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Robbie Eagles
Eagles in November 2023
Birth nameJames McMath
Born (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 34)[1]
New South Wales, Australia[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Robby Eagle
Robbie Eagles[1]
Billed height5 ft 10 in (177 cm)[1]
Billed weight176 lb (80 kg)[1]
Billed fromJonestown, New South Wales, Australia[1]
Trained byEagles Wrestling Academy
Ryan Eagles[1]
Madison Eagles[1]
DebutMarch 2008[1]

James McMath (born 13 February 1990), better known by his ring name Robbie Eagles (ロビー・イーグルス Robī Īgurusu), is an Australian professional wrestler. He is currently signed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a member of The Mighty Don't Kneel. He is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and was one-half of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions with his partner Tiger Mask IV. Eagles is also a former member of Bullet Club and Chaos.

Eagles started wrestling on the Australian independent scene, for companies like Professional Wrestling Alliance, Melbourne City Wrestling and World Series Wrestling. Eagles has also gained prominence in other countries wrestling for companies such as Chikara, Progress and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2008–present)

Eagles in July 2013, performing for PWA

Robbie Eagles made his professional wrestling debut in March 2008 for Australian promotion Professional Wrestling Alliance. In November 2008, Eagles defeated Rick Sterling and Troy The Boy to become the PWA A1GP champion for his first time.[2] In February 2009, Eagles and KC Cassidy defeated Mike Valuable and Madison Eagles.[3] In May 2009, Eagles defended his A1GP championship against his brother, Ryan, to a 30-minute time limit draw.[4] Eagles successfully defended his title against Matt Silva.[5] In October 2009, Eagles was defeated by William Kidd, losing the A1GP championship.[6] In 2010, Eagles was defeated by Damian Slater.[7] In 2018, at a PWA and Progress joint show, Eagles was defeated by Travis Banks.[8] In 2018, Eagles lost his PWA heavyweight championship to Jonah Rock.[9]

In 2010, Eagles made his Melbourne City Wrestling debut as part of PWA Invades MCW, where he represented PWA.[10] In Eagles' second MCW match he defeated Ryan Rollins.[11] Eagles and Adam Brooks defeated TMDK in the quarter final round of the MCW Tag Team Title Tournament in 2012 before being eliminated by Hard Way Inc.[12][13]

In 2011, Eagles made his Chikara debut taking part in the Young Lions Cup.[14][15] In 2012, Eagles made his Pro Wrestling Zero1 debut as "Robby Eagle". In his debut, Eagles and Marcus Bean defeated Craig Classic and Yoshikazu Yokoyama.[16] In June, Eagle and Ikuto Hidaka defeated Bean and Classic. On July 1, now going under his original ring name, Eagles and Hidaka defeated Jonathan Gresham and Classic.[17] On July 20, Eagles, Gresham and Hikada defeated Mineo Fujita, Takuya Sugawara and Jonny Vandal.[18]

World Series Wrestling (2017–present)

In 2017, Eagles debuted for World Series Wrestling, losing to Zack Sabre Jr.[19] In 2018, Eagles defeated Marty Scurll, Abyss and Jimmy Havoc in a four-way hardcore match.[20] Later that year, Eagles and Johnny Impact defeated Slex and Austin Aries.[21]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2018–present)

Eagles facing Bushi at Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome

Eagles made his New Japan Pro-Wrestling debut in 2018 during New Japan's Fallout Down Under tour. On day 2, Eagles and Mick Moretti were defeated by TMDK. On day 3, Eagles and Moretti were defeated by Evil and Sanada of Los Ingobernables de Japón. On day 4, Eagles and Will Ospreay were defeated by Cody.[22][23] On 8 October 2018, Bad Luck Fale announced that Eagles would be Taiji Ishimori's tag partner in the 2018 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, thus aligning himself with the Bullet Club.[24] Ishimori and Eagles finished the tournament with a result of three wins and four losses.[25]

On 29 June 2019 at Southern Showdown, Eagles was unsuccessful in challenging Ospreay for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. The following night he turned on Bullet Club leader Jay White, to join Chaos.[26] On 31 August at NJPW Royal Quest, Eagles teamed up with Ospreay as the "Birds Of Prey" to defeat IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Ishimori and El Phantasmo in a non-title match. On the 16 September, Ospreay and Eagles unsuccessfully challenged Ishimori and Phantasmo for the championship at Destruction in Kagoshima. On July 25, 2021, at Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome, Eagles defeated El Desperado by submission to win the Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career.[27] He would then team with Tiger Mask to defeat Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru for their Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on the Road to Power Struggle.[28] Eagles would lose his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to Desperado at Power Struggle.[29]

On March 21, 2023, at the New Japan Cup Finals, Eagles announced that he will challenge Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at Sakura Genesis. During the same night he would also be announced as the newest member of TMDK, thus leaving Chaos in the process.[30] At the event on April 8, Eagles was defeated by Takahashi.[31] The following month, Eagles participated in the 2023 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, competing in the B block.[32] Eagles finished the tournament with 10 points, failing to advance to the semi-finals.[33]

Ring of Honor (2023)

Eagles made his debut for Ring of Honor on April 26, challenging Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH World Championship, in a losing effort.[34]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2018–2019)

Eagles made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla during All Star Weekend 14, where he and Morgan Webster were defeated by Sammy Guevara.[35][36] The next night, he was defeated by Joey Janela. At PWG Bask in his Glory, he was defeated by Bandido.[37] He would later enter the 2018 Battle of Los Angeles, where he defeated DJZ in the first round, but lost to Shingo Takagi in the second round. On January 18, 2019, at Hand of Doom, Eagles defeated Jonathan Gresham.[38]

Championships and accomplishments

Eagles is a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

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