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  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.

Professional wrestling career[]

Japan (2015–2018)[]

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).[1] This led to a match five days later, where War Machine unsuccessfully challenged Smith and Archer for the GHC Tag Team Championship.[2]

In November 2016, War Machine made their debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) by entering the 2016 World Tag League.[3] They finished the tournament on December 7 with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.[4]

On April 9, 2017, at Sakura Genesis 2017, War Machine defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

In wrestling[]

  • Finishing moves
    • Spin Kick Of Doom (Spin kick)[8][9]
    • Sin City Plunge (Sitout double underhook powerbomb)
  • Signature moves
    • Cartwheel lariat[8][10]
    • Diving splash
    • Moonsault[8][11]
    • Handsome Slam (Sidewalk slam)[10]
    • Snake Eyes[8]
    • 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)[10]
    • Double team signature moves
      • Double chokeslam[10]
      • Hanson powerbombs Rowe onto a grounded opponent[10]
  • Nicknames
    • "War Beard"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Prepare For War" by David Grimason (ROH/NJPW/Indepedent circuit)

Championships and accomplishments[]

  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #108 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[12]
    • 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[13]
    • Top Prospect Tournament (2014)
  • WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time,) – with Raymond Rowe

References[]

  1. 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.
  2. Great Voyage 2015 in Osaka (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
  3. 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.
  4. ja:戦国炎舞 -Kizna- Presents World Tag League 2016 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rose, Bryan 2017-04-08. NJPW Sakura Genesis live results: Okada vs. Shibata . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-04-09.
  6. Witner, Arya 2017-07-01. NJPW G1 Special live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Cody . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-07-01.
  7. Rose, Bryan 2017-09-23. NJPW Destruction in Kobe live results: Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-09-24.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 http://www.pwinsider.com/article/84131/ring-of-honor-television-report-hero-versus-cole-ciampa-versus-hanson-young-versus-taven-controversy-over-world-title-match.html?p=1
  9. RING OF HONOR TV SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEKEND By Mike Johnson .
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 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 .
  11. ALBERTO EL PATRON VS. RODERICK STRONG AND MORE: 1/31 RING OF HONOR IN DAYTON, OHIO LIVE REPORT By Trent Van Drisse .
  12. Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2016-09-02.
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named FinalBattle2015

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