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NXT Showcase: Blake and Murphy

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Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a promo that involves a Texan and Australian as a tag team.

Wrestlers: BAM Factor (Blake (Wesley Blake) & Murphy (Buddy Murphy/Matt Silva)).

Background Information: Blake is billed from San Antonio, Texas. He is trained by Dory Funk Jr.

He wanted to be a wrestler since the age of 3. He eventually became a student of Dory Funk Jr.’s wrestling school, the Funking Conservatory (FC), appearing on the school’s !Bang! TV show under his real name, Cory Weston.

Throughout his FC career, he became a FC European Champion, a FC Florida Heavyweight Champion, and a FC Heavyweight Champion. He continued to wrestle for FC until he signed a contract with WWE.

He joined WWE’s NXT roster in 2013 and made his first match appearance on October 11, facing and losing to Jason Jordan with the ring name, Wesley Blake.

For the remainder of the 2013 year, he would suffer consecutive losses in singles and tag team matches and it continued in the summer of 2014 while playing a cowboy character.

Murphy is from Melbourne, Australia. He made his debut on a PCW Slam show in 2007 as Matt Silva prior to appearing in a tag match on a main show teaming with Jacko Lantern in which they defeated Adam Brooks & Diaz. He took a break for a few years and fight again in 2010.

Throughout his PCW career, he became a PCW State Championship. His last match for the company was a Tables match against Jacko Lantern, however he returned to PCW various times for short feuds or one off matches, being his feud/singles and last man standing match against his protege Adam Brooks, the pair went on to team up against the PCW Tag Team Champions, Fulli Syck, in his last PCW match and the last time Team Silva wrestled together.

He debuted for Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA), on January 3, 2008, in a losing effort in a Six Way Scramble to Lightning Luke. At PWA Unbreakable, he challenged for the PWA A1GP Title against then champ Robbie Eagles, but lost. His last match consisted of him winning a cross promotional match between MCW and PWA with him representing MCW.

He made his debut for Slam Factory Wrestling (SFW) on February 6, 2010, in a losing effort to Ryan Rollins. His last match ended in a no contest with Chris Trance.

He debuted for Riot City Wrestling (RCW) on October 2, 2010, in a winning effort in a tag match teaming with Adam Brooks to defeat GD Grimm and Jacko Lantern. At RCW Reanimated, he challenged Jacko Lantern for RCW Heavyweight title to lose. His last match was a loss in a six way tag match Six Way to GD Grimm team.

He debuted for National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) on January 16, 2010, in a losing effort to Greg Graham. His last match was a win against Mike Petersen.

He debuted for Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW) on October 16, 2010, winning against Sean O’Shea. He challenged for the main title against Danny Psycho, but lost the match. At MCW November Reign, he lost a Tables match against Ryan Rollins.

Throughout his MCW career, he became a MCW Champion. He successfully defended the title three more times until he was beaten by Mike Petersen at MCW Worlds Collide. After losing in the rematch, he wrestled his last match against Adam Brooks on April 13, 2013, which he lost. This was his last match in Australia before taking up his WWE Developmental contract.

His first and last match for Explosive Pro Wrestling (EPW) in 2012 was a win in a 6-man tag against Marcius Pitt, Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste.

On March 17, 2013, he signed a development contract with WWE. He reported to NXT and started training under the name Buddy Murphy. He made his WWE debut at a NXT live event on November 23, 2013, teaming with Sawyer Fulton and Troy McClain against Angelo Dawkins, Colin Cassady and Wesley Blake.

He made his televised debut on NXT on May 15, 2014, teaming with Elias Samson in a losing effort against The Ascension.

In August 2014, Wesley Blake abandoned the cowboy character and formed a tag team with Buddy Murphy. On August 14, 2014, on an episode of NXT, they were defeated in the first round of a number one contender tag team tournament by The Lucha Dragons.

For the rest of 2014, they lost multiple matches to teams such as The Lucha Dragons and The Vaudevillains.

In October 2014, they were involved in a tag team battle royal to determine the number one contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship, but they were eliminated from the match by The Ascension.

On January 21, 2015, on an episode of NXT, they scored their first ever televised victory by defeating The Vaudevillains.

On January 31, 2015, at a NXT house show, they were billed without their first names. They then started a feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady where Alexa Bliss eventually joined them.

After feuding with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, they began to feud with The Vaudevillains. After feuding with The Vaudevillains, they began a losing streak from summer 2015 to summer 2016.

Eventually, the losing streak ended up having Alexa Bliss leave the group where both men began to team up once in a while, but they still lost.

Throughout their NXT careers, they became NXT Tag Team Champion with each other and they still compete in NXT to this day.


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With this Texan and Australian, this tag team could be a force to be reckoned with if given a chance.

My Thoughts: BAM Factor is a really good tag team where both men worked well together. At first, they were awkward, but as time goes along, they started to become a good tag team. BAM!

Video: This video contains a promo from Blake and Murphy on February 11, 2015 at NXT Takeover: Rival.

My Thoughts: This was a solid promo from BAM Factor who just defeated Lucha Dragons to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships at NXT Rival.

They talked about how people think that their victory over Lucha Dragons for the NXT Tag Team Championships was a fluke, but it wasn’t a fluke at all as they beat them once again to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.

Then they talked about how they’re ready for all challengers which is nice to hear as they’re fighting champions. Solid promo by BAM Factor here after their win over Lucha Dragons.

It’s a shame that BAM Factor might possibly split up as they are a pretty good tag team. Plus, I don’t think both men would do well in singles competition, but I guess we’ll see as time goes on. BAM!


After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestlers themselves. Thank you.

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