Buddy Matthews is a “Paul Heyman boy”.
Formerly known as Buddy Murphy, or simply Murphy, during his eight years in WWE, his career reached new heights when he joined. Crude in 2019. That’s where his work caught Heyman’s eye, leading to the most compelling stories during his career at the company.
“I got momentum thanks to Paul Heyman,” said Matthews, whose real name is Matthew Adams. “I wanted to work for Heyman. It was someone who had been in my ear saying, ‘I don’t know why you’re not on TV every week.’ He was very high on me and Aleister [Black], and our show got us shot in WWE. Heyman always had time for me, listened to my ideas and gave me the platform and the opportunity to do what I wanted to do. “
Matthews enjoyed a successful streak in WWE until earlier this year. His story with Seth Rollins and the Mysterios, which initially seemed to end the year before. Summer festival, it took too long. He then started a show with Baron Corbin, until he was part of the company’s launches last June. But WWE’s Matthews work endures, with standout matches against Roman Reigns, Black, Bryan Danielson and Mustafa Ali capturing his brilliance in the ring.
“It’s very humbling for people to remember my work,” said Matthews, who hails from Melbourne, Australia. “My niche is in my wrestling. I focused on that intensity. That’s the category I belong to, attracting fans for my credibility. “
The desire to be the best actor in the ring through a physical form of storytelling remains Matthews’ sole goal. He has been given the opportunity to claim that title as he makes his debut Saturday night for New Japan Pro-Wrestling against industry standard bearer Kazuchika Okada.
Matthews meets Okada at New Japan’s Battle in the valley program in San Jose, California, which is broadcast live in English on FITE, following AEW Complete team pay-per-view on Saturday night. The opportunity to share the ring with Okada is an extraordinary opportunity to prove your worth in front of the most elite star in the company.
“I’m not the little cruiserweight guy anymore,” said Matthews, who is a former WWE cruiserweight champion. “I am not a junior heavyweight. There was a time when I went straight after Roman Reigns, and now I’m walking into a new house and I’m going after his big dog. This is a once-in-a-lifetime dream match, and I’m very excited to start with Okada. “
WWE has a particular style and format for its wrestling. Matthews changed his style to capture people’s attention, adapting his work to 205 Live incorporating a creative style that fits within the confines of WWE. He can do even more in the ring than he was allowed to show off in WWE, and his approach fits in perfectly with New Japan. If this working relationship extends beyond Saturday, it would be a perfect home for Matthews.
“I love the Japanese style,” said Matthews. “Wrestling should be seen as an art and a competition. I’m trying to get that realism out. “
While it seemed like he had a long future ahead of him in WWE, Matthews instead looks directly at a new challenge. He’s hungry, determined, and wildly skilled, and he has the potential to extend New Japan’s reach in the United States, as well as host some outstanding games in Japan.
“I am ready to take the next step in my career,” said Matthews. “That is what I want to do in this match against Okada.
“Fighting Okada, this is an opportunity to cause a real stir. I can fight the best they can. In my mind, I am the best. I thought I was the best at 205 Live, Crude, and later Slap. I have to feel that way. And on Saturday at Battle in the valleyI’ll be able to prove it. “
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.