Montgomery holding the GWA World Championship in 2012
|Ring name(s)||Ace Montgomery|
|Billed height||6'7" (2.01 m)|
|Billed weight||290 lb (132 kg)|
|Born||July 4, 1976 (age 36)|
|Birth place||Tyler, Texas|
|Resides||Palm Beach, Florida|
|Billed from||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Trained by||Frank Richards|
William "Bill" Jeffrey Montgomery, Jr. (born July 4, 1976), better known by his ring name Ace Montgomery, is an American professional wrestler currently signed with Global Wrestling Association and is the reigning GWA World Champion. Montgomery is known for his previous appearances in Empire Wrestling and World Elite Wrestling. Recognized as a savvy businessman, entrepreneur, financial adviser, and political socialite, Montgomery is also the founder and owner of NASCAR team Ace Motorsports. He is also the minority owner of his father's oiling company, Montgomery Oil.
Montgomery was born in Tyler, Texas as the only son to William Sr. and Loretta Montgomery (née Cooper). His mother was a school teacher and a high school principal while his father has owned an oil business named Montgomery Oil since 1981. Montgomery is the nephew of Margret Richards.
Montgomery attended John Tyler High School where he lettered in football. He then attended Brookhaven College before transferring to Texas Christian University where Montgomery majored in business and political science. As an undergraduate student in 2000, Montgomery spent his time helping the presidential campaign of George W. Bush throughout the northeast portion of Texas. Four years later, he was successful in aiding Bush's reelection campaign as president of the United States in 2004.
Early career (2011)Edit
Montgomery became one of two financial lenders of Empire Wrestling that was owned by Benjamin Jameson. During the promotion's first pay-per-view event, Ace was involved in a backstage segment where he made Jameson, the guest referee for a match to name the company's first world champion, drive to the hospital as a ruse; unfortunately, this would be Montgomery's first and only wrestling-based appearance before the company ended its operations a week later.
Meanwhile, Montgomery attended the Richards Wrestling Academy where he was trained by his brother-in-law, Frank Richards. Montgomery was mentored on a daily basis on the basic routines of an average wrestler before making his professional debut on December 6 in World Elite Wrestling while utilizing a gimmick of a wealthy business entrepreneur similar to his past as a capitalist in the oil industry. A month later, Montgomery won the first two matches of his career on Burnout before winning his first televised match on Animosity a week later against Eric James and Evan Epic. In the ensuing weeks, Montgomery developed an unspecified relationship with fellow wrestler and WEW Starlet Emily Martin.
At the Winter Warzone pay-per-view event, Montgomery interfered in a three-way non-elimination match involving Martin, helping her become the promotion's inaugural TV Champion on January 22. Following the match, Montgomery stated through the company's website that he will officially be taking over Martin's career as her manager. After a successful run as Martin's manager during the ensuing weeks, Montgomery abruptly quit after Martin's title loss against CM Punk at the Countdown to Demise pay-per-view show in February.
Global Wrestling Association (2012–present)Edit
Becoming GWA Champion (2012)Edit
Montgomery debuted in Global Wrestling Association in August 2012, continuing to utilize his financial stability as a pompous villain. Few weeks later after the the announcement of a tournament in which thirty two participants would be divided into four sections to name the promotion's inaugural titleholder, Montgomery quickly made it known that he was vying for the GWA Championship. Having defeated the likes of Derek Kang, Gringo Starr, and Darren Hughes, Montgomery entered the final stage of the tournament by being placed in a four-way non-elimination match at Genesis against Chase Andrews, NBT, and Slash. Montgomery eventually won the match, gaining his first championship in his professional wrestling career. In the ensuing weeks, Montgomery swiftly established himself as the company's top villain, he began to utilize cheating tactics to ensure his possession of the GWA Championship. This was evident a month later at Full Throttle when Montgomery defeated Andrews in a title defense by using the ropes for leverage during the deciding pinfall. Then in the following pay-per-view event at Road to Glory, Montgomery defeated NBT by using his championship as a weapon after purposefully knocking the referee unconscious.
A week, Montgomery chastised several members of the company's roster for lack of initiative and being too passive in order to present a challenge against Montgomery. During his rant, Montgomery was interrupted by Slash, who had won the Road to Glory Contract match that guaranteed him a GWA World Championship match a month later at the ensuing pay-per-view show. Both men argued back and forth the following weeks which ignited a feud between the two. In the ensuing events, Montgomery patronized Slash for how he presented himself whilst coming from a wealthy family. On the other side of the spectrum, Slash argued about Montgomery reigning his tyranny over GWA and that someone needed to take Montgomery "off of [his] throne". The two went onto facing each other in tag team matches until they finally met each other in a one-on-one bout at December 2 Remember where Montgomery successfully defended his title, though Slash had held onto the ropes during the deciding pinfall.
