Wifebeater (wrestler)

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Wifebeater
Wifebeater in August 2002
Birth nameMatthew Prince
Born (1973-07-13) July 13, 1973 (age 51)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Matt Martini
Wifebeater
Billed height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[1]
Billed weight244 lb (111 kg)[1]
Billed fromTrailer Trash, Texas
Trained byThe Pitbulls
Debut1998
Retired2006

Matthew Prince (born July 13, 1973) is an American former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Wifebeater. He is best known for his tenure in Combat Zone Wrestling from 1999 to 2004. He is known for his ring attire (a wifebeater and jeans) and a weed whacker that he brought to the ring with him, and sometimes used on his opponents.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Wifebeater debuted in Combat Zone Wrestling on August 21, 1999, at "Pyramid of Hell" on the losing end of a match against Trent Acid. On September 18, 1999, Wifebeater defeated Nick Gage to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. Wifebeater held the title until November 20, 1999, when he lost it to John Zandig. Wifebeater went on to win the CZW Heavyweight Championship two more times and the Iron Man Championship four times. He also teamed up with Justice Pain to form the H8 Club and win the World Tag Team Championship. Wifebeater and Justice Pain lost the titles to Nick Gage and Nate Hatred, who later also referred to themselves as the H8 Club. After their title loss and failure to regain the titles in a rematch, Wifebeater and Justice Pain broke up and began feuding. This feud ended at Cage of Death III inside the Cage of Death for the CZW World Heavyweight Championship where Pain defeated Wifebeater. During one period in 2001, Wifebeater was a member of the stable "Big Dealz" along with John Zandig, Nick Mondo, Jun Kasai, Z-Barr, and Trent Acid.[2]

In 2002, Wifebeater won the first-ever CZW Tournament of Death after defeating Nick Mondo in the finals. He wrestled a retirement match in November 2002, but made a return a year later in the same month to join Zandig's team for Cage of Death V. In 2004, he won the third Tournament of Death after defeating Necro Butcher in the finals. Later in the year, Justice Pain returned and rejoined Wifebeater to reform the H8 Club. They targeted the H8 Club of Gage and Hatred and defeated the pair at Cage Of Death 6 on December 11, though after their victory Justice Pain turned on Wifebeater. Prince subsequently made infrequent appearances in CZW, including a run in on the ROH wrestlers during a big brawl between CZW and ROH at ROH's "Arena Warfare" in early 2006. His final match to date was at CZW's event Trapped on August 12, 2006, filling in for a vacant J.C. Bailey, where Wifebeater defeated Danny Havoc in a barbed wire cage.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wifebeater Cagematch profile". CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  2. ^ WrestlingZone.ru : Wifebeater (in Russian)
  3. ^ "B.J.W. Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2007.
  4. ^ "B.J.W. Death Match Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved May 7, 2007.

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