Bron Breakker
Birth nameBronson Rechsteiner
Born (1997-10-24) October 24, 1997 (age 26)[1]
Woodstock, Georgia, U.S.[1]
Alma materKennesaw State University[1]
Parent(s)Rick Steiner (father)
FamilyScott Steiner (uncle)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Bron Breakker[2][3]
Bronson Rechsteiner[4]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1][2]
Billed weight230 lb (104 kg)[1][2]
Billed fromWoodstock, Georgia, U.S.[2][3]
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[4]
Trained byWWE Performance Center[5][6]
DebutOctober 8, 2020[4]

Bronson Rechsteiner (born October 24, 1997) is an American professional wrestler and former American football player. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Bron Breakker and also performs on NXT brand as one-half of the current NXT Tag Team Champions with Baron Corbin in their first reign. A second-generation professional wrestler, Rechsteiner is the son of Rick Steiner and the nephew of Scott Steiner (who performed together as the Steiner Brothers). A former two-time NXT Champion, he was voted "Rookie of the Year" for 2022 by readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Early life; football career

Rechsteiner was born in Woodstock, Georgia. He attended Etowah High School in Woodstock, where he played football, winning varsity letters in three years.[1] He also participated in wrestling, winning the Georgia Class AAAAAA state championship (220 lb weight class) in 2016.[7] After graduating from high school, Rechsteiner went on to study at Georgia's Kennesaw State University, majoring in criminal justice. While attending Kennesaw, Rechsteiner played football for the Kennesaw State Owls. As a freshman in 2016 he played special teams and defense; in 2017, he moved to offense as a running back.[1][5] In February 2020, Rechsteiner entered the National Football League Draft but was not drafted.[8] In April 2020, he was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent fullback.[9][10] He was released in August 2020.[11]

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2020–2021)

Rechsteiner debuted in professional wrestling on October 8, 2020, in Ringgold, Georgia at the "WrestleJam 8" event promoted by AWF/WOW, defeating Jamie Hall.[4][5]

WWE (2021–present)

NXT (2021–present)

In February 2021, WWE announced Rechsteiner had signed a developmental contract with the company.[12] Later that month, he was assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for training.[5][6] At the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view on May 16, Rechsteiner and several other wrestlers portrayed "zombies" in a lumberjack match between Damian Priest and The Miz.[13] In August 2021, he appeared on an episode of WWE NXT, portraying a security guard who was attacked by Samoa Joe.[14]

Rechsteiner wrestled his first match for WWE on the September 14, 2021, episode of NXT under the ring name "Bron Breakker", defeating LA Knight;[3][15] he later had a staredown with new NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.[16] Breakker unsuccessfully challenged Ciampa for the title at the Halloween Havoc television special on October 26.[17] In November 2021, Breakker participated in WWE's tour of the United Kingdom.[18] At WarGames on December 5, Breakker teamed with Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, and Tony D'Angelo (as "Team 2.0") to defeat Ciampa, Knight, Johnny Gargano, and Pete Dunne ("Team Black & Gold") in a WarGames match, with Breakker pinning Ciampa.[19]

At New Year's Evil on January 4, 2022, Breakker defeated Ciampa by submission to win the NXT Championship, the first title of his wrestling career.[20] At Vengeance Day on February 15, he made his first successful title defense, defeating Santos Escobar.[21] Breakker made his main roster debut on the March 7 episode of WWE Raw, teaming with Ciampa to defeat Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode in a tag team match.[22] At Roadblock the following day, Breakker defended the NXT Championship against Ciampa and Ziggler in a triple threat match, with Ziggler pinning Ciampa to end Breakker's first reign at 63 days.[23] On April 1, Breakker inducted his father and uncle into the WWE Hall of Fame;[24] the following night at Stand & Deliver, he challenged Ziggler for the title in a losing effort.[25] On the April 4 episode of Raw, Breakker defeated Ziggler to win the NXT Championship for a second time.[26] On the following episode of NXT, he retained the title against Gunther.[27] Breakker subsequently began feuding with Joe Gacy after Gacy kidnapped Rick Steiner,[28] leading to a match between the two at Spring Breakin' on May 3, where Breakker defeated Gacy to retain the title.[29] At In Your House on June 4, he defeated Gacy in a rematch, with the added stipulation that he would lose the title if he got disqualified.[30] At the Great American Bash on July 5, Breakker retained the title against Cameron Grimes, and was attacked by the debuting JD McDonagh after the match.[31] At Heatwave on August 16, Breakker retained the title against McDonagh; after the match, he was confronted by NXT United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate.[32] At Worlds Collide on September 4, Breakker defeated Bate to unify the NXT Championship and NXT United Kingdom Championship.[33][34] At Halloween Havoc on October 22, Breakker defeated McDonagh and Ilja Dragunov in a triple threat match to retain the NXT Championship.[35] At NXT Deadline on December 10, Breakker successfully defended the NXT Championship against Apollo Crews.[36]

