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Mike Bennett

Mike-Bennett

Title History

  • NRG Heavyweight Championship
  • NEWA Heavyweight Championship
  • NCW Tag Team Championship with Chris Venom and Johnny Idol
  • PWE United States Championship
  • PWI ranked him #78 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012
  • Ring of Honor Top Prospect Tournament (2011)
  • TRP Heavyweight Championship
  • TRP Tag Team Championship with Bryce Andrews
  • Kowalski Cup (2006)

Career Highlights [Courtesy in part of Wikipedia.com]

Starting Out:

  • Bennett made his professional wrestling debut in 2002.  The following year, Bennett made a single appearance for the East Coast Wrestling Association, when he lost to Big Benny.
  • October 3, 2004 – NEWA: Mike Bennett was part of the Return to Exile’s battle royal in which the final two competitors would face each other for the vacant NEWA Heavyweight Championship. Bennett and Brian Rogers were the final men left, and later that night Bennett defeated Roger to win the NEWA Heavyweight Championship.
  • April 9, 2007 – WWE Heat: Cryme Time defeated Mike Bennett and Bryce Andrews.
  • April 27, 2007 – EPW: Derek Destiny defeated Mike Bennett.
  • February 29, 2008 – EPW: Nick Westgate defeated Mike Bennett. The following day, Bennett, who was accompanied by Gia Savitz, defeated Thom Kane.
  • October 6, 2009 – TNA IMPACT: Kip James defeated Mike Bennett.
  • January 16, 2010 – EPW: EPW Television Champion Nick Westgate defeated Mike Bennett.
  • March 5, 2010 – EPW: Mike Bennett won the ‘Rhodes Island Rumble’ battle royal to become the number one contender to the EPW Heavyweight Championship.
  • March 2010 – NEW: Mike Bennett participated in a five-way match for the NEW Heavyweight Championship, which was won by Matt Taven.
  • September 25, 2010 – 2CW: Mike Bennett defeated Matt Taven.
  • December 2010 – 2CW Nightmare Before Christmas: Matt Taven defeated Mike Bennett.
  • April 15, 2011 – NEW’s Spring Slam: Matt Hardy defeated Mike Bennett.
  • September 14, 2012 – Chikara: Mike Bennett, Matt Jackson,  and Nick Jackson entered the 2012 King of Trios tournament as Team ROH, defeating the Faces of Pain (The Barbarian, Meng and The Warlord) in their first round match.  The following day, Team ROH advanced to the semifinals with a win over The Extreme Trio (Jerry Lynn, Tommy Dreamer and Too Cold Scorpio). Team ROH opened the third and final day of the tournament by defeating the all-female Team Sendai Girls (Dash Chisako, Meiko Satomura and Sendai Sachiko) in the semifinals.  In the finals of the tournament, Team ROH was defeated by the Spectral Envoy (Frightmare, Hallowicked and UltraMantis Black), when Bennett submitted to Hallowicked’s Chikara Special.

New England Championship Wrestling (2003–2005; 2009–2010): 

  • November 14, 2003 – NECW: Johnny Idol defeated Mike Bennett.
  • March 2004 – NECW: Mike Bennett defeated Bob Evans.
  • August 2004 – NECW: Mike Bennett began feuding with Ru Starr, trading victories with him, until Starr won the rubber match on February 12, 2005.
  • March 2005 – NECW: Mike Bennett moved into a feud with Michael Sain, losing to him in two singles match that month, and again in a Stretcher match on April 16. He earned his first victory over Sain in June.
  • Mike Bennett spent the next several months wrestling against competitors including Frankie Arion, Pat Masters, and Fergal Devitt, before taking a four-yeat hiatus from NECW.
  • April 18, 2009 – NECW: Mike Bennett and Guy Alexander defeated TJ Richter and Mr. Munroe.
  • September 2009 – NECW Tag Team Classic: Mike Bennett and Guy Alexander defeated Richter and Munroe in the first round of a tournament, but their match against Scott Osborne and Brandon Locke ended in a double countout, eliminating both teams from the tournament.
  • January 23, 2010 – NECW: Mike Bennett defeated David Cash.

Top Rope Promotions (2006–present):

