Raymond "Ray" Rowe is an American professional wrestler. He is best know for his work in Ring of Honor, where he and his tag team partner Hanson (collectively known as War Machine) are former IWGP Tag Team Champions and ROH World Tag Team Champions.
Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]
Early career (2003–2013)[edit | edit source]
Rowe was trained by Josh Prohibition and Lou Marconi. He debuted on the independent circuit in May 2003.
Ring of Honor (2013–2017)[edit | edit source]
Rowe made his Ring of Honor debut on June 1, 2013 in a losing effort against Bobby Fish. Following this, he returned to ROH on January 4, 2014, as part of that year's Top Prospect Tournament and defeated Kongo in a first round match. After managing to advance to the finals, Rowe ultimately lost the Tournament to Hanson. Despite this, Rowe began regularly performing for ROH following the tournament in addition to forming the tag team War Machine with Hanson on April 4, 2014.
In August, Rowe was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and was out of action for several months. On March 1, 2015, Rowe made his return to ROH at the promotion's 13th Anniversary Show by assisting his partner Hanson after the World Championship main event. On August 22, 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. War Machine received their title shot in Japan on September 19, but were defeated by the Killer Elite Squad. On December 18 at Final Battle, War Machine defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) on May 9, 2016, at War of the Worlds. War Machine finished with ROH on December 16, 2017.
Japan (2015–2018)[edit | edit source]
On September 14, 2015, Rowe and Hanson 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). This led to a match five days later, where War Machine unsuccessfully challenged Smith and Archer for the GHC Tag Team Championship.
In November 2016, War Machine made their debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) by entering the 2016 World Tag League. They finished the tournament on December 7 with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.
On April 9, 2017, at Sakura Genesis 2017, War Machine defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. 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. 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.
In wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Death Rowe (Full nelson lifted and dropped into a knee lift to the back of the opponent's head)
- Signature moves
- With Hanson
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- Anarchy Championship Wrestling
- Anarchy Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- World Hardcore Champion (1 time)
- Absolute Intense Wrestling
- Brew City Wrestling
- BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Hanson
- Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling
- Firestorm Pro Wrestling
- Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling Cartel
- IWC World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- IWC Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with J-Rocc
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling
- NWA Lone Star
- NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Lone Star Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jax Dane
- NWA Wrestling Revolution
- NWA Grand Warrior Championship (2 times)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #97 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
- PWI ranked him #117 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
- Ring of Honor
- ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Hanson
- VIP Wrestling
- WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
- WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Hanson
References[edit | edit source]
- OWW profile .
- Cagematch.net profile .
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- Bleacher report - Indie Wrestling: Ray Rowe Wins Firestorm Title at War Games
- ROH STAR INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT .
- COMPLETE ROH 13TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW REPORT: JAY BRISCOE DEFENDS THE TITLE AGAINST THREE TOP CHALLENGERS, SAMOA JOE COMES HOME, ALBERTO EL PATRON GETS HIS SHOT AT THE TV TITLE, THE BUCKS AND REDRAGON RENEW THEIR FEUD, AND MUCH MORE By Stuart Carapola .
- Ring of Honor tag team heading to Pro Wrestling Noah . Retrieved on 2015-08-26.
- Great Voyage 2015 in Osaka (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Great Voyage 2015 in Osaka (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
- 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.
- ja:戦国炎舞 -Kizna- Presents World Tag League 2016 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2016-12-07.
- Rose, Bryan 2017-04-08. NJPW Sakura Genesis live results: Okada vs. Shibata . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-04-09.
- Witner, Arya 2017-07-01. NJPW G1 Special live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Cody . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-07-01.
- Rose, Bryan 2017-09-23. NJPW Destruction in Kobe live results: Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-09-24.
- RING OF HONOR IN NASHVILLE, TN TV TAPING LIVE REPORT By Larry Goodman .
- RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: FUTURE OF HONOR; THE DECADE; DEFY OR DENY; AND MORE By Richard Trionfo .
- RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: BRISCOE VS. STYLES, ELGIN AND WAR MACHINE WRESTLE TWICE, AND MORE By Richard Trionfo .
- RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: HERO RETURNS TO THE RING; TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT; CHALLENGERS FOR ADAM COLE LINE UP; AND MORE By Richard Trionfo .
- RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: SIX MAN MAIN EVENT; DID THE STREAK GET TO 100-0?; THE FISH TANK GOES LIVE; AND MORE By Richard Trionfo .
- RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: MATCHES TAPED AT BEST IN THE WORLD By Richard Trionfo .
- RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: MATCHES FROM 12TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW INCLUDING LETHAL VERSUS STYLES AND MORE By Richard Trionfo .
- 100 Percent Fordified: Ring of Honor Honor in the Heart of Texas July 22, 2013 Posted by Kevin Ford .
- 411’s ROH TV Report 2.08.14 February 10, 2014 Posted by Bob Colling .
- 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 .
- "Death Rowe"©2013 Planet of the Stapes Music/Scott Mesorana www.youtube.com
- Kreikenbohm, Philip. ACW Unified Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database .
- Show results – 12/17/06 AIW in Cleveland, Ohio . AIW.
- Show results - 5/23 AIW J.T. Lightning Tournament Night 2 in Cleveland, Ohio: Samoa Joe wrestles post-NXT debut, Ray Rowe wins, more . Pro Wrestling Torch (2015-05-24). Retrieved on 2015-05-24.
- Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling . onlineworldofwrestling.com.
- IWC Tag Team Championship history .
- NWA BOW Heavyweight Championship history .
- NWA Lone Star Tag Team Championship history .
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
See also[edit | edit source]
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- Raymond Rowe on Twitter