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Gabe Tuft
Ring name(s) Gabe Tuft[1]
Taj Milano[1]
Tyler Reks[1]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight 252 lb (114 kg)[2]
Born November 1, 1978 (1978-11-01) (age 31)[3]
San Francisco, California[1]
Resides Tampa, Florida[1]
Billed from Laguna Beach, California[2]
Trained by Mike Bell[1]
UPW Training[1]
FCW Staff[1]
Debut February 2007

Gabriel Allen "Gabe" Tuft[3] (born November 1, 1978)[3] is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) working under the ring name Tyler Reks. He also competed in WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he held the Florida Tag Team Championship once with Johnny Curtis and is a former Florida Heavyweight Champion.

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World Wrestling Entertainment (2008–2010)

Florida Championship Wrestling

After making his professional debut in February 2009 for WWE,[1] Tuft was signed to a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in February 2009 and was assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) territory.[1] On December 11, 2008, Tuft and Johnny Curtis defeated The New Hart Foundation (DH Smith and TJ Wilson) to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship in Tampa, Florida. On June 11, 2009, he captured the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship by defeating Drew McIntyre. After the match, Joe Hennig congratulated him.[4]

ECW

He made his main roster debut on ECW on Sci Fi on the June 30, 2009 episode, with a surfer in-ring persona, in a backstage promo with Zack Ryder.[2][5] Reks had suffered a knee injury just prior to his debut, but was able to work through it and made his in-ring debut on the July 2, 2009 episode of WWE Superstars, losing to Ryder.[6][7] On the July 21 episode of ECW, Reks gained his first win after defeating Paul Burchill, and then beat him again the following week.[8] Reks participated in a 10-man battle royal on the September 15 edition of ECW for an ECW Championship opportunity against Christian, but the match would go on to be won by Zack Ryder. Tuft has had a brief hiatus from television since November 2009 and has mainly been working dark matches.

Personal life

When asked on Twitter why he chose the name 'Tyler Reks', Tuft's response was: "Tyler is my wife and my first choice for the name of our first son - when we have kids. Reks is just a sick last name!"[9]

On January 13, 2010, Tuft, who was on a plane leaving Green Bay, called for the plane to return to the airport after noticing a flap on the wing lift up, telling the on board staff that it shouldn't do that and that he was a pilot himself. Before leaving, Tuft mumbled, "if anyone else on the plane didn’t want to die, they should get off the plane too.” The pilot told the passengers on board that the plane was safe to fly after Tuft was escorted off.[10]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/t/tyler-reks.html. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tyler Reks Biography". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/superstars/tylerreks/bio/. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ a b c "California Births". Family Tree Legends. http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/calbirths?c=search&first=&last=Tuft&spelling=Exact&4_year=1978&4_month=0&4_day=0&5=&7=&SubmitSearch.x=33&SubmitSearch.y=20&SubmitSearch=Submit. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  4. ^ "New FCW Champion Crowned, Maria On TV Tonight, More". SEScoops. June 12, 2009. http://www.sescoops.com/wwe/New_FCW_Champion_Crowned_Maria_On_TV_Tonight_Mark_Henry.shtml. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Florida Championship Wrestling, I mean ECW, TV report". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. 2009-06-30. http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/9806/. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  6. ^ Aldren, Mike. "Daily wrestling news and gossip". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/wrestling/2525431/Wrestling-News-and-Gossip-from-The-Sun-Mike-Aldrens-WGN-Wrestling-Globe-Newsletter.html. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  7. ^ Mackinder, Matt (2009-07-02). "WWE Superstars: Punk's heel turn continues". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/07/02/10001966.html. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  8. ^ Bishop, Matt (2009-07-22). "ECW: Dreamer, Christian jabber prior to Night of Champions". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/07/22/10214321.html. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  9. ^ Mango, Anthony. "Why did Tyler Reks Choose the Name "Tyler Reks"?". Smark Out Moment. http://www.smarkoutmoment.com/2009/11/why-did-tyler-reks-choose-name-tyler.html. Retrieved 2009-12-3. 
  10. ^ "WWE Star Escorted Off Plane After Strange Incident". Sports Entertainment Scoops. http://www.sescoops.com/wwe-news/wwe-star-escorted-off-plane-this-morning-due-to-erratic-behavior. Retrieved 2010-1-13. 
  11. ^ "FCW TV 7/26/09". 2009-07-30. http://powerpb13.livejournal.com/1045163.html. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  12. ^ a b Endres, Cody (2009-06-30). "FCW TV REPORT 6/28: Tyler Reks wins the FCW Title, Abraham Washington name new FCW GM". PWTorch. http://www.pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_33248.shtml. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  13. ^ a b Bauer, Michael (2009-07-28). "411's ECW on SyFy Report 7.28.09". 411Mania. http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/tv_reports/111738/411%5C%5Cs-ECW-on-SyFy-Report-7.28.09.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  14. ^ a b c Shannon, Jay (2009-08-12). "The Morning After ECW Recap". 1Wrestling.com. http://www.1wrestling.com/news/newsline.asp?news=36639. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  15. ^ a b Boucher, Patrick (2009-08-06). "WWE Superstars Results – August 6, 2009". PWHeadlines. http://www.pwheadlines.com/wrestling-results/wwe-superstars-results---august-6-2009.shtml. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  16. ^ "FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship history". http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/fcw/fcw-fl-h.html. 
  17. ^ "FCW Florida Tag Team Championship history". http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/fcw/fcw-fl-t.html. 

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