  • February 17, 2006 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett defeated Stryker.
  • March 24, 2006 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett, as part of NRG, defeated Freightrain. The following month Bennett defeated Billy Warhawk. Bennett continued on a winning streak, defeating Joe Chece, Spike Dudley, and DC Drake.
  • June 23, 2006 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett competed in the 2006 Kowalski Cup. He defeated Romeo Roselli and Chece en route to the final, where he defeated Slyck Wagner Brown to win the tournament.
  • July 1, 2006 – Top Rope: Antonio Thomas defeated Mike Bennett.  Two weeks later he lost to Roselli.
  • September 1, 2006 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett defeated Dudley in a street fight to win the NRG Heavyweight Championship. The following night, he lost to Dudley in a steel cage match, and lost a Loser Leaves Town steel cage match to Dudley on September 29.
  • January 5, 2007 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett returned to TRP, teaming with Bryce Andrews to defeat ‘Chunky But Funky’ to win the TRP Tag Team Championship. After losing to The Aldren Brothers in a non-title match in February, Bennett and Andrews won a two out of three falls match to retain the championship on April 6. The following night, they lost to The Heart Throbs (Antonio Thomas and Romeo Roselli) in a non-title match.
  • May 2007 – Top Rope: Roselli defeated Mike Bennett.
  • June 9, 2007 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett and Andrews defeated Kristian Frost and Brutus Beefcake.
  • July 2007 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett aligned himself with Luscious Latasha, with the pair defeating Dudley and Leah Morrison in a mixed tag team match on July 15.
  • April 2008 – Top Rope: Dudley defeated Mike Bennett in a street fight.
  • May 30, 2008 – Top Rope: Andrews defeated Mike Bennett in a First Blood match.  He continued competing in TRP for the remainder of the year, wrestling against Dudley, Brian Fury, Bushwhacker Luke, and Jason Blade.  He formed a semi-regular tag team with Ryan Waters in January 2009, and the pair lost to the reigning TRP Tag Team Championship, The Alden Brothers on January 9.
  • March 20, 2009 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett faced Stevie Richards in a match for the vacant TRP Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful.
  • April 4, 2009 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett defeated Richards to win the TRP Heavyweight Championship for the first time.  He successfully defended the championship against Jimmy Preston on July 12, Isys Ephex on September 18, and Ken Anderson on November 8.
  • January 1, 2010, Mike Bennett defeated Kenny Dykstra to retain his TRP Heavyweight Championship, and retained it again against Colin Delaney on February 5, and against J. Freddie in a No Disqualification match on February 21.
  • April 9, 2010 – Top Rope The Anniversary: The TRP Heavyweight Championship was vacated when a match between Bennett and Freddie ended in a no contest. The following month, Freddie defeated Bennett in a Last Man Standing match.
  • Top Rope 2010 Kowalski Cup Tournament : Mike Bennett defeated TRP Interstate Champion Guy Maestro in a non-title match, provoking a feud between the two.
  • November 2010 – Top Rope: Mike Bennett defeated Maestro in a strap match, with Ox Baker as the guest enforcer.
  • December 2010 – Top Rope Spindle City Rumble: Mike Bennett  defeated Maestro by countout, and so did not win the championship.
  • January 1, 2011 – Top Rope: Guy Alexander defeated Mike Bennett in a steel cage match for the Interstate Championship.
  • February 19, 2011 – Top Rope: Bennett debuted “Brutal” Bob Evans as his manager in TRP, and went on to defeat Frankie Arion.
  • Ring of Honor (2008, 2010–present)

Ring of Honor:

