Matt Riviera

Title History

  • TCW Heavyweight title ();
  • AWE International Heavyweight title defeating Frank Thornton (July 29, 2006);
  • TCW tag team titles w Greg Anthony defeating Dustin Heritage in a handicap match (October 20, 2012);
  • ECW Elite tag team titles w Greg Anthony defeating Blake Wilder & Purple Haze (May 18, 2013);
  • NWA Lone Star tag team titles winning a 3-way tag team match (March 29, 2014);
  • NWA Western States Heavyweight Title defeating Brian Kendrick in a tournament (January 17, 2015);
  • NWA Western States Heavyweight Title defeating Jeff Jarrett (May 17, 2015);
  • Lone Star tag team titles w Greg Anthony winning a 4-way tag team elimination match (July 12, 2015);

Career Highlights

  • Matt Riviera started his career in wrestling selling wrestling programs at age 15..
  • Matt Riviera promoted several shows under the Global Pro Wrestling banner at the age of 17..
  • April 8, 2000-Global Pro Wrestling: Matt Riviera debuted as the manager of Bill Ash to a victory over Ricky Justice…
  • March 3, 2001-Global Pro Wrestling: Matt Riviera is barred from ringside by Commissioner Harley Race for his constant interference..
  • March 21, 2001-World League Wrestling: Matt Riviera managed “Hacksaw” Butch Reed in to a victory over Bull Schmitt..
  • August 21, 2004: Matt Riviera turned pro at age 21 in Arkansas Association of Wrestling..
  • ~~~Matt Riviera debuted teaming with Running Wolf defeating Frank Thornton & “Big” Wes Jones..
  • Matt Riviera is currently a Junior in college and a major in Broadcast Journalism..
  • June 11, 2005–Razorback All-Star Wrestling: Matt Riviera beat Frank Thornton after reversing a cross body and holding the tights..
  • June 18, 2005–RASW: Matt Riviera wrestled Frank Thornton to a 10-minute draw with Harvey Whippleman as guest referee..
  • ~~~Jamie Jay & Jamaican Kid & Frank Thornton defeated Matt Riviera & Don Bass & Chris Bass by Disqualification…
  • June 25, 2005–Razorback All-Star Wrestling: Matt Riviera beat Dustin Nazareth after reversing a Pat O’Conner roll into a school boy.
  • July 3, 2005–RASW: Matt Riviera pinned The Jamaican Kid after putting his feet on the ropes for leverage…
  • ~~~Later on in the same TV Taping: Matt Riviera fought Frank Thornton to a double count out..
  • November 11, 2005–Mid-States Wrestling: Frank Thornton pinned Matt Riviera with a school boy..
  • March 17, 2006–NWA Mid-South Wrestling: Matt Riviera wrestled Frank Thornton to a 15-minute draw..
  • April 15, 2006–All-American Championship Wrestling: Matt Riviera pinned Frank Thornton..
  • July 15, 2006–Mid-South Wrestling TV Taping: Matt Riviera pinned Gary Gram after a One Night Stand..
  • ~~~Later on same taping Matt Riviera lost to Tom Jones via disqualification when Riviera bodyslammed the ref..
  • July 28, 2006–NWA Universal: Slam Shady pinned Matt Riviera..
  • July 29, 2006–Arkansas Wrestling Entertainment: Matt Riviera beat Frank Thornton to become the 1st AWE International Champion..
  • August 17, 2006–NWA Mid-South Wrestling: Matt Riviera pinned Frank Thornton..
  • August 25, 2006–NWA Universal: Spoiler 2000 & Bash beat Matt Riviera & Kraig Keesman in a Coal Miner’s Glove on a Pole match..
  • October 25, 2006–UWF06: Aaron Neil vs. Matt Riviera ended in a double disqualification.
  • April 5, 2007–West Virginia Mountaineer Wrestling: Matt Riviera beat Nightmare | Matt Riviera beat Rodney Grimes..
  • May 25, 2007–UWF06: Montego Seeka defeated Matt Riviera.
  • June 30, 2007–UWF06: Matt Riviera defeated Javi Hernandez.
  • December 5, 2009–TWA: Matt Riviera defeated Chad Deity.
  • June 6, 2010–TWA: Demolition (Ax & Smash) defeated Jeff Jett & Matt Riviera.
  • June 12, 2010–TCW: Jay Lethal & Matt Riviera defeated The Dark Circle (Apocalypse & Tim Storm) by disqualification. Apocalypse & Tim Storm retains the tag titles.
  • June 25, 2010–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Tim Storm by count-out.
  • August 20, 2010–TCW: Lorelei Lee & Matt Riviera defeated Alan Steel & Malia Hosaka.
  • August 21, 2010–TCW: Alan Steel & Malia Hosaka defeated Lorelei Lee & Matt Riviera.
  • October 23, 2010–NMW: Danny Matthews, Franco D’Angelo & Scott McKenzie defeated The Jet Setters (Dustin Heritage & Jack Legacy) & Matt Riviera.
