Matthew Adams is an Australian professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs in the developmental territory WWE NXT under the ring name Murphy, a shortened version of the previous ring name Buddy Murphy. He is a one-time NXT Tag Team Champion with Wesley Blake.
On 17 March 2013, Adams signed a development contract with WWE. He reported to NXT and made his debut as Buddy Murphy at an NXT live event on 23 November 2013, teaming with Sawyer Fulton and Troy McClain against Angelo Dawkins, Colin Cassady, and Wesley Blake. Murphy made his televised debut on NXT on 15 May 2014, teaming with Elias Sampson in a losing effort against The Ascension. In August 2014, Murphy formed a tag team with Wesley Blake. On the August 14 episode of NXT, they 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 the Lucha Dragons and the Vaudevillains (Simon Gotch and Aiden English). 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 lost a number one contender tag team battle royal, being eliminated by the Ascension.
On the 21 January 2015 episode of NXT, Murphy and Blake defeated the Vaudevillains and quickly challenged the Lucha Dragons to a title match. On the 28 January episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy defeated the champions to win the NXT Tag Team Championship, making Murphy the first Australian to hold a championship title within WWE.
At a January 31 NXT house show, Blake and Murphy were billed without their first names. This name change translated to television at NXT TakeOver: Rival, where Blake and Murphy defeated the Lucha Dragons in a rematch for the title. Following that in March, Blake and Murphy began a feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, who were intent on capturing the tag titles. Blake and Murphy attempted to woo Carmella on several occasions. On the May 13 episode of NXT, Blake and Murphy distracted Carmella during her match with Alexa Bliss, causing her to lose which established them as heels in the process. 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 (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, ending their reign at 219 days.
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