REAL NAME:Monty Brown
6'2", 275 pounds
BORN:April 3, 1970 in Saginaw, Michigan
NICKNAMES: The Alpha Male
He wasn't the first to do so, of course, but Monty Brown went from a career in pro football to the wrestling ring. He was a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills from 1993-1995, moving on to the New England Patriots in 1996. Brown would play in two Super Bowls (1993,1996) during his four year NFL career.
After an ankle injury, Brown set his sights on a career off the gridiron and into the ring, Brown trained under fellow Michigan native (and UFC star) Dan Severn. Brown began his career in his home state's All World Wrestling League in 2000, supplementing his income by starting his own T-Shirt company while battlingSabu and teaming with Chris Sabin.
After several years in Michigan independents, Brown signed on with NWA-TNA, debuting on July 3rd, 2002 with a victory over Anthony Ingram. After his tag team partner Elix Skipper walked out on him, Brown got revenge on Skipper in a "Michigan Street Fight" and a week later, was granted a title shot (in which he was defeated) against NWA World Champion Ron Killings.
After a subsequent defeat at the hands of Sonny Siaki, Brown left NWA-TNA for nearly a year and a half. It would be March, 2004 before Brown returned to Nashville. He would initially clash with Sabu, going to a no contest, defeating him in a "Falls Count Anywhere" match and teaming with Abyss and defeating the team of Sabu and Raven who no-showed on his Tag Team partner.
In the coming weeks, Brown faced B.G. James, Sonny Siaki and D-Lo Brown. After one particular defeat of D-Lo in July 2004, Monty Brown began to insinuate that he had World title aspirations, and got involved in the feud between Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy. However, twice he faced off with Hardy in matches to determine a number one contender and twice it was Hardy and not Brown who walked out the winner.
At Victory Road in November 2004, Brown bested Raven and Abyss in a "Monster's Ball" Anything Goes-type of match. Finally on December 3rd, Brown got his shot at the NWA World Championship, only to be defeated by Jarrett. The result would be the same at Final Resolution in January. Brown defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash to earn a title shot later that night. One guitar shot later, and Jarrett retained.
In the weeks following, Brown would team with Diamond Dallas Page, only to have to look over his shoulder for the mysterious "Trytan" who had his sights set on Brown. Brown would defeat Trytan at Destination X in March, but that would not be the last we'd see of Brown, as he turned heel, helping Jarrett retain the NWA title against Page.
Brown remains sided with Jarrett, teaming with him along with the Outlaw) to face DDP, Nash and Sean Waltman at April's Lockdown and then reteaming with the Outlaw to defeat Page and Killings at Hard Justice.
Brown's own desire to become World Champion hasn't completely subsided with his alliance with Jarrett. Brown would compete in the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary, in an attempt to win the NWA title.
Undeterred by Raven winning the title, Brown continued to team with Kip James (formerly the Outlaw) against members of 3 Live Krew. However, he wasn't satisfied with simple tag team action and began making noise about challenging Jarrett for the NWA Championship.
When Christian Cage first entered TNA, Brown was right there to meet him, determined to knock Cage out of the way to the NWA title. Cage met and defeated Brown at Turning Point. Brown seemed to align himself with Jarrett after the loss, but even before Jarrett and Cage met at Against All Odds, Brown was challenging the winner, no matter who won.
With Cage's victory for the NWA Championship, Brown's challenge was accepted but Cage retained the title at Destination X. Brown was also denied a chance to compete in the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary, losing a qualifying match to Ron Killings. On a recent edition of Impact, however, Brown put all of TNA on notice that he was headed back to the top.
What he failed to mention, though, is it might be for another company. In November, he would sign with WWE and become Marcus Cor Von, no doubt so that WWE could trademark his name.
With a few wins under his belt, Cor Von joined the New Breed in their grudge matches against The ECW Originals in time to take part in WrestleMania 23.
Cor Vonís WWE career would be extremely short-lived, lasting only a few months, as he took a leave of absence to attend to unspecified family problems. He's since been released and hasn't resurfaced in any other wrestling promotion.
Updated by Richard Kamchen
MONTY BROWN STORIES
Sep. 8, 2006: Monty Brown pounces back into Buffalo
Dec. 8, 2005: Alpha Male relishes verbal jousting
May 19, 2005: Monty Brown thrives on pressure
Dec. 9, 2004: Top talent support Sabu