Brandon Gatson (May 29, 1984) is an American professional wrestler primarily working for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Empire Wrestling Federation. He has worked for several independent promotions throughout the southwest United States and has appeared on several episodes of WWE and National Wrestling Alliance television as both enhancement talent and featured talent.
Brandon Gatson began his career in professional wrestling at the age of 15. He has a background in gymnastics and dancing and his older brother is Olympic gymnast Jason Gatson. He was trained in professional wrestling at the School of Hard Knocks by Jesse Hernandez.
Empire Wrestling Federation (2000–present)
Tag team wrestling
In 2000 Gatson joined Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF), where his first professional match was against Aggravated Assault (Malice and Mayhem) and Los Cubanitos (Rocky Romero and Ricky Reyes) in a tag match alongside his partner Johnny Dynamite as the Blonde Bombers. The Blonde Bombers had a good chemistry, but the team was forced to break up when Johnny Dynamite chose to enlist the Army and fight in Iraq. Brandon then went on to form his own name as a singles competitor in the EWF and upon the return of Dynamite, they reformed their team, this time known as TNT. They quickly became a dominant force in the tag team division and became the EWF Tag Team Champions by defeating The Iron Express, the team of Joey Harder and Hook Bomberry at Overkill 2 on April 27, 2007. They had no time to enjoy their victory however as Aggravated Assault came to the ring shortly thereafter and demanded a title shot. Their feud was a truly brutal one and it culminated in Tables match that saw Aggravated Assault taking the EWF Tag Team Titles at No Excuses on August 24, 2007. After this feud ended, Johnny Dynamite again had to answer his call to duty and moved to Arizona and TNT ended its run as a tag team. Brandon, then known as Brandon Nitro, began to use his given name of Gatson and became Brandon "Nitro" Gatson and set his sights of the top prize in the EWF, the Heavyweight Championship.
Pursuit of the EWF Heavyweight Championship
Brandon "Nitro" Gatson began to chase the EWF Heavyweight Championship in the Fall of 2007. He quickly ascended the Heavyweight rankings and finished in the top 5 of the Inland Title Series Battle Royal, earning him a berth in the annual Inland Title Series, a round robin style tournament, against Scorpio Sky, Ryan Taylor and Blackstar. The winner of the tournament would become the #1 contender for the EWF Heavyweight Title. Gatson finished the ITS tied for first with Scorpio Sky and the two would meet in an epic tie-breaker match at The Fight Before Christmas. Gatson would then go on to meet Bino Gambino on January 13, 2008 at Return to the Hudson and became the EWF Heavyweight Champion. He lost the title to Ryan Taylor on October 30, 2009. On July 6, 2012, he was defeated by Joey Ryan for the vacant EWF Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Ryan for the title on December 7, 2012.
Defending the title and Scorpio Sky
Brandon "Nitro" Gatson quickly gained a reputation as a fighting champion, taking on anyone and everyone and becoming a fan favorite. At the same time Gatson was earning his reputation, Scorpio Sky, the runner-up in the 2007 ITS was earning his own devoted following and quickly rose up the Heavyweight rankings. Sky and Gatson teamed together on several occasions and developed a mutual respect and a friendship. Scorpio Sky then earned a shot at Gatson's Heavyweight Title after defeating Dan "The Man" Kobrick and Terex in a #1 contender's three-way dance. After the match, Gatson went out to congratulate Sky and then leveled him with a superkick. Their match at the 12th Anniversary Extravaganza was one of the most hyped matches in the history of the EWF and help the rare distinction of being scheduled for 2 out of 3 falls. In another match of the year candidate, Scorpio Sky went on the defeat Gatson 2 falls to 1 and become the EWF Heavyweight Champion.
Feuds with Mikey Nicholls and Black Metal
After losing the Heavyweight Title, Gatson dropped the "Nitro" nickname and became simply Brandon Gatson and entered into his most physically demanding feuds that almost ended his career with Mikey Nicholls. Nicholls, NWA/EPW superstar from Australia came after Gatson with a ferocity rarely seen and went to great lengths to not just defeat Gatson, but cripple him. During their Last Man Standing match at Excessive Force 2. Nicholls hit Gatson over the head five times with a steel chair, which resulted in a hairline skull fracture and cost him a month of his career. Gatson would have the last laugh however as, in August at Red Hot Summer, Scorpio Sky was forced to relinquish the EWF Heavyweight Title and Gatson was given the final spot in a four-way elimination match for the Heavyweight Title and won by outlasting Sonny Samson, Joey Ryan and Mikey Nicholls. On October 24, 2009, Gatson defeated Sky in the finals on an eight-man tournament to win the vacant NWA Arizona Heavyweight Championship. Six days later he would drop the EWF Heavyweight Title to Ryan Taylor.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2009–present)
On July 31, 2009, at Threemendous II Gatson made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in a match where he teamed up with Jerome Robinson and Johnny Goodtime in a losing effort against Charles Mercury and Brandon and Dustin Cutler. On October 2 at Against the Grain Gatson defeated Goodtime, Brandon Cutler and Malachi Jackson in a four-way match to earn a spot in the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles. In the tournament, held November 20 and 21, Gatson defeated Nick Jackson and Alex Shelley to advance to the semifinals, where he was defeated by Roderick Strong. On January 30, 2010, at Kurt Russellmania, Gatson, billed as the PWG breakout star of 2009, defeated Brandon Bonham, the breakout star of 2008, in a singles match. In the 2010 Battle of Los Angeles Gatson once again made it to the semifinals, after defeating Ryan Taylor and Brandon Bonham, but was there defeated by Chris Hero. When Davey Richards was after the tournament stripped of the PWG World Championship, Gatson and the three other Battle of Los Angeles semifinalists, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli and Joey Ryan, were placed in a four–way match to determine a new champion. On October 9, 2010, at The Curse of Guerrilla Island, Gatson was defeated in his first PWG World Championship match by Claudio Castagnoli.
- Finishers moves
- 450° Splash
- Backbreaker rack transitioned into a DDT
- Front flip sidewalk slam transitioned into a sitout side facebuster
- Signature moves
- Cartwheel into either a stinger splash, an over the top rope corkscrew suicide senton or a suicide plancha
- Flowing snap DDT
- Slingshot cutter
- Tag teams
Championships and accomplishments
- AWS Heavyweight Championship
- EWF Heavyweight Championship (4-times)
- EWF Tag Team Championship
- FSW No Limits Championship
- NWA Arizona Heavyweight Championship
- NWA Arizona Tag Team Championship
|Adam Thornstowe • Alkatrazz • Brandon Gatson • Brian Cage • Bryce Harrison • Che Cabrera • Disco Inferno • Funny Bone • Gregory Sharpe • J-Cash • Jakob Austin Young • Kenny King • Kevin Kross • Killa Gorilla • Lance Hoyt • Legacy • Leon Hater • Luster The Legend • Michael Modest • Phil Baroni • Ryan Taylor • Sikou • Sinn Bodhi • Tito Escondido • Troy McClain • Tyler Cintron • Tyshaun Prince • Vegas • Willie Mack|
|Cold Cold World • Reno Scum • Suburban Commandos • The Young Bucks•|
|Staff & Other Personnel|
|Bruce Radell (Ring Announcer) • Jack Slammy (FSW High Octane Show Co-Host) • Pauly Kover (FSW High Octane Show Host)|