Richards at an event in 2013
|Ring name(s)||Taylor Richards|
|Billed height||6'0" (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Born||September 20, 1986 (age 26)|
|Birth place||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Billed from||Hollywood, 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. 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 Underground Wrestling Federation and World Elite Wrestling.
Richards was born in Scottsdale, Arizona as the third child to Frank and Margret (née Montgomery). 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 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 business finance.
Early career (2011–2012)Edit
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)Edit
Becoming GWA Tag Team Champions (2012)Edit
Richards made his debut Global Wrestling Association as the younger sibling and tag team partner of his brother Maxwell Richards. Managed by their father Frank Richards, the duo was called The Natural Express, an amalgamation of their nicknames as Richards utilized their father's former moniker, "The Natural", while Taylor's brother 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, Taylor and Maxwell 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, Taylor 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 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.
Joining the Enterprise (2013)Edit
In the beginning of 2013, Taylor'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, Taylor 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, Taylor assisted the leader of their new group by completely closing the cage door shut with a padlock to prevent Chase Andrews from escaping the ring while Montgomery had climbed out of the cage. 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 Taylor 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 Taylor and Maxwell 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 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 accomplishmentsEdit