Richards at an event in 2013
|Ring name(s)|| Max Richards|
|Billed height||6'3" (1.90 m)|
|Billed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|Born||August 7, 1984 (age 28)|
|Birth place||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Resides||Hermosa Beach, California|
|Billed from|| Beverly Hills, California|
|Trained by|| Frank Richards|
Jordan Maxwell Richards (born August 7, 1984), better known by his ring name Maxwell Richards, is an American professional wrestler currently signed with Global Wrestling Association where he and his brother are a tag team called The Natural Express. Both siblings come from a wrestling bloodline as their father Frank, uncle Paulie, and grandfather Ernie were all part of the business as on-screen characters or backstage personnel. Richards is also known for his previous appearances in World Elite Wrestling and Xtreme Wrestling Federation.
Richards was born in Scottsdale, Arizona as the second child to Frank and Margret (née Montgomery). Richards has two sisters, Miranda and Bethany and a brother, Taylor, who is also a professional wrestler. Richards is the grandson of Ernie Richards and the nephew of Paulie Richards and Ace Montgomery. His cousins are Monica Richards-Malone and Becky Richards. Like all of his siblings, Richards attended Beverly Hills High School before going to UCLA where he majored in fitness and nutrition. His clientele as a personal traininer included actors Channing Tatum, Cobie Smulders, and Ryan Gosling. Richards also played for the UCLA Bruins football team as a tight end.
Early career (2011–2012)Edit
Richards attended the Richards Wrestling Academy where he was trained by his father and Benjamin Jameson in the summer of 2011. Meanwhile, Richards served as a referee for Empire Wrestling. After months of honing his skills, Richards signed a contract with World Elite Wrestling in December 2011 as an athletic trainer before turning into an active member of the roster. On an edition of Adrenaline in February 2012, Richards made his first on-air appearance for the promotion when his monologue was cutoff by then-WEW World Champion, Slash. A week later, Richards made his in-ring debut and also aired the premier episode of a video blog called Maximum Velocity. The series, however, did not continue as Richards asked for his release and was successfully relieved of his contractual duties with WEW.
Xtreme Wrestling Federation (2012)Edit
On August 12, Richards debuted for Xtreme Wrestling Federation as Max Savage, under the gimmick of being the kayfabe son of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, defeating Joey Hunter on Inferno. He then made his pay-per-view debut at Unbreakable, losing in a tag team match against John Mitchell and Raven Cross while partnering with Heather Helmsley before being defeated by Suicide a week thereafter. Returning from a hiatus about a month afterward, Savage was attacked by a masked man after facing Helmsley on Inferno. This would be the final appearance of Richards in XWF before ultimately leaving the promotion.
Global Wrestling Association (2012–present)Edit
Becoming GWA Tag Team Champions (2012)Edit
Richards made his debut Global Wrestling Association as the older sibling and tag team partner of his brother Taylor Richards. Managed by their father Frank Richards, the duo was called The Natural Express, an amalgamation of their nicknames as Maxwell's brother utilized their father's former moniker, "The Natural", while Richards himself was known as "The Express".
Collecting victories against various teams, the Natural Express quickly gained notoriety as the premier tandems in the company's tag team division. Soon the siblings were placed in a round robin tournament to establish the promotion's inaugural titleholders of the GWA Tag Team Championship. At Full Throttle during the tournament finals, Maxwell and Taylor defeated the Steel City Sinners (Blake Ambrose and Eli Jordan) to win their first tag team titles of their respective careers. Then in the following weeks on GWA Shockwave, Maxwell and his brother were interrupted by the duo known as The Foundation (Samir Wahid Abdul Gaddafi and Mohammed Basara). The two teams eventually faced each other at Road to Glory in November with the Natural Express successfully retaining. A week later, the brothers turned into the top villains of the promotion's tag team division when they began to dub themselves as the best tandem in the company. The Dudebusters (Sebastian Cross and Zachary Stone) became their main targets, which Maxwell and Taylor defeated throughout a series of singles matches leading to their match at the ensuing pay-per-view event, December 2 Remember, where the Natural Express, and with assistance from their father Frank, defeated the Dudebusters.
Joining the Enterprise (2013)Edit
In the beginning of 2013, Maxwell's father began to simultaneously manage Ace Montgomery while managing him and his brother during their reign as GWA Tag Team Champions. At Inception, the brothers defeated the Steel City Sinners albeit reviving assistance from their interfering father. Then on the following episode of Shockwave, both siblings, including their father, joined Montgomery as the quartet officially formed the group known as The Enterprise. As the Enterprise began their tenure in the promotion with dominance and vowing to achieve ultimate success within the company, Maxwell and his brother were also continuing their reign as champions in the tag team division.
At Chaos in a Cage, however, the siblings had unsuccessfully defended their titles after being defeated by the newly formed duo of Demon and Trevor Adams even with the help of their father. But on the same night along with his brother, Maxwell assisted the leader of their new group by aiding Montgomery in climbing out of the cage during the GWA World Championship match in the main event. A week later, the siblings invoked their rematch clause and the two teams faced each other in the main event of Shockwave but only to lose the title bout again. In turn, this caused Maxwell and his brother to earn their way back into the tag team title scene since initially winning the championship as inaugural title holders. The result of this led to the siblings left with out a pay-per-view match for the first time during their tenure with the company. However, both Maxwell and Taylor made an appearance at March Madness during a tag team bout that was to determine a number one contender for the GWA Tag Team Championship, resulting the match being ended in a double disqualification.
Richards lives in Hermosa Beach, California. Currently single, Richards has been romantically linked in the past with fellow wrestler and childhood friend Jeanette Ayers, actress Allison Stonewall, musician Cassandra Foster, and model Paula Yeager.
An avid fan of sports, Richards is a collector of autographed memorabilia signed by numerous professional athletes from various genres of sports. He has admitted to owning an autographed pair of Michael Jordan's first edition of Air Jordan shoes along with a basketball signed by every member of the 2009–10 Los Angeles Lakers championship-winning roster. Richards and his family are also known to participate in celebrity golf tournaments, raising funds for various local charities most notably for students in needing funding for college scholarships.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- "The California Party Boy"
- "The Express"
- "The New Sensation of the Present Generation"
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit