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Chuck Taylor

Taylor at a Chikara show in May 2009
Ring name(s) Chuck Taylor
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)[2]
Born April 22, 1986 (1986-04-22) (age 23)[2]
Murray, Kentucky
Billed from Raccoon City[2]
Murray, Kentucky
Trained by Brandon Walker
Debut 2002[2]

Dustin Howard[3] (born April 22, 1986[2] in Murray, Kentucky) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Chuck Taylor. He is currently competing most notably in Chikara and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.



Taylor began his wrestling training at age 15 under the tutelage of Brandon Walker at the Old School Wrestling Training Academy in Hardin, Kentucky. However, he was unable to wrestle during shows in-state until age 18, due to age requirements for wrestling licenses in Kentucky. During this time, he wrestled for other promotions in Tennessee and Illinois, most prominently for the then-newly restarted Chaos Pro Wrestling in Brookport, Illinois, where he began a rivalry with Ricochet.


Debut and the Kings of Wrestling

Howard, under the ring name Chuck Taylor, made his Chikara debut at the Young Lions Cup IV tournament, defeating his rival Ricochet in the first round before being eliminated in the six-way semi-final round by Andy Sumner. The next night, he teamed up with Cloudy to take on Ricochet and Player Uno in a non-tournament tag team match, with the four receiving a standing ovation after the match. However, Taylor would quickly become a villain during his match with Eddie Kingston at the Brick event, gaining an upset victory with some help from an interfering Larry Sweeney. After impressing Larry Sweeney, Taylor was allowed to replace Chris Hero in the 2007 King of Trios tournament, joining Team F.I.S.T. (Icarus and Gran Akuma) on the Kings of Wrestling team. The Kings made it to the semi-final round before losing to the team of Miyawaki, Yoshiaki Yago and Kudo. During this match, Taylor's adoptive father James Todd Smith was in attendance.

Team F.I.S.T. and championship success

Taylor at PWG's Battle of Los Angeles show in 2008

Despite the loss, Taylor rebounded by entering the first-ever Rey de Voladores tournament in 2007, defeating the likes of PAC, Lince Dorado, Ricochet and Retail Dragon en route to winning the tournament. However, problems in the Kings of Wrestling arose as Chris Hero, the man he replaced at King of Trios, had split the Kings of Wrestling stable in two, with Hero, Sweeney, and Claudio Castagnoli comprising the Kings of Wrestling while Team F.I.S.T. (Taylor, Akuma, and Icarus) once again became a separate team. At the Aniversario! event in May, the Kings and F.I.S.T. met in a six-man tag team match, which F.I.S.T. won. Despite losing, the Kings reunited with F.I.S.T. and the Kings of Wrestling became the top stable in Chikara, later recruiting Mitch Ryder, Max Boyer and Shayne Hawke to their ranks. Using this momentum, Taylor went on to win the Young Lions Cup V, beating Cabana Man Dan, Lince Dorado, Moscow the Communist Bovine, Player Uno, Ice Cream, Jr. and Amigo Suzuki on the first night, before beating long time rival Ricochet in the finals.

After a successful title defense against Drake Younger, Taylor put the cup on the line against Ricochet at the 2007 International Invaders weekend, with Ricochet putting his career on the line. Taylor would win the match, seemingly ridding his rival for good. However, Taylor's momentum would come to a halt after he was eliminated in the Torneo Cibernetico match by Lince Dorado. A month later, he was defeated by Claudio Castagnoli in singles competition at the October event Bruised. Later that night, Taylor replaced an inactive Icarus to team with Akuma in a Campeonatos de Parejas title defense against Incoherence (Delirious and Hallowicked), which Taylor and Akuma lost. The next night, Taylor lost his Young Lions Cup to the debuting newcomer, Helios, who bore a striking resemblance to Ricochet. However, Taylor managed to regain some success before the end of 2007 by defeating Shane Storm and Passion Hasegawa, respectively in singles matches before teaming up with Team F.I.S.T. to beat the team of Tim Donst and Los Ice Creams (El Hijo del Ice Cream and Ice Cream, Jr.).

Taylor once again teamed up with Icarus and Akuma in the 2008 King of Trios tournament, this time making it to the quarterfinal round before being knocked out by The Colony (Fire Ant, Worker Ant, and Soldier Ant). Following the King of Trios, Taylor returned singles competition but he is still a member of F.I.S.T., as he occasionally tags with either Akuma or Icarus.

Taylor finally won the 2009 King of Trios tournament with Icarus and Akuma when they beat "Team Uppercut" (Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli and Dave Taylor) in the final during third and final night of the event in March 2009.

On May 24, 2009, at Aniversario Yang Taylor and Icarus lost a "Double Mask vs. Double Hair" match against the Colony of Fire Ant and Soldier Ant, and were both shaved bald.[4]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla

On August 30, 2008, Taylor made his Pro Wrestling Guerrilla debut at All Star Weekend 7, facing female wrestler Candice LeRae in a specialty match. The next night, he teamed with fellow Chikara mainstay Vin Gerard to take on The Dynasty (Scott Lost and Joey Ryan) in a losing effort. Less than a month later, Taylor was invited to participate in the 2008 Battle of Los Angeles, which notably had 7 less competitors (almost a third of the usual number) than it did the year before. He originally defeated T.J. Perkins in the first round, but the decision was reversed after the referee caught Taylor with brass knuckles in his hand.

Starting in 2009, Taylor began a heated rivalry with popular regular El Generico, stemming from his dream of opening an orphanage called "Los Angelitos de El Generico" and Taylor's hatred of orphans. After he was unable to secure a 1-on-1 victory, Taylor acquired the help of fellow PWG newcomer Kenny Omega, a fellow orphan hater who also faced, and subsequently lost, a singles match to Generico the next month. Taylor's brief losing streak would continue with a memorable defeat at the hands of Bryan Danielson at Ninety-Nine.

On May 22, 2009, Taylor and Omega teamed up for the annual DDT4 tag team tournament. In the quarterfinals, they overcame the team of Dark 'n' Lovely (Scorpio Sky and Human Tornado), who were substituting for scheduled opponents Los Luchas. Becoming a sensation with fans overnight, they next faced World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks in a title match, losing in controversial fashion. The makeshift team's sudden popularity had a major hand in causing the champions to get booed post-match and for the duration of the evening.

Now referred to as Men of Low Moral Fiber, Taylor and Omega were scheduled to face Danielson and Roderick Strong (Hybrid Dolphins) in June, but a staph infection kept the former out of action. At Threemendous II, after 2 Skinny Black Guys (Generico and Tornado) reunited to beat The Young Bucks in a non-title match, Taylor attacked Generico and challenged him to a Reseda Street Fight, the winning man's team becoming #1 contenders for the championship. Taylor won the match and his team made the challenge at Against the Grain, losing yet again. It was revealed at the end of the defense that senior referee Rick Knox had been paid by the Bucks to fix their recent bouts.

With Omega currently the reigning World Champion (having won it at the 2009 BOLA), Taylor and new tag team partner Tornado (having parted ways with Generico after a brief reunion), known collectively as the 2 Skinny Black Guys of Low Moral Fiber, were scheduled to take on the Bucks for the championship on January 30, 2010 at Kurt Russellmania, however, due to a snowstorm Taylor was forced to miss the event.[5] The match was rescheduled for PWG's next show, As the Worm Turns, but due to Tornado's sudden retirement from professional wrestling, Taylor would instead partner with Tornado's former partner, and Taylor's former rival, El Generico. They reprised the name 2 Skinny Black Guys of Low Moral Fiber.[6] At the event the Young Bucks defeated Taylor and Generico to retain the Tag Team Titles.[7]

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and Accomplishments

  • Chaos Pro Wrestling
  • CPW Global Championship (2 times)[2]
  • Insanity Pro Wrestling
  • IPW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[16]
  • Old School Wrestling
  • OSW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[2]
  • PWI ranked him #309 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2008[17]
  • PWI ranked him #186 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2009
  • United States Wrestling Organization
  • USWO Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Slacker J[18]

Lucha de Apuesta record

Wager Winner(s) Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Fire Ant and Soldier Ant Chuck Taylor and Icarus Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 02009-05-24 May 24, 2009 Double Hair vs. Mask match[4]

Personal life

Taylor is the second cousin of Vin Gerard, a fellow member of the Chikara roster.


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