|Birth name||Matthew Bowman|
|Born||January 2, 1969|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Jimmy Cicero|
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|Trained by||Ivan Koloff|
Matthew Bowman (born January 2, 1969) is an American professional wrestler, best known by his ring name "Wiseguy" Jimmy Cicero, who has worked for the United States Wrestling Association, Extreme Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation and various other promotions on the independent circuit. He also works at the Independent Pro Wrestling Association Wrestling School and has trained several wrestlers who later worked for major promotions.
Professional wrestling career
Cicero was trained for his career in professional wrestling by former WWF Champion Ivan Koloff. In 1994, he held the Carolina Championship Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Championship as a member of a tag team known as the Country Club along with Steve Storm. Later that year, the teamed with Brian Perry to form the Rat Pack. On November 17, they won a tournament to become the promotion's first tag team champions. On March 25, 1995, they lost the title to the team of Billy Simmons and Sean Powers. They regained it the following month and held it for just short of one year, but their second and final title reign together came to an end when Sean Powers substituted for Cicero in a loss to Guido Falcone and Jimmy Torture.
In 1996, he appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where he formed a tag team with Balls Mahoney in a loss to Spike and Buh Buh Ray Dudley. Cicero also had matches in ECW against Taz and Axl Rotten in 1996 and 1997. In December 1996, Cicero wrestled against Mahoney, who was using the ring name Boo Bradley, in the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation (MEWF), and defeated him to win the MEWF Mid-Atlantic Championship, which Cicero held for six months. He continued to compete for MEWF and held the promotion's Tag Team Championship a total of four times in 1997, three times with Steve Corino and once with Julio Sanchez.
In July 1997, he competed for the National Wrestling Alliance's NWA 2000 promotion, where he won a battle royal to become the first NWA 2000 Heavyweight Champion. He held the belt for over five months before a loss to Lance Diamond.
In 1997, he wrestled for the West Virginia-based Championship Pro Wrestling. He competed against his former student Christian York and defeated him at the promotion's "Hot August Night" event. He was also scheduled to compete at a fundraising event at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia, but it was cancelled due to concerns about the "cartoonish stereotyping" of gimmicks such as Cicero's "Wiseguy" persona. Cicero also made his debut with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1997. He wrestled several matches for the WWF as a jobber; this included a handicap match on the January 12, 1998 episode of Raw is War, in which Cicero teamed with Lance Diamond in a loss to Kurrgan. Cicero continued to compete for the WWF until late in 1998.
While wrestling on the American Atlantic Coast for the Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance in 1997, Cicero competed in a tournament to determine the promotion's Heavyweight Champion. He made it to the final round but ultimately lost to Salvatore Sincere. He later claimed the belt after defeating champion Lance Diamond on February 19, 1998. He held the belt for almost four months before dropping it to Buddy Landel. He later formed a tag team with Cueball Carmichael, and the pair held the promotion's Tag Team Championship twice in 1998 and 1999.
He also appeared regularly in Maryland Championship Wrestling (MCW). He formed a tag team with Julio Sanchez to compete in a tournament for the initial MCW Tag Team Championship. They made it to the final match on August 18, 1998 but ultimately lost to The Headbangers. The following month, Cicero and Sanchez won the title belts by defeating The Headbangers. They held the belts until November, when they dropped them to Stevie Richards and Earl the Pearl. Cicero regained the title the following year, however, while teaming with Romeo Valentine; they held the belts for over four months before losing them to The Bruiser and Jerry Lawler. Cicero also held the promotions's Heavyweight Championship, as he defeated The Bruiser for the title on July 19, 2000. He dropped the belt four months later to Adam Flash; his rivalry over the belt with Flash continued, as Cicero regained it that December before losing it to Flash again in May 2001.
While competing for MCW, Cicero also wrestled in the Pennsylvania-based Allied Powers Wrestling Federation (APWF), where he held the APWF Heavyweight Championship for one month in 1999 before dropping it to Stevie Richards. He was also awarded the APWF Television Championship on July 30, 1999, which he held until October 2001. Also in 2000, Cicero teamed with Dino Devine in Atlantic Terror Championship wrestling to hold the promotion's tag team title. The duo won the belts on July 15 and held them until the following January, when they dropped them to the team of Mark Shrader and Gregory Martin.
One of the promotions in which he is currently wrestling is Gimmicks Only Extreme Underground Entertainment (GOUGE), a company located in North Carolina in which he has teamed with Eskimo Joe and "Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride.
On December 29, 2012, Cicero was inducted into the MCW Hall of Fame.
Championships and accomplishments
- Allied Powers Wrestling Federation
- Atlantic Terror Championship Wrestling
- Carolina Championship Wrestling Alliance
- CCWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Storm
- Continental Wrestling Alliance
- CWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Storm
- Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance
- NWA Fusion
- NWA Continental Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA 2000
- NWA 2000 Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Maryland Championship Wrestling
- Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation
- Southern Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 150 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1999
- "Exclusive Interview with Jimmy Z". Icons of the Ring. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Wrestler Profiles: Steve Storm". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
- Benaka, Matt; Brian Westcott (2004). "Southern Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- "Extreme Championship Wrestling: October–December 1996". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Extreme Championship Wrestling: July–September 1996". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Extreme Championship Wrestling: January–March 1997". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Extreme Championship Wrestling: April–June 1997". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- Westcott, Brian; Eric Roelfsema (2004). "Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- Westcott, Brian; Eric Roelfsema (2004). "Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- "N.W.A. 2000 Heavyweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- "Championship Pro Wrestling Results: 1997–2002". Championship Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- Wingfield, Marvin. "Pinned". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Ring Results: 1997". The History of WWE. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-28.[unreliable source?]
- "Ring Results: 1998". The History of WWE. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-28.[unreliable source?]
- Westcott, Brian (1998). "Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- Westcott, Brian (1998). "Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Titles". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- "MCW Tag Team Championship". Maryland Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- "MCW Heavyweight Championship". Maryland Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- Bish, Matt (2005). "Allied Powers Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- Bish, Matt (2005). "Allied Powers Wrestling Federation Television Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- Roelfsema, Eric (2001). "Atlantic Terror Championship Wrestilng Tag Team Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- "Event Results". Gimmicks Only Extreme Underground Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Wrestling Contacts – Schools". National Wrestling League. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
- Milner, John M. "Joey Mercury". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- "Wrestlers help local school athletics". RU Daily Targum 2 October 2000
- "Canada, Scotland, Whatever". Ledger-Inquirer. 8 June 2001