Handler: Matthew M.
Character: "The Crownless King" Matt Matlock
Other Nicknames: The Cornered Animal; The Lone Wolf
Poser / Pic Base: Chris Benoit
Weight : 270 lbs.
Hometown: New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Alignment: Prick (Heel)
(1)Name: The Crowning Achievement
(1)Description: Crucifix Powerbomb lift, into a neckbreaker drop. Picture Tommy Dreamer's "Tommyhawk" finisher, only with the opponent inverted.
(2)Name: The Matlock Drop
(2)Description: Leaping Double Underhook DDT, preferably done from a high elevation if possible.
Desperation / Submission Finisher
(1)Name: The Matt-Lock
(1)Description: Charlie Haas' "Haas of Pain" Submission
Wrestling/Fighting Style: Unique. Matt's style over the years has progressed to a point where it's hard to define it. Those who have wrestled him understand it well, those who haven't have only tapes to watch to try and figure it out. While first and foremost a brawler, Matt is known to be quite agile and technically skilled, with a hell of a mat game, and the ability to take to the air when the time calls for it. Also known for outdoing Ric Flair as being the dirtiest player in the game, and showcasing his strength when the time calls for it. What makes his style unique and hard to figure out is that Matt constantly adapts, and has picked up countless tricks along the way.
Basic Move Set:
2.) Guillotine Leg Drop
3.) Running DDT
4.) Pendulum Backbreaker
5.) Repeated Knee Strikes To The Face
6.) 10 Punches In Corner
7.) Fireman's Carry
8.) Lou Thesz Press w/Punches
9.) Full Nelson Slam
10.) Sidewalk Slam
11.) Diving Headbutt
12.) Stalling Suplex
13.) Samoan Drop
14.) Mudhole Stomping
15.) Side Leglock
16.) Final Cut/Eye of The Hurricane
17.) Eye Poke/Eye Rake
18.) Any Attack to The Groin
19.) Top Rope Perfect-Plex
Old School (Undertaker's Walk on The Ropes Move)
Suicide Dive to the Outside
Brainbuster Falcon Arrow (Falcon Arrow lift, then drops opponent straight down on head)
The Orange Crush Bomb (Jackhammer Lift into Sit-Down Powerbomb Pin)
The Matlock-Go-Round 2006 Edition (The Muscle Buster)
The Matlock-Go-Round 2009 Special Edition (Inverted F-5)
The Matlock-Go-Round 2011 Super Special Edtion (Airplane Spin followed by roundhouse kick)
Entrance Music: "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell
Entrance: The opening chords of Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" begin to play over the speakers of the arena. There's an explosion of pyro on stage as the song starts, and Matt Matlock steps out onto the stage, ready to fight as always. He takes a minute to look over the crowd before walking down the ramp towards the ring. Partway down he stops, head down and arms out to the sides as pyro shoots off down the sides of the ramp. He looks up with a cocky grin towards the crowd, as he finally enters the ring. Heading for one of the far turnbuckles he raises his arms in the air as HBK-styled pyrotechnics go off, and immediately stop as he lowers his arms. He then gets down and prepares for the upcoming match.
Fan Interaction: He interacts with the fans a lot and not always in the pretiest ways. He will frequently shout obscentities, maybe even an occasional racial slur, toss up middle fingers and in rare cases get in someone's face if they really piss him off. If he's in the middle of a match though he does tend to ignore the fans and focus on the match at hand. Outside of a match? Gloves are off.
Biography/Upbringing/Influences: There are many who are not familar with him, but Matt Matlock has been a name in the squared circle since 2003. Having trained alongside his childhood friend Anthony in an eastern Canadian independent promotion, at the age of seventeen he was contacted by the legendary Maze's Wrestling Association to compete for them. Due to his age documents had to be forged that made him appear ten years older. Within three months of his arrival he was apart of one of the marquee matches at their biggest pay per view of the year, suffering a defeat against major heel "The Only One" who had been psychologically torturing the young rookie for months. This would mark the start of Matlock's major career.
