Mason Nathan Alvarez (born March 5, 1989) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Mason Wolfe.
He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand and is a three-time NXT Champion. He is also a two-time NXT Tag Team Champion.
Alvarez met and was trained by former three-time WEW Champion Chance Rugani in late 2013 before he was referred to StarrDome where he continued his training up until the end of 2014 before he signed a contract with WEW. Alvarez later left WEW after being unhappy with the direction of his character as well as the decision to have his undefeated streak ended so quickly and having it ended by Kyle O'Brien he also had creative differences with the writers and wanted more control over his character.
Alvarez would later sign a development contract with Full Force Pro Wrestling being assigned to their Ohio Wrestling Federation. Alvarez would quickly go onto become the first ever OWF Heavyweight Champion winning the championship in July 2015 at FFP Mid-Summer Classic while also turning into a villainous character and aligning himself with real-life girlfriend Beatrice Keenan and Dexter Murdoch with the three later recruiting Aaron Mercer and dubbing themselves Self Made. After Mercer was kicked out of the stable, Jayson Brewington took his place and him and Alvarez would win the OWF Tag Team Championship in December 2015.
Alvarez would proceed to begin feuds with both various FFP Superstars but as well as OWF Superstars including Daniel Matthews, Connor Campbell, Nickolas Scarlet as well as FFP President Matt Kraven. Since winning the title Alvarez has adopted a narcissistic pretty boy persona and has begun wearing expensive suits and driving expensive cars and began referring himself as the "Ric Flair of OWF", "The Chosen One" as well as the "Physical Fascination" while retaining his "Alpha Wolfe" moniker as well. Many have noticed similarities between Alvarez and his mentor and trainer Chance Rugani and Alvarez even pays tribute to his mentor using one of his Last Chance signature move in his moveset.
In late 2015, Alvarez signed a developmental contract with WWE and was sent to their developmental brand, WWE NXT making his on-screen debut in January 2016. Alvarez would later return to NXT in September 2020.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 In wrestling
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
In 1999 when he was only 10 years old, Alvarez lost both of his parents in a plane crash. His mother, a nurse and his father, a wealthy tech entrepreneur and financier. After the death of his parents, Alvarez was the sole air of his father's fortune as well as his business. Alvarez wouldn't inherit the money and the responsibility until after he turned 21. However he would put one of his father's business partners in control of the day-to-day operations, so he could focus on his own life and his own goals as well as finishing college which he was studying Psychology. With some of the inheritance, Alvarez was able to pay his way through college. Although while in college, he did adapt a bit of a gambling problem and during his second year of college, his grades began to slip as he would skip out and gamble at nearby casinos, before ultimately dropping out. After getting into some trouble, Alvarez was able to clean up his act.
Professional wrestling career
Training with Chance Rugani and StarrDome
In 2013, Alvarez met Chance Rugani in Brazil while Rugani was visiting and after a lengthy conversation, Rugani agreed to start training Alvarez. The two began training every day for weeks on end before Rugani managed to bring Alvarez to the United States and to the StarrDome training center where his training continued. Rugani even admitted that Alvarez reminded him of a younger version of himself and that he saw him having a very bright future ahead of him.
World Elite Wrestling / WEW (2014–2015)
Alvarez signed a contract with WEW in late December 2014 and made his debut on the December 9, 2014 Animosity Supershow in a backstage segment with Stasi Savage where he appeared as an admirer of her's. Wolfe made his in-ring debut on the January 9, 2015 episode of Anarchy defeating Brooke Asher XIV with his Wolfe Pact front-flip piledriver. On the January 30, 2015 episode of Adrenaline, Wolfe defeated Chris Hunter. On the February 9, 2015 episode of Animosity, Wolfe defeated Vic Cappotelli continuing his undefeated streak. Wolfe's undefeated streak would be ended by Kyle O'Brien on an episode of Adrenaline. Wolfe would later go on to lose his next three matches before he quit the company having been unhappy with the direction of his character.
Full Force Pro Wrestling / FFP (2015–2016)
In May 2015, Alvarez signed a contract with Full Force Pro Wrestling and was assigned to their developmental territory, OWF. Alvarez made his official in-ring debut during the FFP UK Tour on Day 3 in England defeating Elijah Jordan. Wolfe made his official FFP debut at the FFP 4th of July event where he accepted the open challenge made by Austin Briggs, Wolfe would lose the match although he appeared to have earned Briggs' respect who shook his hand following the match. On the first ever OWF show on July 11, 2015, Wolfe defeated rival Connor Campbell in the first ever main event. A week later on the July 18, 2015 episode Campbell defeated Wolfe in a rematch with the two ended up brawling after the match to close out the show. The next night Wolfe teamed with Nickolas Scarlet to defeat Campbell and Zany resulting in another brawl between the two men.
