Real Name: Russell Gene Taylor
Weight: 210 lbs.
Date of Birth: January 26, 1987
Hometown: Phelan, California
Pro Debut: March 27, 2004
Trained By: Jesse Hernandez
Finishing Move: The SoCal Effect
– Taylor has used several ring names which include his real name, Rust Taylor, Man in Black & Ryan Taylor. He has used the nickname the SoCal Kid.
– November 26, 2004, Taylor competed in a 4-Way Elimination for the vacant EWF Cruiserweight Title.
– August 12, 2005, Taylor & Vizzion challenged Jason King & Syrus for the EWF Heavyweight & EWF American Titles.
– September 25th, Taylor challenged Joey Harder for the EWF Cruiserweight Title.
– October 23rd, Taylor challenged Bino Gambino for the EWF Heavyweight Title.
– March 12, 2006, Taylor defeated Dave the Bruiser at EWF Old School Justice.
– June 9th, Taylor defeated Joey Harder for the EWF Cruiserweight Title.
– August 20th, Taylor defeated Ron Kilbourn at EWF Encore.
– September 8th, Taylor defended the EWF Cruiserweight Title against Ray Kejimura.
– October 27th, Taylor defended the title against Shawn Bateman.
– November 21st, Taylor retained the title against TJ Perkins.
– January 19, 2007, Taylor retained the title against Liger Rivera.
– February 9th, Taylor defended the title against Jerome Robinson.
– February 25th, Taylor competed in the NWA King of the Summit Battle Royal.
– March 11th, Taylor competed in the AWS/NWA World War III Battle Royal.
– April 13th, Taylor defended the EWF Cruiserweight Title against Damian Slater.
– April 26th, Taylor retained the title against Kid Karnage.
– July 13th, Taylor lost the title to Markus Riot in a Best two out of three falls match.
– August 10th, Taylor defeated Markus Riot to win back the EWF Cruiserweight Title.
– September 7th, Taylor competed in a 3-Way Iron Man match for the EWF American Title.
– October 20th, Taylor challenged Phil Boyd for the NWA Ireland Heavyweight Title.
– October 26th, Taylor lost the EWF Cruiserweight Title to Maximo.
– February 29, 2008, Taylor defeated Chris Kadillak at EWF Total Annihilation 3.
– March 15th, Taylor challenged Brandon Gatson for the EWF Heavyweight Title.
– April 4th, Taylor defeated Bino Gambino at EWF Fallout 3.
– May 2nd, Taylor won the EWF Third Annual Great Goliath Memorial Battle Royal.
– May 16th, Taylor challenged Scorpio Sky for the EWF Heavyweight Title.
– August 2nd, Taylor challenged Scott Lost for the AWS Light Heavyweight Title.
– August 23rd, Taylor defeated Vizzion for the EWF American Title.
– October 24th, Taylor retained the title against Nick Jackson.
– December 12th, Taylor defeated TJ Perkins in a Belt on a Pole match to win the NWA Heritage Title.
– January 23, 2009, Taylor defended the title against Damian Slater.
– March 8th, Taylor challenged Blue Demon Jr. for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
– April 13th, Taylor lost the NWA Heritage Title to Oliver John in a 4-Way Elimination.
– May 2nd, Taylor challenged SoCal Crazy for the SCP Heavyweight Title.
– May 15th, Taylor lost the EWF American Title to Liger Rivera.
– July 17th, Taylor defeated Kaji Yamato at K-DOJO Friday Omega Night.
– October 23rd, Taylor defeated Nick Jackson at M1W Friday Fight Night.
– October 30th, Taylor defeated Brandon Gatson to win the EWF Heavyweight Title.
– October 31st, Taylor won the WCWC Double Threat Rumble, he would then defeated Aaron Bolo to win the WCWC Heavyweight Title.
– November 13th, Taylor defended the EWF Heavyweight Title against Extreme Loco.
– December 27th, Taylor defended the title against Human Tornado.
– March 20, 2010, Taylor defended the WCWC Heavyweight Title against Draven Vargas.
– May 9th, Taylor & Roderick Strong lost to the Cutler Brothers (Brandon Cutler & Dustin Cutler) in the first round of the PWG DDT4 ’10.
– May 21st, Taylor retained the EWF Heavyweight Title against Scorpio Sky.
– June 19th, Taylor competed in the AWS/NWA World War III Battle Royal.
– July 2nd, Taylor retained the EWF Heavyweight Title against Shaun Ricker.
– July 31st, Taylor challenged Adam Pearce for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
– August 29th, Taylor lost the WCWC Heavyweight Title to Dr. Kliever in a Cage match.
– September 4th, Taylor lost to Brandon Gatson in the first round of the PWG Battle of Los Angeles ’10.
– October 9th, Taylor lost to Rocky Romero at PWG The Curse of Guerrilla Island.
– January 1, 2011, Taylor lost to Johnny Goodtime in the semi-finals of the M1W New Years Day Cup ’11.
– January 30th, Taylor defended the recently won MPW World Title against Davey Richards.
– March 5th, Taylor challenged Adam Pearce for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
– May 21st, Taylor lost to Rocky Romero in the first round of the M1W The Hall of Fame Cup.
