Taylor Richards in 2012.
|Ring name(s)||Taylor Richards|
|Billed height||6'0" (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Born|| September 20, 1986 (age 27)|
|Billed from||Beverly Hills, California|
|Trained by|| Frank Richards|
Jeremy Taylor Richards (born September 20, 1986), better known by his ring name Taylor 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 and are two-time GWA Tag Team Champions. Both siblings come from a wrestling bloodline as their father Frank, uncle Paulie, and grandfather Ernie were all part of the industry in some on-screen or backstage capacity. Richards is also known for his previous appearances in Underground Wrestling Federation and World Elite Wrestling.
Richards was born in Scottsdale, Arizona as the third child to Frank and Margret Richards (née Matthews). Richards, however, spent his entire childhood in southern California as he and his family moved to Beverly Hills, California only a year after Taylor's birth. Richards has two sisters, Miranda and Bethany and a brother, Max, who is also a professional wrestler. Richards is the grandson of Ernie Richards and the nephew of [[Richards family#Paulie Richards| Paulie Richards]. 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 business finance.
Early career (2011–2012)
Bypassing a white-collar career, Richards chose to become a professional wrestler by attending his father's wrestling school, the Richards Wrestling Academy, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Under the tutelage of his father and Benjamin Jameson, Richards and his brother were trained to become wrestlers in the ensuing months. Soon afterward, Richards signed a contract with Underground Wrestling Federation, appearing for the promotion several times before the company folded in March 2012. Months later on August 6, Richards made his debut with World Elite Wrestling on Animosity where he defeated Alex Monroe before racking up victories against two former WEW Universal Champions, Alistar Bane and Vantage, along with Flame in his first four bouts with the company before leaving the promotion only days thereafter citing frustration stemming from receiving a lack of progression.
Global Wrestling Association (2012–present)
GWA Tag Team Champions (2012)
Richards made his debut in Global Wrestling Association as the younger sibling and tag team partner of his brother Maxwell Richards. The duo was called The Natural Express, an amalgamation of their nicknames as Maxwell was known as "The Express" while Taylor utilized their father's former moniker, "The Natural". The brothers easily gained notoriety as one of the premier tandems in the promotion as they undertook the persona of being sons of their manager and legendary father, Frank Richards.
As soon as they established themselves in the company's tag team division, the siblings were placed in a company-wide round robin tournament that was to establish the organization's inaugural titleholders of the GWA Tag Team Championship. After notching several impressive victories, the Natural Express defeated Steel City Sinners (Blake Ambrose and Eli Jordan), at Full Throttle during the tournament finals to win their first tag team titles of their respective careers. Then in the following weeks on Shockwave, the Richards siblings would be 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 Taylor and Maxwell 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. A month later, the siblings' reign as tag team champions halted after unsuccessfully defending the GWA Tag Team titles against the newly formed duo of Demon and Trevor Adams at Chaos in a Cage in a steel cage match. But on the same night, both brothers aided Montgomery for their leader to successfully regain the GWA World Championship as Taylor had locked the cage door to prevent Chase Andrews from escaping while Maxwell assisted Montgomery in climbing out of the cage to win the bout.
The Enterprise (2013)
In the beginning of 2013, Taylor and Maxwell's father began to simultaneously manage Ace Montgomery while managing them 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.
A week after losing the GWA Tag Team Championships at Chaos in a Cage, 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 Taylor and Maxwell 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 brothers made an unscheduled 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. Both Taylor and Maxwell would do this again a month later at Annihilation, resulting in Demon and Trevor Adams losing the GWA Tag Team Championship against the Steel City Sinners.
At the Cyber Mayhem pay-per-view event a month afterward, the Natural Express were placed in a match against Demon and Trevor Adams, the Dudebusters, and the Steel City Sinners for the GWA Tag Team Championship in a four-way tag team ladder match. Unfortunately, the Richards brothers were unable to win the bout and the titles. At the following pay-per-view event, Battle Grounds, both siblings along with Ramon Rodriguez and Enterprise group-mate Ace Montgomery were placed in an eight-man tag team elimination match but unfortunately lost to the quartet of Chase Andrews, Darren Hughes, Demon, and Trevor Adams. During this time, the Natural Express began to experience in-fighting between both siblings as they bickered and argued before, during, and after their matches. They temporarily set their animosity aside after reclaiming the GWA Tag Team Championship at Independence.
Meanwhile, Montgomery gave both Richards brothers an ultimatum of either retaining the GWA Tag Team Championship at the Supremacy pay-per-view event or be permanently banished from the Enterprise after being dissatisfied of their animosity. Eventually, the Natural Express had lost their match and their championships against the Steel City Sinners at Supremacy, to which Montgomery kicked out both Taylor and Maxwell from the Enterprise a week later on Shockwave. A month later at Retribution, both siblings failed to regain the titles against the Steel City Sinners.
Richards was born in Arizona but currently lives in Calabasas, California. Currently single, Richards lives in Calabasas, California. He was once romantically linked to model Victoria Milton, musician Caitlyn DuBois, and socialite Kimberly Brooke.
- Signature moves
- "The Natural"
- "The Prodigy"
- "The Taylor Made Elitist / Superstar"
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Global Wrestling Association