  • January 11, 2008 – ROH: In his first match, Daniel Puder defeated Mike Bennett. His next appearance came three months later at Bedlam In Beantown in March, when he lost to Jason Blade.
  • March 2010 – ROH: Mike Bennett attended a ROH tryout camp which he heard about through announcer Kevin Kelly.  Mike Bennett appeared at the Ring of Honor Wrestling television tapings in July and August.  Bennett signed a one-year contract with ROH in August 2010.
  • September 10, 2010 – ROH: Roderick Strong defeated Mike Bennett.
  • November 2010 – ROH: Video packages about Mike Bennett began airing on ROH’s television program promoting his television debut.
  • December 6, 2010 – ROH: Mike Bennett and his manager “Brutal” Bob Evans appeared in the crowd to watch a match between the ROH World Television Champion Eddie Edwards and Christopher Daniels.
  • December 17, 2010 – ROH: Mike Bennett earned his first ROH victory at Tag Title Classic Ion when he defeated Colt Cabana.
  • January 10, 2011 – ROH: Mike Bennett made his in-ring television debut when he defeated Nick Dinsmore.  During the February and March episodes of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Bennett took part in the “Top Prospect Tournament”.  He defeated Adam Cole in the first round, Andy Ridge in the semi-finals, and Kyle O’Reilly in the final.  Following each match in the tournament, Bennett was congratulated and given advice by Steve Corino, but Bennett rejected it and mocked Corino, provoking a feud between the two men.  At the 9th Anniversary Show pay-per-view, Bennett pinned Corino to win a four-corner survival match, also involving Kyle O’Reilly and Grizzly Redwood.  As a result of his victory in the ‘Top Prospect Tournament’, Bennett earned a match for the ROH World Television Championship against Christopher Daniels at Defy or Deny on March 18.  Bennett and Evans had a verbal confrontation with Corino at the start of the show, and Corino prevented Evans from helping Bennett during his ROH World Television Championship match, which Bennett went on to lose.  In a singles match between the two at Manhattan Mayhem IV, Bennett defeated Corino and attacked him following the match with the aid of Evans.  In a rematch at Revolution: Canada in early May, Bennett once again prevailed due to Evans’ help.
  • March 19, 2011 – Mayhem Manhattan: Mike Bennett w Brutal Bob Evans defeated Steve Corino.
  • May 7, 2011 – ROH Live Event: Mike Bennett defeated Steve Corino.
  • May 29, 2011 – Super Card of Honor: Mike Bennett defeated Steve Corino.
  • July 8, 2011 – ROH Tag Team Turmoil: Kenny King defeated Mike Bennett.
  • September 17, 2011 – ROH Death Before Dishonor: Shelton Benjamin defeated Mike Bennett.
  • October 1, 2011 – ROH: Mike Bennett received another shot at the ROH World Television Championship but the title match with Jay Lethal ended in a fifteen-minute time limit draw.  Shortly after this, he began an angle where he proclaimed that he had already won the match and proclaimed himself to be the true champion. Bennett challenged for the World Television Championship again at Final Battle 2011 in a three-way elimination match against Lethal and El Generico. Bennett was accompanied by his real-life girlfriend Maria Kanellis for the match, in which he was the final man eliminated, allowing Lethal to retain the championship.
  • November 18, 2011 – Glory by Honor: Michael Elgin defeated Adam Cole, Mike Bennett and Grizzly Redwood.
  • November 19, 2011 – ROH TV: Mike Bennett defeated Jamin Olivencia.
  • January 7, 2012 – ROH: Mike Bennett unsuccessfully challenged Jay Lethal for the World Television Championship in a No Time Limit match.  Bennett then started feuding with Lance Storm, with Bennett winning their initial singles match at Showdown in the Sun, and Storm winning the rematch at Border Wars.
  • January 20, 2012 – Homecoming: Tommaso Ciampa defeated Grizzly Redwood, Andy “Right Leg” Ridge, Mike Bennett in a 4 corners match.
  • March 17, 2012 – Crossfire Live Event: Mike Bennett defeated Caleb Konley.
  • May 26, 2012 – ROH TV: Lance Storm defeated Mike Bennett.
  • June 1, 2012 – PWS: Mike Bennett, Koko B. Ware, Starman and Taka Suzuki defeated Apollyon, George South, ?? and the Sheik.
  • June 9, 2012 – FWE: Sonjay Dutt and Daivari defeated Mike Bennett and Bandido Jr..
  • June 21, 2012 – ROH: Mike Bennett teamed up with Brutal Bob in a tag team match, where they were defeated by Adam Cole and Eddie Edwards. Afterwards, Bennett, Bob and Maria Kanellis attacked Cole and Edwards, before being chased away by the returning Sara Del Rey.
  • June 29, 2012 – ROH: Mike Bennett defeated Storm in the final match of their trilogy.
  • August 11, 2012 – ROH Boiling Point: Eddie Edwards and Sara Del Rey defeated Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis in an intergender tag team match when Bennett submitted to Edwards.
  • August 25, 2012 – ROH TV: Mike Mondo beat TJ Perkins, Tommaso Ciampa, Roderick Strong, Jay Lethal, and Mike Bennett to earn the “DBD X” TV Title match.
  • December 16, 2012 – ROH Final Battle 2012: Doomsday: Mike Bennett defeated Jerry Lynn in his final ROH match before retirement.
  • February 16, 2013 – FWE No Limits: Jorge Santi & Matt Taven defeated Chris Mordetzky & Mike Bennett (w/Maria Kanellis).
  • April 5, 2013 – Super Card of Honor: Mike Bennett defeated Shelton Benjamin.
  • April 19, 2013 – TRP Road To The Anniversary Night 1: Mike Bennett defeated Jason Blade.
  • April 20, 2013 – ROH TV: Roderick Strong defeated Mike Bennett.
  • May 4, 2013 – Border Wars: Roderick Strong defeated Mike Bennett.
  • May 11, 2013 – ROH TV: Roderick Strong defeated Mike Bennett with Maria.
  • June 1, 2013 – ROH TV: Jay Lethal defeated BJ Whitmer & Mike Bennett with Maria in a 3-way match.
  • June 21, 2013 – FWE: Tommy Dreamer defeated Alex Reynolds, Bandido Jr, Chris Masters, Damien Darling, EJ Risk, Jason Gotti, Jay Lethal, Jigsaw, Jimmy Wang Yang, Johnny Knockout, Jorge Santi, Matt Jackson, Matt Striker, Mike Bennett, Nick Jackson, The Patriot, Paul London, Petey Williams, The Rockstar, Sam Shields, The Sandman, Stone Cold ET, Tony Nese, VSK and Wes Draven.
  • June 22, 2013 – Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore: Carlito defeated Mike Bennett.
  • June 12, 2013 – ROH Best in the World: BJ Whitmer defeated Mike Bennett.
  • July 12, 2013 – ROH Reclamation Night 1: Michael Bennett defeated BJ Whitmer.
  • July 13, 2013 – ROH Reclamation Night 2: Michael Bennett defeated Andy Muscat. Michael Bennett defeated Rhino.
  • July 13, 2013 – ROH TV (Taped): Mike Bennett defeated Nick Merriman.
  • August 3, 2013 – ROH Extravaganza: Michael Bennett vs. BJ Whitmer in the World Heavyweight Title Tournament 1st round was thrown out after Bennett pildrove Whitmer on the apron and BJ needed immediate attention.
  • August 17, 2013 – ROH Mayhem Manhattan: Tommaso Ciampa defeated Michael Bennett in the Tournament Quarter Finals.