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Dan Matha

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Dan Matha
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Matha in April 2018
Birth nameDaniel Louis Matha
Born (1988-06-08) June 8, 1988 (age 33)[1]
Erie, Pennsylvania
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Dan Matha
Billed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[2]
Billed weight290 lb (130 kg)[2]
Trained byMatt Cappotelli[3]
Ohio Valley Wrestling

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Daniel Louis Matha (born June 8, 1988) is an American professional wrestler and former gridiron football player currently signed to WWE, where he performs in their developmental territory NXT.

Early life[edit]

Matha was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended McDowell High School.[3] He played football as an offensive lineman for the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a team-mate of LeSean McCoy, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.[2] After finishing college, Matha had an unsuccessful tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League in May 2013[4] and later signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in January 2014, although he failed to make an appearance in the league.[5][1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Following his release from the CFL, Matha decided to pursue a career in professional wrestling and spent several months training at Ohio Valley Wrestling in early 2015.[3]


NXT (2015–present)[edit]

In September 2015, Matha was announced as part of a class of 19 recruits to begin training at the WWE Performance Center.[3] He began appearing at NXT live events from January 2016, making his in-ring debut for the company at the Arnold Classic in March 2016.[6] On the September 21, 2016 episode of NXT, a vignette aired promoting Matha's upcoming television debut.[7] On the October 5 episode of NXT, Matha appeared for his televised debut but was attacked and beaten down by Samoa Joe before his scheduled match could begin.[8] Matha was then not reintroduced to television following this, although he continued to appear at NXT house shows. On 27 April 2018, Matha made a surprise appearance at the WWE Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, entering the namesake match at #40 before being eliminated by Braun Strowman.[9]


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