  • November 19, 2010–NWA Wrestle Birmingham: Bushwhacker Luke defeated Matt Riviera.
  • December 18, 2010–NMW: Franco D’Angelo defeated Matt Riviera
  • February 26, 2011–NMW: Jerry Lawler defeated Matt Riviera.
  • March 26, 2011–SAW TV: David Young defeated Matt Riviera.
  • April 18, 2011–FSW: Franco D’Angelo defeated Matt Riviera.
  • June 11, 2011–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Prince Al Farat by disqualification.
  • July 8, 2011–USWO/ATL: LT Falk defeated Matt Riviera.
  • October 14, 2011–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Dustin Heritage. Genetic Perfection (Alan Steel & Michael Barry) defeated The Natural State Connection (Matt Riviera & Tim Storm) to win the tag team titles.
  • March 3, 2012–MPW TV Taping: Matt Murphy defeated Matt Riviera.
  • April 7, 2012–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Jeff Jett.
  • June 2, 2012–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Greg King.
  • July 4, 2012–TCW: Killer Nikles & Matt Riviera defeated Greg King Jr. & Moe Stegall.
  • August 11, 2012–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Steve Anthony.
  • August 25, 2012–TCW: Tim Storm defeated Matt Riviera by disqualification.
  • September 15, 2012–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Angel.
  • October 20, 2012–TCW: Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera defeated Dustin Heritage in a handicap match to win the tag titles.
  • December 8, 2012–TCW: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated Bobby Lambert & Sigmon to retain the tag titles.
  • February 9, 2013–TCW: Barrett Brown, John Saxon & Michael Barry defeated Bob Orton Jr. & The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera). John Saxon & Sigmon defeated The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera).
  • March 30, 2013–TCW: Barrett Brown, John Saxon & Sigmon defeated Jon Omari & The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) in a tag team elimination match.
  • April 13, 2013–TCW: Matt Riviera defeated Angel.
  • April 15, 2013–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • May 18, 2013–ECW: Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera defeated Blake Wilder & Purple Haze to win the tag team titles.
  • May 19, 2013–ECW: Blake Wilder & Purple Haze defeated Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera to win the tag team titles.
  • June 1, 2013–TCW: John Saxon & Steve Anthony defeated Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera by disqualification.
  • June 16, 2013–ECW: Matt Riviera defeated Purple Haze.
  • July 14, 2013–ECW: Purple Haze defeated Matt Riviera.
  • August 25, 2013–ECW: Arkansas Assassin (Tim Storm) & Matt Riviera defeated Purple Haze & Scott Phoenix to retain the tag titles.
  • September 21, 2013–ECW: Scott Phoenix defeated Matt Riviera.
  • September 22, 2013–ECW: Matt Riviera & Tim Storm defeated Mustang Mike & Scott Phoenix to retain the tag titles.
  • November 3, 2013–ECW: Olympus & Purple Haze defeated Matt Riviera & Tim Storm.
  • November 30, 2013–ECW: Purple Haze defeated Matt Riviera.
  • December 1, 2013–ECW: Purple Haze defeated Matt Riviera & Tim Storm by disqualification in a handicap match. Riviera & Storm retains the Elita tag team titles.
  • December 28, 2013–ECW: Olympus & Purple Haze defeated Matt Riviera & Tim Storm to win the tag team titles.
  • January 25, 2014–ECW: Matt Riviera defeated Roosevelt.
  • January 26, 2014–ECW: Matt Riviera defeated Stan Sweetan by disqualification.
  • February 16, 2014–ECW: Matt Riviera defeated Max Maverick.
  • February 21, 2014–NWA Texoma: Matt Riviera defeated Andy Dalton by disqualification.
  • March 8, 2014–ECW: Matt Riviera defeated Shane Williams.
  • March 21, 2014–NWA Texoma: Andy Dalton defeated Matt Riviera by disqualification.
  • March 22, 2014–ECW: Sigmon defeated Matt Riviera.
  • March 23, 2014–NWA Elite: John Saxon defeated Matt Riviera by disqualification to retain the heavyweight title.
  • March 29, 2014–NWA Houston: Matt Riviera defeated El Coyote. The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated The Sons Of Texas (Alex Reigns & James Claxton) and Carson & Mike Dell in a 3-way tag team match to win the NWA Lone Star tag team titles.
  • April 4, 2014–Mid-South Legends Fanfest: The Empire (Greg Anthony, Matt Riviera & Tim Storm) defeated Americos, Andy Dalton & Tommy Dreamer.
  • April 13, 2014–ECW: John Saxon, Matt Riviera & Tim Storm defeated Apocalypse, Minotaur & Stan Sweetan.
  • April 26, 2014–NWA Houston: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated Real America (Chaz Taylor & Hambone) to retain the NWA Lone Star tag team titles.
  • May 31, 2014–NWA Houston: Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated Americos & David Duperon to retain the NWA Lone Star tag team titles.
