|Blake and Murphy|
The three members of the team from left to right: Blake, Bliss and Murphy in April 2016
|Name(s)||Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy|
Blake and Murphy
The Blake-Alexa-Murphy Factor (BAMF)
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
|466 lb (211 kg) (Blake: 240 lb, Murphy: 225 lbs)|
|Debut||August 14, 2014|
Blake and Murphy was a villainous professional wrestling tag team in the WWE at their development territory NXT consisting of Wesley Blake, Buddy Murphy and their valet Alexa Bliss, where they are one time NXT Tag Team Champions after defeating former champions The Lucha Dragons.
In August 2014, Wesley Blake abandoned his previous cowboy character and formed a tag team with Buddy Murphy. On the August 14 episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy were defeated in the first round of a number one contender tag team tournament by Kalisto and Sin Cara, later known as the Lucha Dragons. For the rest of 2014, Blake and Murphy lost multiple matches to teams such as the Lucha Dragons and the Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch). Blake and Murphy were once referred to as Team Thick in October, but that name was dropped in later episodes. Also in October 2014, Blake and Murphy were involved in a tag-team battle royal to determine the number one contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship; they were eliminated from the match by the Ascension.
On the January 21, 2015 episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy scored their first-ever televised victory by defeating the Vaudevillains. This led to a title match on the January 28, 2015 episode of NXT (taped on January 15) where Blake and Murphy defeated champions the Lucha Dragons to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.
At a January 31 NXT house show, Blake and Murphy were billed without their first names. This name change translated to television at NXT TakeOver: Rival, where Blake and Murphy defeated the Lucha Dragons in a rematch for the titles. In March, Blake and Murphy began a rivalry with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, while Blake and Murphy attempted to woo Carmella on several occasions. On the May 13 episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy distracted Carmella during her match with Alexa Bliss, causing her to lose. At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, during Amore and Cassady's NXT Tag Team Championship match against Blake and Murphy, Alexa Bliss would come out mid-match and attack Carmella and Amore, ensuring the win for Blake and Murphy. Blake and Murphy lost the Tag Team Titles in a match against the Vaudevillains at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
Following their championship loss, Blake and Murphy would go on a multi month losing streak, losing their rematch with The Vaudevillians, while also suffering losses to American Alpha, The Hype Bros, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, and The Ascension. On the May 18 episode of NXT, after losing to Shinsuke Nakamura and Austin Aries, Alexa walked away from Blake and Murphy, leaving the duo and later being called up to WWE's main roster as part of the 2016 WWE Draft. On the June 1 episode of NXT, Murphy would revert to his "Buddy Murphy" ring name in a loss against Tye Dillinger. On the June 15 episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy reunited, but after a miscommunication between the two they were defeated by TM-61. Again, the two attempted to battle The Hype Bros on the July 6, 2016 episode of NXT, but were interrupted by the returning Rhyno leading to Murphy walking out on Blake. A scheduled match between Blake and Murphy on the October 12 episode of NXT did not take place as both men were defeated by Samoa Joe. The duo then both ceased to appear regularly on television, Furtherly throughout the beginning of 2018, Murphy made his main roster debut by signing with 205 Live thus having no chance for the reformation of the team or duo.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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- Justin, Justin. "James's WWE NXT report 10/23: Neville defends NXT Title against Titus O'Neil, Tyler Breeze, Ascension, more; Overall Reax". PWTorch.com. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
- Howell, Nolan. "NXT: Neville gives Zayn another big loss". Canoe.ca. Slam Wrestling. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
- Howell, Nolan. "NXT: Zayn and Neville face-to-face". Canoe.ca. Slam Wrestling. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
- Namako, Jason. "WWE NXT Results - 10/30/14 (O'Neil VS. Zayn II)". wrestleview.com. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
- Witner, Emerson. "WWE NXT TV Report: Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd, Blake/Murphy vs. Lucha Dragons,". f4wonline.com. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
- Howell, Nolan. "NXT: NXT Championship contender tourney kicks off". Canoe.ca. Slam Wrestling. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
- "NXT News: Next live special announced, full spoiler results from Thursday's NXT TV tapings". PWTorch.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
- James, Justin. "WWE NXT Report 1/28 - Week 137: Zayn-Owens contract signing for "Takeover," #1 contender tourney continues, Emma returns, Charlotte in tag action; Overall Reax". PWTorch.com. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
- "WWE NXT house show results 1-31-2015: Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville, Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze". f4wonline.com. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- Meltzer, Dave. "WWE NXT Takeover Rival results & recap: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, Finn Balor vs. Adrian Neville". f4wonline.com. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- Howell, Nolan. "NXT: Owens runs through Riley". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- James, Justin (March 25, 2015). "JAMES' WWE NXT REPORT 3/25 - Week 145: Owens vs. Balor for NXT Title, Sasha Banks defends Women's Title; Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
- James, Justin (May 13, 2015). "JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 5/13 - Week 161: Owens-Zayn final confrontation before Takeover, Itami & Balor vs. Breeze & Rose main event, Women's champ, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
- Trionfo, Richard (May 20, 2015). "LIVE ONGOING WWE NXT TAKEOVER UNSTOPPABLE REPORT: BAYLEY AND CHARLOTTE VERSUS DANA BROOKE AND EMMA". PWInsider. Retrieved May 20, 2015.