Anthony Bowens
Anthony Bowens March 2020.jpg
Bowens in March 2020
Born (1990-12-18) December 18, 1990 (age 31)
Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Alma materMontclair State University
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Anthony Bowens
Billed height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
Billed weight205 lb (93 kg)[1]
Billed fromNutley, New Jersey[2]
Trained byPat Buck[3]
Debut2013[4]

Anthony Bowens (born December 18, 1990)[5][better source needed] is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) where he teams with Max Caster as The Acclaimed. They are the current AEW World Tag Team Champions in their first reign.

Early life

Bowens was born in Nutley, New Jersey.[1] He attended Nutley High School and Montclair State University.[6] He played baseball "for eleven years",[3] including at Montclair State and Seton Hall University, playing two seasons each for the Pirates and Red Hawks.[7][8] He was discovered by professional wrestler Santino Marella, who asked him whether he had ever thought about professional wrestling.[3] He went on to train under Pat Buck.[3]

Professional wrestling career

Bowens started training in 2012 and made his professional wrestling debut in 2013.[8][4] In November 2016, he suffered a concussion during a match on WWE NXT.[9] In November 2020, All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan announced that Bowens, alongside Max Caster, had been signed to a five-year contract with the promotion.[10][11] The announcement also stated that Bowens and Caster would compete as a tag team named The Acclaimed.[4] At AEW Grand Slam 2022, The Acclaimed would win their first AEW tag team championship.[12] This made Bowens the first openly gay wrestler to become an AEW champion.[13]

Personal life

Bowens is openly gay.[14] He is a fan of the San Francisco Giants, and previously worked in the production department of the MLB Network studio.[7]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Anthony Bowens". WrestlingData. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  2. ^ Tessa Blanchard vs Anthony Bowens (Intergender Wrestling) iPPV Version. YouTube. Title Match Wrestling. December 28, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Sapp, Sean Ross (March 31, 2019). "Anthony Bowens: Five Tools". Fightful. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Rose, Bryan (November 3, 2020). "AEW signs Anthony Bowens and Max Caster". F4Wonline.com. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "Anthony Bowens". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Anthony Bowens – Baseball". Montclair State University. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "AEW wrestlers join MLB Central | 09/21/2021". MLB.com. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Proctor, Owen (May 25, 2017). "Nutley looks back at 60 years of pro and high school wrestling". The Record. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Satin, Ryan (November 30, 2016). "Wrestler Suffers Concussion At NXT Tapings (VIDEO)". Pro Wrestling Sheet. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (November 3, 2020). "AEW Signs Anthony Bowens And Max Caster To Contracts, Bowens And Caster Comment". Fightful. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  11. ^ Lee, Joseph (December 4, 2020). "Note On How Long Recent AEW Contracts Are For Younger Talent". 411Mania. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  12. ^ Casey, Connor (September 21, 2022). "The Acclaimed Win The AEW World Tag Team Championships at AEW Grand Slam". Comic Book.com. Retrieved September 21, 2022.
  13. ^ Sprayregen, Molly. "Anthony Bowens is the first out gay All Elite Wrestling champion". LGBTQ Nation.
  14. ^ Barrasso, Justin (December 6, 2019). "Anthony Bowens: Gay wrestling star embraces being LGBT role model". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  15. ^ "Official AEW World Tag Team Championship Title History". All Elite Wrestling.
  16. ^ cite web|url= https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=242613
  17. ^ cite web|url= https://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=489
  18. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2021". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  19. ^ cite web|url= https://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=2947
  20. ^ cite web|url= https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=244024
Preceded bySwerve Strickland and Keith Lee 9th AEW World Tag Team Champion September 21, 2022 – present With: Max Caster Current holder