It was revealed on July 23, 2015 that Wolfe and Campbell would face off again at Mid-Summer Classic to crown the first ever OWF Champion in a Ladder match after the two men were voted in by the fans. At the PPV, Wolfe defeated Campbell after interference from Dexter Murdoch and Beatrice Keenan to win the OWF Championship. After the match Wolfe and Keenan hugged and kissed revealing their relationship and that they had been deceiving everyone all along thus Wolfe turning heel. A few days later Wolfe started a feud with FFP Superstar Daniel Matthews with the two exchanging words over social media. On the August 1, 2015 episode of OWF, Wolfe successfully defended his title against Campbell in a rematch after interference from both Murdoch and Keenan and after the match gloated to Matthews – who was doing commentary throughout the night. The next night Wolfe had a face to face confrontation with Matthews with the two trading verbal barbs before Keenan distracted Matthews long enough for Wolfe to attack Matthews from behind with the title. Campbell ran out to make the save for Matthews sending Wolfe, Murdoch and Keenan retreating. A week later Campbell and Matthews defeated Wolfe and Murdoch via countout. On the tenth episode of OWF, Wolfe successfully defended the OWF Championship against both Campbell and Elijah Jordan. The next night Wolfe once again successfully defended the OWF Championship this time in a Gauntlet match orchestrated by Matt Kraven. Wolfe first defeated Elijah Jordan followed by Connor Campbell and then Kraven himself. After the match Beatrice instructed both Wolfe and Murdoch to attack Kraven busting him open as well as injuring his ribs.
On the August 19, 2015 episode of FFP Wednesday Night, Wolfe made an appearance alongside both Beatrice and Dexter where he would issue an open challenge which was answered by Daniel Matthews however Beatrice revealed that if Daniel could beat Dexter first then he had get a shot at Mason. Midway through the match Mason interfered in the match causing a disqualification win for Matthews. Wolfe would attack Matthews before hitting him with the Hollow Point to pick up the win against the former FFP World Champion and Hall of Famer. On the September 13, 2015 episode of OWF Wolfe successfully defended his championship against Zany and El Desconocido in a Triple Threat Elimination match. Wolfe later lost the championship to Ashley King on the October 10, 2015 episode of OWF. On November 14, 2015 Wolfe won the FFP Award for Most Hated Superstar. A week later on the November 21, 2015 episode of OWF, Wolfe defeated Drake Croft. Earlier in the night it was revealed that Mason along with Ashley King, Matt Thatcher, El Desconocido and Zany would compete in the FFP World Heavyweight Championship tournament that had been set up after Matt Kraven vacated the FFP World Championship and later rechristened it as the FFP World Heavyweight Championship with the first champion to be crowned at FFP Throwback. On the December 12, 2015 episode of SSN, Wolfe defeated Aiden Conrad to advance to the next round in the tournament. On the December 19, 2015 episode of Sadistic Saturday Night, Wolfe lost to Christopher Morgan in the second round after Lux interfered and Morgan hit a low blow. The next night on the December 20, 2015 episode of OWF, Wolfe along with Jayson Brewington defeated Natural Selection to win the OWF Tag Team Championship. On January 10, 2016, Brewington quit OWF and Wolfe was forced to vacate the championships. After this Wolfe was written out of the current storylines with a (kafaybe) shoulder injury as he opted to take some time off from OWF. Wolfe later left the company after disagreements with management.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
WWE NXT (2016–2017)
In December 2015, Alvarez was signed by WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory, WWE NXT. Wolfe made his NXT debut on the January 20, 2016 episode in a tag team match teaming with Scorpio to defeat the team of Aric Hardy and Byron Knox. That same night Wolfe made his intentions known to become the first NXT Champion since it's rebirth. A week later on the January 30, 2016 episode, Wolfe was again in a tag team match this time teaming with Tommy End to defeat the team of Knox and Josh Stewart after tagging himself into the match and hitting the latter with the Hollow Point, stealing a win away from End. A week later on the February 10, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated Knox in the first round of the NXT Championship tournament advancing to the next round where he'll face Alex Blade. Afterwards, Wolfe along with the rest of the NXT roster attacked Chris Jericho and Big Show who were attempting an NXT Takeover driving them away.