Since then he has had ups and down. There were occasions where might miss a show, and leave his promoters furious. There were occasions where he may not have put his best foot forward. These occasions did not occur often, and almost never occur anymore. But one thing was certain. When Matlock showed up, you were in for a fight.
He has competed all over the MSN/Aimoo circuit of wrestling, including the "Big Three"; Wrestling 2000, Professional Wrestling Today, and Bytches Ultimate Domain. He'd capture tag team gold, hardcore championships, and various mid-card titles along the way. He'd find a lot of success in the much smaller Showstoppas Extreme Federation, capturing most of the titles in the company's existence before an issue with the owner caused his departure. He would also pop up in various other companies around the circuit.
In 2007, he had a pay per view named after him; ICWA Ressurection: Howl of The Wolf. In the main event, the young kid from Canada, who wasn't the most athletically gifted, asthetically pleasing, or the most talented wrestler in the world, fought ICWA Heavyweight Champion David Van Dam, one of the ring's best technicians in a brutal 70 minute plus match, and surprisingly Matlock came out with the victory. One month later he would lose the title in a triple threat match back to David Van Dam, Following this, Matlock went into semi-retirement.
Returning in late 2009, Matlock didn't have as much success. He still had some great matches, but found little in the way of championships. The hightlight of this period was a civil war in Professional Wrestling Today, which saw the invading "Natural Selection" faction seek to dismantle the company. In a rare babyface turn, Matlock defended the promotion he was loyal to, alongside a team of others in a War Games match, along with a third team, specially recruited in case Matlock's team failed. After a betrayal by the third team, PWT lost the match. Matlock would shortly after take a six month injury leave.
He came back in mid 2011, battling his way to the main event of ICWA Thunderstruck IV in Toronto, Canada, the equivelent of Wrestlemania. Unfortunately he found himself on the losing end of the match due to outside interference, robbing him of his moment in the sun in front of his fellow Canadians.
Since then he's been competing in various other promotions, only recently having branched out outside of his usual federations and competition, to find other fresh competion. With the closure of the OWC, one of his most enjoyable new prospects, he's looking for the next big company to catch his eye and keep him occupied. After receiving several offers, Matt chose two, one of them being Sin City Wrestling.
Mentality / Personal Traits / World View: Matlock has a big ego, bigger then most. He can be very cocky, conceited, and most of the time a flat out prick. He might on occasion verbally write a check his ass can't cash but he's not so stupid he'll pick a fight he can't win. He can also be controversial if the situation calls for it. While he holds no hatred or disdain for any particular group, he has pretended to on occasion in attempts to throw people off their game. He has frequently been recorded using the "N-Word" when facing black opponents, even brought out a cat-o-nine tails whip in a match against one, referred to an Arab opponent as "Camel Fucker", inadvertedly caused the miscarriage of a female opponent and showed no remorse, and rubbed his face into a female opponent's crotch mid match. He has toned down this sort of behavior over the past year or so but the idea of doing so has crossed his mind.
Gimmick Elements (catchphrases / poses / etc.): Matlock makes use of the good ol' one finger salute very often. He flips the bird more often then Stone Cold Steve Austin did in his entire career. May often point to booing fans and shout some random obsecity at them. Catchphrases include:
"Don't fuck with Matlock."
"You're fucked, plain and simple."
"If you dream of beating me, wake up and apologize."
"I've been putting boot to ass since 2003."
"You wanna fuck with me? Don't test the odds. Your arms are too short to box with God."
"Beware the howl of the lone wolf." (not used as much anymore)
"You just don't know what a cornered animal will do. (not used as often)
"Bow before the Crownless King!"
Supporting Cast (Friends / Enemies / Managers / Valets): His fiance/manager Jessica Winters will always be at his side, and when she gets into the ring he will be at her side. The only others that may make reoccuruing apperances are Matt's rival/partner/friend Adam Smith, and his wife Christine Smith. Appearances from those he's worked with in the past may occur, usually in a conversational role.
