|Birth name Cory James Weston|
Name Wesley Blake
Trained by Dory Funk Jr.
Weight 109 kg
|Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)|
Height 1.85 m
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Role Professional wrestler
Billed from San Antonio
|Born September 4, 1987 (age 28)
San Marcos, Texas, United States (1987-09-04) |
Ring name(s) Blake Cory Weston Wesley Blake
Similar People Bull Dempsey, Baron Corbin, Eric Arndt, Alexa Bliss, Colin Cassady
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Cory James Weston (born September 4, 1987) is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he wrestles in their developmental territory WWE NXT under the ring name Wesley Blake. He is a one-time NXT Tag Team Champion with Buddy Murphy.
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- Funking Conservatory (2011–2013)
- NXT (2013–present)
- Other media
- Personal life
- In wrestling
- Championships and accomplishments
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Funking Conservatory (2011–2013)
Weston wanted to be a wrestler since the age of 3. He eventually became a student of Dory Funk Jr.'s wrestling school, the Funking Conservatory, appearing on the school's !Bang! TV show under his real name of Cory Weston. Immediately after graduating from university, Weston moved to Ocala, Florida in 2011, where the school was located. Documented to have been wrestling there since May 2011, Weston managed to become the Funking Conservatory World Champion, as well as the European Champion and the Florida Heavyweight Champion. Weston wrestled against Jerry Lawler in an eight-person tag team match in May 2013, which was Lawler's first match since suffering a heart attack in September 2012.
Weston signed with WWE in June 2013 and reported to NXT in July 2013 when the WWE Performance Center opened; at the same time as his future NXT tag team partner Buddy Murphy. Weston made his television debut as Wesley Blake on the January 22, 2014 episode of NXT with the character of a cowboy and lost his debut match to Adrian Neville. Blake continued in his jobber role with losses in singles matches to the likes of Adam Rose, Mason Ryan and Sin Cara, as well as a loss in a tag-team match against the Ascension with Cal Bishop as his partner.
In August 2014, Blake abandoned the 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 NXT TakeOver: Rival, Blake and Murphy, now billed simply by their family names, defeated the Lucha Dragons in a rematch for the title. Following that, Blake and Murphy started a feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, who were intent on capturing the tag titles. 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 and aligning herself with them in the process. After making several successful title defenses, Blake and Murphy lost the championships to the Vaudevillians at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, ending their reign at 219 days.
On the May 18, 2016 episode of NXT, after losing to Shinsuke Nakamura and Austin Aries, Alexa and Blake walked away from Murphy, teasing a split for the team. Following Alexa Bliss' main roster call-up in the 2016 WWE draft, Blake was then used sporadically on NXT television as an enhancement talent, with his final televised appearance being a match against Murphy on the October 12 episode of NXT, which quickly ended in a no-contest as both men were attacked by an interfering Samoa Joe.
After a long absence from television, Blake returned on the May 10, 2017 episode of NXT, confronting Drew McIntyre in a backstage segment. On the May 24, 2017 episode of NXT, returning to his previous cowboy gimmick, Blake lost in a match against Drew McIntyre.
Blake, along with his tag team partner Murphy, made his video game debut in WWE 2K16 as a downloadable character and is featured in WWE 2K17.
Weston hails from San Marcos, Texas. He and his younger sister were from a single parent family, being brought up by their mother. He graduated from Texas State University, There, he was a strength instructor and also played college football. Weston also played football at the all-state high school level, including for the Medina Valley Panthers in 2005, where he played as the middle linebacker. In October 2016, it was announced that Weston was expecting his first child with former WWE developmental wrestler, Sara Lee. In early November, it was announced that the baby is a girl. On May 10, 2017, it was announced that the couple welcomed Piper Weston on May 1, 2017.