  • June 2, 2014–Vendetta Pro: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated Americos & Matt Hardy to retain the NWA Lone Star tag team titles.
  • June 8, 2014–IHWExperience: Americos & Seth Shai defeated Matt Riviera & Tim Storm. Matt Riviera defeated Ashton Jacobs to retain the heavyweight title.
  • June 28, 2014–NWA Houston: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated David Duperon & Hambone.
  • July 4, 2014–NWA Summer Clash: The Empire (Greg Anthony, Matt Riviera & Tim Storm) defeated The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) & Americos.
  • August 2, 2014–NWA Houston: Matt Riviera defeated Ken Johnson by count-out.
  • August 3, 2014–NWA Mid-Atlantic: Matt Riviera defeated B. Brian Blair.
  • August 23, 2014–NWA Houston: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated Carson & Rudy Russo to retain the NWA Lone Star tag team titles.
  • September 19, 2014–NWA Texoma: Matt Riviera defeated Rob Conway by disqualification. Conway retains the NWA World heavyweight title.
  • September 20, 2014–NWA Texoma: Matt Riviera defeated Ashton Jacobs.
  • September 28, 2014–IHWE: Thomas Shire defeated Matt Riviera to win the heavyweight title.
  • October 25, 2014–NWA Houston: David Duperon & Rudy Russo defeated The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) to win the NWA Lone Star tag team titles.
  • January 17, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated Americos in the 1st round. Matt Riviera defeated Rik Luxury by count-out in the semi-finals. Matt Riviera defeated Brian Kendrick to win the tournament and vacant NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • March 12, 2015–LSCW: Colt Cabana defeated Matt Riviera.
  • March 27, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated Chris Mordetzky to retain the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • April 13, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated Americos to retain the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • May 15, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Jeff Jarrett defeated Matt Riviera to win the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • May 16, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Jeff Jarrett defeated Matt Riviera to retain the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • May 17, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • May 30, 2015–LSCW: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated Cherry Ramons & Rudy Russo.
  • June 12, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated Brian Kendrick to retain the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • July 12, 2015–LSCW: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated The Sons Of Texas (Killer McKenzie & Moonshine Mantell) and Real Nigeria (Chaz Taylor & Hambone) and Americos & David Duperon in a 4-way tag team elimination match to win the tag team titles.
  • August 8, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated Carlito to retain the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • August 15, 2015–LSCW: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated The Heatseekers (Elliot Russell & Sigmon) to retain the tag team titles.
  • August 30, 2015–AML: The Heatseekers (Elliot Russell & Sigmon) defeated The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera).
  • September 18, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Matt Riviera defeated Sigmon by disqualification to retain the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • September 26, 2015–LSCW: Luther Black & Silky Baines defeated The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) to win the tag team titles.
  • September 27, 2015–AML: The Empire (Greg Anthony & Matt Riviera) defeated The Washington Bullets (Jon Williams & Trey Williams).
  • October 30, 2015–Vendetta Pro: Ricky Ruffin defeated Matt Riviera to win the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • December 4, 2015–NWA Mid-South: The Iron Empire (Matt Riviera & Rob Conway) defeated The Heatseekers (Elliot Russell & Sigmon) to win the NWA world tag team titles.
  • January 8, 2016–Vendetta Pro: Ricky Ruffin defeated Matt Riviera to retain the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title.
  • February 26, 2016–BTW/OMEGA: Matt Riviera defeated Michael Barry.
  • February 27, 2016–BTW: Chick Donovan & Matt Riviera defeated Harlem Bravado & Michael Barry.
  • March 31, 2016–NWA/IHWE: The Iron Empire (Matt Riviera & Rob Conway) defeated Outlaw Inc. (Andy Dalton & Barrett Brown) to retain the NWA world tag team titles.
  • April 11, 2016–Vendetta Pro: The Iron Empire (Matt Riviera & Rob Conway) defeated The Ballard Brothers (Shane Ballard & Shannon Ballard) to retain the NWA World tag team titles.
  • May 7, 2016–NWA Mid-South: The Iron Empire (Matt Riviera & Rob Conway) defeated Jeremy Moore & Michael Barry to retain the NWA World tag team titles.
  • May 20, 2016–Old School Wrestling @ Professional Wrestling Hall Of Fame Weekend: Greg Anthony defeated Matt Riviera to retain the NWA National heavyweight title.
  • June 11, 2016–Mid States Wrestling Legends Of Wrestling: Matt Riviera defeated Americos.
  • September 25, 2016–Diamond Stars Wrestling: The Iron Empire (Matt Riviera & Rob Conway) defeated Masakatsu Funaki & Rob Terry to retain the NWA world tag team titles.
  • November 4, 2016–NWA Mid-South: Sigmon defeated Matt Riviera.
  • April 14, 2017–NWA Mid-South: Greg Anthony defeated Matt Riviera to retain the Legends & Lions title.
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