On the following February 20, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated Lochlan King and directly following it William Regal came out and threatened to fire Wolfe after Wolfe had spat in Regal's face a week earlier but instead announced that Wolfe's tournament match with Alex Blade would be a No Holds Barred match. On the March 2, 2016 episode of NXT, Blade defeated Wolfe after interference from William Regal to advance to the finals of the NXT Championship tournament thus also ending Wolfe's undefeated streak. After Regal interfered in the main event he was ridiculed by Triple H before a match was made between Regal and Wolfe for Takeover: Arrival, a No Holds Barred match. At Arrival, Wolfe defeated Regal after hitting him with multiple Hollow Points onto a steel chair. On the following March 23, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated NXT Champion, Luke Harper thus ending his unbeaten streak. On the April 4, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated Damien Sandow. A week later on the April 13, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated WWE Hardcore Champion, Cesaro. Later that night it was announced that Wolfe would compete for the NXT Tag Team Championships and would be given a week to find a partner or Interim NXT General Manager would choose one for him. A week later, Wolfe lost to Jacob Woods in a non-title match and following the match, with Wolfe unable to find a partner, chose one for him in Joey Ryan.
On the May 4, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe and Ryan won the championships in a grueling Triangle Ladder match, thus both becoming #1 Contenders for the NXT Championship. A week later on the May 14, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe and Ryan teamed together once again successfully defeating Jacob Woods and Pinkie Sanchez, after Ryan saved his partner before picking up the win himself. At NXT Takeover: R Evolution Wolfe was unsuccessful in capturing the championship after Ryan pinned Woods to become the new champion and the first ever double champion in NXT. On the following episode of NXT, Wolfe would interrupt Ryan's championship celebration and would refuse to speak to Ryan turning his back to him on three separate occasions before hitting Ryan in the back with a steel chair. Later that night Wolfe would intentionally get himself disqualified in his match with Ryan before revealing his new alliance with Alexa Bliss before attacking Ryan again and leaving with both NXT Tag Team Championships. Over the next several weeks, Wolfe would go on a losing streak.
On the July 20, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe opened the show and revealed that Ryan was no longer his tag team partner and therefore was no longer one-half of the NXT Tag Team Champions, due to the fact that he hadn't attempted to get his half of the titles back from Wolfe. He then announced that he had found a new partner and that it was none other than Alexa Bliss. A few days later the title change was made official as it was listed on WWE.com, therefore Wolfe's first reign ended and his second one began with Alexa, making him the first ever two-time champion. At NXT Takeover: Respect, Wolfe and Bliss lost the Tag Team titles to Splash Anderson and Leva Bates ending their reign at 21 days. That same night Wolfe interfered in the main event match between Splash Anderson and Joey Ryan attacking the latter. Anderson would refuse to win the match with Wolfe's interference prompting Wolfe to attack Anderson's younger brother who was in the front row this began a brawl between the two men. Anderson would eventually get Ryan into the casket and roll him over the line to win the match. After the match, Wolfe would attack Ryan again power bombing him onto the ring apron and barricade before hitting him with a Hollow Point onto the steel steps. Wolfe proceeded to injure Ryan's arm before hitting him with one last powerbomb onto the announce table.
On the August 27, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated Angelico and would once again demand a match with Splash Anderson for the NXT Championship but would again be denied by William Regal. On the following September 14, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe would attack Anderson before handcuffing him to the ropes before making him watch as he would hit Anderson's girlfriend, Leva Bates with the Break of Dawn. Later that night Wolfe would soundly defeat CJ Parker powerbombing him into the ring apron a total of four times and proceeded to attack him after the match as well hitting him with a Brainbuster on the ring apron. A week later, Wolfe teamed with Saška Milanović to defeat the team of Leva Bates and Bobby Fish after interference from both Alexa Bliss - who turned on Wolfe and Sunshine - who helped Wolfe. This ended Wolfe's alliance with Bliss and started his new alliance with Sunshine, turning their off-screen relationship into an on-screen relationship as well. Later that night Wolfe interfered in the match between Splash Anderson and Samuel Shaw in a way costing Anderson the match. Following this William Regal announced on social media that Anderson would get his wish and that Wolfe would challenge Anderson for the NXT Championship at NXT Takeover: London. A week later on the October 5, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe and Sunshine defeated Splash Anderson and Leva Bates after Wolfe pinned Anderson, thus giving Wolfe the power to choose the match stipulation for his match with Anderson at Takeover. A week later on the October 15, 2016 episode of NXT, Wolfe along with Sunshine beat Saška Milanović and Azrael with Sunshine pinning Milanović. Earlier in the night Wolfe confronted NXT General Manager, William Regal bringing up Regal interfering in his NXT Championship tournament match back in March and asking him if it was all worth it after all that had happened since, Regal however wouldn't give him an answer. At NXT Takeover: London, Wolfe defeated Splash Anderson to win the NXT Championship for the first time before being attacked by the returning Joey Ryan.
