Todd Smith (born March 3, 1984) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Hanson, where he teams with Raymond Rowe as War Machine. Together they are fomer two-times IWGP Tag Team Champions and former ROH World Tag Team Champions.

He is the former head trainer of the Chaotic Training Center along with Brian Fury, who changed the facility's name to "New England Pro Wrestling Academy" and runs it by himself. He is also a mainstay of Chaotic Wrestling and New England Championship Wrestling, where he was a three-time Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Champion[3] and two-times Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Champion.[4]

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

Ring of Honor (2013–2017)[edit | edit source]

Smith made his ROH debut on July 27 a losing effort in a four-corner survival also featuring Brian Fury, Kongo and Vinny Marseglia.[5] A few months after this, he was announced as the eighth participant in the 2014 edition of the Top Prospect Tournament,[6] defeating Cheeseburger and Andrew Everett in the opening rounds before going on to win the tournament at Wrestling's Finest, defeating Raymond Rowe in the final,[7] to earn a ROH World Television Championship match against reigning champion Tommaso Ciampa at the 12th Anniversary Show, where he lost to Ciampa. Since then, he has been tagging with the man he beat in the final of the Top Prospect Tournament, Raymond Rowe under the team name War Machine. On April 11, Hanson and Rowe both signed contracts with ROH.[8] On August 22, 2015, War Machine defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) in a non-title match and afterwards challenged them to a match for their GHC Tag Team Championship, a title owned by the Japanese Pro Wrestling Noah promotion.[9] War Machine received their title shot in Japan on September 19, but were defeated by the Killer Elite Squad.[10] On December 18 at Final Battle, War Machine defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[11] They lost the title to The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) on May 9, 2016, at War of the Worlds.[12] War Machine finished with ROH on December 16, 2017.

Japan (2015–2018)[edit | edit source]

On September 14, 2015, Hanson and Rowe made their Japanese debuts for Pro Wrestling Noah, teaming with Takashi Sugiura in a six-man tag team main event, where they defeated Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer and Minoru Suzuki).[13] This led to a match five days later, where War Machine unsuccessfully challenged Smith and Archer for the GHC Tag Team Championship.[14]

In November 2016, War Machine made their debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) by entering the 2016 World Tag League.[15] They finished the tournament on December 7 with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.[16]

On April 9, 2017, at Sakura Genesis 2017, War Machine defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[17] They lost the title to Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall. regaining it in a no disqualification match on July 1 at G1 Special in USA.[18] They lost the tites to Killer Elite Squad in a three-way match, also involving Guerrillas of Destiny, on September 24 at Destruction in Kobe.[19]

In wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
    • Spin Kick Of Doom (Spin kick)[20][21]
    • Sin City Plunge (Sitout double underhook powerbomb)
  • Signature moves
    • Cartwheel lariat[20][22]
    • Diving splash
    • Moonsault[20][23]
    • Handsome Slam (Sidewalk slam)[22]
    • Snake Eyes[20]
    • Pump Handle-T-bone Suplex
  • With Raymond Rowe/Ray Rowe
    • Double team finishing moves
      • Fallout (Belly-to-back suplex (Rowe) / Diving leg drop (Hanson) combination)[22]
    • Double team signature moves
      • Double chokeslam[22]
      • Hanson powerbombs Rowe onto a grounded opponent[22]
  • Nicknames
    • "Brand New Bad"
    • "War Beard"
  • Managers
    • Barry Ace
    • Damon D'Archanglo
    • Sammi Lane
  • Entrance themes
    • "Blood and Tears" by Eric Baumont and Jean-Michel Bacou (ROH)
    • "Prepare For War" by David Grimason (ROH/NJPW/Indepedent circuit)

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

  • Brew City Wrestling
    • BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ray Rowe[24]
  • Chaotic Wrestling
    • Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Championship (3 times)[25][26]
    • Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Psycho[27][28]
  • Millennium Wrestling Federation
    • MWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[29][30]
    • MWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Beau Douglas[31][32]
  • NWA New England
    • NWA New England Television Championship (1 time)[33][34]
    • NWA New England Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Beau Douglas[35][36]
  • New England Championship Wrestling
    • NECW Television Championship (2 times)[37][38]
    • IRON 8 Championship (2010)
  • New England Wrestling Alliance
    • NEWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Northeast Wrestling
    • NEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #108 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[39]
    • PWI ranked him #133 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ray Rowe[11]
    • Top Prospect Tournament (2014)
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
    • UCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Beau Douglas
  • VIP Wrestling
    • VIP Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Raymond Rowe[40]
  • WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time,) – with Raymond Rowe
  • Xtreme Wrestling Alliance
    • XWA Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
  • Other titles
    • OW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Psycho

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named CSR
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  4. Pretty Psycho (Handsome Johnny & Psycho) . Chaotic Wrestling Profiles. (2008).
  5. CageMatch 2013-08-24. ROH on SBG #101 . CageMatch.
  6. Ring Of Honor 2013-12-16. 2014 Top Prospect Tournament: Participant #8 . Ring Of Honor.
  7. CageMatch 2014-01-25. ROH Wrestling's Finest . CageMatch.
  8. Hanson & Rowe sign with ROH . Ring of Honor. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  9. Ring of Honor tag team heading to Pro Wrestling Noah . Wrestleview. Retrieved on 2015-08-26.
  10. Great Voyage 2015 in Osaka (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Meltzer, Dave 2015-12-18. ROH Final Battle 2015 live results: Jay Lethal vs. AJ Styles, Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Fish . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2015-12-19.
  12. Johnson, Mike 2016-05-09. Bullet Club reigns supreme: ROH War of the Worlds tour coverage from Dearborn, Michigan . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2016-05-09.
  13. ja:Shiny Navig.2015~第9回日テレG+杯争奪ジュニア・ヘビー級タッグリーグ戦~ (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
  14. Great Voyage 2015 in Osaka (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
  15. ja:『World Tag』“初出場”外国人チーム決定!! ROHから“凶獣”ウォー・マシンが参戦!WLWからブライアン・ブレーカー&リーランド・レイスもエントリー!【WT16】 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016-11-04). Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
  16. ja:戦国炎舞 -Kizna- Presents World Tag League 2016 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Rose, Bryan 2017-04-08. NJPW Sakura Genesis live results: Okada vs. Shibata . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-04-09.
  18. Witner, Arya 2017-07-01. NJPW G1 Special live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Cody . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-07-01.
  19. Rose, Bryan 2017-09-23. NJPW Destruction in Kobe live results: Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-09-24.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 METZGER'S ROH TV REPORT 4/5: A.J. Styles vs. Briscoe main event, plus Elgin, A.C.H., War Machine in action leading to big episode next week .
  25. Palladino, Rich (2008). Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Title History . Solie's Title Histories.
  26. Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Title . Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  27. Palladino, Rich (2008). Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Title History . Solie's Title Histories.
  28. Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Title . Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  29. M.W.F. Heavyweight Title (New England) . Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  30. MWF Heavyweight Title History . Solie's Title Histories (2005).
  31. M.W.F. Tag Team Title (New England) . Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  32. MWF Tag Team Title History . Solie's Title Histories (2005).
  33. Westcott, Brian (2006). NWA New England Television Title History . Solie's Title Histories.
  34. N.W.A. Cold Front Television Title . Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  35. Westcott, Brian (2006). NWA New England Tag Team Title History . Solie's Title Histories.
  36. C.W.A./N.W.A. New England Tag Team Title . Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  37. Westcott, Brian (2008). NECW Television Title History . Solie's Title Histories.
  38. N.E.C.W. Television Title . Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  39. Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2016-09-02.

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