Career History (Past feds / accolades):
ICWA Heavyweight Champion (1x);
CWA/nWWF Heavyweight Champion (1x);
PWT Backyard Champion (6x);
PWT Tag Team Champion (1x) (with David Van Dam);
Record for Most Reigns with a Singles Championship (P.W.T. - Backyard Championship - 6x);
W2K Turbo/Television Champion;
W2K Tag Team Champion (1x) (with Dakota);
W2K Chief of Security;
BUD Franchise Champion;
BUD ICON Champion;
BUD Tag Team Champion (3x) (with Drew Stevenson, with David Van Dam, with Bobby Johnson);
BUD THC Champion (3x);
BwF Intercontinental Champion (2x);
MWA European Champion (2x);
EWF HardKore Champion (1x) (Last Ever);
SCWE Tag Team Champion (1x) (w/ "The Jackal" Adam Smith);
SCWE-WCW Television Champion (1x);
SEF Chief of Staff;
XCW Heavyweight Champion (3x);
SEF Intercontinental Champion (2x);
SEF International Champion (1x);
SEF United States Champion (1x);
SEF World Tag Team Champion (3x - w/"The Jackal" Adam Smith); SEF Television Champion (1x);
SEF Hardcore Champion (3x);
SEF Hardcore Tag Team Champion (2x - w/ "The Jackal" Adam Smith);
SEF Royal Rumble Winner (2006);
Voted Winner Of SEF Fued Of The Year (2004 - vs. Shane "Daddy" Mack);
Voted Winner of SEF Match of The Year (2004 - Prison Yard Match vs. Shane "Daddy" Mack - SEF Heavyweight Championship);
It had been something I'd been thinking about for a while. As much as you hear about people in Europe going crazy when their teams lose, Canadians are equally as passionate about their sports teams. Back in June, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the final game. Riots immediately erupted in the city of Vancover; store fronts smashed, cars set aflame, pure chaos essentially.
As the time for Thunderstruck draws closer and closer, the fans in Toronto and in Canada as a whole really seem to be getting behind it, and me more specifically. With so many wrestlers primarily being from America, we always get pumped to see Canadians take center stage. One need only look at the past successes of Bret Hart, Edge, Christian, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit to see this. Now I was on that list. These people were behind me, cheering me, almost ferociously.
As the ICWA cameras fade in, I was standing up high in the Rogers Centre. Almost to the point where I could look out and see the CN Tower, and the rest of the city in the distance. A wind blew, not very strong but not weak either, blowing through my chair and russling my clothes. My back to the camera slightly, I spoke.
This has been a big week for the city of Toronto. One of the biggest wrestling events in what seems like forever is coming to the city and the excitement, and the anticipation is at a fever pitch. People are in a good mood....for now. You see I was recently talking to the mayor Toronto, one Rob Ford, who had asked to see me and wish me luck tonight at Thunderstruck. I told him to make sure the police were on full alert. I told him that if I were to somehow lose, there might be a riot on our hands.
Turning now to face the camera, my eyes covered by sunglasses, I spoke again.
We Canadians are very passionate about our home, our military, our sports, everything. I worry that this excitement will boil over in the event of me losing. Sure, the people love Damien Collins. But he's not Canadian. He's not Matt Matlock. People hate Drew Stevenson so if he should win, I imagine the reaction to be worse.
Damien, let's start with you. I heard what you said about being more bark then bite, more hype then anything. For the longest time Damien you bet you were. I remember down in San Antonio, Texas, in Wrestling 2000 when they gave you that belt. I didn't see what the good in it was. I didn't see why they did it, it seemed like a waste. And I was right. Hell, look at PWT. Sure you did somewhat better, but in opinion, you were still a flop as PWT Champion. Then you come here to the ICWA, and magically, you're not a flop. You're not hype, you become your namesake; The Real Deal.
That belt you hold Damien is in fact the richest prize in our sport today, and that belt, hell the company as a whole has an effect on people. Look at me. I came here in two thousand five. I thrived in the once popular SEF, was only starting my PWT career, and had been in numerous other companies without much success. I came here, and all of a sudden, I'm a star. Sure I had a rocky start I'll admit. But it wasn't long until I was pairing up with the Bobby Johnson's, and Jacob Mitchell's, and fighting for the ICWA Championship at pay per views. It wasn't long until I held the unified nWWF/CWA Heayweight Titles, which at that point were the second most prestigious belts in the company.