On February 1, 2017 Wolfe became the longest reigning NXT Champion after surpassing Splash Anderson's previous reign of 87 days. At NXT Takeover: New Orleans Wolfe lost the NXT Championship to Ashton Monroe (formerly Splash Anderson) ending his reign at 133 days. On the following episode of NXT, Wolfe walked out on Monroe during a tag team match against Braun Strowman and Tommy End, after the match the Volsung Death Squad attacked the champion while Wolfe watched from the stage. A week later on the April 12, 2017 episode, Wolfe demanded his rematch for the NXT Championship threatening William Regal before interfering in Monroe's match against Braun Strowman costing him the match before posing with the title standing over Monroe to end the show. On the April 22, 2017 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated Monroe in a non-title match with the stipulation being that if Wolfe won he would receive his rematch for the championship the following week. On the May 3, 2017 episode of NXT after Wolfe defeated Monroe to regain the NXT Championship William Regal came out and revealed that he had a change of heart and that Wolfe was not the new champion and instead vacated the NXT Championship before announcing a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match at NXT Takeover: Las Vegas to take place on June 7 for the NXT Championship featuring Wolfe, Monroe, Zack Ryder and Luke Harper. A week later Wolfe opened the show venting his frustrations over what had occurred a week earlier before giving Regal an ultimatum, hand him the NXT Championship or Wolfe would file a lawsuit against both Regal and the company. When Wolfe attempted to announce that he was in fact filing a lawsuit against both William Regal and the WWE, Regal would interrupt and threaten to remove Wolfe from the match if he were to file a lawsuit. At NXT Takeover: Las Vegas, Wolfe would be unsuccessful in recapturing the championship as Bobby Roode (who was a surprise entrant into the match) became the new champion. Shortly after Takeover it was revealed that Wolfe's contract was set to expire and he was choosing not to renew it. Over the next several weeks, Wolfe would compete in squash matches, coming out on the losing end of every single one except for his final match on NXT which took place on September 6, 2017. He originally lost by submission however after Scott Steiner refused to release the submission hold, the referee overturned his decision and awarded the match to Wolfe.
Independent circuit (2017–2020)
To be added
Return to NXT (2020–present)
In September 2020, Alvarez would re-sign with WWE exclusively to NXT which was being brought back as a third brand for the company with Alvarez stating that he would not be moving up to the main roster as his contract was strictly for NXT only and that he was on a pay per appearance deal. Wolfe would make his in-ring return on the September 23rd, 2020 premiere episode of NXT on the USA Network, suffering a loss to Lance Archer. Wolfe would win his next match on the September 30, 2020 episode of NXT teaming with the debuting Tessa Blanchard to defeat the team of Chris Bey and Chad Gable. On the October 7, 2020 episode of NXT, Wolfe and Blanchard would again team together this time suffering a loss to Kyle O'Reilly and Tyler Bate, after Wolfe decided against saving Blanchard from being pinned. On the October 14, 2020 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated Sammy Guevara.
A week later on the October 21, 2020 episode of NXT, Wolfe defeated Tyler Bate, despite interference from Tessa Blanchard. Later in the night during the main event featuring Blanchard, Wolfe would interfere in the match and attempt to cost Tessa the match, however it would backfire and Tessa was able to get the win before Wolfe would attack her after the match and stand over her to end the show. A week later, it was revealed that Wolfe would challenge for the NXT Championship alongside Kyle O'Reilly and Tessa Blanchard in a Triple Threat Ladder match. Later that night Wolfe would interfere in O'Reilly's match, hitting him with brass knuckles and costing him the match. In the main event, Wolfe would defeat Ricky Starks to continue his winning streak. At Takeover: The Return, Wolfe defeated both O'Reilly and Blanchard to win the NXT Championship for the second-time, tying the record.
Wolfe would lose the NXT Championship to Nick Aldis at Takeover: Toronto ending his reign at 49 days. After Aldis suffered an injury that would require surgery he would relinquish the NXT Championship on the January 20, 2021 episode of NXT. A week later, Wolfe made it known that he should face Blanchard for the championship due to him being the former champion and was scheduled to face Blanchard, however the match never took place due to Wolfe having attacked Tessa's father, Tully backstage and Tessa going with him to the hospital and refusing to compete. It would later be made official a few weeks later that Blanchard and Wolfe would face at NXT Takeover: In Your House for the NXT Championship in an I Quit match.
