Bronson Rechsteiner
Birth nameBronson Rechsteiner
Born (1997-10-24) October 24, 1997 (age 23)[1]
Woodstock, Georgia, United States[1]
Alma materKennesaw State University
Parent(s)Rick Steiner (father)
FamilyScott Steiner (uncle)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Bron Breakker[2]
Bronson Rechsteiner[3]
Rex Steiner[4]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Billed weight230 lb (104 kg)[1]
DebutOctober 8, 2020; 11 months ago (2020-10-08)[3]

Bronson Rechsteiner (born October 24, 1997) is an American professional wrestler and former American football player. He is currently signed to the professional wrestling promotion WWE where he performs for the NXT brand under the ring name Bron Breakker. He is the son of professional wrestler Rick Steiner (and the nephew of Scott Steiner), making him a second generation professional wrestler.

Early life

Rechsteiner was born in Woodstock, Georgia. He attended Etowah High School in Woodstock, where he played football, winning letters in three years.[1] He also participated in wrestling, winning the Georgia Class AAAAAA state championship (220 lb weight class) in 2016.[5] Rechsteiner went on to study at Georgia's Kennesaw State University, majoring in criminal justice, where he played for the Kennesaw State Owls. As a freshman in 2016 he played special teams and defense. In 2017, he moved to offence as a running back. He also competed on the wrestling team.[1][6]

American football career

In April 2020, Rechsteiner was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent fullback.[7][8] He was released in August 2020.[9]

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.[3][6]

WWE (2021–present)

In February 2021, WWE announced that they had signed Rechsteiner to a contract.[10] Later that month, he was assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for training.[6][11] At the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view on May 16, 2021, Rechsteiner and several other wrestlers portrayed "zombies" in a lumberjack match between Damian Priest and The Miz.[12] Rechsteiner wrestled his first match for WWE on the September 14 episode of WWE NXT under the ring name "Bron Breakker", defeating LA Knight;[2][13] he later had a staredown with new NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.[14]

Professional wrestling style and persona

Rechsteiner's finishing hold was originally the Steiner Recliner, a camel clutch; his uncle Scott Steiner used the same hold.[3] In September 2021, he began using a gorilla press powerslam.[2][13]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bronson Rechsteiner". Kennesaw State Owls. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Currier, Joseph (September 14, 2021). "Bronson Rechsteiner makes WWE NXT debut, defeats LA Knight". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Surrao, Lennard (November 28, 2020). "Rick Steiner's son has a WWE tryout after recent debut, another wrestler expected to sign in 2021". Sportskeeda. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Guzzo, Gisberto (September 10, 2021). "Bronson Rechsteiner changes his name on social media to Rex Steiner". Fightful. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  5. ^ "Son of former pro wrestling star Rick Steiner wins Georgia state title". USA Today High School Sports. USA Today. February 15, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Boorstein, Eli (February 26, 2021). "Former KSU football star Rechsteiner signs WWE contract". Marietta Daily Journal. Yahoo! News. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  7. ^ Barrasso, Justin (April 28, 2020). "Bronson Rechsteiner, son of Rick Steiner, aims to carry on family's pro sports legacy". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  8. ^ Hensley, Jamison (April 26, 2020). "Baltimore Ravens sign Kennesaw State FB Bronson Rechsteiner". ESPN. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Brown, Clifton (August 10, 2020). "Ravens waive undrafted fullback Bronson Rechsteiner". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  10. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (February 11, 2021). "WWE's Triple H confirms Brock Lesnar lookalike Parker Boudreaux signing: 'I'm incredibly excited'". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved February 14, 2021. Triple H – whose real name is Paul Levesque – also casually namedropped the signing of Bronson Rechsteiner, whose father is wrestler [sic] legend Rick Steiner.
  11. ^ Nason, Josh (February 11, 2021). "HHH audio: Velveteen Dream update, Steve Cutler, Edge, new signings". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved March 9, 2021. He mentioned Bronson Rechsteiner (son of Rick Steiner) as someone training at the PC.
  12. ^ Hart, Danny (May 21, 2021). ""They ruined it, it was horrible"- John Cena Sr. criticizes recent WWE match". Sportskeeda. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "WWE NXT results, Sept 14, 2021: Ciampa wins back Goldie and InDex says "I Do" to begin NXT 2.0 era". WWE.com. WWE. September 14, 2021. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  14. ^ Currier, Joseph (September 14, 2021). "Tommaso Ciampa wins NXT Championship, Von Wagner debuts". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021. Tonight's show ended with a backstage segment where Bron Breakker (Bronson Rechsteiner) congratulated Ciampa. Ciampa then congratulated Breakker on his first win in NXT. The two had a tense staredown as they shook hands and Breakker looked at Ciampa's title belt.