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War Machine
Warmachine
Raymond Rowe (left) and Hanson (right)
Tag team
Members Hanson
Raymond Rowe/Ray Rowe
Name(s) War Machine
Hanson & Rowe[1]
Rowe & Hanson[1]
Hanson and Raymond Rowe
Hanson and Ray Rowe
Debut 2014
Years active 2014-Present
Promotion(s) BCW
BW
CW
DW
FCP
IPW:UK
IWR
Kamikaze Pro
NJPW
OTT
PCW
Progress
PWG
Noah
ROH
RPW
TCW
VIP
WC
WCPW

War Machine is the professional wrestling tag team of Hanson and Raymond Rowe. They worked for Ring of Honor (ROH), and are former one-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. They have also worked in Pro Wrestling Noah and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where they are former two-times IWGP Tag Team Champions.

HistoryEdit

In 2014, Hanson and Rowe participated in the Top Prospect Tournament,[2] where they met in the finals. Hanson defeated Rowe to win the tournament[3] Since then, they performed as a tag team under the name War Machine. On April 11, Hanson and Rowe both signed contracts with ROH.[4] On August 22, 2015, War Machine defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) in a non-title match and afterwards challenged them to a match for their GHC Tag Team Championship, a title owned by the Japanese Pro Wrestling Noah promotion.[5] War Machine received their title shot in Japan on September 19, but were defeated by the Killer Elite Squad.[6] On December 18 at Final Battle, War Machine defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[7] They lost the title to The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) on May 9, 2016, at War of the Worlds.[8] In late 2016, War Machine took part in New Japan Pro Wrestling's 2016 World Tag League, where they finished with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.[9] Hanson and Rowe debuted for the United Kingdom based Revolution Pro Wrestling in January 2017, unsuccessfully challenging Joel Redman and Charlie Sterling for the Undisputed British Tag Team Championship.[10]

On April 9, 2017, at Sakura Genesis 2017, War Machine defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[11] They lost the title to Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall. regaining it in a no disqualification match on July 1 at G1 Special in USA.[12] At WCPW Loaded on August 3, War Machine defeated The Swords of Essex (Will Ospreay and Scott Wainright) to win the WCPW Tag Team Championship. They lost the IWGP Tag Team Champions to Killer Elite Squad in a three-way match, also involving Guerrillas of Destiny, on September 24 at Destruction in Kobe.[13] On October 3 They lost the WCPW Tag titles to Primate and Jimmy Havoc. War Machine finished with ROH on December 16, 2017. After their final matches with NJPW on January 4, 2018, at Wrestle Kingdom 12, and January 5, 2018, at New Year's Dash, they would sign with WWE after that.

In wrestling Edit

  • Double-team finishing moves
    • Fallout (Belly-to-back suplex (Rowe) / Diving leg drop (Hanson) combination)[14]
    • War Machine Combo Slam (Double-team powerslam)[15]
  • Double-team signature moves
    • Double chokeslam[14]
    • Hanson powerbombs Rowe onto a grounded opponent[16][14]
  • Entrance themes
    • "Blood and Tears" by Eric Baumont and Jean-Michel Bacou
    • "Prepare For War" by David Grimason

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Brew City Wrestling
    • BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)[17]
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked Hanson #108 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[18]
    • PWI ranked Rowe #97 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[19]
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time)[20]
  • VIP Wrestling
    • VIP Tag Team Championship (1 time)[21]
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/hanson-rowe-sign-roh
  2. Ring Of Honor (2013-12-16). "2014 Top Prospect Tournament: Participant #8". Ring Of Honor. http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/2014-top-prospect-tournament-6.
  3. CageMatch (2014-01-25). "ROH Wrestling's Finest". CageMatch. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=101187.
  4. "Hanson & Rowe sign with ROH". Ring of Honor. http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/hanson-rowe-sign-roh. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  5. "Ring of Honor tag team heading to Pro Wrestling Noah". Wrestleview. http://www.wrestleview.com/roh-indy-wrestling-news/55922-ring-of-honor-tag-team-heading-to-pro-wrestling-noah. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  6. "Great Voyage 2015 in Osaka" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. http://noah.co.jp/tour_detail.php?tour_id=1450. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  7. Meltzer, Dave (December 18, 2015). "ROH Final Battle 2015 live results: Jay Lethal vs. AJ Styles, Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Fish". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/ring-honor/roh-final-battle-2015-live-results-jay-lethal-vs-aj-styles-roderick-strong-vs-bobby-fish. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  8. Johnson, Mike (May 9, 2016). "Bullet Club reigns supreme: ROH War of the Worlds tour coverage from Dearborn, Michigan". Pro Wrestling Insider. http://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.php?id=101883. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  9. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/tornament/13461?showResult=1. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  10. http://www.pwtorch.com/site/2017/01/21/121-revolution-pro-wrestling-london-england-shibata-vs-riddle-white-vs-stone-seven-vs-tevor-lee-scurll-vs-zsj/
  11. 11.0 11.1 Rose, Bryan (April 8, 2017). "NJPW Sakura Genesis live results: Okada vs. Shibata". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-sakura-genesis-live-results-okada-vs-shibata-233351. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  12. Witner, Arya (July 1, 2017). "NJPW G1 Special live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Cody". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-g1-special-live-results-kazuchika-okada-vs-cody-238421. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  13. Rose, Bryan (September 23, 2017). "NJPW Destruction in Kobe live results: Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-destruction-kobe-live-results-kenny-omega-vs-juice-robinson-243361. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "METZGER'S ROH TV REPORT 4/5: A.J. Styles vs. Briscoe main event, plus Elgin, A.C.H., War Machine in action leading to big episode next week". http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/ringofhonor/article_84326.shtml#.VTR4xJOTrIU.
  15. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/card_result/95833. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  16. "RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: MATCHES TAPED AT BEST IN THE WORLD By Richard Trionfo". http://www.pwinsider.com/article/87032/ring-of-honor-television-report-matches-taped-at-best-in-the-world.html?p=1.
  17. http://411mania.com/wrestling/brew-city-wrestling-rise-to-honor-xiii-results-1-13-17-colt-cabana-pentagon-jr-odb-and-more-featured/
  18. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi-500/2016.html. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  19. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi-500/2016.html. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  20. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=129319
  21. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=164643

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