Anyone who comes to the ICWA gets this feeling they are a part of something much bigger, and better then any other company out there. It's a hard thing to define unless you experience it yourself. You & I Damien, like I said before, we're not all that different. We both have used the ICWA to better ourselves, and our careers. We both used to be looked upon as mostly hype, nothing special. Yet, here we both are, preparing to face off along with Drew for the biggest prize of them all. Funny thing is Damien we sort of have, grown and matured alongside each other. Seems where I've gone, you've been there to. Each time we face off, it's a little different. Both of us a bit better. You've gotten a victory on me, I've gotten victories over you. And for what it's worth Damien? I do respect you.
A pause, as more wind blows through the scene.
But that doesn't mean I have to like you. Hell Damien, I'm a bit jealous, to be honest. That's not something I'll readily admit to, because I don't get jealous of people. It's to do with that "chip" on your shoulder that you mentioned. You had a chip on your shoulder, using all the doubters and all the critics as fire, as motivation to become the champion. As you said once you won it, the chip became bigger. It constantly pushed you to be better. To compete with the best, to come out on top.
When I won the title, my chip vanished altogether. It was like I had nothing left to prove. I had proved I could win the title, and for some reason defending it didn't seem important. I know that sounds, ridiculously retarded, but it's the truth. I could never understand why. But I'll say this Damien, I've found that chip again. It's sitting right here on my shoulder, being fueled by the doubters and critics who say I can't do it again. This time, me and this chip have a binding contract. Once that title is mine, it's not going anywhere and neither is that title.
Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say, once that title is mine? Did I infer that I'm basically going to just win it? ....Why yes, yes I did. You can sit back and wonder about being better then David Van Dam, but you know nothing about that. I teamed with DVD, I was the "second fiddle" in the team. Most every time we fought, it was him winning, not me. I beat him once time, and then a month later he takes my title away. Then the gauntlet match last season, Nova wins and bails, and then next week, DVD again takes the chance at the winning the title away from me. That's another thing that fuels me on Damien. I see David Van Dam as my biggest rival, and I want to be known as the best ICWA Champion ever, not him. And while you might be a good champion now? It's my mission, hell I think my duty, to make it so that when people think of the ICWA Title, they think of Matt Matlock first, and then David Van Dam, and maybe, just maybe, Damien Collins after that.
You can be hell bent on something as much as you want Damien. You can be hell bent on keeping the title, and say you're a better wrestler now then you were when you won it, or at Betrayal. But if someone was better then you, say, a couple of weeks ago on Demented, and that person is a better wrestler now, and is more hellbent on winning the title then you are defending it? You can expect to walk out with that belt still around your waist Damien, but you might have to lower your expectations.
For you Damien, this will be the most grueling match you've ever been a part of. For me though? This is child's play. A three way dance? Pfft. I've been in many brutal contests over the years. I'm a fighter Damien. Not much of a wrestler, but I'm a fighter. I've been in some nasty, nasty fights, and had my blood spilled everywhere. Will beating you and Drew at the same time be hard? Definately. But grueling? Nah, I've dealt with much worse. Because you're right, I am the most unpredictable wrestler in the world. As much as you and Stevenson know me? Trust me, you haven't seen anything yet.
It's a good thing you know what you're up against Damien. Because this is elimination. If you do manage to get rid of Drew, then you still have to go through em. Great champions do go into matches like this and come out greater but you Damien are not a great champion. You're a good champion, but not great. You can work as hard as you want, but as the Lord above as my witness, you can't match my intensity right now, or in the ring. You won't live up to the expectations.
You. Won't. Win.
It's hard to see behind the sunglasse, but I'm not joking. No laughing, no grinning, no cockyness. I'm dead serious. I turn to look down from the top of the arena at all the people waiting outside to get in. Some of them look up and see me, and cheer. I wave back. I can make out a sign, it says "If Matlock Loses, We Riot." Lovely.
