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Matt Hyson
Ring name(s) Brother Runt[1]
Matt Hyson
Spike Dudley[1]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Billed weight 150 lb (68 kg)[1]
Born August 13, 1970 (1970-08-13) (age 39)[1]
Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1]
Billed from "Dudleyville"
New York City
Trained by Ric Thompson
(APW Boot Camp)[1]
Debut 1994[1]

Matthew Johnathan "Matt" Hyson (born August 13, 1970)[1] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his performances in Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name Spike Dudley and in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Brother Runt.

In WWF/E, he was a 1 time Cruiserweight Champion, a 1 time Tag Team Champion with Tazz, a 1 time European Champion and a 7 time Hardcore Champion. In ECW, he was a 2 time Tag Team Champion.[3]

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Professional wrestling career

Prior to his wrestling career, Hyson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and was a third grade English teacher.[4] During the documentary Beyond the Mat, a heavily bleeding Hyson delivers the line "I shall, I do" (Henry IV of England's response to a request by Sir John Falstaff in the Shakespearean play Henry IV, Part 1).

In May 1993, Hyson entered All Pro Wrestling's "Boot Camp" in Hayward, California to train as a referee and manager. He quickly began training to be a wrestler as well ,and spent the next three years wrestling on the California independent promtions.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996-2001)

Hyson debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling in September 1996, and gained fame as "Little" Spike Dudley, as a part of the Dudley family.[4] His in-ring persona was that of the "runt" of the family.[4] His initials (LSD) and finishing move (a corner-running three-quarters facelock bulldog named the "Acid Drop") were both drug references and, at times, he would stare at his hands waving in front of him as if he were on a trip. He quickly gained the nickname "The Giant Killer", and defeated the much bigger Mabel and Ulf Herman in a handicap match at the 1998 November to Remember show.[4] A storyline with Bam Bam Bigelow saw him on the end of two pay-per-views defeats, however, at Hardcore Heaven and As Good as it Gets.[4] In one memorable moment in not only Spike's career but in ECW history in general, Bam Bam Bigelow threw Spike from the ring, over the top rope, and into the crowd. The fans caught him and proceeded to body surf him around the ECW Arena. This incident was incorporated into the ECW TV introduction for years.

After his storyline brothers, D-Von and Bubba Ray turned on him, he was involved in a scripted rivalry with them for several months.[4] Teaming with multiple people, including Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman, New Jack, and Nova, he defeated them to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship with his partner Balls Mahoney on two occasions in 1999.[4][5] He was also in the main event on some occasions, such as the 2000 Guilty as Charged pay-per-view, where he faced Mike Awesome for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, in a losing effort.[6] During the match, however. he injured his knee, and after aggravating the injury in subsequent matches with Awesome and Lance Storm was forced to take several months off to recuperate.[4] He returned in June 2000.[4] Hyson stayed with ECW until it folded in 2001.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001-2005)

Following the closure of ECW, Hyson signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation. Upon joining the WWF, the drug-related aspects of his character were heavily de-emphasised. He made his televised WWF debut on the March 19, 2001 episode of Raw is War, reuniting with the Dudley Boyz and helping them win the WWF World Tag Team Championship.[4] The Dudley Boyz quickly turned on Spike and in June at the King Of The Ring pay per view Hyson teamed with Kane to challenge the Dudley Boyz for their WWF World Tag Team Championship in a losing effort after receiving a 3D. In late 2001, Hyson had an on-screen courtship with Molly Holly, during a feud between the Dudley Boyz and The Holly Cousins, leading to the rivalry being exacerbated.[4] During The Invasion, Hyson remained loyal to the WWF, failing to join The Alliance despite his ECW alumnus status. It was during The Invasion that his relationship with Molly came to an end when she turned on him, aligning herself with The Hurricane.

Dudley during a match in Australia

Hyson wrestled mainly as a face during his time in WWF/E. His feuds and alliances with his two older brothers, Bubba Ray and D-Von often took center stage, but he formed short-lived tag teams with The Big Show, Bubba Ray, and Tazz, the last of which he became a tag team champion with by defeating his brothers in 2002.[7] In that same year, he won the European once and the Hardcore championship on eight separate occasions. Dudley would also mend fences with his brother, Bubba, and the pair teamed up to take on The Un-Americans in late 2002.[4]

Dudley was injured after a missed spot during a 10-man tag match on Raw in September 2003. La Résistance threw Dudley to the outside but Dudley missed the table that he was supposed to crash through. After some time away from the ring, Spike returned and defeated René Duprée to get revenge for the injury.[4]

In 2004, Hyson was drafted to the SmackDown! brand, where he at one point held the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[8] During this time, Dudley's biggest exposure came when he turned into a villain by attacking popular face wrestler Rey Mysterio; he then began to wrestle as the "boss" of the Dudley Boyz.[4] Besides starting a feud with Mysterio, he also started feuds with then-babyface, Billy Kidman, Paul London and John Cena. He eventually lost the Cruiserweight Championship to Funaki at Armageddon.[9] He made his last appearance with WWE at ECW One Night Stand on June 12, 2005, helping the Dudleys win their tag team match.[10] Hyson was released from his WWE contract on July 5, 2005 along with seven other wrestlers in what was thought to have been a cost-cutting measure by the company.[11]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2006-2007)

Upon leaving WWE, Hyson renamed himself Matt "LSD" Hyson. Hyson went on to wrestle at Shane Douglas' Hardcore Homecoming and competed regularly for both the NYWC, Top Rope Promotions, and 2CW Squared Circle Wrestling.