At New Year's Evil on January 10, 2023, Breakker defeated Grayson Waller via countout to retain the NXT Championship;[37] at Vengeance Day on February 4, he defeated Waller once again, this time in a cage match.[38] At Stand & Deliver on April 1, Breakker lost the championship to Carmelo Hayes, ending his second reign at 362 days.[39] On the April 4 episode of NXT, Breakker attacked Hayes, turning heel for the first time in his career.[40][41] He cemented his new villainous persona the next week by interrupting Chase University in the ring, verbally insulting the audience, and attacking Andre Chase.[42] At Spring Breakin' on April 25, Breakker defeated Chase via submission.[43] At Battleground on May 28, Breakker failed to regain the NXT Championship from Hayes.[44] At NXT Gold Rush on June 20, he unsuccessfully challenged Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship.[45] At Heatwave on August 22, Breakker attacked Von Wagner;[46] on the September 6 episode of NXT, he bludgeoned Wagner with a set of steel steps.[47] Later that month, Breakker took part in the Superstar Spectacle in Hyderabad, India, defeating Odyssey Jones.[48] At NXT No Mercy on September 30, Breakker lost to Baron Corbin.[49] On the October 10 episode of NXT, Breakker (with Paul Heyman in his corner) lost to Carmelo Hayes (with John Cena in his corner; following the match, Breakker attacked Hayes, prompting The Undertaker to come to the ring and chokeslam Breakker.[50] At Halloween Havoc later that month, Breakker defeated Mr. Stone.[51] On the November 28 episode of NXT, Breakker defeated Eddy Thorpe to qualify for the Iron Survivor Challenge at NXT Deadline,[52] which was won by Trick Williams.[53]

In January 2024, Breakker entered the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, pairing with Baron Corbin as the "Wolf Dogs"; the duo defeated Gallus in the first round[54] and Axiom and Nathan Frazer in the semifinals.[55] Later that month, Breakker made his Royal Rumble match debut at the titular event, entering at number 20 and eliminating Jimmy Uso, Finn Bálor, Ivar, and Omos before being eliminated by "Dirty" Dominik Mysterio.[56] At NXT Vengeance Day the following month, Breakker and Corbin defeated Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.[57] The following night on Raw, Breakker made his second appearance on the main roster in a backstage segment with Imperium, debating whether he should sign to Raw or SmackDown.[58] On the February 13 episode of NXT, the Wolf Dogs defeated The Family (Tony D'Angelo and Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo) to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.[59]

SmackDown (2024–present)

On the February 16, 2024 episode of SmackDown, general manager Nick Aldis announced that Breakker had joined the SmackDown brand.[60] The following week, Breakker made his in-ring debut for SmackDown, defeating Dante Chen.[61]

Professional wrestling style and persona

Breakker wrestles in a "powerhouse" style.[62] His finishing moves are a camel clutch dubbed the Steiner Recliner (a move adopted from his uncle Scott Steiner),[4][20][43] a gorilla press powerslam,[2][3][15] and a spear.[36]

Other media

Rechsteiner appeared as a playable character in the 2020 video game Madden NFL 21 as a full back for the Baltimore Ravens. He also appeared (as Bron Breakker) as a playable character in the 2023 video game WWE 2K23.[63]

Personal life

As of October 2022, Rechsteiner is in a relationship with fellow NXT wrestler Cora Jade.[64]

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

Professional wrestling


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