Around this time, Wolfe would begin to be managed by Scarlett Bordeaux and would show a slight change in his character, becoming more violent under her influence. At Takeover, Blanchard would defeat Wolfe to capture the NXT Championship. After defeating Mark Haskins on the March 17, 2021 episode of NXT to become the #1 Contender for the NXT Championship. Wolfe would get his title opportunity against Blanchard at NXT Takeover: Vengeance where he would defeat Blanchard in a Two out of Three Falls match to win the NXT Championship for a record breaking third time. That same night it was revealed that Wolfe would defend the NXT Championship in a Triple Threat match at NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver against Cesaro and Bronson Reed.
In June 2015 it was rumored that Alvarez was dating FFP Vice-President Beatrice Keenan although both denied the rumors. The couple revealed on July 26, 2015 that they were in fact dating. The two later broke up in February 2016. Beginning in June 2016 there were rumors that Alvarez was dating NXT Diva, Alexa Bliss however Alvarez revealed that the rumors were untrue and that they weren't dating in July 2016. On September 18 2016, Alvarez appeared together with fellow professional wrestler and model Kylie Anderson at the 2016 Emmy Awards thus confirming that the two were dating, they would break up a few months later. It was revealed in September 2020, that Alvarez was currently dating fellow wrestler Barbie Blank after the two met at a Wrestling convention during WrestleMania weekend and began dating a few weeks later. In October 2020, the couple would amicably split. In November 2020, it was revealed that Alvarez was dating WWE wrestler Amanda Saccomanno better known as Mandy Rose. The couple would mutually split in early February 2021, however remained friends. Shortly after splitting from Rose, Alvarez began dating Elizabeth Chihaia, the two would split in June 2021. Beginning in July 2021, Alvarez was seen spending a lot of time with NXT Superstar, Anna Jernigan better known as Anna Jay which began rumors that the two were dating, however neither one has confirmed it.
- Take The Throne (Bicycle knee strike), sometimes to an oncoming opponent – 2021–present
- Final Reckoning (Lifting rolling cutter into a knee strike) – 2021–present
- Backbreaker followed by a gutbuster
- Brainbuster, sometimes from the top rope or onto the ring apron – 2016–present
- Cradle DDT
- Cradle reverse STO
- Death Valley driver, sometimes onto the ring apron
- Discus clothesline
- Discus elbow smash
- Front facelock STO
- Half nelson suplex spun out into a knee strike
- Last Chance (Rolling fireman's carry slam) – adopted from Chance Rugani
- Reverse Hollow Point (Lifting inverted DDT)
- Multiple kick variations
- Boot of Doom (Running single leg drop)
- Hesitation drop
- Game Changer (Superkick), sometimes to a kneeling opponent
- Powerbomb onto the ring apron, usually used to cause a storyline injury
- Pumphandle gutbuster
- Pumphandle neckbreaker
- Running bicycle knee to an opponent seated against the ropes
- Sling Blade
- Spinning spinebuster
- Suicide dive
- Swinging neckbreaker from the top rope
- "The Alpha Male"
- "The Alpha Wolfe (of NXT)"
- "The (Self-Proclaimed) Face of NXT"
- "The (Self-Proclaimed) King of NXT"
- "The Future"
- "The Chosen One"
- "NXT's Most Valuable Commodity"
- "The Personification of Greatness"
- "The Embodiment of Greatness"
- "NXT's History Maker"
- "Greatest NXT Champion in (NXT) history"
- "The Crown of Jewel of NXT"
- "Midnight" by The Bloodline (NXT; January 20, 2016 – February 10, 2016)
- "Last Goodbye" by Dead by April (NXT; February 20, 2016 – May 25, 2016)
- "Run" by Bring Me The Horizon (NXT; June 8, 2016 – July 30, 2016)
- "Burn in My Light" by Mercy Drive (NXT; August 10, 2016 – September 6th, 2017)
- "Away" by Mercy Drive (NXT; September 23, 2020 – December 23, 2020)
- "Kingdom" by Jaxson Gamble (NXT; January 13, 2021 – June 30, 2021)
- "Unbreakable" by Kingdom Collapse (NXT; July 7, 2021 – present)
Championships and accomplishments
Full Force Pro Wrestling
- FFP Awards (1 time)
- Most Hated (2015)
Ohio Wrestling Federation
- OWF Championship (1 time)
- OWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jayson Brewington
- OWF Hall of Fame (Class of 2017)
- OWF Awards (1 time)
- OWF Wrestler of the Year (2015)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Most Improved (2016)
- NXT Star of the Year (2016)
- Title Feud of the Year, NXT (2016) vs. Splash Anderson for the NXT Championship