Griff Garrison
Birth nameGarrett Griffith[1]
BornAustell, Georgia, United States[2]
Alma materGuilford College[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Garrett Griffith[1]
Griff Garrison[4]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[4]
Billed weight202 lb (92 kg)[4]
Trained byLaBron Kozone[4]
DebutOctober 30, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-10-30)[4]

Garrett Griffith is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to the professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he performs under the ring name Griff Garrison. Griffith is one-half of the tag team the Varsity Blonds alongside Brian Pillman Jr..

Early life

Garrison was born in Austell, Georgia, relocating to North Carolina as a youth.[2] He attended North Davidson High School in Welcome, North Carolina, graduating in 2016. While in high school he played American football as a wide receiver. He went on to attend Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, graduating in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in education and history. During his time at Guilford College, he played American football for the Guilford Quakers.[3][1][5]

Professional wrestling career

Garrison was trained by LaBron Kozone, debuting in 2016.[4][3][6] He initially wrestled for Fire Star Pro Wrestling in his home state of North Carolina. He also appeared with promotions such as the Georgia-based Anarchy Wrestling and Southern Fried Championship Wrestling, winning a variety of championships. In 2019, he began appearing with Ring of Honor.[7] From 2018 to 2020, Garrison teamed with his former schoolmate Markus Cross as "Master and the Machine".[1][8]

In June 2020, Garrison began wrestling for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), appearing on AEW Dynamite and AEW Dark as a jobber. In July 2020, he was paired with Brian Pillman Jr., with the duo dubbed the "Varsity Blonds". The duo went on to compete in AEW's tag team division, competing against teams such as FTR, Private Party, Proud and Powerful, and Hybrid 2. In May 2021, they unsuccessfully challenged the Young Bucks for the AEW World Tag Team Championship.[9] In the same month, Julia Hart joined Garrison and Pillman Jr. as their valet.[10] In July 2021, Garrison and Pillman Jr. were signed to contracts with AEW.[6] In December 2021, Garrison and Pillman Jr. began feuding with Malakai Black after he sprayed Black Mist in Hart's eyes;[11] the feud culminated in a tag team bout pitting the Varsity Blonds against the Kings of the Black Throne (Malakai Black and Brody King) on the January 19, 2022 episode of Dynamite that was won by Black and King.[12]

Professional wrestling style and persona

Garrison's signature moves include the sleeper hold, spear, spinebuster, and Ivy League Destroyer.[4]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d Coley, Ben (November 23, 2018). "North Davidson alums seek pro wrestling career". The Dispatch. Archived from the original on December 14, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Vasser, Jhanna (November 18, 2019). "Wrestling with the future". Guilford.edu. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Cazer, Andrew (June 23, 2021). "Shining a light on AEW Dark: Griff Garrison". WrestleJoy.com. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Griff Garrison". Cagematch.net. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  5. ^ Davis, Chanel (December 22, 2021). "Triad wrestler rises to professional wrestling fame". Yes! Weekly. Archived from the original on February 1, 2022. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Rose, Bryan (July 12, 2021). "The Varsity Blonds officially sign with AEW". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Griff Garrison - career". Cagematch.net. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Griff Garrison - tag teams & stables". Cagematch.net. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  9. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Griff Garrison - matches - All Elite Wrestling". Cagematch.net. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  10. ^ Collins, Joseph (May 11, 2021). "AEW Dark results: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston vs. Milk Chocolate". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved February 1, 2022. Hart has been added to the Varsity Blonde as a cheerleader...
  11. ^ Rose, Bryan (December 15, 2021). "Punk, Allin, and Sting vs. MJF & FTR set for AEW Dynamite". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved February 1, 2022. Also announced for next week’s show is a singles match between Griff Garrison of the Varsity Blonds and Malakai Black. Garrison cut a promo on Dynamite promising revenge for Julia Hart, who Black attacked last week by spraying her with black mist.
  12. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Griff Garrison - matches - 2022". Cagematch.net. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Griff Garrison - titles". Cagematch.net. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  14. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2021". ProFightDB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2022.