit]

Smith made his ROH debut on July 27 a losing effort in a four-corner survival also featuring Brian Fury, Kongo and Vinny Marseglia.[9] A few months after this, he was announced as the eighth participant in the 2014 edition of the Top Prospect Tournament,[10] defeating Cheeseburger and Andrew Everett in the opening rounds before going on to win the tournament at Wrestling's Finest, defeating Raymond Rowe in the final,[11] to earn a ROH World Television Championship match against reigning champion Tommaso Ciampa at the 12th Anniversary Show, where he lost to Ciampa. Since then, he has been tagging with the man he beat in the final of the Top Prospect Tournament, Raymond Rowe under the team name War Machine. On April 11, Hanson and Rowe both signed contracts with ROH.[12] On August 22, 2015, War Machine defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) in a non-title match and afterwards challenged them to a match for their GHC Tag Team Championship, a title owned by the Japanese Pro Wrestling Noah promotion.[13] War Machine received their title shot in Japan on September 19, but were defeated by the Killer Elite Squad.[14] On December 18 at Final Battle, War Machine defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[15] They lost the title to The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) on May 9, 2016, at War of the Worlds.[16]

Japan (2015–present)[edit]

On September 14, 2015, Hanson and Rowe made their Japanese debuts for Pro Wrestling Noah, teaming with Takashi Sugiura in a six-man tag team main event, where they defeated Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer and Minoru Suzuki).[17] This led to a match five days later, where War Machine unsuccessfully challenged Smith and Archer for the GHC Tag Team Championship.[18]

In November 2016, War Machine made their debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) by entering the 2016 World Tag League.[19] They finished the tournament on December 7 with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.[20]

On April 9, 2017, at Sakura Genesis 2017, War Machine defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[21] They lost the title to Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall,[22] regaining it in a no disqualification match on July 1 at G1 Special in USA.[23]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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