Brodus Clay

American cable broadcaster and former professional wrestler

George Murdoch (born February 21, 1973) is an American cable news personality, actor, and former professional wrestler, better known by his ring names, Brodus Clay and Tyrus. He is best known for his time working with the WWE, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and the National Wrestling Alliance, where he won the Worlds Heavyweight Championship and the World Television Championship once each. Before he became a wrestler he worked as a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg.[2] Since 2016 he appears on Fox News, and its sister streaming service Fox Nation.

Brodus Clay
Clay on April 3, 2014
Birth nameGeorge Murdoch
Born (1973-02-21) February 21, 1973 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts,
U.S.[1]
Alma materAntelope Valley College
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Brodus Clay[2]
G-Rilla[2]
George Murdoch[2]
George T. Murdoch[3]
Monstrous BC[4]
Tyrus[2]
Billed height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)[5]
Billed weight375 lb (170 kg)[5]
Billed fromThe Concrete Jungle[6]
Pasadena, California[5]
Planet Funk[7]
Trained byDeep South Wrestling
Florida Championship Wrestling
Debut2006[2]
Retired2023[2]

Professional wrestling career

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Murdoch took part as Brodus Clay in 4th season of NXT. In NXT, Clay was first helped by kayfabe couple Ted DiBiase and Maryse. They were replaced later by the duo of Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. Clay lost the finals against Johnny Curtis in the latest NXT poll.

On January 9, 2012, Clay made his re-debut on Raw, where he won his match against Curt Hawkins. That Friday on SmackDown, he won his second match after just 13 seconds against Tyson Kidd. After that match he was better known as the "Funkasaurus from Planet Funk". He was managed by The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi).[7]. In 2013, Clay and Tensai formed a tag team called Tons Of Funk.[8]

On June 12, 2014, Clay was released from his WWE contract.[9] On September 16, Murdoch made his debut for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Tyrus, as an ally of Ethan Carter III (EC3).[10] On October 4, 2015, at Bound For Glory, Tyrus won a gauntlet for the gold match to become the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On April 18, 2018, Tyrus left the company.[11]

On March 21, 2021, Tyrus made his National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) debut at Back For The Attack. On August 6, Tyrus defeated The Pope to win the NWA World Television Championship. On November 12, 2022, Tyrus defeated Trevor Murdoch to win the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, his only major world title. On August 27, at NWA 75th Anniversary Show, Tyrus lost the title in a Bullrope match to EC3 and retired from professional wrestling.[12]

Championships and accomplishments

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  • Just Tyrus: A Memoir (2022), Post Hill Press
  • Nuff Said (2023), Post Hill Press

References

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  1. "Interview with pro wrestler, actor and comedian Tyrus - StarsAndCelebs.com". April 5, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Tyrus". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  3. "GFW on Twitter". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  4. "Monstrous BC T-shirt Store". Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Brodus Clay". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  6. "Brodus Clay". Florida Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on January 2, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Stephens, David. "Raw Results – 1/9/12". Wrestleview. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  8. Bowman, Clinton. "WWE Main Event Results – 3/27/13 (Kane vs. Cesaro)". Wrestleview. Archived from the original on March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  9. "Brodus Clay, Evan Bourne, Teddy Long, Curt Hawkins and other WWE Superstars released". WWE. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  10. "TNA Impact results 10/15: New #1 contender to the TNA Title, post-BFG developments, Brodus Clay debuts, heels & faces shown sitting together in a banquet room, more". PWTorch.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  11. "Tyrus abandona Impact Wrestling por desacuerdos creativos". solowrestling.mundodeportivo.com (in Spanish). April 18, 2018. Archived from the original on May 11, 2019. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  12. FOX NEWS PERSONALITY TYRUS RETIRES FROM WRESTLING | NWA, retrieved September 5, 2023
  13. Kreikenbohm, Philip (November 12, 2022). "NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  14. "National Wrestling Alliance World Television Title History".
  15. Kreikenbohm, Philip. "PPW Heavyweight Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  16. Ruth, Sondra (September 14, 2023). "Complete 2023 PWI 500 List Revealed, Top NJPW Star Absent". TJRWrestling.net. Retrieved September 15, 2023.
  17. "2012 WWE Slammy Awards and WWE.com Slammy Awards winners". WWE. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.

Other websites

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