Max Caster
Caster in November 2019
Born (1989-07-31) July 31, 1989 (age 34)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Parent(s)Rich Caster (father)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Max Caster
Frances
Billed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Billed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Billed fromRockville Centre, New York
Trained byBrian Myers[1]
Pat Buck[1]
Debut2015[1]
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2020–present

Max Caster (born July 31, 1989) is an American professional wrestler and rapper, currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he competes in a tag team with Anthony Bowens as The Acclaimed. He is one third of the current AEW World Trios Champions with Bowens and Billy Gunn in their first reign. With Bowens, he is also a former one-time AEW World Tag Team Champion.

He began his wrestling career in 2015 and signed with AEW in November 2020, beginning a team with Bowens called The Acclaimed. Caster is known for his hip hop-inspired persona, often rapping to diss his opponents during his entrance. He released his debut album, Critically Acclaimed, Vol.1, in May 2021, under the name Platinum Max.[2]

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2015–2020)

Caster trained under Curt Hawkins and Pat Buck at their Create A Pro Wrestling Academy and made his debut for the school's promotion in February 2015, later becoming the inaugural CAP Champion in December of that year. He wrestled on the independent circuit for a number of promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling. He also made a WWE appearance as one of Bobby Lashley's (kayfabe) sisters on the May 21, 2018 episode of WWE RAW.[1]

All Elite Wrestling (2020–present)

Caster made his first appearance for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on the June 23, 2020 episode of Dark, teaming with Luther and Serpentico in a losing effort against Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt).[3] He came back with his new tag team partner Anthony Bowens on the October 27 episode of Dark but lost to Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent).[4] In November 2020, AEW President Tony Khan announced that Caster, alongside Bowens, had been signed to a five-year contract with the promotion.[5][6] The announcement also stated that Bowens and Caster would compete as a tag team named The Acclaimed.[1]

Caster and Bowens made their first appearance on the December 16 episode of Dynamite, defeating SoCal Uncensored.[7] The following week, Caster and Bowens unsuccessfully challenged The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) for the AEW World Tag Team Championship.[8]

On the March 3, 2021, episode of Dynamite, Caster defeated 10 to qualify for the Face of the Revolution ladder match at Revolution.[9] However, at Revolution, the match was won by Scorpio Sky.[10] At Double or Nothing on May 30, Caster competed in the Casino Battle Royale, but he was eliminated by Christian Cage.[11]

On the August 3 episode of Dark, while making his entrance, Caster rapped about subjects such as Olympic gymnast Simone Biles' mental health issues, the Duke lacrosse case, the validity of PCR COVID-19 testing, and made a sexual joke about Julia Hart. AEW owner Tony Khan called the rap "terrible", said it should have been edited out of the show and announced that he would personally be taking over the editing of the show. Caster was later removed from several independent events and AEW programming following the incident.[12] He returned to action at Dark: Elevation on September 1.[13]

On September 21, 2022, at AEW Grand Slam 2022, The Acclaimed, with Billy Gunn as their manager, would win their first AEW tag team championship from Swerve In Our Glory (Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland).

On February 8, 2023, after 140 days as champions, they lost the championships to Colten and Austin Gunn on Dynamite.

At All In (2023), Caster, Bowens and Gunn won the AEW World Trios Championship from The House of Black.

Personal life

Caster's father is former NFL player Rich Caster.[14]

Discography

Mixtapes

Championships and accomplishments

Caster (right) as AEW World Trios Champion in August 2023.

References

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  2. ^ Nature, Heel By (May 15, 2021). "AEW's Max Caster Files Trademark For 'Platinum'". Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  3. ^ Tedesco, Mike (June 23, 2020). "AEW Dark Results – 6/23/20 (Brian Cage in action, Orange Cassidy vs. Peter Avalon)". WrestleView.com. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Klyn, Parker (October 27, 2020). "AEW Dark Results: Cutler vs. Avalon III, Hikaru Shida vs. Leyla HirschH". F4WOnline.com. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  5. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (November 3, 2020). "AEW Signs Anthony Bowens And Max Caster To Contracts, Bowens And Caster Comment". Fightful. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Lee, Joseph (December 4, 2020). "Note On How Long Recent AEW Contracts Are For Younger Talent". 411Mania. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Boutwell, Josh (December 16, 2020). "AEW Dynamite Results – 12/16/20 (Omega vs. Janela, 12-Man Tag, Cody Rhodes, Sting and more)". Wrestleview.
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  9. ^ Rose, Bryan (March 3, 2021). "Max Caster qualifies for ladder match at AEW Revolution". WON/F4W - WWE news, Pro Wrestling News, WWE Results, UFC News, UFC results.
  10. ^ Powell, Jason (March 7, 2021). "AEW Revolution results: Powell's live review of Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley in an Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match for the AEW Championship, Young Bucks vs. Chris Jericho and MJF for the AEW Tag Titles, surprise debut, Face of the Revolution ladder match for a TNT Title shot". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  11. ^ Powell, Jason (May 30, 2021). "AEW Double Or Nothing results: Powell's live review of Kenny Omega vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Pac for the AEW Championship, Hikaru Shida vs. Britt Baker for the AEW Women's Title, Miro vs. Lance Archer for the TNT Title, The Young Bucks vs. Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston for the AEW Tag Titles, The Pinnacle vs. The Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
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  13. ^ Rose, Bryan (September 1, 2021). "Max Caster Makes AEW Return During Dark: Elevation Tapings". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
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  21. ^ Staszewski, Joseph (December 27, 2022). "The Post's 2022 pro wrestling awards". New York Post. Archived from the original on December 29, 2022. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
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Preceded bySwerve Strickland and Keith Lee 9th AEW World Tag Team Champion September 21, 2022 – present With: Anthony Bowens Succeeded byThe Gunn Club(Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn)