Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a man that can knock you out in 1.9 seconds.
Wrestler: “Mr. 1.9” Michael Tarver (Monster Tarver/Tyrone Evans).
Background Information: Michael Tarver is billed from Akron, Ohio. He is trained by National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
He made his professional wrestling debut on February 19, 2005, for NWA East in a match against Brandon X where he won. He defeated Daron Smythe for the Pro Wrestling Express (PWX) Brass Knuckles Championship on April 2, 2005.
Later that year, he wrestled for Coldwater Michigan-based promotion Price of Glory Wrestling (POG), where he participated in an elimination match won by N8 Mattson.
He also wrestled for several Cleveland, Ohio-based promotions. In March 2006, he debuted for the Main Event Wrestling League (MEWL) in Ohio teaming with Kato to defeat Chris Kole in a handicap match.
At MEWL’s Honky Tonk Saturday Night show the following month, he defeated Starr and won the MEWL Heavyweight Championship.
In July 2006, he beat Savage at an Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) show. He returned to AIW in May 2007, losing to Thrillbilly, and in September 2007 where he defeated Eddie Kingston by submission in the third round of their Strong Style Challenge match.
He also wrestled for Pro Wrestling Unplugged (PWU) making his debut on October 27, 2007, at Dark Night, where he introduced himself as “The Panther” Tyrone Evans before losing to The Sandman by disqualification.
In 2008, he signed a WWE contract and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), a WWE developmental territory. At WrestleMania XXIV, he appeared as one of the body guards for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Mayweather’s match against Big Show.
In FCW, he began wrestling under the ring name Tyrone Jones. In May 2008, he feuded with Atlas DaBone. Throughout June and July 2008, he faced wrestlers including Kevin Kiley and TJ Wilson, and on July 21, 2008, he lost a dark match to Jamie Noble on July 21, 2008, prior to Raw.
In September 2008, he gained Byron Saxton as a manager and changed his ring name to Tyson Tarver. He became part of The Saxton Conglomerate, a faction composed of him, Black Pain, and Stu Sanders led by Byron Saxton. He had his first match with the Conglomerate on October 30, 2008, where he, Pain, and Sanders lost to Johnny Prime, Kafu, and Sinn Bowdee.
In 2009, he changed his ring name to Michael Tarver. He continued competing in FCW throughout the remainder of 2009, facing wrestlers including Wes Brisco and Skip Sheffield with whom he feuded in November 2009.
In December 2009, he became associated with Heath Slater interfering in Slater’s matches and accompanying him to the ring. The following month, he began a feud with Titus O’Neil. After twice interrupting O’Neil, he defeated him in a singles match on February 18, 2010.
On February 16, 2010, it was announced that he was one of the eight FCW wrestlers that would be competing on the first season of the NXT show with Carlito as his storyline mentor.
On the inaugural episode of NXT on February 23, 2010, he and Carlito were defeated by Christian and Heath Slater in a tag team match.
The week after the NXT season finale, he and the rest of the season one NXT rookies interfered in the main event match between John Cena and CM Punk on Raw, attacking Cena, Punk, the announce team, and ring announcer Justin Roberts before dismantling the ring area and surrounding equipment, turning heel in the process.
On October 4, 2010, on an edition of Raw, he was attacked by Cena with Barrett later stating that he would have thrown him out of The Nexus anyway, but Cena did him a favor. This storyline was put in place due to him sustaining a groin injury.
On December 9, 2010, at the FCW television tapings, he returned from his injury and defeated Donny Marlow.
In 2011, he began mysteriously appearing in the background of backstage segments on both Raw and SmackDown!. However, nothing would ultimately come of this and on June 13, 2011, it was announced that he had been released from his contract. He is the only rookie from NXT season one to ever not return to a WWE ring.
He made his first wrestling appearance after being released from WWE, at Florida Underground Wrestling (FUW) defeating Deimos.
Throughout his FUW career, he became a 2x NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion and a FUW Bruiserweight Champion.
On September 5, 2014, he made his debut for Full Impact Pro (FIP) at Full Impact Pro Fallout, he along with Mason Ryan and Shaun Ricker participated in a trios tournament, but were defeated by Full Impact Puerto Ricans (Lince Dorado, Jay Cruz, and Jay Rios).
On January 6, 2014, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) announced that he would be making his debut for the promotion on February 9, 2014, at The New Beginning in Hiroshima representing the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). In his debut match, he defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan.
Two days later at The New Beginning in Osaka, he teamed with fellow NWA representative Big Daddy Yum-Yum in an NWA World Tag Team Championship number one contender’s match where they were defeated by Tencozy (Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima).
He still competes in the independent circuit to this day.
My Thoughts: Michael Tarver is a man that had something in him, but with his attitude problems, it hurt him a bit. He has a great look, he has a presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has a solid character, he has solid charisma, and he’s solid in the ring. 1.9!
Video: This video contains a match between Michael Tarver and Xavier Woods on June 5, 2011.
My Thoughts: This was a good match as it showcased Michael Tarver’s in-ring skills pretty well.
The way he countered Xavier Woods’ crossbody into a scoop powerslam was well executed. His strikes throughout the match looked quite devastating. The way he sold the back body drop from Xavier Woods onto the steep steps and the Jumping DDT from Xavier Woods looked like hurt where he injured his neck from the DDT in the process.
It’s unfortunate that Michael Tarver got injured in this match as that DDT looked painful to watch. Luckily, he managed to recover from that eventually so it was all good. However, this was his last match in FCW before getting released by WWE. Even though he got released, he got a good match in his last match with FCW so he did what he could, but got an injury in the process.
Good match that was Michael Tarver’s last match in FCW.
Michael Tarver was a guy that had a lot of potential, but he never made it which is a shame as I thought he had something. However, he’s still wrestling in the independent circuit so it’s all fine and good for him. Even though I think he has attitude problems especially towards his comments to John Cena, I wish nothing, but the best to Michael Tarver. 1.9!
After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.
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