The Wolves Biography


The Wolves are a professional wrestling tag team of Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, previously known as The American Wolves. They are wrestling for the American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where they are former two-time TNA World Tag Team Champions. They have previously wrestled for Ring of Honor (ROH), where they are two-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. The two started out as members of Larry Sweeney's alliance Sweet N' Sour Inc., but forged a tag team on their own. As well as being a tag team unit, the two wrestlers have had strong singles careers, with Edwards being ROH's first World Television Champion and the first to complete the Triple Crown Championship after winning the ROH World Championship, which he then went on to lose to Richards. They left ROH in 2013, and debuted for TNA in January 2014, winning the TNA World Tag Team Championship a month later.

Ring of Honor

The team picked up their first wins in January 2009, beating Strong twice with different partners, Stevens and Jay Briscoe. This earned them a match for the Tag Team Championship against Kevin Steen and El Generico in the main event of Motor City Madness. Two months later, accompanied by stablemate Chris Hero in a Six-Man Tag match they beat Steen and Generico who had Bobby Dempsey on their team and earned themselves another championship match at Seventh Anniversary Show.  During the match Steen sought revenge for his knee injury and attacked Richards' knee with a chair before making him submit to the Sharpshooter. After the match the Wolves, with the help of Shane Hagadorn and Sara Del Rey from Sweet N' Sour Inc, tied Steen to the ropes and attacked Generico, putting him through a table. With the rivalry escalating, the American Wolves began mocking Steen and Generico on ROH's new weekly television programme Ring of Honor Wrestling, until Steen put their manager Hagadorn through a table. This set up the show's first championship match on April 10 (airing on delay 30 May), with the Wolves finally winning the ROH Tag Team Championship in a Tables Are Legal Tag Team match.

Tag Team Champions (2009–2010)

Having become the new ROH Tag Team Champions, the American Wolves made their first title defence on April 18 in a match Pro Wrestling Torch rated as the best American independent circuit match of 2009. Defending against former and future ROH World Champions Bryan Danielson and Tyler Black, respectively, the match saw the Wolves working smoothly as a team to combat Danielson and Black's individual prowess ending with the first time-limit draw in an ROH tag team match. On June 13, Generico and Steen had their rematch for the championships in a Submission match at Manhattan Mayhem III with Generico tapping out to a half-Boston Crab.Later that month Steen and Generico beat the Wolves in a Last Chance Contendership match, giving them a final chance to win back the belts at ROH's premiere event of the year Glory By Honor VIII: The Final Countdown. The night before, Edwards wrestled an Anything Goes match to Steen and broke his elbow but still defended the championship the following night. Because of the length and intensity of the rivalry, it was decided that their final match would be only the second Ladder War in Ring of Honor,. the match ended with Edwards applying a half-Boston Crab to Generico through the ladder while Richards climbed over his partner to retrieve the belts.

Individual World Champions (2010–2012)

The two wrestlers began to compete more as solo wrestlers, emphasised by both men entering the tournament for ROH's newly created ROH World Television Championship for their Ring of Honor Wrestling show. Both Richards and Edwards made it through the three-round tournament and into the final against each other, with Edwards defeating Richards to become the inaugural champion. Richards, meanwhile, earned himself into contendership for the ROH World Championship by entering the Pick 6 rankings with a win at April's The Big Bang! PPV. He used this championship opportunity at the next PPV in July, Death Before Dishonor VIII during which Hagadorn tried to attack his opponent with a chair but Richards declined his help and sent him to the back.Once again, on August 16 episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Richards refused Hagadorn's help in a contendership match for Roderick Strong's World Title opportunity and lost while dealing with his manager.[22] Tension mounted through the rest of the year on Ring of Honor Wrestling, with Hagadorn taking responsibility for Richards' previous success and trying to control who Edwards defended his World Television Championship against. This led to an in-ring confrontation on November 1 where Richards started attacking Hagadorn only to have the Kings of Wrestling save him before Edwards joined in the fray. This led to a rivalry between the Wolves and the Kings of Wrestling, exacerbated at the 2010 Survival of the Fittest tournament, where Edwards defeated Hero in the qualifying match, but dislocated his shoulder in the process. Due to this injury he was taken to the back in the final round; after Castagnoli eliminated three wrestlers, Edwards returned and helped Kenny King eliminate Castagnoli before eliminating King himself to win the competition and a future ROH World Championship match. On March 19, 2011 at Manhattan Mayhem IV, Edwards defeated defending champion Roderick Strong to win the ROH World Championship for the first time.[26][27] On June 26, 2011, at Best in the World 2011, Richards defeated Edwards to win his first ROH World Championship.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2014–present)

On January 16, 2014, Edwards and Richards appeared in the first week of Genesis special of Impact Wrestling as The Wolves. As part of their debut storyline, they revealed they had signed contracts with a new investor in TNA in a backstage segment with Dixie Carter; the investor was later revealed to be MVP. On February 23, The Wolves won the TNA World Tag Team Championship for the first time by defeating The BroMans. The Wolves regained the championship by defeating Robbie E, Godderz, and DJ Z in a two-on-three handicap match. On June 26, 2014, at Destination X, The Wolves defeated The Hardys to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championships.

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