Look down there boys. All those fans? Those are Canadian wrestling fans. Here to cheer on a Canadian superstar, to win the title. They aren't here to cheer on Damien Collins, and they sure as hell aren't here to cher on Drew Stevenson.
Turning back to the camera now, time to address the other man.
Drew I wanted to thank you. All that time I spent around you, tagging, travelling, training, you taught me something no one else could. I learned a lot about the art of playing mind games from you. You see I've come to realize the only reason I ever lost to you, was because of the fact that, as a young upcoming wrestler, I looked up to you. But you, always put it in my head, that I can't beat you. That's why I lost. So I figured now, since I knew all about mind games I'd pay you back. You see I saw the Emerald Triad as basically combustible as an aerosal can. It's fine if you leave it alone. But under pressure....BOOM.
The pressure between you and Zarek, and Addams, I knew that your ego was too big. I knew you'd want him to lay down. I knew he'd refuse because I know how passionate Zarek is. But what made me laugh was at Demented, when you actually were going to lay down! Tell you what Drew, why you don't you go ahead and lay down come Thunderstruck, and let the worthy men with all the heart fight it out.
...Oh, that sting a little Drew? That maybe, get your goat a little? Or maybe you're just worried. Worried because you have to try and win something on your own. You know, like you used to? Back in the day when you were Drew Stevenson, the Emperor, the true Emerald, a guy who commanded so much respect in this business because of his wrestling ability. Not because he was a cheat, a coward, a rule breaker. Because that's all I've seen from you so far this season Drew. You're not the guy that you used to be. Sure, you pinned me. But you needed outside help. Can you pin me in this match, withough Mark there to distract the ref? Without Addams & Lyle there to beat me down? I don't think you can.
And Drew let me clear on this, AGAIN, since I've said this before. I didn't ask to be HANDED this title shot. I didn't come back and demand a main event. Hell, to be honest my first thought was you & I fueding leading up to a big match. But this? I didn't expect this. But I welcome it. I don't know why the commish decided to put me in this match, but he's a smart man. Of course on the other hand, he seems a bit stupid because he put you in the same match when you don't deserve to be anywhere near it. I mean, you did have your shot already Drew. You lost. You could say I haven't really done anything to belong in this match either, since I only came back a month ago. Yet here I am. But you see, I never lost to Collins in ICWA. You did. So maybe there is a reason I was "handed" this shot, and you had to work for it?
I'm sorry, because your little "treat" of beating me in front of family and friends will have to wait. Because you're not going to beat me. Bust me open? Sure. I'll bust you open. I'll bust Collins open. I'll stain the ring red. At the end of the night I'll bleed all over MY ICWA Championship. I got into your head Drew, I pissed you off and you're going to come into the ring, screw up, and all I have to do is take out Collins, again, for my title. Inside your head isn't any worse then mine. We're both a bit crazy. But I'm crazier. After all, I was in a mental institution once.
Face it Drew, I am better then you. You know it, that's why you continue to deny it. You needed outside help to beat me, and in that tag match, well, neither of us were involved in the decision, and in that match you needed a woman's help to win it. Better then me? Maybe once, long ago, but not anymore. I will take great pleasure in shutting you up, because I get sick and tired of hearing how "great" you are yet you keep falling short. Maybe when I beat you AGAIN Stevenson, you can retire and do so FOR GOOD this time!
I reach into my pocket, pulling my iPhone. I had caved in and gotten one even though I once thought it useless. I hit a few button and speak again.
It's all over the Twitter now, and Facebook. All over the ICWA fan pages. All the Torontonians, they say if I lose, they riot. It might as well be Philly, and you guys might as well be Cena, and I'm RVD. These fans are not coming to see me lose. They're coming to see me win. As good you think you are Drew, and as prepared as you think you are Damien, you're not winning. This is my match, my time, my home country, MY show.
A pause, and a removal of the sunglasses.
If Matlock loses, they riot. But, I won't give them a chance to.