Tony Nese

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Tony Nese
Anthony Nese.jpg
Nese in February 2013
Birth name Anthony Nese
Born (1985-08-06) August 6, 1985 (age 32)
Ridge, New York, United States
Residence Long 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 height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Billed weight 196 lb (89 kg)[3]
Billed from Long Island, New York[3]
Trained by Mikey Whipwreck[1]
Debut September 23, 2005[1]

Anthony Nese (born August 6, 1985)[4] is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on 205 Live, a cruiserweight division exclusive show. Nese is also known for his tenure in Impact Wrestling where he was part of the X-Division.

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 east coast 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 in 2009.[6]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011–2012)[edit]

Nese made his debut for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (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] Nese appeared in a backstage segment on the August 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, where Eric Bischoff introduced new rules to the X Division.[8] On August 18, TNA announced that Nese had signed a contract with the promotion.[9] 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.[10] Nese was then later on taken off television. Nese 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.[11] On the December 22 edition of Impact Wrestling, Nese in a winning effort defeated Ion in the second round of the series. Two weeks later, Nese was defeated by Ion in a Contract on a Pole match in the final round of the series.[12] 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 which would include Nese teaming with Sami Callihan against The Great Muta and Kai for Pro Wrestling Syndicate. Nese was offered his release from TNA which he accepted.[13]

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

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. 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] At FWE ReFueled day 1, Nese and Jigsaw defeated Adrenaline Express to win the FWE Tag Team Championship.[17] The following day, they lost the title to The Young Bucks.[17] On July 18, 2015 at House of Hardcore 9, Nese faced John Hennigan in a losing effort.

On Saturday, November 26, 2016, Nese faced long-time rival, Yours Truly, Alex Reynolds, at the New York Wrestling Connection Sportatorium in Deer Park, New York for their Draw the Line event. In a 43-minute main event, Nese and Reynolds, who have both taught and opposed each other over their wrestling careers, put on an amazing spectactle showcasing why Nese was heading to WWE and why he felt Reynolds should not be far behind. In the end, Nese defeated Reynolds and said good-bye to the NYWC crowd, the place he's called home since the beginning having both trained and taught at the school. This was Nese's final independent wrestling show in New York state since he has signed to the WWE.


Cruiserweight division (2016–present)[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.[18]

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.[19] 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, Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari and Noam Dar, they dubbed themselves as "The Zo Train". On the December 12 episode of 205 Live, Nese was attacked by Amore, Daivari, and Gulak, seemingly turning face in the process. Nese returned two weeks later, unsure of his position as a member of the Zo Train, and defeated Akira Tozawa in a singles match, signalling that he was still a heel.

On January 23, 2018, Enzo Amore was fired from WWE after allegations of sexual assault were made public, thus quietly disbanding the Zo Train.[20] On the February 13 episode of 205 Live, Nese faced former partner Drew Gulak in a first round match in the cruiserweight championship tournament but was unsuccessful. On the March 27 epsiode 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, thus turning face in the process. 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. However, some weeks later he became a heel again as he joined forces with Buddy Murphy. On the June 11 episode of 205 Live he lost to Mustafa Ali.

Professional wrestling highlights[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

1Defended under the Freebird Rule


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