– July 23rd, Taylor lost to Peter Avalon at PWG 8.
– January 12, 2012, Taylor lost the MPW Title to Bo Cooper.
– April 21st, The Fightin’ Taylor Boys (Taylor & Brian Cage-Taylor) lost to The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma) in the first round of the PWG DDT4 ’12.
– July 22nd, Taylor defeated Shaun Ricker to win the NWA Percy Pringle III Cup.
– October 14th, Taylor defeated Timothy Thatcher on CWFH.
– October 27th, Taylor defeated Joey Ryan at PWG Failure to Communicate.
– April 27, 2013, Taylor lost to Jamin Olivencia in the first round of the WCA Race for the Ring Tournament.
– May 5th, Taylor challenged Shaun Ricker for the CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Title.
– June 23rd, Taylor challenged Lil Cholo for the AWS Heavyweight Title.
– July 13th, The Fallen Empire (Taylor & Mondo Vega) defeated The Von Dooms (Cyanide & Vintage Dragon) for the EWF Tag Team Titles.
– July 20th, Taylor defeated Tyler Bateman at AWS Summer Heat 4.
– August 2nd, The Fallen Empire defended the EWF Tag Team Titles against Ridiculously Bigg (Biggie Biggz & El Ridiculoso).
– October 5th, The Fallen Empire lost the titles to The Von Dooms in a Ladder match.
– November 10th, Taylor challenged Joey Ryan for the CWFH International Television Title.
– December 6th, The Fallen Empire won a Gauntlet to win the EWF Tag Team Titles.
– January 12, 2014, Taylor challenged Scorpio Sky for the CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Title.
– May 11th, Taylor defeated Joey Ryan to win the CWFH International Television Title.
– May 16th, The Fallen Empire lost the EWF Tag Team Titles to Anchors Away (Ryan Stone & David E. Jones) in a 4-Way.
– May 18th, Fallen Empire defeated Anchors Away to win back the titles.
– January 9, 2015, Fallen Empire lost the titles to Connected (Tommy Wilson & Tyshaun Prince) in a No DQ match.
– August 7th, The Man in Black defeated Mike Maze for the EWF Heavyweight Title.
– January 8, 2016, Man in Black defended the title against TJ Perkins.
– March 26th, Taylor defeated Douglas James at PCW The Shining.
– May 6th, Man in Black lost the EWF Heavyweight Title to Andy Brown.
– July 10th, Taylor competed in the CWFH Red Carpet Rumble.
– November 20th, Taylor competed in a 4-Way for the vacant AOW Dragon Class Title.
– March 25, 2017, Taylor challenged Tyler Bateman for the AWS Heavyweight Title.
– June 25th, Taylor competed in the CWFH Red Carpet Rumble.
– August 26, 2018, The Soul Burners (Taylor & Tomaste) challed Reno SCUM (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend) for the UWN Tag Team Titles.
– November 5th, The Soul Burners defeated Nueve Vidas (Penta Gato & Rey Felix) on CWFH.
– December 9th, Taylor lost to Karl Fredericks at CWFH Milestone ’18.
– February 10, 2019, Taylor challenged Royce Isaacs for the UWN Television Title.
– May 13th, The Soul Burners competed in a 4-Way for the UWN Tag Team Titles.
– June 17th, Taylor & Randy Taylor lost to The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) on WWE RAW.
– June 18th, Taylor lost to The Brian Kendrick on WWE 205 Live.
– July 28th, The Soul Burners defeated Reno SCUM for the UWN Tag Team Titles.
– August 2nd, Taylor, Gentleman Jervis & Dicky Mayer lost to Scott Steiner, Jordynne Grace & Petey Williams on Impact Wrestling Unbreakable.
– August 18th, Soul Burners & Nick Aldis lost to Peter Avalon, James Storm & Ricky Starks on CWFH.
– September 21st, Taylor lost to Royce Isaacs at AWS What No Lottery?
– October 6th, Taylor lost to A-Kid in the semi-finals of the AMBITION Wildcard Edition.
– October 7th, Soul Burners lost to Double Platinum (Chris Bey & Suede Thompson) on CWFH.
– December 16th, Soul Burners defended the UWN Tag Team Titles against Fidel Bravo & Pinx.
– February 24, 2020, Soul Burners lost the titles to Adrian Quest & Andy Brown.
– March 7th, Taylor lost to Chris Ridgeway in the semi-finals of the AMBITION 12.
– March 14th, Taylor lost to Sheikh El Sham in the quarter finals of the PCW Road to Glory Tournament ’20.
– October 2nd, Taylor lost to Tracy Williams in the first round of the ROH Pure Title Tournament.
– November 6th, Taylor & JR Kratos defeated Jeff Cobb & Rocky Romero on NJPW STRONG.
– November 20th, Taylor defeated Rocky Romero on NJPW STRONG.
– November 27th, Taylor, Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos & Danny Limelight defeated Fred Rosser, PJ Black, Rocky Romero & Jeff Cobb on NJPW STRONG.
– December 2nd, it was reported that Taylor has signed with the WWE.
– On December 16th, Taylor debuted on NXT as ‘Tyler Rust’, losing to Tommasso Ciampa
– On August 6, 2021, Rust was released by WWE