Tony Nese

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Tony Nese
Tony Nese April 2018.jpg
Nese in April 2018
Birth nameAnthony Nese
Born (1985-08-06) August 6, 1985 (age 33)
Ridge, New York, United States
ResidenceLong Island, New York, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Anthony Nese[1][2]
Matt Cutrone[1]
Matt Maverick[1]
Tony Nese[3]
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Billed weight196 lb (89 kg)[3]
Billed fromLong Island, New York[3]
Trained byMikey Whipwreck[1]
DebutSeptember 23, 2005[1]

Anthony Nese (born August 6, 1985)[4] is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live brand under the ring name Tony Nese, and is the current Cruiserweight Champion in his first reign.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2005–2011)[edit]

Nese made his wrestling debut on September 23, 2005 for the New York Wrestling Connection promotion in a #1 contender's battle royal match for the NYWC Interstate Championship, which was won by Rob Eckos.[5] On November 11, 2005 Nese made his in-ring debut under the ring name Matt Maverick in a losing effort against Spyder. Nese won his first match on December 17, 2005 in a triple threat match defeating Spyder and Amazing Red. Nese continued to wrestle for the promotion for several years including shortening his ring name to Maverick before his independent wrestling career was jumpstarted after he competed in the 2008 ECWA Super 8 Tournament, where he won the first round around against Rob Eckos but lost in the semi-finals to Aden Chambers. Nese would then later on compete in various dark matches for Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2009.[6]

Total Nonstop Action (2011–2012)[edit]

Nese made his debut for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) on the July 7, 2011, episode of Impact Wrestling as part of the X Division Showcase tournament. He was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Jack Evans in a three-way match that included Jesse Sorensen[7] On August 18, TNA announced that Nese had signed a contract with the promotion.[8] On that evening's episode of Impact Wrestling, he took part in a gauntlet match to determine the #1 contender to the X-Division Championship which he would be eliminated early in the match.[9] Nese then did not appear on television for awhile. He made his return on the December 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, where he would compete in a Best of Three Series with Zema Ion to determine the third and final challenger for the X Division Championship at Genesis. Nese would lose the first match of the series.[10]

On the December 22 edition of Impact Wrestling, Nese defeated Ion in the second round of the series. Two weeks later, Nese lost to Ion in a Contract on a Pole match in the final round of the series.[11] Nese appeared on the March 22, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling, competing in fatal-four way match that included Austin Aries, Kid Kash, and Zema Ion which ended in a no contest. This would also mark Nese's final appearance in company. Nese was released from TNA on May 17, 2012 after asking permission to work a scheduled tag team match for Pro Wrestling Syndicate, which would include Nese teaming with Sami Callihan against The Great Muta and Kai. Nese was offered his release from TNA which he accepted.[12]

Return to independent circuit (2012–2016)[edit]

Nese posing during a 2015 appearance with House of Hardcore

After departing from TNA, Nese returned to the independent wrestling circuit continuing to appear for the New York Wrestling Connection promotion also competing in several independent wrestling promotions including Pro Wrestling Syndicate. He started using his real name, Anthony Nese as his ring name. Nese became the first PWS Tri-State champion and was undefeated. He shortly feuded with Matt Hardy, defeating him in a match for the Tri-State title before eventually losing the title to Star Man on November 9, 2012 in a triple threat match. On October 12, 2013, Nese defeated the FWE Tri Borough Champion Paul London in a non-title match.[13] In early 2013, Nese began working for Dragon Gate USA and Evolve. On November 3, Nese began his first tour of Dragon Gate USA's Japanese parent promotion, Dragon Gate, unsuccessfully challenging Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! for the Open the Brave Gate Championship. On November 9, 2013, at House of Hardcore 3, Nese defeated Alex Reynolds and Petey Williams. On December 8, 2013, Nese won the Family Wrestling Entertainment's Openweight Grand Prix.[14]

On September 14, 2014, at Evolve 35, Nese and Caleb Konley won the Open the United Gate Championship from The Bravado Brothers (Harlem and Lancelot) in a three-way match, also involving AR Fox and Rich Swann.[15] At FWE ReFueled day 1, Nese and Jigsaw defeated Adrenaline Express to win the FWE Tag Team Championship.[16] The following day, they lost the title to The Young Bucks.[16]


Cruiserweight Classic and alliance with Buddy Murphy (2016–2018)[edit]

On June 11, 2016, at Evolve 63, Nese defeated Lince Dorado, Drew Gulak, Johnny Gargano and T.J. Perkins to qualify for WWE's Cruiserweight Classic tournament. The tournament began on June 23, with Nese defeating Anthony Bennett in his first round match. On July 14, Nese was eliminated from the tournament by Brian Kendrick.[17] On the September 26 episode of Raw Nese made his main roster debut as a heel, losing to Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins. On the October 3 episode of Raw, Nese defeated Rich Swann. Nese made his WWE pay-per-view debut on the Hell in a Cell pre-show, teaming with Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari in a losing effort to Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Sin Cara.[18] In early 2017, Nese would later wrestle on 205 Live and Main Event, trading victories over Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado and Mustafa Ali. In October 2017, Nese began aligning with Enzo Amore, Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, and Noam Dar, they dubbed themselves as "The Zo Train". On the December 12 episode of 205 Live, Nese was attacked by The Zo Train. Nese returned two weeks later, unsure of his position as a member of the Zo Train, and defeated Akira Tozawa in a singles match. Enzo Amore was fired from WWE in January 2018, thus quietly disbanding the Zo Train.[19]

On the February 13 episode of 205 Live, Nese was defeated by Drew Gulak in a first round match in Cruiserweight Championship tournament.[20] On the March 27 episode of 205 Live, Nese was defeated by Mark Andrews. On the April 10 episode of 205 Live, Nese saved Andrews from an attack of Drew Gulak, appearing to turn face in the process.[20] On April 27, Nese participated in the Greatest Royal Rumble, entering at number 10, eliminating Hornswoggle, before being eliminated by Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Some weeks later, he aligned himself with the heel wrestler Buddy Murphy cementing himself as a heel.[20] They went on to feud with Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik and Kalisto).[20] On the October 10 episode of 205 Live, Nese defeated Cedric Alexander, who had recently lost the Cruiserweight Championship to Murphy. On the October 17 episode of 205 Live, Nese won a fatal five-way match including Alexander, Gran Metalik, Lio Rush and Perkins, pinning Alexander again.[20] On the October 31, 2018 episode of 205 Live, Nese lost to Ali in a number one contender's match for the Cruiserweight Championship.[21]

Cruiserweight Champion (2019–present)[edit]

On the January 29, 2019 episode of 205 Live, he was suspended indefinitely for attacking Noam Dar in the parking lot. Nese returned on the February 12 episode of 205 Live, defeating Dar in a well-received No-Disqualification match.[20] Prior to WrestleMania 35, a tournament to determine number one contender for Cruiserweight Championship was arranged, in which Nese defeated Kalisto in the first round, Drew Gulak in the semifinals, and Cedric Alexander in the final to become the number one contender for Cruiserweight Championship against Buddy Murphy.[20] Following the win he was attacked by Murphy turning Nese face in the process.[20] Nese defeated Murphy via pinfall during the pre-show of WrestleMania 35 for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[22] Two days later, during the April 9, 2019 episode of 205 Live, Nese defeated Murphy again to retain his championship.[23]

Other Media[edit]

Nese made his video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K19.[24]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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