Hyson debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on the April 13, 2006 episode of Impact!, preventing Eric Young from driving Brother Devon through a table and attacking each member of Team Canada.[12] Hyson then celebrated with Brother Devon and Brother Ray, with him identifying him as "Brother Runt".[4] Brother Runt continued to be a part of Team 3D during feuds with Abyss and the James Gang.

At TNA's "Hardcore War" show, Spike stated that he had been sent a contract to compete at WWE's One Night Stand. Spike took out the contract and tore it into pieces in front of the live crowd stating that he was remaining loyal to TNA.

Through the rest of the year, Brother Runt continued to feud with Abyss and several other heavyweight wrestlers while having a short-lived alliance with Raven (Raven saved Brother Runt from being smashed through two stacked tables covered in thumbtack-covered boards from Abyss, before throwing Abyss in himself), before he turned on Raven on September 15, 2006.[13] In September and October 2006 Hyson had formed a new look, very similar to Travis Bickle in the hit 1976 movie Taxi Driver complete with Bickle's trademark green army jacket and mohawk. On the December 21 episode of Impact! Brother Runt made his first TNA appearance in a while dressed up as Santa Claus, and was subsequently beaten down by The Latin American Xchange (LAX) until being saved by Eric Young, Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal, and Petey Williams.[14]

At TNA's Final Resolution on January 21, 2007, a drunk Brother Runt cost his Team 3D teammates their NWA World Tag Team Championship match against LAX (Latin American Exchange) by jumping onto Homicide.[15] Runt soon returned to the April 12 edition of Impact! after being attacked by LAX backstage. He was mocked by Konnan who fired a taser gun at him causing Runt to roll around in pain.[16] On August 15, 2007, Runt was released from TNA after several months of inactivity. On April 16, 2009, he (using the name Brother Runt) and Balls Mahoney appeared on TNA Impact! in a taxi interrupting Mike Tenay and Don West to wish Team 3D luck in their match at Lockdown. They later were attacked by Beer Money, Inc..

Independent circuit (2007-2009)

Since parting ways with TNA, Hyson has been working for different independent promotions such as Top Rope Promotions (where he is a trainer), Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW), and Big Time Wrestling (BTW).[1] Since returning to the indies, he has reverted back to his ECW and WWE name Spike Dudley.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling return (2010)

Hyson returned to TNA Wrestling under the ring name Brother Runt on the March 15, 2010, edition of Impact! in a six man tag team match, where he and Team 3D were defeated by The Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart.[17]

Personal life

Hyson was a former third grade teacher from Rhode Island before getting into the wrestling business. In mid-2006, Hyson opened a professional wrestling school in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

In wrestling

Hyson executing a diving double foot stomp on Rodney Mack in 2003
  • Nicknames
    • "The Boss" (WWE)
    • "The Giant Killer" (ECW)[1]
    • "The Little Show" (While teaming with The Big Show; WWF)[1]
    • "Little" Spike Dudley (LSD) (ECW)[1]
    • "The Runt of the Litter" (ECW / WWE)
    • "One Tough Little Bastard" (WWE)

Championships and accomplishments

  • Big Time Wrestling (Massachusetts)
    • BTW Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
  • Big Time Wrestling (California)
    • BTW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[18]
  • New York Wrestling Connection
    • NYWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[21]

References

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  2. ^ Mike Gerweck. "Spike Dudley". http://www.gerweck.net/spikedudley.htm. 
  3. ^ a b c Richard Lopez. "Spike Dudley's Title History". Blogspot. http://wrestlertitles.blogspot.com/2009/09/spike-dudley.html. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
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  5. ^ a b "History of the ECW Tag Team Championship". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/history/ecwtaghistory/. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
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  8. ^ a b "History Of The Cruiserweight Championship - Spike Dudley". WWE. 2004-07-24. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/cruiser/350124. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
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  14. ^ Sokol, Chris (2006-12-02). "Impact: Santa, pogo sticks and an ankle lock". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/12/22/2932522.html. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  15. ^ Sokol, Chris (2007-01-15). "Cage, Angle on top after Final Resolution". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2007/01/15/3383190.html. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  16. ^ Sokol, Chris (2007-04-13). "Impact: The return of Double J". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2007/04/13/4003140.html. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  17. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2010-03-15). "CALDWELL'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 3/15: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV show - A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Hardy". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_39854.shtml. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  18. ^ "Indy Wrestling News : Big Time Wrestling - 2006-01-27 - Newark, California". Indy Wrestling News. http://www.indywrestlingnews.com/database/matches_list.php?event_id=1676. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  19. ^ "Chaotic Wrestling Title Histories". titlehistories.com. http://www.titlehistories.com/Chaotic_Wrestling.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  20. ^ "ECW World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  21. ^ "New York Wrestling Connection". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/nywc/. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
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  23. ^ "History Of the European Championship - Spike Dudley". WWE. 2002-04-08. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/euro/358628. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
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  25. ^ Meltzer, Dave (January 22, 2007), "2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–12, ISSN 10839593 

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