Forming the Enterprise (2013)Edit
Toward the end of 2012, Frank Richards began to accompany Montgomery during matches and was ever-present during Montgomery's in-ring promos and backstage interviews. Meanwhile, Richards was also managing his sons Maxwell and Taylor, known together as The Natural Express, while they held the GWA Tag Team Championships. During this same time, Montgomery and Andrews renewed their rivalry as the two began to be at each others odds on the ensuing episodes of GWA Shockwave in the month of January. The two finally settled their differences in a submission match at Inception in which Montgomery lost against Andrews and thus ending Montgomery's streak of holding the GWA World Championship for 119 days. On the following episode of Shockwave, Montgomery and the trio of the Richards clan formed the quartet officially known as The Enterprise. Vowing to be dominant and successful, the group made their presence known by bullying other members of the roster and aiding each other in matches through interference. Montgomery faced Andrews once more as both men decided wrestled each other for the third and final time at Chaos in a Cage for the GWA World Championship. In the weeks leading to the title bout, Andrews professed to Montgomery that no one had deserved to defend the title against Montgomery more than Andrews considering Montgomery's cheating ways during the past two title defenses. Montgomery, who reluctantly agreed to face Andrews in a steel cage match, successfully regained the GWA World Championship at the pay-per-view event albeit receiving assistance from all three of his co-members in the Enterprise.
The week after Chaos in a Cage, Montgomery renewed his bitter rivalry with Slash, who had become the latest number one contender for the GWA World Championship at the aforementioned pay-per-view event. On the episodes of Shockwave leading to their title match, Montgomery and his co-members in The Enterprise subtly ridiculed Slash at every chance given to them on live television, even going so far as mocking the death of Slash's brother. Then on the final Shockwave prior to the pay-per-view, Slash reappeared on Shockwave after a two-week-long hiatus and ended the episode by which Montgomery received a superkick from the returning star. At March Madness, Montgomery faced Slash for the first time since their bout at December 2 Remember three months beforehand. Prior to their bout at the event, Montgomery agreed to a stipulation made by Slash in that their encounter for the GWA World Championship during Montgomery's reign would be their last so long as none of the members from the Enterprise appeared ringside during the title bout. After General Manager Benjamin Jameson made the proposal official, Montgomery went onto defeat Slash albeit by striking his opponent with the GWA World Championship while the referee had been knocked unconscious in what looked to be incidental contact from Montgomery. Immediately after the bout, Montgomery was congratulated by all three members of the Enterprise, who were standing atop the entrance ramp and avoiding to approach the ringside area due to the pre-match stipulation.
After March Madness, Montgomery began to develop a rivalry against Zyther, who had won the March Madness Tournament to become the latest number one contender for the GWA World Championship. Montgomery, however, did not take the accomplishment too seriously as he brushed off Zyther, who offered to shake Montgomery's hand as a sign of respect, on the ensuing episode of Shockwave. A week afterward, Montgomery, who had won a match during the main event of Shockwave in a non-title bout against Darren Hughes until being chased off by Zyther. During a contract signing two weeks later, Montgomery and Zyther had a stare down until members of The Enterprise attacked Zyther, who ultimately fended off all three members of the Richards family before Montgomery had retreated toward the entrance ramp. Finally at Annihilation, the two faced each other in a heated bout that involved a flurry of brawls and power moves until Montgomery gained the upper hand by use of the GWA World Championship to his advantage, striking Zyther in the head while the referee had his back turned toward the action due to the distraction coming from Frank Richards.
Personal lifeEditMontgomery resides in Palm Beach, Florida. Currently single, Montgomery has kept a low profile of his dating life while being romantically linked in the past with such celebrities like model Simone Valez, actress Cristiane Frances, and country singer Ruby Lucy. Montgomery was previously married to his high school sweetheart, Valerie Jenkins, in 2001 before the couple divorced in the winter of 2010. The couple did not have children.
A supporter of the republican party, Montgomery spent time helping Rick Perry and his campaign bid to represent the GOP for the nation's presidency in 2011. Montgomery then pulled out of his duties, however, in order to focus on an in-ring wrestling career. Also known to be a charitable man, Montgomery has spent well over $15 million to various charities and foundations across the country as of 2012. In 2008, he created and funded the Ace of Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide benefits for disabled people, from the elderly to the children. Montgomery has donated over $5 million of his own money into the charity. Also, an advocate to wounded soldiers, Montgomery has also donated over $5 million to organizations who help debilitated servicemen and women by reorganizing their lives through specialized programs.
An avid fan of stock car racing from an early age, Montgomery utilized residual funds originally invested in his father's oil business, along with other financial aides from capitalizing ventures, into creating his own racing team named Ace Motorsports in 2009, competing in the Whelen All-American Series. In November 2011, Montgomery attempted to enter his automotive franchise into NASCAR's highest level of competition, the Sprint Cup Series. Montgomery's attempt, however, was defeated before gaining a successful bid into the 2013 Nationwide Series season after two consecutive years of failing to enter NASCAR's highest developmental series.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Arm wrench cutter
- Big boot
- Cradle piledriver
- East Texas Powerbomb (Gutwrench inverted powerbomb)
- Eye poke
- Fist drop
- Fort Worth Postage Stamp (Running knee lift followed by a neckbreaker slam)
- Low blow
- Russian legsweep
- Saddle Toss (Pumphandle fallaway toss)
- Sidewalk slam
- Snake eyes
- Standing spinebuster
- Turnbuckle shoulder thrusts
- Wrestlers managed
- Emily Martin
- "The All-American / American / Apex Aristocrat"
- "The Essence of Elite"
- "God's Gift"
- "The Millionaire Manager / Monarch"
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit